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AN EXHIBIT FOR PEACE - Exhibitions - Manolis Projects Art Gallery

Ron Burkhardt, Sun Sky, 2022

Acrylic on Canvas - 36 x 36 inches

AN EXHIBIT FOR PEACE - Exhibitions - Manolis Projects Art Gallery

J. Steven Manolis, Sun, Beach, Water & Sky (Ukrainian Rhapsody), 2022

Acrylic and Latex Enamel on Canvas - 96 X 84 inches


Miami Beach & Odessa, Ukraine celebrate a ‘Sister-Cities’ Partnership

The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach (RCSB) & Manolis Projects Gallery invite you to a Blue & Yellow color-themed Art Exhibition celebrating a Miami Beach and Ukrainian fusion of Freedom and Peace.

Joining hands in Blue & Yellow representing Miami Beach’s existential magnetic colors of the Sun, Beach, Water & Sky with the colors of the Ukrainian Flag, ten Manolis Projects Artists, under the initiative of RCSB Art Platform, will present 30 unique works in a juried Exhibition. See and choose your favorite! Additionally, ten museum-scale artworks grace prominent spaces of the legendary hotel. 

AN EXHIBIT FOR PEACE - Exhibitions - Manolis Projects Art Gallery

Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber discusses the importance of this art exhibit, and thanks Manolis Projects co-owner J. Steven Manolis (left).


Manolis Projects Gallery joined The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, in its Art For Good program, sharing the healing power of the arts. Manolis Projects Gallery hosted an Exhibit for Peace to celebrate the City of Miami Beach’s ‘Sister-City’ designation with Odessa, Ukraine, and to highlight the importance of hope and freedom.

MIAMI, FL - October 11, 2022 - Manolis Projects Gallery continues collaborating with The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, and its Art for Good program that addresses global issues by celebrating art, innovation, and the limitless potential of human collaboration. For the latest installment, a selected group of Manolis Projects artists worked on a color-themed exhibit to celebrate The City of Miami Beach’s ‘Sister-City’ designation with Odessa, Ukraine, to welcome the visiting Ukrainian delegates, and to champion freedom through the arts.

“An Exhibit for Peace” is a private art exhibition for collectors, influencers, and tastemakers, in partnership with The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. Dedicated to the unifying colors of the sun, beach, water, and sky of Miami Beach and the Ukrainian flag - blue and yellow - over 30 specially commissioned paintings by acclaimed contemporary artists, including Ron Burkhardt, Carol Calicchio, Jill Krutick, Aurelia Majorel, Timi Ogundipe, Annemarie Ryan, and Camilla Webster were displayed in the resort’s restaurant Fuego Y Mar for guests to admire and purchase. Notable guests in attendance included Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber and Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez.

AN EXHIBIT FOR PEACE - Exhibitions - Manolis Projects Art Gallery

Standing (left to right): J. Steven Manolis, Ronit Newman, a member of the Ukrainian delegation, and Bruce Helander.

The works were then examined and voted upon by a jury of high-profile judges, including: Ronit Neuman, Art Director for Sagamore South Beach; Marcella Novela, Art in Public Spaces and Vice Chair of No Vacancy project; Brandi Reddick, Cultural Affairs Manager at the City of Miami Beach; Rhonda Mitrani, Director, Producer, and Art Curator; and Bruce Helander, Artist, Speaker, and former Fellow of Florida Artists Hall of Fame. The winning artist of the evening was Ron Burkhardt.

“Art has always been at the center of our programming at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. Through our hotel’s Art For Good platform, and by partnering with local artists and galleries, we create and help curate authentic exhibits that portray subject matters through the magic of art,” says Ronit Neuman, co-owner of The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, and Artistic Director at Sagamore South Beach. “This specific “Blue & Yellow” collection with Manolis Projects Gallery presents a unique opportunity for Miami Beach, now a sister city to Odessa, Ukraine, to educate and create awareness around the hardships facing the victims and refugees of this war.”

To view and learn more about the works in this Blue & Yellow-themed collection, click here.

AN EXHIBIT FOR PEACE - Exhibitions - Manolis Projects Art Gallery

J. Steven Manolis, Sun, Water, Sky IV, 2022

Watercolor and Vitreous acrylic on paper - 16 x 12 inches


About Manolis Projects Gallery

Manolis Projects Gallery is South Florida’s largest fine arts gallery, and also serves as a working artist studio and event venue. The gallery features unique paintings, sculptures, and collectible limited edition works by over 40 international artists, focusing on modern masters and contemporary art, bridging the gap between established and emerging artists and collectors. Manolis Projects was founded by J. Steven Manolis, a leading and critically acclaimed abstract expressionist painter and former National Academy of Design Chairman, who is now Artist in Residence, and co-owner of the gallery with his wife, Myrthia Natalie Moore. 

AN EXHIBIT FOR PEACE - Exhibitions - Manolis Projects Art Gallery

Timi Ogundipe, Angelic Match, 2022

Acrylic & Marker on paper - 16 x 12 inches

About The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach

Inspired by its rich history and iconic building, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach is the epitome of Miami glamour, welcoming travelers to one of the country’s most alluring cities. The luxury hotel experience includes a classic cocktail lounge that celebrates the intriguing stories of the city’s past, an elevated pool overlooking the Atlantic and a full-service spa that serves as a retreat for rejuvenation amid the excitement of Miami.


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