Blooming Design in collaboration with Johnnie C. Cope Inc. has announced it will kick off Art Basel Miami 2011 with a private Cocktail Reception Vernissage on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at its innovative space in Miamiâ€™s Wynwood Arts District. The event begins a five-night show called â€œElements,â€ a celebration of the earth and organic beauty through art and cultural traditions, headlined by Brazilian-born artist Henrique Souza.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011: Private Cocktail Reception Vernissage 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.: Featuring an exhibit by headlining artist Henrique Souza, works by Francisco Chediak and Cecilia Moreno-Yaghoubi, a custom display from Vertical River and an evening curated by Adriana de Moura. Includes specialty cocktails courtesy of Syltbar, sweet treats by Cioccolada and a VIP lounge created by Blooming Design.
Thursday, Dececember 1, 2011: An evening of cocktails, music by famed DJ Lina Bradford and a fashion show featuring the spring/summer 2012 collection by Brazilian design sensation Marcelo Quadros.
Friday, December 2, 2011: â€œBrazilian Showcase,â€ a Brazilian-themed cocktail party with music by world-renowned Brazilian DJ Myrthes and complimentary caipirinhas provided by LeBlon CachaÃ§a and light bites by chef Sergio Silva.
Saturday, December 3, 2011: A day of performance artists that will include music by international artist and musician Gil Bitton from his latest album Ne Me Quitte Pas, a collection of classical French remakes, and the performance art of Bill Spring, featuring his one-person spoken narrative/movement piece titled â€œThe Prehistoric Zipcode of Water.â€ The evening will also feature culinary artistry by celebrated Chef Michael R. Shikany of SHIKANY.
Sunday, December 4, 2011: VIP cocktail hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to honor the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Community.