South Florida’s Cultural Art Park is in full seasonal swing

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Dance and musical performances, artist talks, special scout programs, horticultural classes…if there has ever been any doubt in your mind whether or not we are South Florida’s Cultural Arts Park then take a look at the range of programing on our calendar for the next two weeks. Not only do we cover nearly every cultural discipline, but for every age group as well. We are all about fine art, performing arts, art in education, horticulture featured on one of the most stunning botanical stages around.

South Motors Jazz Series presents…National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master
The Ellis Marsalis Trio
Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
“Marsalis is a one-of-the-kind gem, a living legend.” John Soltes,
Ellis Marsalis is regarded by many as the premier modern jazz pianist in New Orleans. He is the recipient of Honorary Doctorate degrees from his alma mater Dillard University, New Orleans, LA (1989); Ball State University, Muncie, IN (1997); Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (2010); Tulane University, New Orleans, LA; and The Juilliard School, New York, NY. In 2011, Marsalis and his family (Wynton, Branford, Jason and Delfeayo, were awarded the highest honor in Jazz, NEA Jazz Masters, the first group award ever given by the National Endowment for the Arts. He continues to be active as a performing pianist leading, and occasionally touring, his own quartet. Marsalis has several recordings on the CBS-SONY label and currently releases recordings on his own recording label, ELM RECORDS. Tickets are available on line for $30 and $35 at

Jazz Dinners
Prior to each jazz concert we offer a delicious catered meal from the kitchen of Chef Miguel Bravo-Raidi. This two course dinner is served in our magnificent new venue at the entrance of Pinecrest Gardens, the highly anticipated Cypress Hall. Reservations and payment must be made in advance, on Wednesday prior to the concert. To secure your place at one of our beautiful tables on Saturday, February 17, 6:30-8:00 call us at 305-669-6990.

Greater Miami Symphonic Band presents
Movie Music Magic!
Sunday, February 18, at 3:00 p.m.
Join the Greater Miami Symphonic on a musical journey to Hollywood featuring music from the movies, including popular and classical selections that make music in the movies magical! Tickets are $15.00 for adults, and $5.00 for students and children 14 years and younger.

Live In Color Dance Collective presents
Funk Recipes
Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Award winning Hip Hop Company once again brings their high voltage and high energy show to the Banyan Bowl Stage. A dab of ballet, a pinch of modern, a sprinkle of jazz, oh yes and a WHOLE LOT OF FUNK! Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students & children.

The Nicklaus Children’s Pinecrest Outpatient Center’s
FAMILY FUN CONCERT SERIES presented by Orchestra Miami
Storytime with Strings Sunday, February 11 at 3:00 pm.
Orchestra Miami presents two classic fairytales, narrated and illustrated through two great works of the classical repertoire. Rumplestiltskin, the tale of the man who could spin wheat into gold, is set to excerpts from Mozart’s Symphony N. 40 and The Three Little Pigs, is set to excerpts from Beethoven’s iconic Fifth Symphony. Tickets are $15 for adults $15, $12 for seniors and $10 for children under 17. For information call Orchestra Miami at 305-274-2103.

Family Fridays presents…
Smurfs: The Lost Village
Friday, February 16
In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history. Gates open at 6:30 and flashlight romps through the garden begin around 7:00 p.m. Join us for a dinner of hot dogs, popcorn and other “movie theater” tasty treats. Film begins about 8:00 p.m. General admission $5 (food not included).

Horticultural Workshop
Wednesday, February 8, at 10:30 a.m. Hibiscus Gallery
Floral Design 101
This hands-on class will provide the basics for designing a floral arrangement. Students will learn the elements that make up a flawless floral design. Your creativity will be sparked to make each arrangement your very own! We will provide all plant materials, however containers will not be provided; please bring your own. All workshops are open to the public. The workshop series format: four basic topics, with 3 workshops devoted to the finer points of each topic. Each topic is season-specific, such that attendees can implement the skills immediately. Fee $20 limit 12 people per workshop so register & pay early by contacting 305-669-6990.

Girl Scout Badge Day
Girl Scouts can now complete requirements to earn new badges at Pinecrest Gardens! Select Saturdays throughout the year, Pinecrest Gardens will offer “Badge Days” for Girl Scouts who are working to earn their badges. These programs are designed to accommodate up to 60 scouts on the given date. We are excited to announce that the Outdoor Art Badges are being offered exclusively at Pinecrest Gardens. Guided programs will last roughly 90 minutes, featuring a unique opportunity for scouts to embark on a guided exploration through nature, while learning about art of the natural world. Badge days are $12.00 per scout which covers full access to the Garden’s amenities including petting zoo, Splash ‘N Play, playground, and botanical gardens, a reserved area for pre or post picnic and, the badge itself as well as all program materials. Registration is required through our website. Brownie and Junior Badge Experiences are offered on the same date.

