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Red Carpet Event

Vizcaya Museum and Garden’s 62nd Annual Ball

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Vizcaya Ball

Museo Vault is excited to participate in the widely-anticipated 62nd Annual Ball for Vizcaya Museum and Gardens on November 17, 2018. The ball will highlight Eastern influences on art and high-end fashion with the theme “East Meets West, the Silk Road to Vizcaya.” Philanthropists and art enthusiasts won’t want to miss this elegant affair, which is incomparable in the world of fine art events.

The event features a red carpet entrance, cocktails in the courtyard, and breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay. Guests will enjoy dancing and dining while dressed to reflect the elegant styles of rich Eastern culture and conclude the evening with a dazzling fireworks presentation.

Luxurious Locale & History

The glamorous ball raises funds to preserve the architectural beauty of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, which was once home to agricultural industrialist James Deering. The luxurious historic home was inspired by Italian villas and was both a tribute to the past and an incorporation of modern styles, shown through the range of time periods in the various art collections.

The vast gardens resemble those of Florence and Rome and are some of the most elaborate in the United States. The landscape design features a secret garden, maze garden, and theater garden, as well as statues and elaborate fountains. The foliage includes orchids, a favorite of Deering, and subtropical plants that are compatible with Florida’s humid climate.

Silent Auction

A key component in raising the funds to support the preservation of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is the silent auction. Auction items have been donated by local philanthropists and prominent businesses, including Museo Vault. Guests will have the opportunity to view the auction items and privately bid on them at the ball or visit the auction website for a complete list of auction items one week before the event.

Museo Vault

The Museo Vault is a proud participant of Vizcaya Museum and Garden’s 62nd Annual Ball and is honored to be a sponsor for the silent auction. We have donated items for bidding and look forward to attending.

Museo Vault is a high-end fine art facility for storage and related services. We have been doing business with premier artists and at fine art events in Miami for 10 years and are excited to be expanding to West Palm Beach. Click here for more information about our fine art and antique storage services, or feel free to contact us with any questions.

Anniversary Event

Museo Vault Presents: Locust Projects 20th Anniversary Event

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The 20th Anniversary Benefit Dinner for the Locust Projects is sponsored by the Museo Vault, a local fine art and antique storage facility dedicated to meeting the highest needs of art clients around the world.

The event will be held November 10, 2018, at The Standard Spa Miami Beach. From 7:00 to 10:30 p.m. guests will enjoy fine dining among friends and colleagues, as well as artist performances and other creative art events.

We will be honoring the incredible chairs of the board of directors, Debra and Dennis Scholl and our founding artists, Westen Charles, Elizabeth Withstandley, and COOPER.

We also feature Locust Projects’ first major publication, produced by Tra Publishing.

What is Locust Projects?

In 1998, three Miami-based artists came together to organize a not for profit exhibition space for local, national and international artists, inviting and encouraging contemporary visual artists to create temporary site-specific installations, to use the space for experimentation and development without the restrictions and pressures that accompany traditional exhibition spaces. This became what we know as Locust Projects. Now located in Miami, Locust Projects is involved in many educational programs and initiatives that benefit the local community.

Dennis and Debra Scholl

In 2001, when Locust Projects became officially incorporated, a board of directors was added and Debra and Dennis Scholl were welcomed as the founding chairs of the board. They continue serving in this capacity today, twenty years later.

Debra and Dennis Scholl started their careers as lawyers but made the switch to real estate development, which has allowed them to devote more time to their passions and their community. They are avid art collectors, current and past members of the board of directors for several museums, and have even created their own wine label in Australia. Dennis Scholl is currently the CEO of ArtCenter/South Florida.

Founding Artists

Westen Charles – Known for quirky psychological elements incorporated in his designs. Studied at the University of Miami and the Pratt Institute.

Elizabeth Withstandley – Works with multi-media installations, video art, photography, conceptual, and digital. Studied at the Pratt Institute and the University of Alabama.

COOPER – Known for emotional sculptures portraying emotion, death, and the struggle for power. His pieces include an element of darkness and obscurity. Studied at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Pratt Institute, and the University of Alabama.

Museo Vault

The Museo Vault is proud to provide the art event sponsorship for this prestigious gathering and to be a part of the 20-year legacy celebration. We are the premier provider of fine art and antique storage services in South Florida and also specialize in installation, packaging, transportation, collection management, and shipping services.

