Brilliantly International, Authentically Hoosier: Indiana Artists Honored at Red Dot Miami 2018
Each December, the art world shines a warm, bright spotlight on Miami Art Week. Art Basel, Switzerland’s premier event for modern and contemporary art, has had a satellite exhibition in the “Magic City” since 2002. Sixteen years later, Miami has dozens of venues for art, beyond the hundreds of international galleries at Art Basel, additional vendors and individual artists are represented at Spectrum Miami, Red Dot Miami, and others.
Award-winning, Indiana artists Kris and Angela Gebhardt, for the sixth year in a row, are in good company at Red Dot Miami. Kris is a 2003 Indiana Business Journal “Top 40 Under 40” alumnus, author and fitness consultant who worked with Indiana icons John Mellencamp and Bill Cook. He and Angela co-owned Envy Design Salon and Hair Care line in Broad Ripple. And in conjunction with a multi-million dollar restoration project, both Kris and Angela restored the Spas at French Lick to their former prestige and beyond. Together they have parlayed success into visual expression through mixed-media impressionist and contemporary paintings, adding internationally acclaimed artist to their respective resumes.
As for Angela, only she knows what truly inspires her mixed-media pieces. She layers images, numbers, words and shapes in acrylic, charcoal, oil, chalk, graphite, paper and more to form her “auto-paint-ographies”— which hang in some of the most elegant homes from Carmel, California, to the Atlantic Ocean, overlooking spectacular scenery like New York City’s Central Park.
According to Kris, “Attendees and collectors are energized with shows like Spectrum and Red Dot because they feature new artists and cutting edge work.” He followed up with “[patrons] repeatedly tell us how sick and tired they are of having Warhols shoved down their throats.” The art world at large is in love with the Gebhardts’ large-format freedom of expression.
During Miami Art Week, one can purchase a Warhol if they want, but when there is so much unique and creative work from all over the world, who would want to? This year’s Art Basel and Miami Art Week takes place December 5-9 with displays all over the Miami, Miami Beach and Wynwood Arts District areas. See how much of the show you can cover in a week, walk among the paintings, view famous works of art, and don’t forget to people-watch. For live interviews from Miami’s Art Basel Week, contact Kris Gebhardt directly at 812-606-0325.
Reprinted with permission of Kris Gebhardt