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What's Wonderful 4/27/17

The Frank Art Gallery Opens with “What’s Wonderful”

Inaugural exhibition inspires cultural connections

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – The Frank, the new art gallery in the Pembroke Pines City Center, celebrates its grand opening with What’s Wonderful, an exhibition that looks at the broad interpretation of wonder, showcasing the work of 14 different artists, each with a singular vision of “what’s wonderful”, each delivering the unexpected, if not the inexplicable.

The inaugural exhibition, curated by Jill Slaughter, chief curator for the City of Pembroke Pines, will open Thursday, April 27 with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. open to the public.

Paintings, sculptures, site-specific installations and pop art will prompt visitors to determine if “what’s wonderful” is a question or a statement. Trailblazing contemporary American painter Marcus Jansen will have his urban landscapes on display. Other artists featured in the exhibition include Virginia Fifield, Flore, TD Gillispie, Henning Haupt, Frank Hyder, Marcus Kenney, Monique Lazard, Kerry Phillips, Lori Practico, Carrie Smith, Peter Symons, Valeria Yamamoto and Robert Zuckerman.

What’s Wonderful highlights our cultural diversity. The idea of ‘wonderful’ is not only the cornerstone of the first exhibition, it encapsulates our gratitude toward The Frank visitors whose participation and collaboration will help create connections for social engagement,” said Slaughter.

In the first Frank site-specific installation, “People of Pines,” painter Carrie Smith unveils 16 portraits of local Pembroke Pines residents, each unmasked by her decisive exploration of the subject’s identity and state of mind. A continuous soundscape of Pembroke Pines residents will play, whispering answers to life questions that were made available to the project participants, such as “What qualities made you marry your spouse?” and “How did you decide what to do with your life?” Smith worked on the series for more than a year.

The Frank is committed to exhibiting work from the community-at-large and student curators. The 3rd space exhibition wall, located on the second floor, will feature What Else is Wonderful as part of the inaugural show. Original work by Friends & Stars, Inc., an arts program expressly designed for an all-inclusive special needs population, will be showcased.

“We are very excited to welcome the community and introduce the gallery’s exhibition and learning space, which will serve as a site of convergence for artists, performers, thought leaders and community members to create partnerships for social engagement, leveraging the power of the arts to create a sense of place to ensure that the arts are approachable and affordable to all,” said Slaughter.

Admission to What’s Wonderful is free. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Frank is located at 601 City Center Way in Pembroke Pines. For more information about The Frank, call 954.392.2129 or email thefrank@ppines.com. Follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines.

For more information about each artist visit:

Marcus Jansen http://www.marcusjansen.com/

Carrie Smith http://www.carrievsmith.com/

Virginia Fifield http://virginiafifield.com/

Flore http://www.thatartistflore.com/work

TD Gillispie http://www.tdgillispie.com/

Henning Haupt http://henninghaupt.com/

Frank Hyder http://www.frankhyder.com/

Marcus Kenney http://www.marcuskenney.com/

Monique Lazard http://www.moniquelazard.com/

Kerry Phillips http://www.kerryphillipsart.com/

Lori Practico http://www.armoryart.org/

Peter Symons http://www.petersymons.com/

Ruben Ubiera http://www.urbanpopsoul.com/

Valeria Yamamoto http://www.valeriayamamoto.com/

Robert Zuckerman http://www.robertzuckerman.com/


About The Frank

The Frank is a two-story art gallery named after Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis for his decades-long commitment to the cultural arts. The Frank art gallery, located in the Charles F. Dodge City Center, showcases multi-disciplinary inclusive exhibitions to foster connections, initiate cultural change and promote innovation. The gallery’s exhibition and learning space serves as a site of convergence for artists, performers, thought leaders and community members to create partnerships for social engagement, leveraging the power of the arts to create a sense of place. The Frank offers art as experience.

The Frank is located at 601 City Center Way Pembroke Pines, FL 33025. Stay connected and follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines. For more information, call 954.392.2129 or email: thefrank@ppines.com.

Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission charges are subject to change during special events. Times and dates for special events will be announced.

Funding for this organization is provided in part by Broward County Cultural Division, Culture Builds Florida, Hello Sunny-Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center and Visitors Bureau and National Endowment for the Arts.

Gateway Sculpture 4/27/17

Gateway Sculpture at the Pembroke Pines City Center Recognized by the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects

Brooks + Scarpa Architects awarded 2017 AIA Florida Object Award

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – Brooks + Scarpa Architects, a collective of architects, designers and creative thinkers dedicated to enhancing the human experience, has been awarded the 2017 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Florida Object Award for the original design of the public art piece installed at the entrance of the new Charles F. Dodge Pembroke Pines City Center, home to city hall, a performing arts hall and The Frank art gallery, in Pembroke Pines, Fla.

“This award speaks to how well Brooks + Scarpa understands and appreciates that public art should not be merely decoration or afterthought, but should enhance user experience and celebrate a space,” said Jill Slaughter, Chief Curator of The Frank, the multi-disciplinary two story art gallery and learning space at the City Center. “The sculpture provides a community anchor and further supports our dedication to social engagement and cultural connection.”

