What happens when you merge extraordinary works of art and one of South Florida’s most precious jewels? One unforgettable “Artists in the Cloisters” event!
The Ancient Spanish Monastery, a non-profit with the mission to preserve one of the oldest buildings of the Western World, is putting on its 2nd annual showcase for one night only, on Thursday, September 8.
As live music takes over the enchanting space, those in attendance will have the opportunity to buy a bite to eat and sip on delicious spirits. Last year, the fabulous evening featured a cellist, Spanish guitarist and a violinist performing individual solos.
And throughout the building, artists in the community will have their works on display and even put them up for sale.
Nowadays, The Ancient Spanish Monastery lies tucked away in a peaceful corner of North Miami Beach and is home to the Church of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, an active and growing congregation in the Episcopal Diocese of South Florida. With its incredibly beautiful and historic halls, the Medieval gem is also a very popular spot for visits, weddings and photoshoots.
But to get to it today, we have to go through some serious history. Originally built in Spain back in the 12th century, this building is almost 800 years older than the Magic City itself. But how did it get here? It arrived in the States broken up in more than 11,000 crates after the U.S. magnate William Randolph Hearst purchased it for himself and decided to bring it overseas. Hearst soon went bankrupt, however, so the crates containing the Monastery stones were auctioned off to two Ohio businessmen who finally decided to rebuild the structure in Miami.
So make sure you reserve your spot for this special “Artists in the Cloisters” program. Admission is $12 and proceeds go to helping the Ancient Spanish Monastery Foundation’s endeavor to maintain the most ancient building in the Western Hemisphere. For more information, visit their site.
The event will take place at the monastery, located at 16711 West Dixie Highway in North Miami Beach, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.