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ART in Florida : British artists/galleries/Art Shows


 Florida abounds with resident British artists, painters, antique dealers and British-run galleries.  So much so, that we have a created a page for them.  Also professional British photographers, many of whom exhibit in galleries and have studios operate in many cities in Florida.  To showcase and market your work here,  email a query to britishbusinessflorida@gmail.com  On subject line put:  “British artist query.”  

►    FABB MEMBER PARDON STUDIO, established 1989 in Miami.  In May 2018,  the British-run faux finish and specialist decoration studio, lost exceptionally talented Englishman Leonard, its founder and extraordinary Master of Faux Painting.   This art source continues in good hands.  Shirley Pardon has assumed the Presidency with WILLIAM RODRIGUEZ Junior, Leonard’s protégé and assistant for the past 15 years, who continues in the Master’s footsteps. This maintains Pardon Studio’s prominence in this art field.  They will continue its tradition of imitating woods, marbles and other natural stones, plus Murals, Trompe l’oeil and Scene paintings.  Leonard’s legacy will live on through his work in the Royal homes of England, many hotels, restaurants and private estates throughout Europe and the US.  Please visit website www.pardonfauxfinishes.com to see many examples of work and finishes.  For a quote or discussion of potential commissions, please contact Shirley at [305] 758-5828 or by cell [786] 525-4621  email to info@pardonfauxfinishes.com   


►   Grahame Ménage is an established professional British artist in Miami. Designer of interiors, offering frescoes, trompe l’oeil, gilding and faux effects, he has worked for prestigious clients around the world, including the Royal Berkshire Polo Club where Princes Charles, William and Harry play, the Welsh National Opera, The National Theatre in London.  He has created scenery for fifty movie productions and brings his thirty-plus years experience to bear on the private sector, painting in homes, restaurants and hotels around the world.  ALSO:   Grahame is also an expert at pet portraits . Says Grahame:  ” We always need gifts for the people in our lives.  However, instead of scouring the Internet for gift guides or trotting round a department store, consider giving a gift that comes from the heart. A gift as thoughtful as it is inspiring, appreciated for years to come: art in the form of a pet portrait.   I create classic custom dog portraits.  His portraiture demonstrates a level of craftsmanship and refinement unique among contemporary pet portrait artists.  You [or the pet] can be based anywhere in the USA.  Just email or send Grahame a photo of your dog.  He’ll explain all when you contact him. Reach him directly to discuss your needs on his cell [678] 230-4033 or email grahame@grahamemenage.com  Grahame’s work can be found across the USA, around the world, in private homes, restaurants and also film sets.  See examples of all his work including the pet portraits on his website  www.grahamemenage.com.     A member of the Florida Association of British Business [FABB] since February 2015.   

 ►  2018 ART BASEL Miami Beach will be December 6-9, 2018.  The  show always features about 300 premier galleries from 32 countries, including influential collectors, directors, curators, trustees and patrons of leading international museums and institutions. These included London’s Serpentine Galleries and the Tate.  Featuring numerous galleries and exhibitors from the UK, this is Florida‘s cultural event of the year.  I have attended every year since its start with art collector friends over especially from London.  It’s enjoyable to ogle handsome English dealers in pin-stripe Saville Row suits as much as their inventory.  No flip-flops here.  You can enjoy over 800 art-related events and parties across the Miami area.  Occurring annually since  2002,  Art Basel Miami Beach features 250 galleries from dozens of countries, especially the UK.  Famed British artist exhibits here every year. Participants make it the most prestigious art show of the Americas, featuring established galleries and dynamic newcomers, ranging from a few hundred dollars to several million for museum-quality masterpieces.  INFO and TICKETS:    www.artbasel.com  Click on the Miami Beach section.  

►    ART WYNWOOD a major art show in Miami,  every February.  Details and tickets on www.artwynwood.com

►     British artists exhibit often at the Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach FL 33139.   Tel.  [305] 673.7530 www.bassmuseum.org

►    NEED A BRITISH ACCENT FOR YOUR PROJECT,  RADIO/TV COMMERCIAL, VOICEOVER or other purposes? The British accent is in great demand in the USA as a sales tool and to the American ear carries the sound of authority and sexiness.  Hire the professional velvet British voice of Patricia Kawaja in Miami. Patricia has years of professional experience and has done voiceovers for Cunard cruiselines,  WSVN Channel 7 in Miami,  Shangri-La World Class Hotel Chain and others in South Florida.   Call her on [305] 371-9340 to discuss your needs.     

£   TIP:  WANT TO SAVE WHEN TRANSFERRING over UK CURRENCY?   DON’T USE YOUR BANK!  Use Moneycorp.  [ I use Moneycorp myself–FABB President.]   The pound is shaky.  That affects all expats in Florida who still have UK dealings. To transfer your precious funds, we highly recommend you use the services of Moneycorp.  At lower rates than any bank!  This will save you fees and grief, as we Londoners say!  What your own bank won’t do is save considerable  exchange fees, like Moneycorp.   NOW is an advantageous time for you to transfer any funds you have.  THE BEST WAY:   Moneycorp, the UK company with an office in Florida and droves of satisfied Florida clients. It is the only UK currency exchange company licenced to deal in 50 states.   Many expat Brits here have used this currency service for years and report huge savings and satisfaction.   TO FIND OUT MORE:    Phone Moneycorp’s Kelly Cutchin on  [863] 207-6616 at their USA HQ in Orlando to ask all your questions.  Or email your query to Kelly Cutchin  kelly.cutchin@moneycorp.com for details.  Moneycorp’s HQ is in England.   Posted by the Florida Association of British Business [FABB].  Moneycorp have been trusted members since 2005.  

►  ARE YOU A BRIT OVER 55?  Did you pay into a company / private UK pension years ago?  You may be sitting on a large sum of money in the UK which you could use over here.  The UK’s decision to leave the EU has resulted in Gilt yields reaching all time historic lows,  pushing up the transfer values of UK defined benefit pensions schemes.  That means your unfrozen pension is worth MORE since July 2016.     The Florida Association of British Business [FABB] has now accessed millions of dollars in UK pensions for hundreds of expat Florida Brits like you since first offering this service 17 years ago.   There is a way to access your money early and spend it now.  Many Florida Brits have done this.  NEXT:   Contact FABB’s British pensions expert to explain it and answer your questions.  He has successfully worked with many Brits in Florida and other USA states to “unfreeze” their much-needed funds.   Contact FABB’s British pensions expert Mark Solomons, who will explain it.  Mark is a longtime member of the Florida Association of British Business.  Contact Mark by phone [561] 793-1311 in Palm Beach OR email him:    ukpensions@gmail.com  Include a sentence about the type of pension you paid into and your contact phone number.   On subject line put:    To Mark Solomons—re pension    [NOTE:   This is NOT the UK Government pension you get at age 60/65–to apply for that you write to the pensions office in England ….address on PENSIONS page on  www.www.britishflorida.com