The Brooks + Scarpa Gateway sculpture, commissioned for the City Center plaza, evolved from the circular design of the City Center logo which was supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The sculpture was created with attending landscape features to complement the multiple activities and programs that are held at the Pembroke Pines City Center.

Fabricated and installed by YetiWeurks, a Colorado-based engineering consulting service for public artists, art fabricators and art project managers, the stainless steel Brooks + Scarpa sculpture piece emerges as tree columns that lead up to an array of perforated plates that look to spin in the breeze. The experience under the sculpture creates a dappled light effect. Visitors are invited to observe Gateway from an adjacent seating area flanked by mounded planters.

For more information about The Frank, call 954.392.2129 or email thefrank@ppines.com. Follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines.

About The Frank

The Frank is a two-story art gallery named after Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis for his decades-long commitment to the cultural arts. The Frank art gallery, located in the Charles F. Dodge Pembroke Pines City Center, showcases multi-disciplinary inclusive exhibitions to foster connections, initiate cultural change and promote innovation. The gallery’s exhibition and learning space serves as a site of convergence for artists, performers, thought leaders and community members to create partnerships for social engagement, leveraging the power of the arts to create a sense of place.

The Frank is located at 601 City Center Way Pembroke Pines, FL 33025. Stay connected and follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines. For more information, call 954.392.2129 or email: thefrank@ppines.com.

Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission charges are subject to change during special events. Times and dates for special events will be announced.

Funding for this organization is provided in part by Broward County Cultural Division, Culture Builds Florida, Hello Sunny-Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center and Visitors Bureau and National Endowment for the Arts.

Pirate Island 6/15/17

Pirate Island Makes Landfall at The Frank

Interactive family-friendly pirate exhibition for all ages opens June 15

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – The Frank art gallery in Pembroke Pines will open its first collaborative exhibition “Pirate Island,” a family-friendly interactive humanities-focused exhibit created by Miami Children’s Museum, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 15. The opening reception is free and open to the public.

Pirate Island will be on view at The Frank from June 16 through August 26. Admission is $5 per person.

The Frank will be transformed to create an expansive interpretation of pirate life through interactive art and activities for all ages. Visitors will experience pirate folklore, learn to walk the plank, hunt for buried treasure, tie knots and handle ropes.

Young buccaneers can create drawings of pirate life and trade them in for a prize from one of the Curiosity Boxes, designed by Miami artist and cultural interventionist Randy Burman.

Chief Curator Jill Slaughter has integrated Pirate Island with contemporary art.

“I invited artist collective Cushy Gigs to invigorate the exhibition with contemporary pirate/adventure-themed murals in the main gallery,” Slaughter said. “The front gallery space will showcase an interactive community engagement mural by Diana Contreras. The exhibition will also include a maritime ropes exhibition from the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps and a fiber arts installation of sea life by Sheep Thrills Fiber Arts collective.

The 3rd Space exhibition wall, designated for exhibiting work from the community-at-large and student curators, will feature local resident Vivian Orozco, who specializes in historical costume design and construction. Her work documents the process of costume design from concept to completion. Two miniature models will display handmade costumes referencing the attire worn by famous pirates in history.

“We strive to create partnerships for social engagement by offering the presentation of contemporary art and family-friendly programming,” adds Slaughter.

Guided tours of Pirate Island are available. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Frank is located in the Charles F. Dodge City Center in Pembroke Pines at 601 City Center Way. For more information about The Frank, call 954.392.2129, email thefrank@ppines.com or visit thefrankgallery.org. Follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines.

For more information about each artist visit:

Cushy Gigs http://cushygigs.com/

Diana Contreras http://www.dianacontrerasart.com/

Randy Burman http://randyburman.com/

Sheep Thrills Fiber Arts Collective http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/

U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps http://www.seacadets.org/

Vivian Orozco https://www.facebook.com/vixiebelle/


About The Frank

The Frank is a two-story art gallery named after Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis for his decades-long commitment to the cultural arts. The Frank art gallery, located in the Charles F. Dodge City Center, showcases multi-disciplinary inclusive exhibitions to foster connections, initiate cultural change and promote innovation. The gallery’s exhibition and learning space serves as a site of convergence for artists, performers, thought leaders and community members to create partnerships for social engagement, leveraging the power of the arts to create a sense of place.

The Frank is located at 601 City Center Way Pembroke Pines, FL 33025. Stay connected and follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines. For more information, call 954.392.2129 or email: thefrank@ppines.com.

Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission charges are subject to change during special events. Times and dates for special events will be announced.

Funding for this organization is provided in part by Broward County Cultural Division, Culture Builds Florida, Hello Sunny-Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center and Visitors Bureau and National Endowment for the Arts.

The Frank Art Gallery Spotlights Food Insecurity in Broward
with Community Foundation Art Grant

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. The Frank art gallery, scheduled to open in the new Pembroke Pines City Center in March, was awarded $30,010 from Community Foundation of Broward through an Art of Community grant, which supports art-based projects that will spark new collaborations and promote civic engagement in Broward County. This project was made possible by support from the following Community Foundation of Broward Funds: R.J. and Nancy Purdy Fund, Helen and Frank Stoykov Charitable Endowment Fund, Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund.

