Don’t call them “ladies who lunch.” Sure, they’re ladies. And yes, they’re meeting for lunch at Manolis Projects Gallery in Little Haiti. But these are Miami mavens who get stuff done—and help women rise at the same time. So instead, just call them the new network that puts the magic in the Magic City.
Celebrating Women at Manolis: The gallery will honor Women's History Month with a solo show by Argentinian NeoExpressionist artist Fernanda Lavera.
Paintings in varying shades of red are the focus of the gallery's latest exhibition, "Relishing Red: The Power of Redworld."
MYRTHIA NATALIE MOORE
As co-owner of Manolis Projects gallery (with her artist husband, J. Steven Manolis), Myrthia Natalie Moore knows a thing or two about art curation. But she’s also the curator of today’s networking luncheon in the heart of her gallery—a haven for contemporary postWorld War II American art pieces by more than 40 artists including Hunt Slonem, Didier Aurat, Fernanda Lavera, Miles Slater, and Jojo Anavim.
Moore has worked as both a finance professional in tax and investment planning, and as a marriage and family therapy counselor (anyone who has navigated joint finances can see synergies). But she also has a passion for art—a lens she says was honed by her architect father. And while today’s event is just as much about celebrating Manolis Projects’ latest art show, “Relishing Red: The Power of Redworld,” for Moore it’s also about nurturing a network of some of Miami’s most powerful and creative women.
“I have this amazing network of women friends,” she says. “If one of us is having a business problem, we sit down and talk it over. We’re like each other’s board of directors: We identify the problem and we find ways to solve it.” But Moore says it’s more than just power moves. We support each other on the journey, and those are the kind of women I wanted to invite to the gallery today."
Back in 2016, [Neuman] took a tour of her father Edeed Ben Josef's latest real estate purchase: South Beach's 1940s-era Sagamore Hotel. What she found was a proverbial blank canvas. Instantly, she says, she knew the sapce was crying out to be transformed into a major art destination - for guests and for the community at large.
Today, under Neuman’s watchful eye, the Sagamore Hotel partners with leading international galleries and artists to curate unique art exhibits throughout the hotel—including wildly popular NFT art. “The Sagamore is not an ordinary hotel,” Neuman says. “It has always been known as the ‘Art Hotel’ with strong links to the local community and the art world.”