Miami, FL (PressExposure) November 16, 2009 -- Four hundred local business leaders, art enthusiasts and members of the Florida International University arts and design community recently attended an exclusive sneak preview and cocktail reception to celebrate the upcoming sixth annual Masters Mystery Art Show (MMAS) at FIUâs new Patricia & Philip Frost Art Museum. Guests enjoyed live music by students from the FIU School of Performing Arts as they perused artwork that will be available for sale during the 2009 MMAS.
Supported by the Lowenstein family, owners of Miami-based Lionstone Development Group, the MMAS is one of the most important fundraisers benefitting FIUâs prestigious Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts (MFA) program. Proceeds from last yearâs MMAS, which totaled more than $30,000, provide students with support for art exhibitions, artistâs lectures, workshops and conference travel.
The sixth annual MMAS will be hosted Wednesday, December 2nd with a private cocktail reception to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach and a public showing for one day only on December 3rd from 12-7pm. This international fundraising exhibition gathers prominent business and community leaders and art collectors at the exclusive Lionstone Development-owned The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. During MMAS, more than 1,000 works are displayed anonymously, creating an artistic âwhodunitâ as guests buzz around the mini masterpieces and try to identify works by famous artists and new talent to add to their collections. Previously, celebrities and famous artists have contributed works for sale during MMAS, including John Legend, Rachel Ray, Carlos Betancourt, Romero Britto, Andy Garcia, Gloria and Emilio Estefan and Rosie OâDonnell. All proceeds benefit FIU, specifically the schoolâs MFA program.
âThe Mastersâ Mystery Art Show is one of the most important annual fundraisers for the South Florida arts community, and we seek to attract new and existing artists and supporters to the event each year,â said Martin Elortegui, Lionstone Developmentâs Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing and a major force behind the MMAS since its inception. âThrough the funds gathered by this event, we are providing talented artists with the opportunity to master their craft at FIU, and help bring national recognition to South Floridaâs rich artistic and cultural community. Contributing to Miamiâs cultural expansion of the arts is an initiative embraced by the entire Lowenstein family, and we hope many others will join us to continue this mission.â
FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg thanked Elortegui and the Lowenstein family for their constant passion for the arts, creation of the MMAS and overall support of FIUâs MFA program. He also invited attendees to join the Lowenstein family in supporting the MMAS and helping to continue the programâs success.
The Lowenstein family has proudly supported the MMAS program since 2003. An extension of the Lowenstein familyâs personal passion for the arts, the Lowensteins created the MMAS in conjunction with FIU to offer a platform to generate awareness and support for valuable art education programs and showcase up-and-coming artistic talent from the Miami area and beyond.
About Lionstone Development Miami-based Lionstone Development, owned by the Lowenstein Family, has a 30-year track record of owning, developing, leasing and managing hospitality, gaming and residential properties throughout South Florida and the Caribbean. Lionstone Developmentâs current portfolio includes Lionstone Development-owned The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, Hilton CuraÃ§ao Resort & Casino and Breezes CuraÃ§ao Resort and the company is developing more than 2.5 million square feet of residential and mixed-use space. For more information, visit http://www.lionstone.net