This grant will help develop The Frank’s “Feed Your Soul/Nourish Your Neighbor: Sharing Our Stories” project, which spotlights food insecurity and social isolation. According to Feeding South Florida, a nonprofit partner of this project, Broward has the highest percentage of food insecure individuals in South Florida. While the majority of the low-income population qualifies for SNAP (food as stamps) and other federal nutrition programs, 17 percent do not qualify for federal assistance and often must rely on emergency food assistance programs and need better wages and employment opportunities to help them meet basic needs.

“Unfortunately food insecurity is a prevalent issue in our community and frequently leads to social isolation. We’ve integrated initiatives into this project that we hope will break down barriers and initiate change that will have a lasting impact,” said Jill Slaughter, chief curator and head of cultural projects for the City of Pembroke Pines. “We are very fortunate and so humbled to receive this generous grant from the Community Foundation of Broward, which will allow us to fulfill our mission of fostering community connections, initiating cultural change and promoting innovation.”

“Feed Your Soul/Nourish Your Neighbor: Sharing Our Stories” will bring hundreds of Pembroke Pines residents together through multidisciplinary opportunities to foster community connections. Residents will participate in interactive writing workshops to create their own monologues and learn more about the stigma of food insecurity; engage in drum circles that will encourage team bonding; and design and paint a project themed mural at Pines Place, an affordable rental apartment complex in the city. In addition, Bergeron Land Development will donate native Florida wood for the design of a public art table to be auctioned off as a part of the crowdfunding campaign to support Feeding South Florida.

The newly constructed City Center will be the location of the Feed Your Soul/Nourish Your Neighbor celebration event planned for November 2017. The multi-disciplinary event will include a collaborative performance of participants carrying out their monologues about food insecurity and social isolation.

“Projects like Feed Your Soul/Nourish Your Neighbor will bring diverse residents together through the arts to address community issues,” said Sheri Brown, VP of Grants and Initiatives for Community Foundation of Broward. “The Frank is a deserving recipient of this grant and we are excited to see this project come to life.”

For more information about The Frank, call 954.392.2129. Follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines.

About The Frank

Scheduled to open April 2017 as a part of the new Pembroke Pines City Center, The Frank is a two story art gallery named after Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis for his decades-long commitment to the cultural arts. The Frank art gallery will showcase multi-disciplinary inclusive exhibitions to foster connections, initiate cultural change and promote innovation. The gallery’s exhibition and learning space will serve as a site of convergence for artists, performers, thought leaders and community members to create partnerships for social engagement, leveraging the power of the arts to create a sense. The Frank will offer art as experience, not entertainment.

The Frank is located at 601 City Center Way Pembroke Pines, FL 33025. Stay connected and follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines. For more information, call 954.392.2129 or email: thefrank@ppines.com.

Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission charges are subject to change during special events. Times and dates for special events will be announced.

Funding for this organization is provided in part by Broward County Cultural Division, Culture Builds Florida, Hello Sunny-Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center and Visitors Bureau and National Endowment for the Arts.

About Community Foundation of Broward

Founded in 1984, Community Foundation of Broward helps families, individuals, and corporations create personalized charitable Funds that deliver game-changing philanthropic impact. We provide leadership on community solutions, and foster philanthropy that connects people who care with causes that matter. Our 450 charitable Funds represent $173 million in assets and have distributed $89 million to create positive change. For Good. For Ever. For more information about Community Foundation of Broward, visit cfbroward.org or call 954.761.9503. Connect at #cfbroward @cfbroward

Feed Your Soul 9/14/17-11/14/17

The Frank Highlights Food Insecurity and Social Isolation

Through Arts Workshop Series Feed Your Soul

Workshops are free and open to the public

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – The Frank art gallery, in collaboration with Feeding South Florida, will spotlight food insecurity and social isolation with a series of “Feed Your Soul” workshops. Feed Your Soul will launch with a meet and greet with the teaching artists from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 14.

Feed Your Soul encourages residents, through interpretive arts activities, to be aware of their neighbors that are affected by social isolation and food insecurity. The Frank will bring art enthusiasts, families and residents together through a series of interactive art workshops. Community members are invited to The Frank on September 14 to meet the artists, learn more about the workshops and register to participate. All workshop participants must be 18 years old or older.

“Feed Your Soul encourages residents to get involved in the community, joining together as neighbors to face the silent but serious challenges of food insecurity and social isolation,” said Holly Bonkowski, Pembroke Pines Division Director of Cultural Arts. “Participants of Feed Your Soul will have the opportunity to express their artistic side, share their story and invigorate the community collectively and as individuals.”

Under the guidance of accomplished arts professionals, Feed Your Soul will offer sessions in various arts disciplines. Space is limited.

Writing/Theater: Storyteller Matt Stabile will conduct a six-week story-telling program where participants will learn to write and perform a monologue. They will meet for 90 minutes on Tuesday evenings. Registration is on Tuesday, September 14 and Tuesday, September 26.

From 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26, professional theatre artists will perform “Hunger,” which is open to the community.

Music: Attendees can participate in this one-time drum circle activity on September 26 led by Just Add Rhythm.

