BOMBAY SAPPHIRE and Rush Philanthropic-sponsored event showcasing work of emerging artists is perfect fit for trendy art gallery and event venue in Wynwood Arts District

MIAMI – August 6, 2016 – Casa Wynwood, a members-only educational mentorship design exhibition space, gallery, and event venue for enthusiasts of high-end art, home decor, fashion, and luxury products in Miami’s renowned Wynwood Arts District, has announced it will be hosting a showing of works by finalists in the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series in October 2016. Artists interested in submitting work for the event can visit the registration page on the Casa Wynwood website for more information.

In its seventh year, the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series is a cooperative event with Russell and Danny Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation that seeks to bring the work of talented emerging visual artists into the spotlight. Thousands of artists annually submit works for consideration, with 10 artists who have participated in local gallery events in major cities around the U.S. being selected as finalists before the Grand Finale Winner is chosen. This year the event has expanded to include Canadian entrants.

“We’re thrilled and honored to be hosting the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series at Casa Wynwood,” said the venue’s co-founder Boyd Tasker. “We founded Casa Wynwood here, in one of the most creative neighborhoods in the world, as a place for established and emerging artists to come together and inspire each other toward greater artistic achievement. The Artisan Series salutes that same spirit in recognizing excellence in the visual arts.”

Last year’s Grand Finale Winner, New Orleans’ artist Aron Belka, was recently the guest of honor at the unveiling of a mural he created in conjunction with actress and social activist Rosario Dawson who served as his creative mentor. The two worked together to develop the concept for his interactive mural installation, an image of New Orleans jazz musician Allen Toussaint who passed away last year.

“Since our opening during last year’s Art Basel Miami, we’ve displayed work from many extremely talented artists, both well-known and newcomers, and hosted many art-themed events,” said  Casa Wynwood co-founder Christi Tasker. “The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series showcase promises to fill our gallery once again with truly exceptional pieces. The series asks the question, ‘What will you create?’ We can’t wait to find out.”

Non-members are occasionally invited to Casa Wynwood events. If you would like to be considered for those opportunities, you can sign up for our newsletters and emails on the Casa Wynwood website and follow Casa Wynwood on Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest (@CasaWynwood) and subscribe to Facebook events.

About the Artisan
Since 2010, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE and the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation have provided emerging artists with an international platform to showcase their work. The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series is a search to discover this year’s next big name in visual arts. Thousands will submit their artwork online and selected artists will be rewarded with a platform to share their artistry with curators, collectors, and art enthusiasts around the world.

About Casa Wynwood
Casa Wynwood is a members-only luxury lifestyle exhibition space, art gallery, and event venue. Located in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, the CASA brings together artists in all mediums – from fine art to music to the culinary arts – and companies looking to work with them to create new art-inspired products and promote existing product lines. Casa Wynwood is the brainchild of husband and wife duo, Boyd and Christi Tasker.

Boyd Tasker is originally from Great Britain and has lived in many locations around the U.S. for more than 30 years. He is the founder and CEO of Tasker International. He is the former director of leasing for the Better Home Goods division of International Market Centers, a Las Vegas and High Point, the NC-based commercial real estate investment group owned by Bain Capital LLC and Oaktree Capital Group LLC. In addition, he has extensive experience in currency trading, magazine publishing, and travel. He is a renowned foodie and avid Yelper and sometimes blogger.

Christi Tasker is CEO of PuTTin’ Out, an award-winning digital media and social media marketing agency. She is also ringmaster of sister company, Tasker Agency, a traditional marketing firm focused on experiential marketing for luxury brands. Previously an award-winning interior designer and retailer, she is a respected international social media consultant, marketing, and branding coach, renowned author, and expert social media speaker. She has shared her advice and expertise on NBC News, PR News Press, and is a regular contributor to several online social media and marketing platforms and other publications such as P.S. This Rocks!