Host Committee: Christy Gast, Deborah Mitchell, and Valerie Grace Ricordi
You’re invited to join us for a Summer Salon on June 30th at the home of Valerie Grace Ricordi, an AIRIE Board Member, Everglades lover, and arts activist. Situated on the original Haden mango plantation, a stone’s throw from the house where environmentalist and Everglades advocate Marjory Stoneman Douglas wrote River of Grass, Ms. Ricordi’s historic Coconut Grove home is the perfect setting to enjoy a live performance by current artist in residence Ana Mendez, an audio installation by Gustavo Matamoros, work from the AIRIE collection, and light refreshments from local chefs.
AIRIE offers artists the opportunity to get to know the ecology of the Everglades by being immersed in it. By shadowing scientists in the field, hiking through the pinelands, kayaking through mangroves, and exploring Cape Sable and the 10,000 Islands, artists find the inspiration to create new work. They develop a deep understanding of the Everglades’ ecological importance, and then share their perspective through their work and creative public programs.
South Florida is home to the only subtropical wilderness in the country, and AIRIE is the only program bringing artists to the Everglades. AIRIE connects artists, writers and musicians to the Everglades by providing month-long residencies in the Park. Each visual artist donates a work inspired by their residency for the Park collection, and writers and composers offer some publication rights, creating an outstanding body of nature inspired contemporary art and music. “In a park known for its spectacular and diverse wildlife, the art and voices of AIRIE artists reveal other unique, and often missed, dimensions of this special place,” remarks Park Superintendent Dan Kimball.
Tickets for the AIRIE Summer Salon are available at the following levels:
Anhinga | $50
Admission for one to Summer Salon
Snowy Egret | $250
Anhinga benefits, plus:
Limited edition artist book by Jules Buck Jones, AIRIE Fellow
Roseate Spoonbill | $500
Snowy Egret benefits, plus:
Special AIRIE Everglades adventure
Flamingo | $1,000
Roseate Spoonbill benefits, plus:
Invitation to a private studio visit at the AIRIE residency
Donations made to AIRIE, Inc. a registered 501c(3) non-profit organization, are fully tax deductible.