Design: Jeff Huber will work with theatre artist Matt Stabile to obtain stories from monologue participants for use in the design and fabrication of the table to be installed as a public art piece at Fletcher Art and Culture Center.

Painting: Cushy Gigs will participate in this workshop by asking the community to conceptualize through drawing what social isolation and food insecurities is and how it has affected their lives. These drawings will be used a steppingstone for the concept of a large scale mural, which will be painted on Saturday, November 4 beginning at 9 a.m. The community is invited to assist in the painting of the mural at Pines Place Apartments in Pembroke Pines.

Feeding South Florida: Representatives from Feeding South Florida will be in attendance to discuss their organization and what contribution they will have with this project. A food drive is scheduled at Pines Place Apartments in Pembroke Pines for Saturday, November 4 at 9 a.m. for the local community.

“The art-rich atmosphere that Feed Your Soul fosters allows people to shed their insecurities, explore arts disciplines and create deeper connections with their neighbors and community,” added Bonkowski.

RSVP is requested to Feed Your Soul on September 14. Call 954.392.2129 or email thefrank@ppines.comto RSVP.

The Frank is located at 601 City Center Way in Pembroke Pines. Follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines.

About The Frank

The Frank is a two story art gallery named after Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis for his decades-long commitment to the cultural arts. The Frank art gallery will showcase multi-disciplinary inclusive exhibitions to foster connections, initiate cultural change and promote innovation. The gallery’s exhibition and learning space will serve as a site of convergence for artists, performers, thought leaders and community members to create partnerships for social engagement, leveraging the power of the arts to create a sense.

The Frank is located at 601 City Center Way Pembroke Pines, FL 33025. Stay connected and follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines. For more information, call 954.392.2129 or email: thefrank@ppines.com.

Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission charges are subject to change during special events. Times and dates for special events will be announced.

Funding for this organization is provided in part by Broward County Cultural Division, Culture Builds Florida, Hello Sunny-Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center and Visitors Bureau and National Endowment for the Arts.

Feed Your Soul 11/4/17

The Frank Art Gallery and Feeding South Florida to Distribute Food

to Those in Need as Part of Feed Your Soul

The community also is invited to participate in an interactive mural painting

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – As a part of Feed Your Soul, the workshop series highlighting food insecurity and social isolation, The Frank art gallery, in partnership with Feeding South Florida, will distribute food to those in need on Saturday, November 4 from 9 a.m. to noon at Pines Place Apartments, 8210 Florida Drive in Pembroke Pines.

“Food insecurity and social isolation are silent but serious challenges for many in Pembroke Pines,” said Joshua Carden, Chief Curator of The Frank. “Through this event and other Feed Your Soul initiatives we are giving residents the opportunity to meet their neighbors, share their stories and strengthen each other and our community.”

At the first Feed Your Soul workshop, artist Cushy Gigs asked the community to conceptualize through personal drawings what social isolation and food insecurity looks like to them and how it has affected their lives. These drawings were his inspiration in creating a larger scale mural, which will be painted with the help of the community at Pines Place Apartments on Saturday, November 4 beginning at 9 a.m.

RSVP is requested for the food distribution on November 4. Call 954.392.2120 or email thefrank@ppines.comto RSVP. Follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines.

This project is made possible by the Community Foundation of Broward R.J. and Nancy Purdy Fund, Helen and Frank Stoykov Charitable Endowment Fund and Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund.


About The Frank

The Frank is a two story art gallery named after Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis for his decades-long commitment to the cultural arts. The Frank art gallery will showcase multi-disciplinary inclusive exhibitions to foster connections, initiate cultural change and promote innovation. The gallery’s exhibition and learning space will serve as a site of convergence for artists, performers, thought leaders and community members to create partnerships for social engagement, leveraging the power of the arts to create a sense.

The Frank is located at 601 City Center Way Pembroke Pines, FL 33025. Stay connected and follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines. For more information, call 954.392.2120 or email: thefrank@ppines.com.

Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission charges are subject to change during special events. Times and dates for special events will be announced.

Funding for this organization is provided in part by Broward County Cultural Division, Culture Builds Florida, Hello Sunny-Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center and Visitors Bureau and National Endowment for the Arts.

Feed Your Soul 11/18/17

The Frank Presents the Feed Your Soul Finale Celebration

The event is free and open to the public

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – The Frank presents the Feed Your Soul finale celebration on Saturday, November 18 from 10 a.m. to noon on the plaza of the Charles F. Dodge City Center, 601 City Center Way in Pembroke Pines. Admission is free and a complimentary breakfast will be provided by Trader Joes.

The Feed Your Soul initiative, which highlights food insecurity and social isolation, concludes with electrifying performances by local artists that include a drum circle by Just Add Rhythm, Inc., interactive art activities led by Alex Vahan of Cushy Gigs and spoken-word and custom poems by Marie Whitman. Local residents, who participated in a six-week workshop with storyteller Matt Stabile, also will take the stage to convey their poignant personal stories of food insecurity and social isolation.

Feed Your Soul was a partnership between The Frank, Feeding South Florida and the City of Pembroke Pines and was made possible by the following funds of the Community Foundation of Broward: R.J. and Nancy Purdy Fund, Helen and Frank Stoykov Charitable Endowment Fund, Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund.

