Ivonne Gomez

Ivonne speaks about her work:
"I would tend to say that my first love affair was with a crayon and a white piece of paper.  Ever since I can remember, picking up a pen, crayon or colored pencil and letting my brain waver with thoughts superf



Yiddish Wisdom Box

Wood box, carved and painted.  I spent the better part of my childhood growing up on Miami Beach with a lot of Jewish and Yiddish influences.  This is in honor of those years and all the amazing culture nuances I picked up. Needless to say, they fare well with my Cuban roots.  Each box is hand carved, you will notice that all lines are composed of dots, I am still currently teaching myself how to use the tool.  It has a nasty habit of getting a tad bit hot and my small digits take quick offense. The figures are created in clay, baked, glossed and placed on the box after the box has been stained.  Depending on the size of the piece this can take anywhere from 5 hours to a day or two.

Price: $75.00 USD

Théo Tobiasse

Théo Tobiasse, a world-renowned artist, was born in Israel (then Palestine) in 1927 and died in 2012.  Brought to Paris as a child, he created his earliest drawings before World War II and spent the crucial years of his youth hiding from th



AMERICA, a limited edition lithography by artist Theo Tobiasse

Aida Levitan, Ph.D. President of ArtesMiami, Inc., will donate to ArtesMiami the proceeds of the sale of AMERICA, a limited edition lithography by the world-renowned Israeli-French artist Theo Tobiasse. The work is beautifully framed in gold; it is 50x40 inches (127x102 cm) and it is numbered 18/175. Tobiasse signed the lithography on the lower right. For information, please contact Miguel Angel Guerrero, Guerrero Galeríain Coral Gables, at +1.786.773.3282 or miguelangel@guerrerogaleria.es.

Price: $9000.00 USD



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Maria C. Bechily Named Chair of the Board of ArtesMiami, Inc.

June 22, 2022

María C Bechily, a public relations leader and philanthropist, has been elected Chair of the Board of ArtesMiami, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization that supports and promotes Hispanic artists and cultural organizations. "Ms. Bechily brings a wealth of board service, philanthropic and public relations experience to our organization," said ArtesMiami founder and president. "We also anticipate that she will also attract greater support for ArtesMiami."

"I am honored to have been elected by the board to chair such a prestigious nonprofit group as ArtesMiami," commented Bechily. "The programs and artists that ArtesMiami supports are crucial to strengthening Miami’s position as an international arts and cultural center.  I hope to provide strategic leadership to our board so we can further develop the organization."

Bechily created one of the first public relations and marketing agencies to identify and reach Hispanic consumers in Chicago.  Her list of clients included Peoples Energy, Anheuser-Busch Companies, the Kraft Foundation, The Terra Museum of American Art, the Attorney General of Illinois and Hoy, a Spanish-language publication of the Chicago Tribune.

In addition to her work behind the scenes reaching Chicago’s Latinos, she also appeared in front of the camera hosting Spanish language television shows on WSNS-TV, Channel 44 (now Univision).  Two of her shows received Emmy nominations.

Bechily has significant government and public policy experience having worked for a former U.S. Senator from Illinois.  She has also served by mayoral and presidential appointment on numerous boards. Presently, she serves on the board of the Pérez Art Museum Miami.  She of is a life trustee of the Goodman Theatre where she is the founding chair of the board’s education committee. 

She is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Chicago Community Trust and a founding co-chair of Nuestro Futuro, a donor advised endowment that promotes philanthropy among Latinos.  Maria is also a life trustee of the Northwestern Memorial Foundation.  During her tenure on the board, she co-chaired "Enhancing our Lives," a $207 million capital campaign.  

Bechily received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Loyola University of Chicago and a master’s degree in public policy studies from the Harris School of Public Policy of the University of Chicago. 

ArtesMiami, Inc. began in 1995 to sponsor the Fair of Seville in Miami and later the Fair of Spain in Miami. Led by nationally renowned publicist and philanthropist Aida Levitan, Ph.D., the organization has donated more than $2.7 million in in-kind services and cash to cultural organizations and artists, primarily in South Florida. Its latest program is the ArtesMiami Film Fund, which will donate thousands of dollars to documentary filmmakers.