It’s an age-old image that’s hard to shake: In addition to fostering the arts, what concept accompanies the idea of an art collector? A large NO TOUCH sign, hung hurriedly over the whole of a home before carefully catered cocktail parties and lifeless entertainment? Lively, Latin and professionals of a contemporary mode, 30-year veterans of the collecting work Javier & Monica Mora strive to break down that stilted stereotype. “We became art collectors out of love and appreciation for the arts,” say the Moras, society regulars and philanthropically-enthused Key Biscayne residents well recognized in civic events held over the decades. “We started collecting art objects back in the 1980’s, even before we got married, while visiting art fairs, galleries, artist studios and auctions.” With a collection that includes landmark pieces by an amazing array of artists, one must wonder, does collecting rob the couple of their joy for painting and the like? “Not at all,” says Javier. “Though it does take some time and certainly a financial commitment, living day-to-day with the art you love is so fulfilling that it is well worth the effort! The passion just doesn’t diminish over time; it is refreshed by our always-evolving collection!”
Mark Stephens served his country for 21+ years in Army Special Operations. He now serves his fellow Nation’s Special Operations members and their families through Task Force Dagger Foundation, which is there for them when the government, the VA or other insurance isn’t.
The 2019 Key Biscayne Chamber Of Commerce Installation Dinner was sponsored by Baptist Health of South Florida and attended by some of the community’s most involved leaders.