“Feed You Soul has been such a success in bringing residents together to tackle serious challenges that our community faces,” said Joshua Carden, chief curator of The Frank. “We are excited to have our residents bring to life food insecurity and social isolation based on what they’ve learned in Matt’s workshop. We hope everyone who attends will be inspired by what they see, hear and feel as we spread this very important message.”

RSVP to the Feed Your Soul celebration is suggested. Call 954.392.2120 or email thefrank@ppines.comto RSVP. For more information, visit thefrankgallery.org. Follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines.

About The Frank

The Frank is a two story art gallery named after Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis for his decades-long commitment to the cultural arts. The Frank art gallery will showcase multi-disciplinary inclusive exhibitions to foster connections, initiate cultural change and promote innovation. The gallery’s exhibition and learning space will serve as a site of convergence for artists, performers, thought leaders and community members to create partnerships for social engagement, leveraging the power of the arts to create a sense.

The Frank is located at 601 City Center Way Pembroke Pines, FL 33025. Stay connected and follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines. For more information, call 954.392.2120 or email: thefrank@ppines.com.

Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission charges are subject to change during special events. Times and dates for special events will be announced.

Funding for this organization is provided in part by Broward County Cultural Division, Culture Builds Florida, Hello Sunny-Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center and Visitors Bureau and National Endowment for the Arts.

New Chief Curator 9/4/17

The Frank Art Gallery Names New Chief Curator

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – Joshua Carden has been named Chief Curator of The Frank C. Ortis Art Gallery in the Charles F. Dodge City Center in Pembroke Pines.

In his new position, Carden is responsible for engaging the community through arts and overseeing the gallery’s programming and exhibitions. This includes presenting workshops and lectures, marketing efforts and collaborating with different departments in the city.

Over the last eight years, Carden has established himself in the art world through his experience curating numerous exhibitions and executing large events with several diverse arts organizations, including governmental and non-profit organizations. In addition to curatorial skills, Carden has experience in art education, managing gallery marketing initiatives and fine art appraisals.

“Joshua’s extensive background, experience and passion for the arts are a perfect fit for The Frank,” said Holly Bonkowski, Division Director of Cultural Arts for the City of Pembroke Pines Recreation and Cultural Arts Department. “He has great plans moving forward as we continue to inspire, engage and entertain the community with all The Frank has to offer.”

A Miami resident, Carden graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in art history and a master’s degree in arts administration from Savannah College of Art and Design.

For more information about The Frank, visit thefrankgallery.org or call 954-392-2120.


About The Frank

The Frank is a two story art gallery named after Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis for his decades-long commitment to the cultural arts. The Frank art gallery will showcase multi-disciplinary inclusive exhibitions to foster connections, initiate cultural change and promote innovation. The gallery’s exhibition and learning space will serve as a site of convergence for artists, performers, thought leaders and community members to create partnerships for social engagement, leveraging the power of the arts to create a sense.

The Frank is located at 601 City Center Way Pembroke Pines, FL 33025. Stay connected and follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines. For more information, call 954.392.2120 or email: thefrank@ppines.com.

Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission charges are subject to change during special events. Times and dates for special events will be announced.

Funding for this organization is provided in part by Broward County Cultural Division, Culture Builds Florida, Hello Sunny-Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center and Visitors Bureau and National Endowment for the Arts.

Visual Therapy 9/28/17

The Frank Art Gallery Presents

Visual Therapy – The Effects of Art as Manifestation on Artist and Viewer

Multidisciplinary exhibition opens September 28

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – The Frank art gallery in Pembroke Pines presents “Visual Therapy – The Effects of Art as Manifestation on Artist and Viewer,” an exhibition showcasing the work of 14 different artists that looks at the impact of art on both the artist and the viewer.

The multidisciplinary exhibition, curated by Stacy Conde, gallery director of Conde Contemporary, will open Thursday, September 28 with a reception beginning at 6 p.m. and is free to the public.

Visual Therapy examines the psychological motivations of the artists and the response their work evokes in the viewer. Through video installations, photorealistic, academic and expressionistic portraiture, conceptual art, surrealism, photography and performance art, visitors will have a direct view into the mind of the artistic creators. Artists featured in the exhibition include Anthony Ardavin, Julio Figeroa Beltran, Patricio Gonzalez Bezanilla, Bill Bilowit, Andres Conde, Luis Enrique Toledo Del Rio, Agnes Grochulska, Natasha Kertes, Marylin Loddi, Reynier Llanes Marquez, Darian Rodriguez Mederos, Raiman Rodriguez Moya, Luis Rodriguez Noa and Enrique Toledo.

“Though conventional wisdom would have us focus on art and not the artist, Visual Therapy takes a deeper dive into how it was created and what it elicits,” said Conde. “Some emotions will correlate and others will be completely opposite. What is so amazing about art is how people interpret it.”

As part of the exhibition, art appreciation workshops will be offered for adults and children led by curator, writer and art critic Yuneikys Villalonga. The adult art appreciation workshop is 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 30 and the children’s art appreciation workshop for children age eight to 12 is noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 14.

