The NAC Gallery in Fort Lauderdale opened in style with a 50s themed party called “The Seven Week Itch.” The event, put together by NAC owners Vincent Harrison and Karla Livingston in conjunction with Frank Worth,was all about Worth’s iconic photography capturing the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Dressed to impress Marilyn Monroe look-alikes shook hands with James Deans and Frank Sinatras at the opening event which kicked off not only the seven week show, but also a new stage in the evolution of the NAC Group.
“NAC Gallery is a branch of our art company NAC Group,” says Karla Livingston, “the gallery focuses on promoting emerging and mid level talent through a program of events that draw a crowd and the major world wide art fairs.”
Harrison and Livingston found the right location for their new venture in the emerging North Beach Art District in Fort Lauderdale, affectionately called “NOBE.” As a native Floridian, Livingston wants to support local talent and be involved in the growth of the art scene in Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
NAC Gallery represents various artists like the Miami based GG and Puerto Rican artist Diego Jacobson. A recent addition to the team is Detroit artist Tony Roko whose urban inspired pieces are made of reclaimed materials. NAC is also very active in the secondary market dealing in such pop art giants as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Indiana.
“All of the artists that we have chosen have caught our eye either at an art fair or on murals around the local area. We have built friendships with all of them, which started with an appreciation of their talent,” explains Livingston. “The mission of NAC gallery is to promote our artists without succumbing to the politics, branding, and fashion like mentality that has shaped the art world recently”.
Surrounded by Worth’s photographs of Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Marilyn Monroe, and pop art portraits of Jackson Pollock and Salvador Dali by GG, art enthusiasts enjoyed the opening and had a chance to meet and greet some of the artists represented by NAC and learn more about the work on display.
NAC Gallery, 3325 NE 32nd Street, Fort Lauderdale.
All Photos by Robert Dempster