Prolific Pastels On View at Manolis Projects Gallery

Manolis Projects and The Miami School will unveil "Miami: Pastel Paradise," a juried exhibition featuring pastel color-based works March 23

Manolis Projects Gallery
Manolis Projects Gallery

Manolis Projects and The Miami School will host “Miami: Pastel Paradise,” a juried exhibition featuring pastel color-based works by Manolis Projects Artists, as well as guest artists selected from an opportunity extended by The Miami School, on view during an exhibition and awards ceremony March 23.

In a stroke of genius, Leonard Horowitz, a Miami transplant from New York and founder of the Miami Design Preservation League, formulated a plan to spruce up the dated and worn Deco properties of Miami. This idea was the Miami Color Palette, a grouping of 40 colors created by Horowitz, an interpretation of the tropical flair of the seaside community. Though it was a break with the tradition of pure white deco aesthetics, Horowitz knew that the emotional influence of color would bring interest to structures long ignored.

”I formulated my palette on the bases of sunset and sunrise, the summer and winter oceans, and the sand on the beach, which used to be much more golden,” Horowitz said. ”They all are natural sources, and they are the same ones that the original designers used. Within them are an infinite variety of pastels.”

J. Steven Manolis, Miami Pastel Paradise (2023). Courtesy of Manolis Projects
Miami: Pastel Paradise by J. Steven Manolis (2023). Courtesy of Manolis Projects

Both Manolis Projects Gallery artists and selected artists will have the opportunity to win one of the 30 financial awards donated by various national art enthusiasts and corporate sponsors. In addition, the winning artists will earn the opportunity to become members of The Miami School and Manolis Projects Gallery.

The financial awards range from $250 to $2,000. The judging of grand prize for ‘Best in Show,’ and best guest artist will be made by Bruce Helander.

Helander, a member of the Florida Artists Hall of Fame and the former Provost of the Rhode Island School of Design, will present J. Steven Manolis with a special “Donald J. Kuspit Proclamation” acknowledging Manolis’ creative and pioneering spirit in founding, painting, quantifying, organizing, exhibiting, and promoting artists affiliated with his Miami School Art Movement from 2016 to the present.

The event will take place at Manolis Projects Gallery (335 NE 59 Street, Miami) March 23, and the participating works will be on display from March 20. To schedule a visit or to RSVP, please email

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