Christmasberry, Crossopetalum ilicifolium, FLOR500, Florida, Wildflower, Art, Nature, History, Eco-art, FIU, VIVA Florida, Garden, Artists, Engaged Creativity, Environment, participatory art, Ditsy C. Suarez FLOR500 is a participatory art, nature, and history project that marks the importance of the moment when the history of Florida changed forever and gives a glimpse of what its landscape was like 500 years ago. Developed by Xavier Cortada, director and artist-in-residence of FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts’ Office of Engaged Creativity, the project commemorates Florida’s quincentenary in 2013.
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 FLOR414
Christmasberry (Crossopetalum ilicifolium)


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FLOR414 by Ditsy C. Suarez  

 Ditsy C. Suarez, "FLOR 414: Christmasberry (Crossopetalum ilicifolium)," acrylic on canvas, 11" x 14", 2012. (CC)

 

About the Artist

Ditsy was born in Cuba and came to the U.S. as a child with her family in 1967. She has been a local artist and resident in Miami, for over 35 years. She is a self taught artist with an innate passion for art and a diverse art porfolio ranging from published political caricatures, magazine illustrations to painting with oil and acrylic on canvas. She loves S.Florida and is inspired by its beauty.

Artist's Statement

Art is my passion,nature is my inspiration. My favorite media are oil and acrylic. I am inmensly fascinated and often captivated by nature's intricate details, thus I aim to transmit a visual imagery of the energy that transcends from the natural creation, which motivates me to share in the experience of creactivity. I am honored to be a part of the wonderful Flor500 project.

  

Flor414 Christmasberry
Photo credit:Keith Bradley


Christmasberry
(Crossopetalum ilicifolium)

For more information about this flower please visit
Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants Institute for Systematic Botany



Five hundred Florida artists are sought to create art for FLOR500, a participatory art, nature, and history project that marks the importance of the moment when the history of Florida changed forever and gives a glimpse of what its landscape was like 500 years ago. Developed by Xavier Cortada, director and artist-in-residence of FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts’ Office of Engaged Creativity, the project commemorates Florida’s quincentenary in 2013. For more information click here.

 


FIU College of Architecture + The Arts


Xavier Cortada
Artist-in-Residence
Florida International University
College of Architecture + The Arts
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 430
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.






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