Erika King collages commemorate Miami Heat championship seasons

Erika King collages commemorate Miami Heat championship seasons

Pictured (l-r) are Cash McMahon, artist Erika King and Monty Trainer at the Art of Championship opening at Kroma Gallery in Coconut Grove

The Kroma Art Gallery, 3628 Grand Ave. in Coconut Grove, is exhibiting the Miami Heat NBA collage series of Erika King continuing through the Heat playoffs championship run in May.

King will be offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be commissioned to create personalized custom-made Miami Heat Championship collages which could include photos of your family and friends and would be the ultimate Heat fan collage.

The NBA “Legends of Basketball – We Made this Game” collage by Erika King also will be exhibited. This is one of the most important artworks created about the National Basketball Association and is produced by Cash McMahon, Icon Art Images and Sam Battistone, Dreamstar which features the hand-signed autographs of 60 NBA greats.

Dwyane Wade, Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway, Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James and Gary Payton are included on the NBA Heat Legends piece which also features Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Julius Erving, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Charles Barkley, Kobe Bryant and others.

NBA commissioner David Stern has personally signed each NBA logo on these historic collages. The producers have donated $250,000 to the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) as part of its partnership with the NBA players to give back to the older players who paved the way back in the day.

King’s Miami Heat history dates back to 1997 when she donated a team collage for the Heat Family Festival and met Coach Pat Riley. Over the years, Riley and the Heat have commissioned King to create Heat Championship collages, as well as personal tribute collages of Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway and longtime trainer Ron Culp when their Heat jerseys were retired at the American Airlines Arena. Coach Erik Spoelstra also has commissioned King to create his own Heat collages.

Erika King has been documenting Miami’s cultural and corporate histories since the mid-1970s. Through photographs and paint she traces histories which become visual stories. Her collages have graced the walls of banks, developers and international corporate offices including American Express, Telemundo, City National Bank, Beacon Council, Untied Way and the Related Companies. Anniversary collages were created for the Miami Centennial, Miami City Ballet, Florida Grand Opera, University of Miami and Miami Beach Centennial.

She currently is working on the 50th anniversary of Florida International University. Other sports collages include the Miami Grand Prix, Panthers, Marlins and Dan Marino.

Erika King is an internationally recognized, Coconut Grove-based artist. An Erika King collage provides the recipient with a unique, lasting tribute, while capturing the most significant and personal memories of one’s life and legacy.

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