To learn more about the fine art services we provide, please visit the Museo Vault or contact us today!

Wine Tasting in Miami

Wine Tasting in Miami – the Best Local Wine Tasting Events This Summer

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With the days getting longer, summertime is the ideal time of year to add some enjoyable, seasonal activities into your schedule.

Fortunately, Miami and South Beach have no shortage of summer events to cater to the fine tastes of residents and visitors alike.

If you’re a lover of all things fine – fine art, wine, and food, for example – Miami offers a plethora of events to meet your desires.

From wine tasting in Miami to the Miami Food and Wine Festival, this is the place to come to explore new flavors and experiences.

Experience the Very Best of Miami and South Beach: 6 Food and Wine Events in Miami

One of the main wine events here is the Food Network’s South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Although this year’s event has already taken place, the dates for next year have been set. Be sure to mark your calendars for Feb 20-24, 2019.

Of course, you’re not limited to this food and wine festival. Miami and South Beach have a lot to offer, especially this summer.

Here’s just a taste of what wine connoisseurs like yourself can find this summer.

Wine Tasting

1. Vineyard to Beach: “A Red, White and Sparkling” Summer Wine Tasting Series

This is one of the premier wine events in Miami. It’s hosted by Malibu Farm Miami Beach restaurant, which has been described as the “epitome of laid-back luxury.”

Located within the Eden Roc Hotel, the venue offers breathtaking ocean views, and has a light and airy, yet sophisticated, atmosphere.

During the summer months, Malibu Farm Miami Beach presents the Miami wine tasting series: Vineyard to Beach: “A Red, White and Sparkling” Summer Wine Tasting Series.

During the event, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of not just one prestigious winery in Miami, but multiple wineries that cater to discerning connoisseurs.

The goal of this series is to educate as well as entice. The tours will be led by industry experts so that you can gain an even deeper knowledge of the best wines Miami has to offer.

The series runs every Saturday from July 7 to August 4, with each day being spent at a different winery in Miami.

Wine Tasting

2. Florida Wine Academy Presents: Grape to Glass

How would you like to take your wine expertise to the next level?

If that appeals to you, then you should buy tickets for a summer wine course offered by the Florida Wine Academy.

The class will take place on June 27. The course lasts about two-and-a-half hours. During this time, you’ll learn about the characteristics of five types of wines. You’ll learn about the grape itself, as well as the climate in which it was grown and how each affects the flavor of the final product.

You’ll also learn how to make the best food and wine pairings.

Wine at Steakhouse

3. The Forge Restaurant & Wine Bar on Miami Beach

If you prefer a night out on the town instead of attending a specific event, you need to find a restaurant that caters to your high-class tastes and palate.

How would you feel about going to a restaurant recommended by a  multi-Michelin Star chef?

French chef Daniel Boulud lives and works in NYC, but he makes frequent trips to Miami. One of his favorite places to eat is The Forge.

This high-end steakhouse has an extensive wine cellar which houses millions of dollars of wine. And the food is pretty fantastic.

Another perk of spending an evening at The Forge: The A-list clientele. Enjoy some people watching as you sip from the restaurant’s incredible wine collection.

Wine Tasting

4. “Farm to Farm” Five-Course Dinner with Chefs Phillip Bryant and Veronica Valdivia

Do you like the idea of dining at a private estate? Then next summer, you should definitely attend the “Farm to Farm” dinner that was held in June this year at Estancia Culinaria.

Described as casual yet elegant, Estancia Culinaria is a favorite venue for special events, like weddings and receptions.

On June 29, the private estate hosted a five-course dinner prepared by chefs Phillip Bryant and Veronica Valdivia.

The chefs created a meal made only of fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients.

Brenda Poo, a renowned wine consultant, was on-hand as well. She selected the wine pairings for each course and explained each pairing in depth.

Miami Ocean Avenue Wine Tour

5. Miami Beach Food and Art Deco Walking Tour

If you’d like to get up close and personal with the local art scene, all while enjoying some of the best food Florida has to offer, you should definitely take advantage of the Miami Beach Food and Art Deco Walking Tour.

This is a three-hour tour through South Beach. You’ll get to sample food and drinks from five of the best restaurants in South Beach.

