If you notice more spring in your step in Coral Gables these days, it’s probably because of all the art energy.

The designs of renowned Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez were painted on eight downtown pedestrian crosswalks in his characteristic op-art style and thirteen banners depicting various Cruz-Diez installations around the globe are installed on the front of Coral Gables City Hall.

A few blocks away, ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries is exhibiting the op-art and geometric abstractions of Venezuelan-American Israel Guevara, whose outrageous colors leap off more than four dozen paintings, sculpture and assemblage.

Israel Guevara, Color Game, Acrylic on Canvas with Painted Sides, 32 x 52 x 1 1/4 inches, 2005
Israel Guevara, Color Game, Acrylic on Canvas with Painted Sides, 32 x 52 x 1 1/4 inches, 2005

“You can feel the energy from all this colorful art,” says gallery owner-director Virginia Miller. “You’re going to see a lot of smiling faces in Coral Gables.”

The Cruz-Diez banners will be displayed through the end of January, while Guevara’s work will remain on exhibit at the gallery until the end of March.

Photo credit: Coral Gables City Hall and crosswalks photo by Oriol Tarridas

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