The Frank is located in the Charles F. Dodge City Center in Pembroke Pines at 601 City Center Way. Admission to The Frank is free. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about The Frank, call 954.392.2129, email thefrank@ppines.com or visit thefrankgallery.org. Follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines.

For more information about each artist visit:

Anthony Ardavin: http://www.anthonyardavin.com/

Julio Figueroa Beltran: http://juliofigueroabeltran.com/

Patricio Gonzalez Bezanilla: https://macfineart.com/patricio-gonzalez-bezanilla/

Bill Bilowit: http://wetheatproject.com/

Andres Conde: https://www.condecontemporary.com/andres-conde/

Luis Enrique Toledo Del Rio: https://www.artsy.net/artist/luis-enrique-toledo-del-rio

Agnes Grochulska: http://www.agnesgrochulska.com/

Natasha Kertes: http://natashakertes.com/Home

Marylin Loddi: https://www.facebook.com/marln.luhdee

Reynier Llanes Marquez: http://www.reynierllanes.com/Home.html

Darian Rodriguez Mederos: https://www.condecontemporary.com/darian-rodriguez-mederos/

Raiman Rodriguez Moya: https://www.artsy.net/artist/raiman-rodriguez-moya

Luis Rodriguez Noa: https://www.condecontemporary.com/luis-rodriguez-noa

Enrique Toledo: https://www.artsy.net/artist/enrique-toledo

About The Frank

The Frank is a two-story art gallery named after Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis for his decades-long commitment to the cultural arts. The Frank art gallery, located in the Charles F. Dodge City Center, showcases multi-disciplinary inclusive exhibitions to foster connections, initiate cultural change and promote innovation. The gallery’s exhibition and learning space serves as a site of convergence for artists, performers, thought leaders and community members to create partnerships for social engagement, leveraging the power of the arts to create a sense of place.

The Frank is located at 601 City Center Way Pembroke Pines, FL 33025. Stay connected and follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines. For more information, call 954.392.2129 or email: thefrank@ppines.com.

Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission charges are subject to change during special events. Times and dates for special events will be announced.

Funding for this organization is provided in part by Broward County Cultural Division, Culture Builds Florida, Hello Sunny-Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center and Visitors Bureau and National Endowment for the Arts.

Perceptual Tracking: A Color Space 1/11/18

The Frank Art Gallery Presents Perceptual Tracking: A Color Space

New exhibition opens January 11 with reception

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – The Frank art gallery in Pembroke Pines presents “Perceptual Tracking: A Color Space,” a collaborative installation by artists Leah Brown, Christian Feneck and Peter Symons. On display through March 11, Perceptual Tracking opens on Thursday, January 11 at 6 p.m. with a reception and a special ballet performance by dancer Joanna Gustinelli. The reception is free and open to the public.

Upon entering the exhibition space at The Frank, visitors will experience a visual immersion of color and form interacting with custom, color-shifting light that gives the sensation of movement while concealing and revealing as it shifts through the spectrum. This color-space combines narrative-driven sculptural elements with color-field painting and atmospheric lighting to create four distinct views of a visually confusing scene that combines elements of the organic and inorganic, the "real" and the perceived, predator and prey.

In the front gallery, contemporary artists Henning Haupt, Donna Haynes, Bonney Goldstein, Virginia Fifield and Jen Clay will create pieces around the overarching theme of perception. The 3rd Space gallery will be curated by the artists of ArtServe.

“Perceptual Tracking kicks off an amazing year we have planned at The Frank in 2018,” said Joshua Carden, chief curator of The Frank. “The brilliant minds of some very talented artists have created an exceptional experience within this exhibition and we are excited to share this and more with the community.”

The Frank is located in the Charles F. Dodge City Center in Pembroke Pines at 601 City Center Way. Admission to The Frank is free. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about The Frank, call 954.392.2120, email thefrank@ppines.com or visit thefrankgallery.org. Follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines.

For more information about each artist visit:

Leah Brown: http://leahbrownart.com/

Christian Feneck: http://christianfeneck.com/

Peter Symons: https://www.petersymons.com/

Henning Haupt: http://www.henninghaupt.com/

Donna Haynes: http://donnahaynes.net/

Bonney Goldstein: http://www.bonneygoldstein.com/

Virginia Fifield: http://virginiafifield.com/

Jen Clay: http://www.jenlynnclay.com/

ArtServe: https://artserve.org/

About The Frank

The Frank is a two-story art gallery named after Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis for his decades-long commitment to the cultural arts. The Frank art gallery, located in the Charles F. Dodge City Center, showcases multi-disciplinary inclusive exhibitions to foster connections, initiate cultural change and promote innovation. The gallery’s exhibition and learning space serves as a site of convergence for artists, performers, thought leaders and community members to create partnerships for social engagement, leveraging the power of the arts to create a sense of place.

The Frank is located at 601 City Center Way Pembroke Pines, FL 33025. Stay connected and follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines. For more information, call 954.392.2120 or email: thefrank@ppines.com.

Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission charges are subject to change during special events. Times and dates for special events will be announced.

Funding for this organization is provided in part by Broward County Cultural Division, Culture Builds Florida, Hello Sunny-Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center and Visitors Bureau and National Endowment for the Arts.

