Ombretta Agro' Andruff
Founder, Executive Director
An Italian-born, Miami-based freelance curator and environmental activist, Ombretta brings more than twenty years of curatorial expertise with an international practice across non-profit institutions, .commercial galleries, and art advisory pursuits with private clients. Ombretta employs 360-degree competence in all aspects of the contemporary art world and has served across numerous boards including IKT, the International Association of Contemporary Art Curators, and the Art in Public Places Committee for the City of Miami Beach.
An avid swimmer, diver and kiteboarder, since moving to Miami in 2013, Ombretta's passion for the Florida waterways inspired ARTSail.
For more information: www.ombrettaagro.com
Captain William Rey
Born in Coconut Grove Florida and raised in Western Dade County. William Rey spent his formative years studying science and computers. As a high school student he attended classes in computer programing at Miami Dade Community College. But it wasn’t until a full time student at MDCC in 1986 that he found his love of sailing. William found his way into an apprenticeship on a charter boat cruising the Bahamas. Taking college courses and shipping out to sea whenever possible. William found himself in the early 90’s with a college degree in Communications and a Coast Guard issued Captain’s license.
After 5 years at sea William decided to give his degree a go and worked in the TV News industry for 7 years, starting at WPLG TV 10 in Miami as a studio technician . after working nearly every job in TV news he became a producer at WPLG TV 4.
In 2004 Mr Rey went freelance and worked as a yacht captain, producer and videographer.
He is currently Captain of the Impossible Dream; a 58 foot fully accessible sailing catamaran. The Dream is owned by a non profit organization whose mission is to empower people with disabilities through sailing and to educate the public on the benefits, both practical and asteicof inclusive design.
For more information: www.impossibledream.us
Curator of Ecology and Director of MUVE @ The Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science
As director of MUVE (Museum Volunteers for the Environment), a volunteer-based habitat restoration project, Bretos empowers South Florida residents to restore urban coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, dunes and tropical hardwood forests. Additionally, as Curator of Ecology, he leads Science Stories, an exhibition program for the Aquarium that features local marine scientists explaining their research.
A marine biologist, Bretos conducts research throughout the Caribbean, including Cuba, where he has worked for 18 years studying coral reef health and a population of nesting green sea turtles at Guanahacabibes National Park. He has led international research expeditions, including a 1999 cruise to Navassa, an uninhabited island between Jamaica and Haiti, which led to the island’s full protection as a U.S. National Wildlife Refuge. He joined Frost Science in 2007 before which he served as research scientist at Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies. Bretos started his career in marine conservation at The Ocean Conservancy, where he managed its Caribbean Biodiversity Program from 1998-2003.
A 2011 Kinship Fellow and 2010 Audubon Together Green Fellow, he holds a master’s degree in marine affairs and policy from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Oberlin College.
Nautical History Consultant
French diver, researcher, and multidisciplinary artist, Gustavo Oviedo has worked in Miami for the past 20 years. Oviedo was born in Paris, France and raised between Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico and finally Miami. He has a Master’s Degree in Visual Effects and Animation. He works in various mediums including video, photography, collage, sculpture and mural. Oviedo’s work has been exhibited at the Art Center / South Florida, Young at Art Museum, Art and Culture center of Hollywood, Boca Museum of Art, among others.
For more information: www.gustavooviedoartist.com
A South Florida native, Alex earns a living as a prolific travel photographer and has recently started working on documentary films and directing live music videos. Alex provided documentation for the inaugural ARTSail residents with moving image, drones and SLR still images. Simon Faithfull's video aired on ART LOFT in April 2017 was shot and edited by Alex, who is committed to serving future ARTSail residents.
Alex works to be a creative, careful, open-minded observer and explorer. He wants to document people in their best light. “I am capturing who someone is in a visual format,” he says. “Overall, throughout my work, I’ve gravitated toward artists, dancers, musicians, and collaborating with creatives. I've always been intrigued by people that are different". He has worked with clients such as The Miami New Times, Travelspective, UrbanDaddy, Time Out Miami, The New Tropic, The Local Palate. His clients have included Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Zumba, Artex Productions, The Kula Collective, Porter and Sail, Compass, and The Corcoran Group.
For more information: www.alexmarkow.com