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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Introducing the 2019 Grove Arts Festival poster

This is the 2019 Coconut Grove Arts Festival poster which was unveiled Thursday at Hotel Aria. The artists are husband and wife Melissa Mastrangelo and Horacio Lertora from Boyton Beach, Florida. 

The work of these two artists, who call their collaboration ROAME (pronounced “roam”), is defined by a symbiotic relationship between strong singular subjects interacting with a layered background, full of visual surprises. The inspiration is derived from advertising posters, billboards, popular culture, street art, vintage comics, quilting patterns, as well as the appreciation of distressed objects, particularly wood and paper.

“We could not be more excited about the collaboration of these two talented artists,” said Arts Festival President Monty Trainer. “They tell a story through their art which we believe will touch many.”

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival and The St. Stephen's Art Show are February 16-18, 2019. The St. Stephen's poster will be unveiled next week, it's by local artist Larry Shane, who we profiled earlier this month.

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Blogger Sledge said...

Depicts what the Grove is turning into, not much of a "grove" of coconuts anymore, huh, lots of concrete instead.

January 31, 2019 7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent rendition sans the wrecking ball.

January 31, 2019 8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting choice of colors. Dark, as in the mood in Coconut Grove these days.

January 31, 2019 10:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yes, I remember when I was young and surfed....in Coconut Grove?

February 01, 2019 4:53 AM  
Anonymous Bill Kunz said...

About as much Grove soul as one of those abhorrent white boxes.

February 01, 2019 4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has nothing to do with the Grove. Looks more like South Beach!

February 01, 2019 4:28 PM  
Anonymous Carla P Blanco said...

Why not use a Coconut Grove artist, like the wonderful Lisa Remeny for example? Or Carol Garvin another great CG artist?

February 01, 2019 5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn, I see where all you folks are right. Jobie Steppe

February 01, 2019 8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

missing white boxes, construction and not a peacock in sight... congrats to the no-nothing artists on winning the highest bid.

February 02, 2019 12:57 AM  
Blogger Glenn Terry said...

I like the dying plants in the foreground, very reminiscent of the new motto, "Out with the plants, in with the concrete!"

February 02, 2019 5:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They couldn't even get City Hall correct. It appears they show a three story square building with columns. Like they never even visited the Grove! What were they thinking?

February 02, 2019 7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@anon 7:55 This just looks so much like a view of Ocean Dr I’m thinking maybe this was a promo idea on the back burner and the artists just switched out a Miami Beach building and made one roughly based on City Hall.
It’s ironic, considering how long many of the Grove residents have been voicing their desire to secede from the City of Miami, that the only thing that actually represents the Grove in the poster is City Hall.

I mentioned in a recent comment how they try to sell the Grove as what it used to be in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s and here they go choosing an old 70’s camper to be evocative of the Grove

I’d love to see a poster that represents the Grove in its current (several years now actually) incarnation of constant traffic jams, multi-story hotels, surveillance cameras,endless construction, torn up sidewalks and impossible parking with aggressive ticketing. Not exactly the mellow, laidback vision that’s being sold to the tourists but it could be done satirically. I’d buy that in a heartbeat and put right next to my Blissberger 1983 Grove map poster to have a before and after. :)

February 02, 2019 10:20 AM  
Blogger Terry Ferrer said...

Why is there a Hungarian flag o'er the Miami City Hall?

(The flag of Hungary (Hungarian: Magyarország zászlaja, more commonly Hungarian: magyar zászló) is a horizontal tricolour of red, white and green. In this exact form, it has been the official flag of Hungary since May 23, 1957.)

February 02, 2019 11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 10:20, that's a great idea to do a reality poster. In fact the idea is so good I suggest someone do an underground poster like you describe and I'd donate funds to sell it throughout the Grove during the CG Art Show - - - - just for the fun of it. All profit, minus my investment would go to the artist(s) who create such a concept. For dunding I can be reached by going to jobiesteppe.com.

February 03, 2019 9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeezuz, what negativity. I'm far more linear: I think it's simply unattractive. That's all.

February 03, 2019 5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unattractive is an understatement. This image fails to capture our past or our future. Unattractive, try nothingness, unimaginative, and say what "linear", right on dog and absolutely negative, a waste of time and potential to attract folks to our Grove. Oh yes, DULL also comes to mind.

February 04, 2019 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Arts Festival is a giant waste of time with very few things that remotely pass as art. This poster sums it up perfectly. Kudos to the artist.

February 04, 2019 5:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 5:45, respectfully/sincerely, are U stating or suggesting "Kudos to the artist" because the artists rendition conscientiously, purposefully, willfully wanted to denounce the CG art show for the reason(s) you stated?

February 04, 2019 6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:45 Anon commenting on your comment that the CG Arts Festival is a waste of time. At some level I agree, but throughout this planet, for example: Ground Hog Day, or some wine or beer fest, rodeos, auto, monster or demolition car races, home town parades, the ball falling in NY on New Years Eve, etc., etc., and etc(s).. On one hand it's all a waste, on the other it gives folks (tribes) some cohesion, civility and togetherness and that helps construct civilizations & humanity, and yes wars & conflicts.

February 05, 2019 8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice enough poster I guess but I don’t think I have ever see a more incorrect depiction of Coconut Groce! Seriously - surfboards, Art Deco buildings and a motel? The VW van is a stretch back to the 60’s I guess but I would not look at this and think Coconut Grove. This is South Beach. We have so many amazing local artists why do we contract a. Boynton Beach artist? And what country’s flag is that on city hall?

February 05, 2019 7:51 PM  

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