An under-sung medium within Haitian art is metal sculptures, carefully crafted from the recycling of metal cylinders used for transporting all manner of goods. Master artist Serge Jolimeau and Michee Ramil Remy have their creations on display in the lobby of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami, Florida through May 30. The museum is located at 770 N.E. 125th Street in North Miami, Florida and the telephone is 305/893-6211.
On view are the artists’ originals for the 2009 Clinton Global Citizen Awards, on loan from the office of former U.S. President Bill Clinton. He was recently in Miami to discuss the Clinton Global Initiative at the University of Miami on how to rebuild Haiti. According to a report in the Miami Herald newspaper, Clinton released a statement: “As the Haitian people work to build their country back better…it has become more important than ever to assist Haitian artists and workers in their efforts to produce and sell their wonderful arts and crafts.” Amen to that!
While the troubles of Haiti since the earthquake three months ago have largely fallen off the world’s radar screen, some people and TV programs are keeping the attention where it should be. “Artists Support Haiti” is a benefit auction at the University of Miami Lowe Art Museum in Coral Gables (Miami), Florida. It is set for April 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. and a $10 donation is suggested. What visitors will find is wonderful Haitian art and American art, live music, food and beverages. All proceeds benefit the University of Miami Global Institute/Project Medishare, which has been working to help the people of Haiti with medical, educational agricultural needs. Physicians and other health care professionals affiliated with this project have been in Haiti since the earthquake treating the injured and working to build permanent medical facilities there.
The popular American TV show “Dancing with the Stars” featured dancers from Haiti in a tribute to what devastation took place there on January 12. Good for the show’s producers to make people once again mindful of this wonderful country and remarkable creative talent.