Interior of Arts Center
The opening of the Arts Center coincides with the opening of this year’s Art at Fairchild featuring Chihuly at Fairchild, a new, comprehensive garden exhibition by renowned American artist Dale Chihuly, who returns to Miami with new works for the first time since the 2006-2007 Art at Fairchild season. During Art at Fairchild 2014-15, the Arts Center will be home to the Chihuly Gallery, where art, prints, and books will be available for purchase.
Detail of botanical frieze by Naomi Fisher
Walking into the Arts Center, visitors will see six botanical friezes that were created by Miami-based artist Naomi Fisher, who has a special connection to the Garden. Her father, scientist Jack Fisher, worked at Fairchild for 35 years.
In December 2012, Fairchild Garden opened a state-of-the-art, multi-million dollar science complex, the DiMare Science Village, consisting of Tropical Research Labs, the Clinton Family Conservatory, Wings of the Tropics butterfly exhibit, and the Glasshouse Café. The Science Village, now in combination with the Arts Center, is a vivid example of the cross-pollination of art, science and music in South Florida.
About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Established in 1938 and comprising 83 acres in Miami, Fla., Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. The world-renowned plant collections feature palms, cycads, orchids, tropical fruit trees and more. Fairchild has the largest education program of any metropolitan area, reaching more than 200,000 schoolchildren each year with environmental programs like The Fairchild Challenge. It aims to inspire a greater knowledge and love for plants and gardening so that all can enjoy the beauty and bounty of the tropical world. Special events include Chocolate, Mango, and Orchid Festivals in addition to an annual art exhibition, concerts, plant sales and more. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. For more info, call 305-667-1651 or visit www.fairchildgarden.org.