Art Opening Tomorrow to Benefit Opera San Miguel
By John Bills
Camino Silvestre, Correo 43, will host an art opening tomorrow evening, “Recent Works by Shari Alexander.” Ms. Alexander and Camino Silvestre owners Jim McKeever and Alfredo Garcia-Lucio are donating a portion of sales to benefit the scholarship program of Opera San Miguel (OSM).
Recent Works by Shari Alexander
To benefit Opera San Miguel
Sat, Apr 30, 5pm-8pm
At the age of 13, Shari Alexander became the youngest student ever accepted for study at the prestigious Art Students League in New York City where she was a student of Thomas Fogarty. She began her professional art career as a teenager doing caricatures on copper plate in Washington Square Park and fibbing about her age and spent summers as a fashion illustrator for newspapers in New Bedford and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. After graduation from the Fashion Institute of Technology and the University of Michigan School of Fine Arts, Alexander became a much in demand fashion model, and then a highly successful fashion designer in New York, creating her own lines, “Shari Alexander” and “Ibiza Designs,” as well as ghost-designing the Jennifer O’Neill line and designing and executing fashion designs for Calvin Klein, Diane von Furstenberg, Murjani, and others. She traveled all over the great fashion capitals of the world— Paris, London, Milan—and spent long periods in Hong Kong and Osaka designing her fabrics and supervising her silks and woven lines for the designer sportswear departments of the most prestigious stores in the US.
After her long fashion career, Alexander decided on a major career change, graduating from the New York Culinary Center & Restaurant School and the Windows on the World Wine School. She was chef-owner of a series of successful restaurants and catering companies in the tony Hamptons area of Long Island, earning three stars from The New York Times for her restaurant in Sag Harbor. Relocating to Sarasota, Florida, she redesigned the Banyan Cafe at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, becoming the museum’s catering director and writing a weekly food and wine column in the Sarasota Herald Tribune. Tomorrow’s show at Camino Silvestre will be her first since returning to her roots in fine art. “I love to paint women,” Alexander says, “and I find character, strength, and exotic personalities shine through my work. I hope you will too!”
Opera San Miguel is dedicated to discovering and assisting the most talented and promising young opera singers in Mexico. “We are so pleased to know that Shari Alexander and our friends Jim and Alfredo are presenting this show as a benefit for Opera San Miguel, and we wish them great success,” said OSM President Alvaro Nieto.