Wilton Manors, FL (January 11, 2019) –  In celebration of the most famous fashion doll in the world’s 60th birthday, Art Gallery 21 and the City of Wilton Manors will welcome a new exhibit, “The Art of Barbie: Homage to a Global Icon.” Everyone is invited to attend the exhibit’s grand opening on Saturday, March 9, 2019, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Art Gallery 21 (600 NE 21stCt., Wilton Manors, Fl.).

Guests who attend the grand opening will enjoy prizes, party favors and refreshments as they tour the exhibit and mix and mingle with local artists and art lovers. They will also have the opportunity to take selfies with an interactive Barbie installation.

“One cannot deny the cultural relevancy of Barbie dolls to girls, families and artists nationwide,” said Constance Ruppender, gallery manager at Art Gallery 21. “Our goal with this exhibit is to create a new opportunity for visitors, artists, doll lovers and the community to experience American culture in a fun way!”

The exhibit, which will run from March 9, 2019 through April 6, 2019, will feature original art by local artists such as Brett Butler, vintage Barbie-inspired artwork created by Wayne Nilson, a 1/6 scale interactive diorama of Barbie created by artist Rodger Helt, and a photography workshop. 

On Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m. the “Characters in Search of a Dollhouse” photography workshop will teach participants how to use Barbie in photography and visual-media storytelling. This photography workshop will feature slides, video, various backgrounds and sets, created to showcase the Barbie photography process. 

To RSVP for the grand opening on March 9, 2019 or the photography workshop on March 23, 2019 send an email to artgallery21wcwm@gmail.com. “The Art of Barbie: Homage to a Global Icon” exhibition is available for viewing Thursdays through Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m., and admission is free. For more information visit http://bit.ly/WMBarbie19.

Funding for this project is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council. Additional funding for this project is provided by the Wilton Manors Community Affairs Advisory Board.