Monday, January 30, 2012


Niki Lopez is using her old art flyers to make new smaller works such as "9 Lives of Love," each with a hand-painted frame. (photo courtesy of Niki Lopez)
In between blog posts, stories and real-life chores, I like to keep up with local artist blogs. I've been keeping a file of things I found and wanted to share here and will probably post such lists, which I'll call Betweeners, on a regular basis. Here's what I have for you this week:

Artist Niki Lopez has found a good use for all those art show flyers that might otherwise end up in a dumpster. She's using them to make small art works in handpainted frames.

Jacques de Beaufort, a Palm Beach Gardens artist and an associate professor of Visual Art and Art History at Palm Beach State College, has posted a new painting:

Crissa-Jean Chappell likens making a book to making bread.
Crissa-Jean Chappell, author of Total Constant Order, wrote a great post that compares writing a book to making bread: Her next book, Narc, is scheduled for August publication.

Artist Neri Street is working on a project with young artists and performers, and has no place to put the costumes and props. She's looking for donated  "plastic hangers, plastic bins, old bookshelves or a rolling rack" before Feb. 16.  Anyone who can help should call Neri at 954-599-5210 or e-mail her at

Beached Miami posts about a new contemporary art gallery that will soon open in Wynwood.

Girls Club in Fort Lauderdale held a workshop in which artists and writers mined the Girls Clubs' current exhibition Re-Framing the Feminine for inspiration for other works, some of which have been posted to the Girls' Club blog.

C&I Studios Soft Open Video from C&I Studios on Vimeo.

FTL Collective posts a cool video about Fort Lauderdale by the most recent inhabitants at Fat Village in Fort Lauderdale, as well as a video by another company that challenges people to spend an hour doing something that really matters to them, and two hours helping someone else.

Coral Morphologic Blog takes us inside their world with their recently posted video made by Jeff Jetton (Brightest Young Things) and Brendan Canty (Fugazi) during Art Basel.

Artist Nancy Martini, posted about the first Wynwood Green, which will be held on the last Sunday of each month in Wynwood.

See a time-lapse video, recorded over two days, of Patrick Maxcy painting a mural in Grand Junction, CO.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

FAT Village Art Walk

"Party Time" by Michael Banks was on exhibit at Fat Village Art Walk in Fort Lauderdale.
Headed down to F.A.T. Village Art Walk to check out the shows on Saturday night. We hit The Projects  and a few other spaces before hunger won out.

I took some pics, some of which turned out. You can find them in the slide show above. After clicking the arrow in middle, click in the lower right hand corner of the slide show to expand the pics and then click on "show info" at top right to see the captions that accompany them.

Some of the shows, such as The Return of the Magenta will remain on exhibit through the next Fat Village Art Walk. For the schedule, visit

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DBA 2012 Art Exhibition

I went to Gallery 6 at Broward County Main Library on Wednesday night for the opening reception of the fourth annual DBA 2012 Art Exhibition (Doing Business As ... Artist Entrepreneurs). The annual exhibition showcases graduates of Broward County's Artist as Entrepreneur Institute, which offers a four-day program designed to teach people how to make money as an artist. 

Artists Frank Crowley and JoAnn Nava curated this year's show which features work by Amelia Monroe, Bonnie Shapiro, Debra Kaszovitz, Elle Schorr, Frank Crowley, Henning Haupt, JoAnn Nava, Louis Davis, Michael D. Harris and Nolan Haan.

The show runs through Feb. 27 in Gallery 6 of Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave. Fort Lauderdale. A closing forum featuring storyteller Mij Byram and presentations by Katharine DeShaw and Amanda Cruz, executive director and program director of United States Artists, will be held 5-7:30 p.m. Feb. 22. For more details on the DBA program, visit or e-mail

Gallery 6's regular hours are 6-10 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday and noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Above are my pics from the show. Be sure to click in the lower right hand corner of the slide show to expand the pics and then click on show info at top right to see the captions that accompany the pics.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Art of the Weekend

Henning Haupt's Return of the Magenta will be on exhibit at The Projects-South during FAT Village Art Walk on Saturday night (photo courtesy of the artist).
FAT Village Arts District
Northwest First Avenue and Northwest Fifth Street, Fort Lauderdale,

