THE WIRTZ GALLERY is named in honor of the Wirtz family patriarch Arthur M. Wirtz of Chicago. Wirtz 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-owns the United Center arena— where the Blackhawks and the Chicago Bulls play. When the gallery opened, it was reportedly the first bank in the United States to have a registered gallery within the institution.
Located in the lobby of UNITED COMMUNITY BANK (formerly 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.
For the month of September, the gallery hosts THE SOUTH FLORIDA NATIONAL PARKS CAMERA CLUB (SFNPCC). The club is based out of the South Dade area, but the members are from all over the greater Miami area. The club was formed in 2014 to create a community of like-minded photographers who enjoy photography, nature, and our national parks. A portion of the membership dues goes to the Florida National Parks Association.
The club consists of members with varying skill levels; from those just starting out, to experienced novices, and even a few professionals. A big part of what the club does is introduce members to new experiences, locations, and to provide photographic education where possible.
In October, the gallery hosts HUMAN COMPLEXITY Art Exhibit by Perla Sofía. In describing the exhibit Perla notes: “Even though I have explored different themes and techniques in my artistic endeavor, I have found that my main passion is to capture and translate into art, human beings in all their complexity and throughout time. This has taken me to enjoy creating pieces of art that capture the personality and hidden feelings of my characters, whether close to me or mostly unknown. Studying their beliefs and semiology has influenced this outcome. Two stages of the human route will guide the observer through the exhibit: Ancestors and Present and Future. Interactive pieces will allow public participation.”
The photography of local artist Jodi Budin will line the walls of the gallery for the month of November.
And is that month that she will be travelling to her seventh continent. Here is a greeting to guests for the exhibit: “My photography at display here takes you to local and other beautiful places all around the world. I have traveled to six out of the seven continents – and I am on my way to the seventh, for two weeks, at the time of the November exhibit at the gallery.
“I am sharing with you the fruit of my lifelong passion for Nature coupled with my love for photography. I have captured, and here, I present magical moments of unparalleled beauty while walking and hiking, from far and near. Enjoy!”
Buggy Passion Vine
You’re invited for an explosive night at the Addams family manor with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and book by Marshall Brickman and Nick Elice. This comical feast is directed by ASC Artistic Director, Giancarlo Rodaz, and embraces the wackiness in every family It features an original story which is every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams. The ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family– a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before– keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.
Tickets coming soon. Runs: October 2023 | Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays Length: 2 hours rating: All Ages