Meet Romero Britto at the “Blame it on Rio” Masterpiece Event at Museum


By: Sharon Aron Baron

The Coral Springs Museum of Art will be hosting an event like no other when they pay tribute to artist Romero Britto in person at their Masterpiece Signature Fundraiser Event in August.

Since June 6,  the museum has hosted an exhibit of Britto’s most iconic pieces and on Thursday, August 20, the Museum will pay tribute to the artist by dedicating their annual signature “Masterpiece” event to him with the theme of “Blame it on Rio,” an official sanctioned event of Broward 100 – Celebrating the Art of Community.

While enjoying Britto’s charismatic pieces of art work including painting, digital prints adorned with handmade glitter, and sculptures, “Blame it on Rio” guests will have the opportunity to meet the artist at a private VIP cocktail reception at 7 p.m.

“It’s an exciting event will invoke the sophistication, the magic and the decadence of Rio de Janeiro’s famous sultry celebration,” said Event Chair Laurette Homan. “I’m excited to have Britto there and we’re honored to welcome this iconic artist to Coral Springs.”

But how did the museum encourage famed artist Britto to attend their event?  According Homan, Coral Springs residents Bonnie and Steve Opler who are are collectors of Britto’s works were instrumental in inviting him as they were Britto’s first American patrons. The Opler’s will be showcasing a Corvette at the event that Britto painted.

Residents admiring the works of Romero Britto at the Opening Reception back in June

Residents admiring the works of Romero Britto at the Opening Reception back in June

The doors for general admission open at 8 p.m. During the evening, guests will enjoy flavorful food from local restaurant Feisty Bull and mixologists from Leblon Cachaça will assist guests in creating their own caipirinhas. Additional sponsors include Temptations Catering, Paladar Catering Services, Cozen O’Connor, Mr. & Mrs. John Long, Coral Springs Auto Mall, Hilton Insurance Company, the City of Coral Springs,  Mobile Media Marketing, and WLRN.

“I am excited to be a part of the Blame it on Rio celebration,” said Co-Chair Joy Carter. “Britto’s work for me, is alive through it’s colorful expression. I enjoy a very positive energy from it.”  Carter she is also enjoying working with the committee that is putting on this event.

The cost to attend “Blame it on Britto” is $75 per person for general admission and $150 to attend the event and the VIP Cocktail Reception. An RSVP is required. VIP tickets have limited availability. Tickets may be purchased online via PayPal at Blame it on Rio Event. Look for the link at the bottom of the page.  Sponsorship opportunities are available starting at $1,000. For more information about sponsorships, please contact Robin Drazin at or call 954-340-5000.

All proceeds will benefit the Coral Springs Museum of Art’s community and education programming, which includes innovative programs for veterans and children with special needs and Family FunDays.

Britto works will be displayed until August 29, 2015.  The Coral Springs Museum of Art is located at 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065. It is open Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (closed Sundays and major holidays). 

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Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron
Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs and the rest of South Florida.

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