Florida Is 3/29/18

The Frank Art Gallery Presents Florida Is…

New exhibition opens March 29 with reception

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – The Frank art gallery in Pembroke Pines hosts “Florida Is…,” an evolving body of two-dimensional works that depict the natural beauty of Florida from March 29 through May 19.

Florida Is opens at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 with a reception and special Florida-inspired performance of “The Jungle Book” by Dance Express, the award-winning dance students at Bethune Elementary School of the Arts. The reception is free and open to the public.

Curated by Joshua Carden, the exhibition includes Xavier Cortada’s delicate drawings, vibrant larger-than-life projections and community engagement components that will educate viewers of all ages on the importance of Florida’s ecosystems and encourage environmental stewardship.

In the front gallery of The Frank, dynamic renderings of a new framework for sustainable urban design and architecture in South Florida are presented by the ADaPT Team, a partnership of Florida Atlantic University, Brooks + Scarpa, University of Southern California and University of Kansas.

“We are thrilled to open Florida Is and invite guests to reflect on the beautiful state that we know and love,” said Joshua Carden, chief curator of The Frank. “Between Xavier’s brilliant artwork and the ADaPT Team’s innovative designs, this exhibition will be both educational and inspiring as we promote the importance and beauty of our ecosystem.”

As part of the Florida Is exhibition, The Frank will offer a free art workshop for all ages led by Cortada on Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will have the opportunity to create environmentally-themed artwork to be displayed in Cortada’s online global gallery. Space is limited.

The Third Space Gallery, located on the second floor, will feature an exhibition by Artists with Autism, a non-profit networking group that promotes micro-enterprise, opportunities and independence among aspiring artists on the autism spectrum. Artists with Autism will host an art market in The Frank’s learning space during the opening reception on March 29.

The Frank is located in the Charles F. Dodge City Center in Pembroke Pines at 601 City Center Way. Admission to The Frank is free. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about The Frank, call 954.392.2120, email thefrank@ppines.com or visit thefrankgallery.org. Follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines.

About The Frank

The Frank is a two-story art gallery named after Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis for his decades-long commitment to the cultural arts. The Frank art gallery, located in the Charles F. Dodge City Center, showcases multi-disciplinary inclusive exhibitions to foster connections, initiate cultural change and promote innovation. The gallery’s exhibition and learning space serves as a site of convergence for artists, performers, thought leaders and community members to create partnerships for social engagement, leveraging the power of the arts to create a sense of place.

The Frank is located at 601 City Center Way Pembroke Pines, FL 33025. Stay connected and follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines. For more information, call 954.392.2120 or email: thefrank@ppines.com.

Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission charges are subject to change during special events. Times and dates for special events will be announced.

Funding for this organization is provided in part by Broward County Cultural Division, Culture Builds Florida, Hello Sunny-Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center and Visitors Bureau and National Endowment for the Arts.

Wizard of Oz At The Frank 6/7/18

The Frank Kicks Off the Summer Season with The Wizard of OzTM

Educational multi-sensory exhibition for all ages on display through August 18

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and the Wizard of Oz have all landed in Pembroke Pines at The Frank art gallery’s new family-friendly interactive educational exhibit, The Wizard of OzTM. Created by Miami Children’s Museum and licensed by Warner Bros. Consumer Products, the exhibition opened with a full house reception where guests were the first to experience The Wizard of Oz and treated to a vocal performance of “Over the Rainbow,” by Chelsea Low.

The Wizard of Oz is on display through August 18. Admission is $5 per person.

Reception visitors embarked on a multi-sensory exploration of the iconic Land of Oz as they traveled over the rainbow to experience the magic of this classic film. In the only licensed educational exhibit from Warner Brothers, visitors participated in a fun-filled journey of self-discovery by using literacy, visual and performing arts, investigations of light and science and much more. They traveled from the Gale Farm along the Yellow Brick Road to the colorful Land of Oz and explore Munchkinland, The Crossroads, The Witch’s Castle and The Emerald CityTM before returning home to Pembroke Pines.

The Frank’s Chief Curator Joshua Carden combined The Wizard of Oz exhibition with contemporary artwork by Jason Aponte, Franklin Gonzalez, Gabriele Gutwirth, Aaron Miller, Brian Reedy and Santiago Rubino.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the success of The Wizard of Oz opening and are so thankful for the support and positive response that the exhibition has already received,” said Carden. “Any chance we get to invite the community in to experience art in a new way is always a victory for us. This exhibition has something for everyone and we hope the community continues to enjoy it all summer long.”

As part of The Wizard of Oz, various workshops, lectures and events are offered throughout the summer. For more information, visit https://www.thefrankgallery.org/events.

The Third Space gallery at The Frank, designated for exhibiting work from the community at large, features work by participants of the Free@TheFrank art workshops and art classes.

Guided tours and educational field trips within The Wizard of Oz exhibition are available. The Frank is located in the Charles F. Dodge City Center in Pembroke Pines at 601 City Center Way. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about The Frank, call 954.392.2120, email thefrank@ppines.com or visit thefrankgallery.org. Follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines.

