Basel Comes to Broward

No, there are no artsy Target Superstores, walkable designated arts districts, or fashionable Europeans flying in to get a closer look at this Basel, but on the upside -- there is also no $30 parking fee, overheard stuffy-art-critic dribble, or gentrification of some of the city's most eclectic spots. If you are not in complete Art Basel overload, there is but one more opportunity for art absorption with Saturday's opening of "Basel Broward" at Rossetti Fine Art Gallery (2176 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors). While not technically associated with Art Basel, Basel Broward is like any of the dozens of other satellite events attached to the world-renowned exhibit, if said satellite beamed just one county north. "Fort Lauderdale is only 20 miles away, and Art Basel is huge for all of South Florida," says gallery owner Tom Rossetti. "The idea is to make all of South Florida a part of Art Basel in a way. Why not hold events in Broward and Palm Beach counties as well?" Intentionally held one week after, this event is just another way to keep the Art Basel frenzy going until the end of the year, Rossetti says. In its fifth year, Basel Broward is a juried competition of local artists' 2-D and 3-D mixed-media works. Judges pore over 200 entries and select 50 pieces to showcase. This year's judge is painter Barry Gross. Saturday's reception goes from 7 to 10 p.m., with the show running until January 4. Call 954-616-8653, or visit
Fridays, 3-11 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 13, 7-10 p.m.; Saturdays, 3-11 p.m.; Sundays, 5-10 p.m.; Tuesdays, 2-9 p.m.; Wednesdays, 2-9 p.m.; Thursdays, 3-10 p.m. Starts: Dec. 12. Continues through Jan. 4, 2014
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Terra Sullivan