Ellie Stein
Miami Beach, Florida

The late Ellie Stein, a multi-talented artist, was one of the masterminds behind the revitalization of "Lincoln Road" in Miami Beach, Florida during the mid-1980s. Lincoln Road Mall, which stretches almost a mile from Miami Beach to Biscayne Bay, has been an inspired center for the arts since its inception in 1914. Stein opened her studio in 1985 featuring her work in watercolor, fine colored pencil and graphite sketches.

Stein was one of the first juried members of the original South Florida Art Center. As the center grew, she turned her vision and focus to local color and ceramics. She created bas-relief tiles and murals that would eventually win her several Art in Public Places commissions, including an outdoor mural for the University of Florida Agricultural Research Station in Homestead. She also carved tiles for the exterior facade of Orlando's City Hall. Her murals were largely based on tropical motifs featuring Florida and Caribbean plants, birds and fish. She created an underwater fantasy for Divi Resorts in Aruba and the Holiday Inn in North Miami Beach; an orchid motif for Gulfstream Race Track; donor tiles for the entry of the Art Center/ South Florida; and murals for various cruise ships of the Royal Caribbean Line along with numerous private commissions.

Information provided by Anabelle de Gale, staff writer for The Herald, Miami, Florida.

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