FAT Village Art Walk occurs on the last Saturday of every month and the Jan. 28 edition will run 7-11 p.m. and include Henning Haupt's The Return of the Magenta at The Projects-South (with an artist talk at 7 p.m.), as well as Silent Call From Haiti at The Projects, Janet M. Mueller's exhibition at Sheuat and Green Studio and a show at Rolling Stock Gallery. Also on exhibit is The Plight of Nature, billed as a show in which "six artists grapple with the complex and sometimes disturbing relationship between the modern world and nature." It will features works by Angelica Clyman, Cenigma, Louis Davis, Jean Minuchin, Bilyana Pesic and Sharon White at World and Eye Gallery.

Girls' Club

117 N.E. Second St., Fort Lauderdale. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Call 954-828-9151,

Chick Flicks featuring Office Killer (1997),  a film written and directed by Cindy Sherman, is the latest Girls Club screening of "feature films and documentaries spotlighting cinematic treatments of female photographers." The event starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 with a screening of Scenic Jogging, a short film by local artist Jillian Mayer.

 Island Water Sports
1985 N.E. Second St., Deerfield Beach,

Indie Craft Swell will feature DIY crafts, vendors including Peace Owls and Other Lovely Things and local artist Coma Girl, a children's crafting tent and a party where people can buy and customize shoes and have a second pair go to a needy child. Proceeds benefit Calvary Chapel's Human Trafficking Ministry. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 28.

Kristin Frenzel's work will be on exhibit in Saturdays Dinosaur Art Show being held as part of for Jurrasic January at Undergrounds Coffeehaus (photo courtesy of the artist).
Undergrounds Coffeehaus
3020 N. Federal Highway, (Mardi Gras Balcony) Unit 5A, Fort Lauderdale, 954-630-1900,

Dinosaur Art Show, a show that Undergrounds Coffeehaus owner Aileen Liptak says is about "dinosaurs in a modern setting ... playing poker, using cell phones and eating cheeseburgers," will include music, movies and snacks, 8 p.m. Jan. 28.

Wynwood Green
572 N.W. 23rd St., Miami,,

Wynwood Green, a day of farmers markets, half-pipes and presentations by artists such as Nancy Martini who will speak and show some paintings at 2 p.m.) presented by 305 Green, I Am Your Villain, Ground Up Collective and WVUM, noon to 7 p.m. Jan. 29 and on the last Sunday of each month. At 7 p.m., the after-party begins inside Armory Studios with fashion sculpture by Wasabi Fashion Kult and performances by The Hongs, Efrain Laboy and KRISP.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A day at Deering Estate

I recently interviewed Miami artist Christina Pettersson about The Sentinel, her upcoming show at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, for a story that will run in the Sun-Sentinel's Showtime section. I learned that Pettersson is currently an artist in residence at Deering Estate at Cutler in Miami, as are several other South Florida artists and writers, each of whom has daytime studio space at Deering.

The mission of Deering's artist residency program is to support motivated emerging artists who want to interact with other artists in the atmosphere offered at this 444-acre environmental, historical and archeological preserve. As explained on the estate's website: "At present, there are five residencies available on a rolling, juried application basis for one-month to twelve-month terms. ... The primary basis for selection of our artists is the strength and quality of the applicants' work. Our resident artists must have an ability to work within a natural environment. Their work must fit the scale of the Deering Estate’s historic structures which cannot be altered. Artists must also have a clear objective for the time of their residency and be willing work in a dynamic environment that encourages public interaction and interaction with other artists." 

Last week, I visited Deering Estate for the first time and checked out the Artist Village Open Studio Tour, which is held at 11:30 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month. Despite that most of the artists were not in their studios, I enjoyed the tour of their spaces led by artist in residency liaison Kim Yantis, as well as talking to artist Lucinda Linderman about her sculptures made from upcycled objects, her favorite dumpsters and the fabulous dresses she makes from the sort of things people generally toss into the garbage. I also met Lee Pivnik, a photographer who was assisting her as a volunteer. He also takes some great nature shots and his photos can be found at

Deering Estate's next Artist Village Open Studio tour is March 17, but an even better opportunity to check out its resident artists might be on Saturday, Feb. 18 when Legal Art Miami and Deering Estate will hold ArtSoBay, a joint exhibition in which both organizations' past and current resident artists will scope out spots in  Deering Estate's Richmond Cottage and the Stone House to create site-specific installations that "generate a fresh dialogue about the history and background of Deering Estate."

