oravitz-i_heard_a_whisper_web.jpgFORT LAUDERDALE —Every May since 2009, Nerissa Street, a teaching artist and community advocate, has hosted an arts and performance celebration to bring together art and a local community cause.

Using three floors of gallery space in the Historic Sailboat Bend community, she brings together sculptors, 2D artists, performers, and a fashion designer to challenge and inspire.

Re:Vision — 1310 Gallery’s Fourth Annual May Arts Extravaganza — brings together artists who use their work to help people see things in a new way. Their “vision” helps others change their perspectives.

The free exhibition and showcase opens to the public on Saturday, May 19, 7-10 p.m., with the closing reception Saturday, June 9, 7-10 p.m. at the Re:Vision arts collective, 1310 Gallery, Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts, 1310 S.W. Second Ct. (Middle St.), Fort Lauderdale.

There’s also the cause. A Re:Vision objective is to raise awareness about Voices for Children of Broward County, a non-profit that provides financial assistance for the Guardian ad Litem program.

Guardians advocate for the best interests of children removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. They give

children the support, encouragement, resources and assistance they need during this difficult time. Voices' goal is to ensure every Broward County child in the dependency system has the support of a volunteer guardian ad litem.

Re:Vision’s organizer, Street, says she didn’t want this to be just a self-indulgent display of new work. “That’s one of the reasons this gathering of creative

professionals is so special,” she added. “Every one of them has worked thoughtfully in their craft, bringing a strength and humility that makes an impact past the visual impression or performance.”

The list of artists includes Donna Haynes, installation/3D artist; Virginia Fifield, an acclaimed fine charcoal artist; Jacklyn Laflamme, public artist and sculptor; Loni Johnson, the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts’ Young Arts visual arts discipline coordinator; Brooklyn Murphy, multidisciplinary artist; Michelle Oravitz, “mystical artist”; and Asanyah Davidson, CEO of Circa24 Fashion.

Adna, an amazing guitarist who Street welcomes back from last year’s event, said he loves to see how his work lands on the audience.

WHAT: Re:Vision arts collective

Opening Saturday, May 19, 7-10 p.m.; closing reception Saturday; June 9, 7-10 p.m.

WHERE: 1310 Gallery, Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts, 1310 S.W. Second Ct. (Middle St.), Fort Lauderdale

COST: Free

323-205-6374 or bluestreetfilms@gmail.com


Nerissa Street, coordinator, teaching artist and filmmaker, nerissastreet.com

Farah Artist, painter, farahartist.com

Virginia Fifield, charcoal, virginiafifield.com

Donna Haynes, installation and sculpture, artslant.com/global/artists/show/28917donna-haynes

Tim Hicks, illustrator

Loni Johnson, mixed media, facebook.com/pages/Lonijae/392470527446297?sk=info

Jacklyn Laflamme, designer and sculpture artist, jacklynlaflamme.com

Brooklyn Murphy, painter

Michelle Oravitz, visual, michelleoravitz.com

Adna, music, bandcamp.com/recommended/adna 

Iva Marc, spoken word

Jill Slaughter, storyteller, rawcandor.com


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