Sunday, May 26, 2019
Art Scene

First-Ever “Art in the Garden” at Shops at Merrick Park


“The Body Brush” (acrylic on canvas) by Juan Cabas

Art and culture are alive as part of the Coral Gables fabric of life which will be even more visible during ART IN THE GARDEN at Shops at Merrick Park presented by CCUCU Gall-Art on Thursday, March 28, from 5 – 9 p.m.  An exhibition of several top artists, live entertainment in cooperation with The Motivational Edge and a display by the Coral Gables Museum will delight art and culture enthusiasts. 

“We are excited to be the perfect backdrop for a night of art and music,” said Andrew Peach, senior general manager of Shops at Merrick Park. “Working with CCUCU Gall-Art and other local partners, we invite the community to come shop, dine and immerse in fine art.”

The exhibition includes a roster of leading international and local artists hand selected by CCUCU Gall-Art, a Miami-based art gallery dedicated to inspiring change throughout the world with art. The visual collection will include works of realism, mixed media and modern expression.  Artists who will be on hand to meet and sell will include Juan Cabas, Ricardo Garcia, Joe Chirichigno, William Pavolini, Elsa Torres, Raul Sacheri, MJ POP, Kris Kasinoand Philson.

“As a leading purveyor of fine art with an expansive collection of local and world-renowned artists, we are pleased to present this showcase,’’ saidAdreina Kissane, CCUCU Gall-Art. “Shops at Merrick Park offers a wonderful landscape for displaying creative works and allowing art lovers to engage in the visual experience.”

Coral Gables Museum, an institution in the heart of Coral Gables, will display a glimpse of current works. Live music and art in motion will add another element to the night under the stars thanks to The Motivational Edge. 

For more information about Shops at Merrick Park, call (305) 529-0200, visit us online at or follow Shops at Merrick Park on Facebook at

About Shops at Merrick Park:Shops at Merrick Park, Coral Gables’ pristine destination for fine shopping and dining, provides Miami area residents and visitors with a distinctive collection of more than 100 stores and eateries anchored by flagship locations of Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. The center features luxury brands such as CH Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenberg, Gucci, Jimmy Choo and Tiffany & Co, alongside popular retailers such as Anthropologie, Banana Republic, J.Crew, Lilly Pulitzer, lululemon, Pottery Barn and Sephora. The unmatched shopping experience is enhanced by delicious dining options such as Mariposa at Neiman Marcus, Bazille at Nordstrom, SAWA, Sea Grill, Villagio Restaurant and Yard House. Elemis Spa, Equinox Fitness Club and the Landmark Theatre complete the well-rounded retail mix. Shops at Merrick Park is located at 358 San Lorenzo Ave. in Coral Gables. The center is open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., and Sunday, noon – 6 p.m. 

About The Motivational Edge :The Motivational Edge is a solutions-focused youth development agency that harnesses the power of culturally relevant arts and other platforms to enrich and transform young lives. The organization serves a wide-range of under-resourced children and homeless youth in Miami communities, including child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The Motivational Edge furnishes a supportive framework as children and families encounter opportunities for academic maturation, musical intellect, growth of character and increased self-regard. For more information, visit contact us at 800.641.2201 or e-mail

About Coral Gables Museum :The Coral Gables Museum fosters an appreciation for the civic arts in Coral Gables. It explores and celebrates the history, vision, urban and environmental design, and cultural landscape of the City Beautiful within a broad audience that ranges from children, families and community members to national and international visitors. The museum optimizes its mission by cultivating effective partnerships, and providing programming that includes exhibitions, educational programs, lectures, tours, publications and special events. For more information, visit

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