Wednesday, July 6, 2016



Media contact: Brooke LeMaire
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
305-667-1651, ext. 3392


Approaching the Singularity by Mira Lehr (artist pictured), 2016

Coral Gables, FL, July 6, 2016Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is pleased to announce the opening of artist Mira Lehr’s Second Nature multimedia exhibition, the newest show in the Art at Fairchild series held in the Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center. The exhibition will be on view daily from July 22 – October 3, 2016, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Second Nature uses non-traditional materials including burnt fuse lines, resin, Japanese paper, and dyes to highlight the ephemeral qualities of nature and to portray its less tangible and more enigmatic nuances. Lehr hopes to take her viewers on an exploratory meditative journey through the fragile and powerful qualities of the natural world. The exhibition also responds to South Florida’s unique landscapes and complex relationships to human and natural forces. The visual narratives depict roots and blooming organic forms, creating a statement about the fragility of living things and their temporal nature.


After viewing the artwork, visitors are welcome to explore the 83 acres of Fairchild’s tropical landscapes while reflecting on the inextricable link between human existence and nature and the synergistic intertwining of nature and art.


An opening reception for Second Nature will be held in the Arts Center on Saturday, July 23 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Lehr will present her exhibition at 10:00 a.m. with a book signing and opportunity to meet the artist afterward.


Mira Lehr is a New York-born, Miami-based multimedia artist whose career spans four decades. After graduating from Vassar College with a degree in Art History, she studied painting with artists of the New York School such as Robert Motherwell. She was instrumental in mobilizing the female voice in abstract expressionist art and co-founded the Continuum Gallery, one of the first women’s co-op galleries in the southeast. She has served as a mentor to emerging artists and has taught master classes with the National YoungArts Foundation. Her work has been on view in more than 300 exhibitions and installations including the Bass Museum of Art, Perez Art Museum Miami, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, The New Museum, and the Getty Museum Research Center. She is represented by the Flomenhaft Gallery in New York and Rosenbaum Contemporary in Boca Raton, FL.


Gallery entry is included in garden admission: $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156.


For more info, please visit or call 305-667-1651.


About Art at Fairchild
Art at Fairchild is committed to the cultural enrichment of South Florida and supports Fairchild’s conservation work, education outreach, and science programs. Fairchild has exhibited the works of Dale Chihuly, Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, Roy Lichtenstein, Yayoi Kusama, Mark di Suvero, Fernando Botero, Yoko Ono, Kris Martin, and more. Art at Fairchild is generously supported by Dr. Lin Lougheed.


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.



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