Art Basel Opening Night: Seventh Annual MMAS at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach Features Collectible Canvas Totes Created by 25 Top Designers

Top Quote Art and Fashion Unite to Benefit Florida International University Masters in Fine Arts Program The Seventh Annual Master's Mystery Art Show (MMAS) opens Art Basel, Wednesday, December 1 with a private cocktail reception, sponsored by The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, Lionstone Development and ABSOLUTŪ VODKA. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) November 29, 2010 - The Seventh Annual Master's Mystery Art Show (MMAS) opens Art Basel, Wednesday, December 1 with a private cocktail reception,that serves as a glamorous showroom for 25 local, national and international fashion, jewelry and handbag designers, as this year, for the first time, MMAS is featuring top designers who will create a "mini masterpiece" using a canvas tote bag as their artistic canvas, and decorate & embellish it in their own personal style. Each tote is signed only in the interior so the creator's name is kept secret until after its sale, and will be featured in a silent auction alongside 1500 postcard-sized works of art available for $50. Featured tote designers include Indian designer Amrita Singh, Ken Kaufman and Isaac Franco of Kaufmanfranco, renown Colombian Designer Adriana Castro, Mario Hernandez, Julian Chang, Eduardo de las Casas, Lisa Pliner, Pachi Lake, Richie Rich, CFDA award-winning footwear designer Alejandro Inglemo, Silvia Arguello of Rosa Clandestino, Karelle Levy, Barnabe Hardy, the former Menswear designer for Balenciaga, and more.

    In addition, creating very special canvas's this year are worldwide renown artists, such as Ryan Paul Simmons, recognized for the "Barock the Vote" monolithic pop art creation and Miami's own Romero Britto. The mystery creates an artistic "whodunit" as guests sip cocktails and buzz around the tote bags and mini masterpieces to identify and collect works to add to their collections. As the only party of its kind during Art Basel, it is a coveted invitation and one of the most entertaining opening night parties. The show opens to the public one day only: December 2 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    Proceeds from each tote bag and mini masterpiece benefit Florida International University Master's in Fine Arts program. This year's event features 6 x 9 works of art by more than 300 artists from 31 countries including Eduardo and Mirta del Valle, nationally recognized photographers that recently published their fourth book documenting indigenous practices in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula; Mette Tommerup, Peggy Nolan, and Marcos Varela who have been dubbed the "hottest artists working in Miami today" and are featured in the Miami Now exhibition at MAM, Baruj Salinas, a pioneer Cuban-American artist living and working in Miami since the late 1960s and Carlos Estevez, whom The Wall Street Journal referred to as leading "the Cuban art revolution."

    The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach opened December 31, 2003 as Miami's newest oceanfront hotel and is a complete restoration of an original 1953 Morris Lapidus-designed landmark in the city's historic Art Deco district. Its centerpieces include a multi-million dollar art collection, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, which is the largest luxury Mobil Four-Star spa on Miami Beach, the world's only Tanning Butler, the Club Level - an exclusive VIP level within the hotel, and the DiLido Beach Club - the only oceanfront restaurant on South Beach. The oceanfront hotel is ideally situated steps away from Lincoln Road, a thriving 10-block pedestrian esplanade with myriad dining, shopping, entertainment and nightlife options.

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