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weeicon  Banco do Brasil Americas Cultural Series Continues With “Brickell Urban Encounters”

Miami (November 12, 2014) – Banco do Brasil Americas presents “Brickell Urban Encounters” bringing together works for the first time by internationally acclaimed master sculptors Manuel Carbonell and Yutaka Toyota. The second in the inaugural season of the Banco do Brasil Cultural Series, this exhibition opens Monday, December 1 and is on display through Friday, February 27.

weeicon  Contemporary Arts Program at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens named a Knight Arts Challenge South Florida finalist

Miami – May 9, 2014 – Vizcaya Museum and Garden’s Contemporary Arts Program has been named a finalist in the 2014 Knight Arts Challenge South Florida, a program of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The Contemporary Arts Program invites artists to develop site-specific work inspired by Vizcaya that draw connections between the past and the present.


Miami, FL, April 28, 2014 – West Encounters East, a documentary film by Miami-based filmmaker Stella M. Holmes, has been recognized with two important industry accolades. The documentary was named a Silver winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards, and Ms. Holmes received the 2014 Brazilian International Press Award in the Cinema and Film category. Released in 2013 by PBS, West Encounters East explores the themes of immigration, alienation and assimilation through the works of Japanese-Brazilian artists, descendants of a century-old diaspora that has given São Paulo, Brazil, the largest Japanese population outside Japan.


weeicon West Encounters East Highlights Japanese-Brazilian Artists at Brazil ArtFair. Special appearance by Sculptor Yutaka Toyota Miami, FL, November 6, 2013 – Stella M. Holmes announced that West Encounters East will present works by four prominent Japanese-Brazilian artists at the premiere edition of Brazil ArtFair, to be held at Northwest 36th Street and Midtown Boulevard, Miami, during Miami Art Week, December 3-8. Miami Art Week is timed to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach, when the crème de la crème of the art world gathers in Miami.


weeicon West Encounters East Selected for LA Femme Film Festival LA Femme Film Festival is a multiethnic and multicultural film festival devoted to empowering women in key positions creating commercially viable entertainment productions. Miami, FL, October 1st , 2013 – West Encounters East, a documentary film by Stella M. Holmes, has been chosen as an official selection of LA Femme Film Festival, to be held October 17-20 at LA Live Regal Theaters in Los Angeles. LA Femme Film Festival, which screens films made by women, “is about support and empowerment to those daring enough to put their vision on the line,” says festival Director Leslie LaPage. “It is through this that we can make a difference.” readmore  
weeicon West Encounters East an Official Selection of Orlando Film Festival Miami, FL, October 1st , 2013 – West Encounters East, a documentary film by Stella M. Holmes, is an official selection of Orlando Film Festival, to be held October 16-20.

The festival looks for “good films to screen to huge crowds of cinema-lovers,” organizers say. West Encounters East will be shown at 11 a.m. October 20th at Cobb Plaza Cinema Café 12 155 South Orange Ave., Orlando, Florida.

weeicon West Encounters East selected by four U.S. Film Festivals Miami, FL, August 21, 2013 – The documentary film West Encounters East, a film by Stella M. Holmes, recently screened at four film festivals, during the first season it was submitted for consideration on the competitive film festival circuit. In August, West Encounters East opened the Brazilian Film Festival of Miami (BFF). Founded by Inffinito in 1997, BFF Miami was the first film festival created outside of Brazil to showcase Brazilian movies. readmore  
weeicon West Encounters East selected for the “NYC INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL” Miami, FL, August 12, 2013 – The documentary film West Encounters East, a film by Stella M. Holmes, has been chosen as an official selection of the New York City Independent Film Festival, to be held October 18-20, 2013 at Producers’ Club in Times Square. The festival showcases independent films in a variety of genres to the entertainment industry and the public. readmore  
weeicon West Encounters East and Morikami Museum Launch Tanabata Exhibit June 7, 2013 – Stella M. Homes, executive producer of the PBS documentary film West Encounters East, presented a showing of the film’s trailer at a private reception attended by 200 guests at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach. Among dignitaries attending were Ambassador Hélio Vitor Ramos Filho, consul general of Brazil and Mr. Masahiro Ogino, deputy consul of Japan in Miami. The event launched the opening of Morikami’s new exhibit, Tanabata: Japan’s Star Festival –Views of Tanabata in São Paulo, Brazil, featuring photography by Jade Matarazzo, which will be on view through September 15. West Encounters East was the inspiration for this exhibit, and the trailer for the film, running in a continuous loop, complements the photography. readmore  
weeicon Public Television Documentary Introduces Japanese-Brazilian Artists to US Audiences. São Paulo Reception Celebrates Trailer Release. São Paulo, November 17, 2012 – West Encounters East, a documentary exploring the themes of immigration, alienation and assimilation in the works of Japanese-Brazilian artists, will debut on public television in the US (PBS) on February 2013. The film, produced by Executive Producer Stella Holmes and Producer Linda Corley features rare art footage and interviews with such celebrated artists as Tomie Ohtake, Takashi Fukushima, Guillermo Ueno and others. readmore  
weeicon The Consulate of Brazil in Miami and Stella M. Holmes Celebrate a Portuguese Audio Tour of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Miami, FL, April 20, 2012 – Miami’s stunning European-inspired estate on Biscayne Bay recently announced the launch of the Portuguese version of its new audio tour, Discover Vizcaya. To celebrate this accomplishment, the Honorable Hélio Vitor Ramos F., Consul General of Brazil in Miami, and Ms. Stella M. Holmes, founder of The Brickellian, will host a cocktail reception at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens on May 18 for invited guests and the media. readmore  
weeicon “WEST ENCOUNTERS EAST’S LIGHT AND SHADOWS” Previews at Lowe Art Museum. Miami, FL, January 12, 2012 – Nearly 200 invited guests got a special preview of an important new art exhibition on February 9th at Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami. Lowe Director Brian Dursum and Stella M. Holmes, president of The Brickellian, jointly hosted a preview of West Encounters East’s Light and Shadows, which will premier at arteaméricas 2012 next month. readmore