The Deering Estate Presents Stone house as subject an exhibition that illustrates the historic Stone House as a living embodiment of history and culture. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the construction of the Stone House, Miami artists Becky Franco and Monia Meluzzi have created new works that explore the interior and exterior facets of the Stone House as an architectural and historic landmark in South Florida. . On display every day, from June 17 to August 31, 2022. The exhibition evening and the artists’ reception will take place on Friday, June 17e 6-9 p.m. at Deering Estate, and is free with RSVP to

Franco’s suite of paintings titled Observed, are the culmination of his project residency at the Deering Estate in 2019-2020. During his residency, Franco spent time reflecting on the interior spaces of the Great Hall which once housed the great masterpieces of Charles Deering’s collection. Her connection to the site is captured in the intimacy, tenderness and empathy she captures in her Stone House paintings. Franco’s process is geared around careful observation and a deep connection to a site – especially the small, delicate details that are only seen through careful, careful observation. Franco’s photorealistic style captures the resilience of the stone house’s unique features from a variety of vantage points. His compositions have a cinematic quality in his use of alternating angles that vary from cropped close-ups to angled views. These angles make the canvases appear in suspended animations, like still images from films, which invite the spectator to situate themselves in relation to the canvas as well as to the space they inhabit.

In the lobby gallery, Monia Meluzzi has created a series of gesture drawings that demonstrate the energy and vitality of the Stone House’s unique interior and exterior façade. Meditating on the site as both a historic house museum and a nature reserve, Meluzzi uses recycled papers treated in coffee washes that echo the organic palette of the natural world surrounding the Stone House. Playing with materiality, Meluzzi superimposes papers, marks and washes on top of each other which unfold like the old architectural scrolls of the Maison de Pierre. Meluzzi also created handmade geometric frames that mimic the classic floral and vegetal motifs found throughout the Stone House interior.

The Deering Estate continues the legacy of Charles Deering by supporting artists and creative innovation through its vigorous program of residencies and exhibitions. The Deering Estate exhibition program has always been a platform for artists to explore the site and illustrate different facets of the history of the site and its surroundings.

About the artists:

Becky Franco was born in Havana, Cuba. She escaped from Cuba with her family in 1961. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinction in the United States from the Pratt Institute in New York in 1974. Becky has always been interested in large-scale painting influenced by the photorealist movement of the seventies. After graduating, she sought employment in the challenging, male-dominated field of outdoor advertising, where she had the opportunity to create large, hand-painted billboards and had the distinction of prove herself as a competent female artist. She became the first female sign artist to be hired in the outdoor industry and joined The Sign & Pictorial Display Union, Local #230 in the United States.

She painted large billboards for fifteen years and when digital computer imaging threatened the outdoor advertising industry with extinction, she changed direction by becoming a freelance art professional, winning numerous private painting and mural commissions. His paintings have been featured in numerous publications, including newspapers and a book by Rizzoli titled Tromp L’Oeil at home by Karen Chambers.

Becky has always remained interested in expanding and refining her skills. To that end, after many years as a freelance art professional, in 2008 she returned to academia to earn an MFA from Queens College in New York. In 2011 Becky was awarded the Artist Residency Express + Local: NYC Aesthetics at Queens College Art Center, Rosenthal Library, Flushing, New York. Becky’s paintings have been exhibited in a number of group shows, a two-woman show and most recently at The Islip Art Museum exhibition on Caribbean artists called LA PLACITA where The New York Times interviewed her on his work. In 2013 Becky had her second solo exhibition CHOSEN at Soho20Chelsea Gallery, New York. More recently, El Museo Del Barrio included two of his paintings in LA BIENAL 2013, Here’s where we jump.

In 2014, Becky was a finalist for the Cintas Fellowship – Museum of Art + Design in Miami. Becky in 2015 exhibited in the collective exhibition, LATEST RELEASE: PAINT in the Audrey Love Gallery at The Bakehouse, Miami. In 2020, Franco received an artist residency at the Deering Estate. Franco now teaches oil painting at Miami Dade College and continues his career as a professional artist.

Monia MeluzziThe work of focuses on showing the problems of human behavior that cause destruction in the areas of war, environment and society. She creates two- and three-dimensional works of art with media that do not harm the environment. Her designs use recycled materials like cardboard and brown paper used for shipping, as well as old designs that are collected and reused attached in a collage. She also uses coffee to stain papers to achieve warm tones for her nature-like backgrounds. Use of inks and permanent markers to ensure that the initial gestures of the work are still present. Her sculptural work contemplates using objects that people considered broken or unusable because she wants to give them new visual value through installation. The linear forms of his drawing style are based on body structures. Accordingly, her intention is to take the viewer through her works in order to participate by using her body as part of the composition in a form that is both nostalgic and chaotic.

Meluzzi received her Artistic Maturity Diploma from Liceo Artistico A. Serpieri in Rimini, Italy in 2011. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Florida International University, for which she was awarded the Arts Scholarship visuals in 2021. In 2018, she also received the Miami Dade. Miami Dade College Art Majors Grant and Mangos Scholarship in 2018.

About the Deering Domain
The deer field preserves the 1920s Miami estate of Charles Deering, Chicago industrialist, early curator, conservationist, art collector, philanthropist and first president of the International Harvester Company. The Deering Estate is a 21st-century house museum, cultural and environmental field station, and National Monument on the National Register of Historic Places, owned by the State of Florida and operated by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Wildlife. Miami-Dade County Open Spaces. 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the construction of the Stone House, and together with our philanthropic partners, the Deering Estate Foundation and 100 Ladies of Deering, we will organize a series of events and programs to celebrate this momentous occasion. The Deering Estate is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. at Miami.

The Deering Estate offers complementary exhibition evenings, showcasing a variety of contemporary, historic and traveling exhibits inside the historic homes. Come live the #ArtsAtDeering experience. Exhibition evenings are free and offer the public the opportunity to interact with artists and curators and to experience a variety of exhibition tours and lectures.

Cultural arts programming at the Deering Estate is made possible through the support of the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Miami-Dade County Board of Cultural Affairs, the Mayor and Board of Commissioners of Miami-Dade County, and the Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.

About the Deering Estate Foundation
For those who cherish the Deering Estate, who advocate for its preservation and wish to invest in its future, The Deering Estate Foundation offers individuals and businesses the opportunity to participate in memberships, iconic events and unique experiences, all with the aim of providing vital funding and support to the Deering Estate. Through these efforts, the foundation fulfills its mission to preserve the legacy of Charles Deering’s cherished 1920s property, to fund the cultural, educational and recreational experiences it provides, as well as its important scientific and archaeological efforts to conserve its diverse flora. , wildlife and the eight native ecosystems that thrive on its 450 acres, and to ensure its longevity as a prized American Heritage Site. Founded in 1989, The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 Florida Corporation community charitable corporation and the philanthropic partner of Deering Estate.

Connect with your customers and grow your business

Click here


Bengal Batters Script History, set massive world record in quarter-final against Jharkhand


Melos Studio brings Cappadonna and Method Man to Dcentral Austin to discuss Web 3 music collaboration and NFT drops

Check Also