Be true to your art school
It's been nearly 15 years since the Dreyfoos School of the Arts first opened its doors, which begs the question: Where are they now? The students, that is. The visual arts department has the answer, as it presents its First Annual Alumni Art Exhibit.
Connie Rudy, a DSOA art teacher and exhibit organizer, explains that she wants to promote all areas of visual art -- especially the ones that bring home the bacon, like animation, textiles, and industrial design. "We want to show that artists don't have to be starving artists," she says.
One such artist is Omar Bailey, whose shoe designs for K-Swiss, New Balance, and Adidas provide quite the résumé boost. Other works include pieces like Talya Lerman's collage Old World (pictured). A full-time employee of the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Lerman has seen first-hand how much the local art scene has benefited from DSOA, noting that many alumni work locally as writers, filmmakers, and arts administrators. "This exhibition should be a fine representation of the talent that has emerged from that school," she says. The exhibit runs January 13 through February 6 at EG2 Gallery (550 Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach). Call 561-882-0470. -- Jason Budjinski
Roses at close range
Although Greek artist Vangelis Andriotakis works only in flowers, you won't find any shrinking violets in the mix. His typically large canvases (some are slightly over four feet square) depict roses, orchids, poppies, and zinnias at an almost embarrassingly close range. Instead of a dainty little sniff, expect Andriotakis to virtually shove your nose deep into the blossoms. Perhaps for the first time, you'll notice sweaty droplets of water, the way petals poetically swirl, and dark chasms where the sun is denied access. Feel a little invasive? That's the intimacy Andriotakis seemed eager to create between art and admirer in his past works. But his new collection, "The Empire of Beauty," is a little more romantic and abstract. Meet the artist opening night from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the New River Fine Art Gallery (914 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) or call 954-524-2100. The exhibit stays up until January 30. -- Riki Altman
A Fair Deal
Three's a show
Sorry to disappoint all you crime buffs, but the PalmBeach3 is not a trio of mobsters. Rather, it's a show that brings three separate art fairs under one roof -- PalmBeachContemporary, PalmBeachPhotography, and PalmBeachSOFA (sculptural objects and functional art). With a variety of artwork made after 1950, the contemporary fair includes more styles and media than Andy Warhol can shake a soup can at -- much more modern than SOFA fair sculptures like Ingrid Donat's Egyptian-style commode. Rounding things off with a touch of realism is the photography fair, which features such haunting imagery as Cindy Sherman's Untitled (pictured). PalmBeach3 runs Friday through Monday at the Palm Beach County Convention Center (650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach). Call 561-209-1338. -- Jason Budjinski
Sidney or Siddhartha?
When an artist openly touts Buddhism in his paintings, you can expect the results to mix spiritual subject matter and well-balanced compositions. And that's exactly the case with Sid Torres, whose expressionist paintings are as much about inner feeling as external arrangement. An exhibit of Torres' paintings opens Saturday and runs through February 4 at Art Expressions (1212 NE Fourth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Call 954-527-7700. -- Jason Budjinski