A married couple, each of whom have earned acclaim for their work which spans a variety of different art forms, is being featured in a joint exhibition at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery through Dec. 27.
Joe Nicastri is a painter, photographer, sculptor, graphic designer and Web developer whose work is represented in many public and private collections nationally. Laura Tan is a visual artist who works primarily with oil paint, acrylic, mixed media drawing, watercolor and collage.
Nicastri’s paintings are inspired by life and the pieces on display reflect different stages that have made an impact. He is an internationally recognized artist whose work is on display at such prestigious public collections as the Chicago Art Institute, Cleveland Museum, Philadelphia Museum, University of Florida and Florida International University. His work has been represented in such notable New York City galleries as OK Harris, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, ‘Fotouhi-Kramer and Jason McCoy Inc.
Tan’s work with mixed media and collage is an intimate expression. Her inner life thoughts and images are a primary inspiration for her work. She has worked as a professional artist for 20 years and is a recipient of the Florida Individual Fellowship Grant. Several pieces of her work have been exhibited at the Collage of the Americas Gallery in Chicago, Center for the Arts in Vero Beach and Museum of Contemporary Art in Coral Springs.
Tan also has been teaching art since 1989, beginning with the New World School of the Arts. In 2012, she was selected as a regional finalist for “2012 Rookie Teacher of the Year” for Miami- Dade County Public Schools.
“We are thrilled to have these extremely talented artists present their ‘Nice and Not Nice’ exhibition at our Gallery,” said Lilia Garcia, curator of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery. “Many of our patrons will be introduced to their work and unique styles which bring life and art even closer together.”
The Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery is funded by proceeds from the annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival event. Presenting special exhibitions throughout the year from its location at Mayfair in the Grove (3390 Mary St., Suite 128), the gallery is managed by the nonprofit Coconut Grove Arts and Historical Association and serves as a hub for cultural activities in Coconut Grove. Since its inception in 1963, the association has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to students who attend fine arts programs in local schools. For more information about the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery, visit <www.cgaf.com>.