Along the tour, you’ll hear live samba music and get to explore the gorgeous art deco architecture that South Beach is famous for.

Create Your Own Miami Wine Tasting and Art Show Event with Museo Vault Company

At Museo Vault, we love the finer things in life, too. That’s why we offer exceptional services to protect some of your most valued possessions: your art.

But that’s not all we offer to our valued customers. We also offer the opportunity to host your very own art show and wine tasting in Miami.

In our exhibition room, we will create a customized viewing experience. We can set up your artwork like an exhibit you’d see in an art gallery. Or, we can put your artwork on display in an auction-like setting so that you can sell some of your pieces to private buyers.

During your event, you can serve a full meal to your guests or have an hors d’oeuvres and wine bar.

We will ensure that your art is safe and secure.

Our exhibition area is the perfect setting to put your fine art on display to share with the world. Add some of the best wine Miami has to offer and your event will be one of the best your guests have ever experienced.

Are you interested in hosting an art exhibit and wine tasting event? Contact us to schedule a tour of our exhibition room and find out more about how we can help make your event unforgettable.

Museum Admission

Miami Art Museums Free Admission Days

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As you’ve visited any art museums over the past year or so, you’ve probably noticed the prices have changed.

Unfortunately, many formerly free museums in Miami and around the country started charging admission. Many other museums have increased their prices to keep up with operating costs.

However, not everyone can afford to pay these admission fees. And if you want to bring the entire family? Forget it.

Don’t worry, there’s some good news.

Museum curators have figured out a way to make enough money from art museum admission while still keeping the venue accessible: free museum day or special rates.

It’s a win-win.

Here’s what you need to know about updated art museum admission fees and how to find free museums in Miami.

Why Are Art Museum Admission Fees Rising?

Keeping an art museum open is no small feat. Many people may not realize how much daily operation actually costs. Curators have to budget for several factors:

  • Rent for the facility itself
  • Purchasing art work
  • Transporation and storage costs
  • Facility renovations and updating exhibits
  • Salaries for staff members
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Utilities for the climate-controlled facility
  • Additional amenities and services like beverages and security

Exhibits alone can cost a fortune. The Smithsonian, for example, spends $90,000 per art exhibit on average –  $41 million total.  Although most museums don’t have art quite like the Smithsonian, they don’t bring in the same amount in revenue either.

Musuems had to make a choice: raise admission fees or face closure.

Of course, no one wants to close their museum.

“Free Museum Day” and Other Alternatives

Writers, curators, and patrons have thrown around various ideas for keeping museums accessible to the general public.

Some argue that curators should sell their stored artwork to cover operating costs. For curators, this is not an ideal solution.

Instead, many curators have decided to make their museums free. Okay, not completely free all of the time, but rather a “free museum day” once per week or month. This ensures artwork stays accessible to the general public while still maintaining operating costs.

In addition to free museum day, many facilities offer free admission or discounted prices to:

  • Teachers
  • Senior citizens
  • Military personnel
  • Students
  • EBT card holders

Miami Bay of Pigs Museum

How to Find Free Museums Today

Now that you know about this, you’re probably wondering “are there any free museums near me?” Or “where can I find free museums today?”

Below you’ll find free museums in Miami for every day of the week. Some are free every day, some offer one free day per week or month, and others offer special discounts to different segments of the population.

Now, you and your entire family can find free museums when you’re ready to get out of the house for some fun.

Free Museums Near Me – All Day, Every Day

Bay of Pigs Museum: The Bay of Pigs Museum is always open to the public. This museum commemorates the failed CIA-backed invasion of Cuba.

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum: This huge museum is always free to the public and open year-round so the entire family can enjoy dozens of exhibits any day of the week. The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum also offers several workshops and events to keep you busy.

MDC Museum & Galleries of Art + Design: MDC is located on the Miami Dade College campus. After a year of renovations, this museum is ready to reopen with visually stimulating exhibits and interesting aesthetics.

Museum of Contemporary Art: The Museum of Contemporary Art isn’t free for adults, but it only costs $5. It’s on the “free museums today” list because city employees, veterans, North Miami residents, and kids under 12 always get in free of charge. Plus, they offer a $3 student discount.

Institute of Contemporary Art: Thanks to sustaining memberships, the Institute of Contemporary Art is free every single day. Just make sure to reserve your tickets online ahead of time.

