Alumni artists in residence exhibit at Deering Estate

The Deering Estate welcomes Alumni Artists in Residence — Jennifer Basile with Structures and Lucas Blanco with Recent Landscapes — in a Season Culmination Exhibit featuring nature based paintings, installations and mixed media site-specific works. The Exhibit Evening is on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 7 to 9 p.m., and is open free to the public.

The exhibit, now open, continues through Sept. 26.

Deering Estate at Cutler offers complimentary exhibit viewing nights, highlighting a variety of contemporary, historic and visiting exhibitions inside the historic homes. Exhibit Evenings are free of charge and offer the public a chance to interact with artists and curators as well as experience a variety of exhibit tours.

Jennifer Basile (Alumni Artist in Residence, 2009-2010)

Basile, an investigator of natural landscape, presents “Structures,” two-dimensional and three-dimensional works that play off of the materials in the Historic Richmond Cottage and surrounding ecosystems of the Deering Estate. From tactile benches to larger scale sepia prints, the artist strives to reach a variety of audiences by sharing an immersion in the rich Florida landscape.

Lucas Blanco (Alumni Artist in Residence, 2010-2011)

In Blanco’s exhibition, titled “Recent Landscapes,” the artist shows paintings produced during a mini-summer studio residency at the estate. Blanco states that, “The making of these works grew out of a desire to create a pictorial unity. Just as Benoit Mandelbrot saw order in the natural world with his ‘fractal geometry,’ so too was I seeing an order within the apparent, sometimes chaotic looking natural world… I strove to compress these vistas into a sort of visual net for the viewer to enjoy.”

The Deering Estate, a Miami-Dade County Park, is located at 16701 SW72 Ave. This 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a center for education, culture and recreation. For more information on the Deering Estates educational and cultural programs, visit the website at

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