Gallerist Eric Charest-Weinberg will be giving the students of the Miami Design Districtâ€™s Design and Architecture Senior High School (DASH) their first big break. The best artwork done by juniors and seniors will be presented in an exhibition at the Charest-Weinberg Gallery (250 NW 23rd Street – Space 408) on March 14th, 2009, from 7 to 10 PM during the Wynwood Gallery Walk. All proceeds from sales of the work at this special event will go directly to the student artists.
Students featured in the exhibition include: Christopher Bender, Alejandro Cercas, Marcela Escobar, Victor Fernandez, Jasmine Nones-Newman, Lauren Robie, Paula Stevenson, Mei Fung Su, Danielle Zaslavskaya and Thomas Zenteno.
The 24-year old Charest-Weinberg, whose gallery is now celebrating its second season in the Wynwood Arts District, hand-selected the work of the ten students to be featured in this unique exhibition. â€œI wanted to do something that would directly benefit students that are looking towards art as their lifeâ€™s work. Throughout my education, I had the benefit of tremendous access to the arts. It allowed to me to follow my passion. Giving these kids a real gallery exhibition and establishing them within the context of a curated show is a great opportunity to push them to follow their own.â€
â€œIt is not often that high school students are presented the chance to participate in a truly professional endeavor; especially in todayâ€™s competitive art world,â€ said DASH Principal Stacey Mancuso. â€œMr. Charest-Weinberg recognizes these challenges and has responded by this creating this wonderful opportunity. I am honored that Eric has selected DASH as his venue for inquiry. The students are truly delighted to be associated with the exhibition.â€
In addition to showcasing new work from the participating students, each artist has been asked to compose their own text to accompany the work that they will be displaying.
HOME Miami & Florida Travel + Life will be sponsoring this one night only event.
In addition, the Charest-Weinberg Gallery has partnered with a number of local business who have agreed to donate to this exhibition including: Impress Digital Printing Solutions impressmiami.com, Clic::Studio Photography clicstudio.com and USA Frame usaframe.com.