Jewish Museum of Florida

Free Museums in Miami on Select Days

These museums in Miami offer free days at their discretion.

  • Bass Museum of Art: Free the last Sunday of each month and kids under six are always free.
  • Gold Coast Railroad Museum: Free the last Saturday of each month except for March due to special events. Free admission for kids under two.
  • HistoryMiami: Free on the second Saturday each month. Kids are always free. Veterans get in free all summer between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
  • Jewish Museum of Florida: Free admission every Saturday. Kids under six never get charged admission.
  • Lowe Art Museum: The first Tuesday each month is donation-only admission. Kids get free admission.
  • Miami Children’s Museum: Free admission on the third Friday of each month.
  • Wolfsonian-FIU Art Museum: Every Friday after 6:00 is a free-for-all and kids are always free.

Discounted or Free Museum Admission Through the Museum Pass Program

The Museum Pass Program allows Miami residents to “check out” passes from their local library. These passes grant entry to a family of four into one of the participating museums for free. You can only check one pass out at a time and numbers are limited to avoid overloading the museums.

Participating museums include: The Bass, Coral Gables Museum, The Curtiss Mansion, Deering Estate, Fruit & Spice Park, HistoryMiami Museum, Jewish Museum of Florida, Lowe Art Museum, Miami Children’s Museum, Phillip & Patricia Frost Museum, Perez Art Museum, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Zoo Miami, and The Wolfsonian-FIU.

Have fun!

Schedule a Tour of Museo Vault Today

Museo Vault is the premier provider of art storage and related services in South Florida. Highly skilled artists with years of knowledge and experience make up most of our team. We’re prepared to not only handle your art with care but also answer any questions you may have about the transportation or storage process.

Beyond storage, Museo Vault offers installation, packaging, domestic and international shipping, collection management, insurance, white glove moving, appraisals, restoration, and more.

Contact us today or call at 305-751-1175 to learn more about our services or schedule a tour.

What It Takes to Put on an Art Fair: The Crazy Logistic Planning behind Art Basel-Miami Beach

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Art Basel Miami Exhibition
CAPTION: Months of planning go into creating Art Basel-Miami Beach

 

The younger sister to Art Basel-Switzerland, the Art Basel-Miami fair draws tens of thousands of visitors to Miami, Florida, every year. Fair goers expect to see the best of the best that artists around the world have to offer, and fair planners work incredibly hard to fulfill that demand.

 

This year, Art Basel-Miami Beach runs from December 3rd through December 6th. But fair planners have been busy since the moment the fair closed last year in preparation for this year’s extravagant event.

 

Gallery Selection

 

Hundreds of modern and contemporary art galleries from around the world compete to gain a coveted space at the fair. Each gallery is required to submit an application for one of nine sectors: Galleries, Edition, Nova, Survey, Positions, Kabinett, Public, Film, and Magazines. Each sector focuses on specific types and genres of art. Hopeful galleries spend weeks on the applications, which require them to detail the artwork they will exhibit, define the design of their exhibition spaces, and more. It’s an intense process. In the end, only 267 galleries won spots out of around 900 who applied.

 

The fair jury is looking for fresh, new works in order to keep drawing crowds of spectators and buyers, so each gallery has to prove that their exhibitions are works by brilliant up-and-coming artists or new and exclusive works by established artists.

 

Getting the Artwork to Miami Beach

 

Once a gallery has won booth space, they then have months of planning ahead of them. One of the biggest logistics nightmares is getting all the artwork safely to the fair, and for international galleries, this takes a team of dedicated experts. Leading private collectors and museums in the area help ease the stress by opening their homes and their storage warehouses to guests of the fair.

 

Gallerists and their teams must not only transport multiple pieces of art to the fair, they must then determine exactly how they will exhibit them to best effect. With so much competition, snagging fairgoers’ attention is of paramount importance.

 

At this year’s Art Basel-Miami Beach fair, you can expect that it will take at least an entire day to see everything there is to offer. Plan on several days if you also want to visit nearby 3D installations, murals, and concurrent art fairs in other parts of the city of Miami. The city of Miami, which has transformed itself in the past decade into an artistic hotspot with a young and exciting cultural pulse, rises to the occasion each and every year. We expect this year’s fair to be no different.