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About The Frank

The Frank is a two-story art gallery named after Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis for his decades-long commitment to the cultural arts. The Frank art gallery, located in the Charles F. Dodge City Center, showcases multi-disciplinary inclusive exhibitions to foster connections, initiate cultural change and promote innovation. The gallery’s exhibition and learning space serves as a site of convergence for artists, performers, thought leaders and community members to create partnerships for social engagement, leveraging the power of the arts to create a sense of place.

The Frank is located at 601 City Center Way Pembroke Pines, FL 33025. Stay connected and follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines. For more information, call 954.392.2120 or email: thefrank@ppines.com.

Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission charges are subject to change during special events. Times and dates for special events will be announced.

Funding for this organization is provided in part by Broward County Cultural Division, Culture Builds Florida, Hello Sunny-Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center and Visitors Bureau and National Endowment for the Arts.

Hustle 9/6/18

The Frank Art Gallery Opens Hustle on September 6

New exhibition explores pop-sensibilities of South Florida’s urban art

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – The Frank art gallery in Pembroke Pines presents “Hustle,” a collection of work exploring the pop-sensibilities of South Florida’s urban art with an emphasis on process, labor and work. Hustle is on display from September 6 through October 27.

The opening reception for Hustle begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 6 and is free and open to the public. In addition to the amazing artwork, guests also will enjoy a special spoken word performance by Darius V. Daughtry, founder and director of the Art Prevails Project.

Curated by The Frank’s Chief Curator Joshua Carden and ArtServe’s Curator Colette Mello, Hustle combines the pure colors and imagery of pop-art with the grit, energy and social undertones of street art. Featuring artists from Laundromat Art Space and ArtServe, the exhibition explores the physical and psychological marks of progress, development and growth through a contemporary pop-art lens.

“This exhibition will bring South Florida’s urban art scene to life in ways we don’t always see or think about immediately,” said Carden. “Hustle features incredible artists from all around the world, each bringing their unique insight and experience to the show.”

Among the artists participating in the exhibition are:

Cey Adams, http://ceyadams.com/, who draws inspiration from 60’s pop art, sign painting, comic books and popular culture. His work focuses on themes including pop culture, race and gender relations, cultural and community issues.

Luis Berros, http://www.luisberros.com/, who through his work, attempts to capture the moment where one point of view finds its opposite and discovers compliments, and indeed, a completeness, that was absent just a moment before.


CLoD, https://www.saatchiart.com/clodclod,or Venezuelan artist Claudia Echeverría, is best known for her whimsical abstract images that depict a world we can only visit through our imagination.

George Gadson, http://www.georgegadsonstudios.com/home, whose works express different aspects and values of life, with an underlying spiritual message that seeks to reconnect the human spirit with its creator.

Marina Gonella, https://www.marinagonella.com/, whose work is about the psychological influence of the surroundings and the relationship between place and identity.

Andre Martinez, https://www.laundromatartspace.com/andres-martinez, who creates a series of works that are saturated with obviousness, mental inertia, clichés and bad jokes, that reflect his mixed heritage and questions the profound meaning and superficial aesthetic appearance of everyday images.

David McCauley, https://www.artlifting.com/collections/david-mccauley, who began creating art to help him cope with the challenges of paralysis and to help him heal after sustaining a spinal cord injury that impaired his hand usage and paralyzed him from the chest down.

Rogerio Pedro, http://www.rogeriopedro.art.br/, who was influenced by the Modernist Movement and its aspects, especially cubism, which merges with the irreverence of a painter who does not fear color, who walks through the deconstruction of forms, volumes and concepts, and then re-establishes unique and identity-filled works.

Sterling Rook, http://www.sterlingrook.com/, whose multi-disciplinary practice investigates various artistic mediums to uncover cultural trends and the fabric of reality.

Ronald Sanchez, https://www.rsanchezart.com/, who uses conceptualism and visual poetry in his work incorporating an eclectic assortment of surfaces as his canvas. He brings new life to otherwise overlooked items from everyday life.

As part of Hustle, The Frank also will offer free workshops, lectures and events. For more information, visit https://www.thefrankgallery.org/events.

The Frank is located in the Charles F. Dodge City Center in Pembroke Pines at 601 City Center Way. Admission to The Frank is free. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about The Frank, call 954.392.2120, email thefrank@ppines.com or visit thefrankgallery.org. Follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines.

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About The Frank

The Frank is a two-story art gallery named after Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis for his decades-long commitment to the cultural arts. The Frank art gallery, located in the Charles F. Dodge City Center, showcases multi-disciplinary inclusive exhibitions to foster connections, initiate cultural change and promote innovation. The gallery’s exhibition and learning space serves as a site of convergence for artists, performers, thought leaders and community members to create partnerships for social engagement, leveraging the power of the arts to create a sense of place.

The Frank is located at 601 City Center Way Pembroke Pines, FL 33025. Stay connected and follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines. For more information, call 954.392.2120 or email: thefrank@ppines.com.

Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission charges are subject to change during special events. Times and dates for special events will be announced.

Funding for this organization is provided in part by Broward County Cultural Division, Culture Builds Florida, Hello Sunny-Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center and Visitors Bureau and National Endowment for the Arts.

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