DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pop Culture Vault Entertainment Fine Art Gallery today announced "Beyond the Cage – The Fine Art of MMA (www.beyondthecageMMA.com) the FIRST FINE ART Exhibit dedicated to the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, giving fine art and sports enthusiasts alike a rare, visual experience into the lives of these athletes.
The grand opening will take place at the Pop Culture Vault Gallery located on 250 East Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach Saturday, November 19 from 8:00pm to 10:00pm ET. Free and open to the public, this event stars former Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) Light Heavyweight Champion "Suga" Rashad Evans who will help unveil the "Beyond the Cage – The Fine Art of MMA" exhibit.
Evans will be on hand to sign fight camp memorabilia and artwork, including recent works captured in Boca Raton while training for his victorious battle against Tito Ortiz at UFC 133.
"Beyond the Cage – The Fine Art of MMA" officially opens November 19, 2011 and will run through January 31, 2012. The elegant display will showcase the talents of renowned sports photographer Eric Williams, who provides an exclusive, breathtaking behind-the-scenes view of the world of MMA.
"For the first time ever, through this fine art, we expose the basic human element in these superbly trained world class athletes," said Williams. "I have travelled all over the world to capture these fighters in their training camps, homes, and spare time. Like me, through these images, people will discover the heart, soul and extraordinary beauty of these mixed martial artists."
Williams' fighter portraits have been featured on over 30 magazine covers. Highly respected for his photography, fighting legends including Chuck Liddell, Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre and Forrest Griffin, among others, have autographed many of the works that will be offered for sale as part of the exhibit.
Mixed martial arts is the fastest growing sport in history and is an exploding global phenomenon. Recently, more than 55,000 people watched "UFC 129" featuring welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre live in Toronto this year, and a Pay-Per-View audience of over 30 million watched Anderson Silva fight in Brazil. The largest promoter in the sport, the UFC will make its national network debut on FOX Saturday, November 12, forever changing the landscape of sports while instantly attracting millions of new fans.
A UFC fan favorite and one of its top-ranked athletes, Evans is the winner of Season 2 of The Ultimate Fighter®. Since then, he has fought and beat the best of the best in the UFC including Liddell, Griffin, Ortiz, and Rampage Jackson. He is currently in South Florida training for an upcoming title fight against Jon Jones or Lyoto Machida (the winner of UFC 140 on December 10), and is preparing to fulfill his legacy as a two-time UFC light heavyweight champion.
In addition to The MMA photography of Eric Williams, the exhibit will showcase fine art paintings created by legendary Entertainment Fine Art Artist Mr. Joe Petruccio.
For more information about The Pop Culture Vault Entertainment Fine Art Gallery or the "Beyond the Cage – The Fine Art of MMA exhibit and grand opening, please call 561-226-7651.
For a preview of the exhibit, please visit www.beyondthecageMMA.com.
For additional media information or to request interviews with Evans or Williams, please contact:
Jim Lentz (Williams) Jen Wenk (Evans)