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The 7th annual “Umbrellas of Little Havana Art Festival” celebrates the spirit of Art Basel Miami with this unique organic festival which showcases the works of local and invited artists. Art of all mediums will adorn the Futurama Art Building in the iconic Little Havana Art District with hand painted patio umbrellas and the work of artist’s will also be displayed for your viewing and purchasing pleasures. These beautiful hand painted umbrellas will enlighten the streets of Calle 8 for a total of 3 days.  Visitors from all over the world will enjoy this unique art festival as well as be able to personally meet the artists and see more of their work as well.  

With the support of Art of Black Miami, a brainchild of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Blick Arts Miami, Azucar Ice Cream, The Havana Collection, Calle Ocho Newspaper, Commissioner Eileen Higgins and the Futurama Art Building, the festival continues to thrive and grow. 

This festival is a true collaboration of the community, the City of Miami and various organizations coming together for visitors to preview the variety of talent we have in South Florida. Urban Health Partnership for the second year in a row will co-sponsor the children’s face painting and activity booth. Visitors will have the pleasure of enjoying shows from local dance schools.  You can learn how to make your very own Holiday Wreath with Marta of @305CakesbyLola too! The Umbrellas of Little Havana Art Festival is a true rainbow of art and artists coming together at a time of the year when the world is focused on Miami’s art scene all around the city. 

Umbrellas of Little Havana Spectacular, unique umbrellas have made their mark since 2003 when the first Umbrellas of Little Havana Art Festival took place. Renowned artists like famous caricaturist Aristides Pumariega and muralist Atomik have painted their trademark art on their umbrellas. Artists like Cesar Santalo, Ninoska Perez Castellon, Perla Gonzalez have participated in previous years.  Traditional Cuban themes like La Virgen de la Caridad and historic Cuban buildings have been favorites. Pit Bull, The Miami Heat and Celia Cruz have also been favorites and fun topics for the umbrellas. Every year we integrate new, up and coming artists to Umbrellas like Julio Roberto, Jhon Michael Florez, Mikeya Brown, Ramon Altamirano, Crystal Garcia, Jonathan Olaya, King Redd just to name a few. This year we have the privilege of having Miami Lighthouse for the Blind under the direction of their art instructor, Aaron Hill, join us. 

A new addition to the festival is a Writer’s Corner; where we will have with us author Ryan Calejo who will be signing his latest book ‘Charlie Hernandez & the Castle of Bones’ all three days.

Umbrellas of Little Havana Participating artists are:

Aaron Hill,  Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, Adolfo Mallol, Alberto Cardozo,  Ali Ko, Blick Art Miami, Byron Marin Rebuli, Caridad Peraza, Carlos Marin, Carlos Mederos, Catalina Correa, William Michaels, Crystal Garcia, Darwin Leon, Elio Rodriguez, Gonzalo Borges, Broomi, Janette Allegue, Jean Jeanty,  Jose Carlos Ruiz Rocha, Jose Luis Moreno Alonso, Julio Cesar, Julio Roberto, Lety Lety, Libio Martinez, Raul Bravo, Louis Rosmond, Lucia La Fuente, Manuel Bello, Maria Amparo Sanhueza, Mario Valladares, Marvin Weeks, Mikeya Brown, Miranda Pantano, Omar Corrales Mora, Oscar Deroy, Ramon Altamirano, Tatiana Fraume, Ulises Sierra, Silvina Castillo, Jonathan & Jaime Olaya, Ramiro Collazo, Wendy Carey, King Redd. 

This truly grassroots festival, founded by Pati Vargas Entertainment is filled with art, music, dance, live painting, book signing, children’s booth, fashion shows and so much more!  It is a true honor to have so many talented artists come together to celebrate art, heritage and culture in Little Havana.

Umbrellas of Little Havana Art Festival is a free festival for the whole family to enjoy. 

Umbrellas of Little Havana Art Festival, December 6,7, and 8, 2019 from 10 am to 5:30 pm in the Futurama Art Building, 1637 SW 8th Street, Little Havana 33135 | Information: Pati Vargas | 305.972.5774

About Pati Vargas Entertainment

Pati Vargas president of Pati Vargas Entertainment is a renaissance woman with her feet planted in both the arts and entertainment world. With more than 20 years of experience in the arts and entertainment industry, she has dedicated her efforts to mastering the inner workings of promotion, marketing and artist development.

Pati has made it her personal mission to tackle the industry challenge of closing the gap between the English and Hispanic markets. She has over 10 years of experience in the non-profit sector where there is a need for unique cooperative efforts through use of sound strategy, strong administration, and excellent communication. As a champion of creativity, she is motivated to empower communities, leaders and professionals to advance local arts and entertainment.

Pati’s clients include Lincoln Center, Disney, Noches Tropicales a Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces concert series, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, City of Miramar among several others.

She is the founder of Umbrellas of Little Havana Art Festival, a 3-day event during Art Basel. She is the curator for Futurama 1637 Art Galleries and is very active with the community ie; children, seniors, LGBT via the arts.

She is the past President of the Greater Miami Festival & Events Association, Board member of the United Nations South Florida Women Chapter and named Ford’s Mujer Legendaria Latina.