Located in the lobby of the FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF SOUTH MIAMI, each month The Wirtz Gallery exhibits local and international artists. Gallery hours are: Monday – Thursday, 9a-4p; Friday, 9a-6p. Artist receptions are generally held on the second Friday of the month from 6-8p, and are open to the public. The bank is located at 5750 Sunset Drive, South Miami.
The fall months, in September will feature the stunning photography of Alfred Feingold with his various and intensely photographed subject matter (see feingoldphotography.com). Later in the fall for November, the gallery will host the Florida Watercolor Society.
In October award winning watercolor artist and Miami resident Wendy Kornfield is showcasing her work. She exhibits regularly in juried exhibitions locally and nationally. Growing up, she painted, drew and did needlework. She has always looked for ways to express feelings and messages visually. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1980 and spent over 35 years working as a graphic designer in London, New York and Miami. Seeking a less computer intensive career, she then immersed herself in pure visual expression. WendyKornfieldArt.com
THE WIRTZ GALLERY
The gallery in the lobby of the First National Bank of South Miami is named in honor of the Wirtz family patriarch Arthur M. Wirtz.
Wirtz, of Chicago, made his fortune in real estate and liquor distribution; he created the business in 1922. The Wirtz Corp. also owns the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team and co-owned the United Center arena—where the Blackhawks and the Chicago Bulls basketball team play.
When the gallery opened, it was reportedly the first bank in the United States to have a registered gallery within the institution.