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Art Basel presents ‘Patchwork Mosaic: An Indigenous Gathering of Seminole Masterworks’

FORT LAUDERDALE — Every year during the first week of December, South Florida is home to one of the biggest art shows in the world, Art Basel.

As part of an Art Basel VIP tour, History Fort Lauderdale hosted “Patchwork Mosaic: An Indigenous Gathering of Seminole Masterworks” on Dec. 7 at the New River Inn.

The exhibition, which is on view through Jan. 12, features artists Tia Blais-Billie, Erica Deitz, Stephanie Hall, Elgin Jumper, Jacqueline Osceola, Jessica Osceola, Jimmy Osceola, Samuel Tommie, Hollywood Board Rep. Gordon Oliver Wareham, Brian Zepeda and Pedro Zepeda.

Seminole art is displayed at History Fort Lauderdale’s New River Inn in Fort Lauderdale during an Art Basel VIP tour on Dec. 7. (Photo Analicia Austin)

Along with the artists the show was curated by Tara Chadwick, Jimmy Osceola and Miss Florida Seminole Durante Blais-Billie.

“I’m delighted to be here, and I’m thankful for the staff of Fort Lauderdale Historical Museum, and Art Basel, I am thankful to them, and special thanks to Tara Chadwick, and very glad to be here, and this helps to promote our voice as Seminole to share with the outside world and people from Basel as well,” said Tommie, one of the featured artists.

Naomi Wilson and Seminole artist Jacqueline Osceola at the Art Basel VIP tour. (Photo Analicia Austin)

The show features Seminole paintings, patchwork and carvings, all of which was shown to members of the Art Basel community on the VIP tour.

“A lot of hard work and passion went into bringing this exhibit together, and I’m very honored to be part of it. I had seen it last year and that was the first year I was exposed to it, and I immediately knew I wanted to be involved and represent different mediums and younger generations of Seminole artists,” Tia Blais-Billie said.

Seminole artists Jimmy Osceola, left, and Samuel Tommie pose at the New River Inn in Fort Lauderdale during the Art Basel VIP tour. (Photo Analicia Austin)

As for next year’s Art Basel, the artists are ready to give it another shot.

“I’m definitely looking forward to participating as long as I can,” Blais-Billie said.

Hollywood Board Rep. Gordon Oliver Wareham plays the flute as part of the Art Basel gathering at the New River Inn in Fort Lauderdale. (Photo Analicia Austin)

“I’m so looking forward to it,” Tommie said. “I’m very motivated.”

The show concluded with a reception at Center Bar at Hard Rock Hollywood.

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