Friday, November 02, 2012

The Art of Saturday, Nov. 3

BadPanda: Blu Moon

Vince "BadPanda" Herrera says that a few years ago New York street artist TMNK gave him advice that he took to heart. The advice, he says, was to put his art in people's faces over and over again, to make them notice it.

Catch BadPanda's first solo show at Blu Moon (Image courtesy of the artist)
BadPanda did just that. At first he began giving his art away online to anyone who provided an address, and then he began painting on broken pieces of sidewalk he found around Wynwood and returning the pieces to the street, where they would be found by strangers. He's hung framed works on the street and painted on corners during Second Saturday Art Walks.

Then, earlier this year, the ever-persistent artist asked via Facebook who was going to give him a solo show.

Sheri Friedman of Blu Moon Studio in Coconut Grove responded that she would do just that. Friedman had met the artist at at Musing With Myra last year and seen his work. "I was attracted to the humor and street art vibe of it," she says. "I was a big fan of street art, so this combined with his personality were the reasons I responded to his request for a solo show."

Vertebrae, BadPanda's solo exhibition, will feature works in which the artist explores the skeletal structure, along with works from his Everyday People series.

The exhibition will open 7-10 p.m. and run through Nov. 30 at Blu Moon Studio of Art, on the top floor at 3444 Main Highway, Coconut Grove. Call 305-794-0329 or visit

Swimming Upstream at Art @ O 
Swimming Upstream is an exhibition of works by 19 New York and Miami-based artists, each of whom offers their own interpretation of the theme. The works, according to curators Cat Del Buono and Diana Leidel, are focused on the aquatic, the struggle of the female artist, or both.

Swimming Upstream by Cat Del Buono (Photo courtesy of the artist)
The exhibition includes video, collage, photography, and painting by a roster of emerging and established artists that includes Amanda Church, Marina Font, Gillian Crosson, Jade Doskow, Teresa Forsch, Veronica Frenning, Gina Margillo, Estelle Nichols, Sarah Palmer, Diana Leidel, Anja Wade, Antonia Wright and others.

Del Buono's floor installation, a video that shows swimmers swimming in what appears to be an undeground pool, prompted the show, which now includes "And There I Was Fulfilling Myself in Some Amazing Way," Gabriela Vainsencher's watercolor about a fish's contemplation, Kim Butler's photo of "a gas mask-clad damsel in a river," and "Monsters, "Miami artist Toa Castellanos' collage of a makeshift woman.

The exhibition will open with a reception 7-9 p.m. Nov. 3 and continue through Nov. 30 at Art@O , inside O Cinema at 90 N.W. 29th St., Miami. Contact Cat Del Buono at or Diana Leidel at

STUDIO CRAWL: See John Sanchez's Family Outing in As the Ferris Wheel Turns at ArtCenter South Florida
(Image courtesy of ArtCenter/SouthFlorida)
Studio Crawl at ArtCenter/South Florida

ArtCenter /South Florida will have its first-Saturday-of-the-month studio crawl, where visitors are invited to visit artists (including new arrivals Othón Castañeda, Andrés Ferrandis, JeanPaul Mallozzi, Pal B. Stock and Alejandro Vigilante) in their studios throughout the center's two buildings, and check out the exhibitions: Adriana Carvalho's 101 Dresses at Richard Shack Gallery, and As The Ferris Wheel Turns at Project 924 just down the block at ArtCenter's second building.

The latter show, which will feature a special performance by David Rohn, uses the carnival as the backdrop for "a universal story of life, love and loss" and includes works by Anthony Ardavin, Alexander Guerra Katerina Friderici, Hugo Moro, John Sanchez and Damian Sarno. Also (because what's a carnival without sweat), an exhibit in the 924 Vitrine will feature works from the SWEAT Broadsheet Collection, which consists of collaborations created by visual artists and writers who paired to create 12-print editions (writing and visual art) that explore the broadly defined theme of sweat (the complete project will be on view at Centre Gallery at Miami-Dade College's Wolfson Campus.) 

The event will also include treats from Real Sorbet and Simply Sharon's vegan desserts (formerly Treats That Heal) from 7-10 p.m. at ArtCenter/South Florida, 800 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Call 305-674-8278 or visit

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Tate's Weekend After Halloween Sale goes on rain or shine under the big tent from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and will include toys, action figures, T-shirts, DVDs, big-time bargains on comics.

Local Artist Series III Exhibition, a night of art that's all about love, will feature works by Miami artists, live music and drinks. The show, presented by Tradisyon Lakou Laka, opens 6-9 p.m. and runs through the closing party, which runs 6-10 p.m. Nov. 16, at Little Haiti Cultural Center, 260 N.E. 59th Terrace, Miami. Call 305-960-2969.

An Evening of Arts, Auction and Animals will feature local art, a community mural experience, live music an auctions to raise money for the no-kill shelter Abandoned Pet Rescue. Admission to the event, held at Jo Lalli's Fort Lauderdale studio, is $45 in advance, $50 at door.

All About Art, a fine-art fund-raising auction to celebrate the 35th anniversary or Frost Museum in Miami, will feature, food, wine, and a chance to meet some of the more than 70 artists who've contributed works. Tickets are $150. Attire is "art chic." The donated art is viewable online.

 Laffs & Crafts featuring all handmade goods and crafts, as well as food, coffee and baked goods from granny's oven, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sunny South Estates in Boynton Beach. Admission is free.

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