Brownie Outdoor Art Creator Badge
Saturday, February 17, 10-12:30
As an artist you can walk outside and see colors, shapes and ideas for things you want to create. Find out how you can make your own art outdoors and have fun doing it! Girls will be given the opportunity to learn the role that art plays in nature. We will explore the natural art of Pinecrest Gardens on a nature detective walk; design our own botanical themed art and much more. This program meets all requirements for the Outdoor Art Creator Badge. Price includes cost of badge, activity materials, full access to garden amenities and reservation of picnic areas

Junior Outdoor Art Explorer Badge
Saturday, February 17, 10-12:30
This program will help juniors understand the important role that art plays in nature, and how it impacts the lives of people. Let nature be your inspiration as you explore, create and design different kinds of art. In this program, we will play with light, build bird houses, make rainy day music, and much more. This program is featured in conjunction with the brownie Outdoor Art Creator Badge Price includes cost of badge, activity materials, full access to garden amenities and reservation of picnic areas.

Little Lizards
Fridays, 1-3:00 p.m.
Free with $5 park admission
Recommended for ages 3-10
Join us every Friday Afternoon at the picnic areas near the playground for our Little Lizards Program. This drop-in, informal program will feature new activities every week relating to a monthly theme. Lizards will read, explore, create, and imagine while learning about the wonders of nature. No prior registration necessary. Weather permitting.

February is all about Seeds – Seeds come in all sizes, shapes and colors. Some seeds are as small as a speck of dust, and others are as big as a basketball. Join us in February as we learn how seeds form, travel, and grow.

Artist in Residence, Xavier Cortada
Florida is Nature Artist Talk… FLORIDA IS… Seagrasses
Wednesday, February 14, at 10:30 a.m.

FIU School of Environment, Arts & Society, FIU College of Communications, Architecture & The Arts, FIU Libraries and FIU Digital Library of the Caribbean cordially invite you to join us for…

FLORIDA IS…Seagrasses…our monthly Florida is Nature Artist Talk by Xavier Cortada with special guest

James W. Fourqurean, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences and Southeast Environmental Research Center, Director, Marine Education and Research Initiative for the Florida Keys and Principal Investigator, Aquarius Reef Base, School of the Environment, Arts and Society, Florida International University. This wonderful artist talk is free with $5 admission to the Gardens. After the talk, walk the garden and participate in “Florida is Nature.”

Xavier Cortada’s Hibiscus Gallery presents…
“Mangroves” a group exhibition of works by Xavier Cortada and Josh Liberman
Exhibit runs January 18th through February 19th, 2018

Few organisms rival the mangrove’s ability to fill so many diverse roles. They help combat erosion and storm-surge, remove large amounts of carbon from the atmosphere, and serve as a breeding ground and nursery for countless animals. Mangroves fall victim to development as their habitats are replaced by man-made barriers such as sprawling sea-walls and rising condos.

In 2006, Xavier Cortada launched The Reclamation Project, a participatory eco-art project that has engaged thousands of volunteers in the planting of over eight acres of mangroves on Biscayne Bay. Cortada displays mangrove paintings he created a decade ago as he innovated his environmental art practice.

Informed by his studies at the University of Miami, Department of Biology, Josh Liberman has photographed elements of nature across five continents. In “Mangroves,” he focuses on South Florida’s shrinking wetlands, capturing the remnants of an ecosystem that used to hug the entire coastline. Gallery hours vary, so for a private showing contact the gallery at:

hARTvest Project
Submerge yourself in a series of programs that inspire, stimulate and offer art for all senses.

Saturday, February 3, 7-10 p.m.
Featuring artist talks by: Augusto Esquivel, Jennifer Basile and Johanna Boccardo paired with delicious hors d’oeuvres. $40 per person

Wednesday, February 7, 11-2 p.m.
Lucious Still Lives, Art Talk by Armando Droulers and Lunch by Chef Miguel Bravo-Raidi and take home your signed copy of Los alimentos del Deseo: Spanish Edition by writer Maruja Dagnino ($65 all inclusive)

Sunday, Feb 11, 10:30-1 p.m.
Monet’s Palette, Art talk by Armando Droulers and a three course brunch inspired by the artist Monet himself from the kitchen of Chef Eduardo Franco ($65)

Saturday, February 24, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Feed and satisfy your entrepreneurial spirit when you attend a free talk by Business Advisor César Prato.

Patrick Dougherty
In the Thick of It
Pinecrest Gardens is proud to have on exhibit Stickwork, created by internationally acclaimed American, Environmental Artist Patrick Dougherty. Viewing of this monumental sculpture is possible during regular park hours. This magnificent site-specific sculptural work was funded by the Knight Foundation and TotalBank.

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2 Comments on "South Florida’s Cultural Art Park is in full seasonal swing"

  1. Why do you use the name South Florida Cultural Arts Park for Pinecrest Gardens? Using that label to describe some of the programing would be fine. It seems you have been persuaded by the director of the Gardens to down play the very fact that it is a botanic garden, and instead call it an arts park. This has been an ongoing concern for years. The residents (your readers) consider Pinecrest Gardens as a garden first and foremost. I and other readers had to read to the very end of the schedule to see the words Pinecrest Gardens in the Stickworks entry. I don’t think you wrote up the schedule of events, but you certainly wrote the headlines! Why didn’t it read “Pinecrest Gardens, local cultural arts park”? I just wanted to let you know that the residents feel very strongly about this.
    Thank You,
    Karen Ross

  2. Pincrest Park phone has been disconnected. Anyone know whether pets are allowed in the park?

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