The show, which will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 18 at Deering Estate, will be curated by Dominique Breard (indoor) and Ralph Provisero (outdoor) and include works by Deering Estate artists (Aurora Molina, Deena Blazejack, Lucas Blanco, Bernadette Denoux, Christina Pettersson, Lucinda Linderman, Thomas Daniel, and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony) and Legal Art artists (Pachi Giustinian, Jiae Hwang, Manny Prieres, TM Sisters, Brookhart Jonquil, Justin Broadbent and Julia Blaukopf).
Even the manatees seemed happy at Deering Estate.

Meanwhile, above is a slide show of the pics I took at Deering Estate this weekend. I had only planned to spend an hour or two, but wound up remaining there for most of the day, walking the trails and chatting with manatees. Hope you enjoy the pics. Be sure to click in the lower right hand corner of the slide show to expand the pics and then click on show info at top right of that the captions that accompany the pics.

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Fun stuff ...

Artist and curator AdrienneRose Gionta has a new project in the works. Like Say My Name, one of her previous projects (see above), it's about her name. It's also about you ... if you participate. (photo courtesy of AdrienneRose Gionta)
Artist and curator AdrienneRose Gionta is seeking collaborators for her Sign My Name project, and taking part is ever so easy-peasy. All participants must do is sign AdrienneRose Gionta's name on a piece of paper and include their name, age, current location, relation to artist (how you know her), motto and favorite color on the back of their submission or in a separate e-mail.

Collaborators should then mail their signature of AdrienneRose's name(AdrienneRose Gionta, c/o MBUS, 420 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach FL 33139) or photograph or scan it and then e-mail it her

Says Gionta in her statement: "I am interested in collecting and observing the differences and similarities in how each person that is connected to me signs my name. My signature of my name along with your signature of my name will be analyzed by a graphologist. Each signature, along with the results, will be compiled into the Sign My Name project catalog. Select signatures will be produced as neon signs for a future installation."

I love easy-peasy fun projects, so count me in.

Wigglers needed for flash mob


If you can wiggle and have always wanted to be part of a flash mob, plan to be at Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 for the Mendy House Flash Mob. According to Mendy House, participants should arrive early and look busy doing something such as playing Frisbee, jogging or playing soccer. "Then once you hear the music, you will see the Mendy Sisters start the dance ... slowly people will add on. it is important that everyone does not start at the same time. Be sure to look like you are surprised and don't know what's going on before you jump in! After the mob, it is essential that you disperse back into the activities that you were doing prior to the dance. That is a very important part of our flash mob video. ... Invite all of your friends, the more the merrier. Hopefully this will go viral and we will all be famous!"

The instructional video is posted above so you can start practicing, and then just show up at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 at Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale.

 "A flash mob is something we've always wanted to do so we are really excited and have 80 people that have RSVP'd already!," says Tracy Mendy, photographer and creative director at The Mendy House.  "We are excited."

If you have any questions, visit

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Artist opportunities

The start of each year is filled with good intentions, one of them often being to take advantage of opportunities that come our way. But busy schedules get in the way and opportunities we encounter are frequently jotted down on little slips of paper and lost.

That's why I'll be posting artist opportunities and calls to artists as I come across them. If you miss them, don't worry as I will continue to include them under the tab labeled Artist Opps until the deadlines (which are in bold n each listing) have passed. 

Here's the first such list. If you hear about more local calls to artists, please send them my way and I'll post them here. Ditto for grants and residencies. Details, including the deadlines and any fees that apply, are much appreciated.

Heart art 
Jakmel Gallery seeks artists for Fete De L'amour: Art to Heart <3, a heart-themed Valentine's Day exhibition that will open 7-11 p.m. Sat. Feb. 11 (during Second Saturday Art Walk) at Jakmel Art Gallery, 2701A N.W. Second Ave., Miami. Call  786-312-5947 or Blu Moon Studio 305-794-0329 by Jan. 28 to reserve your space.

Attention: female photographers
6th Street Container seeks female photographers who have a unique vision and 5 to 10 images to submit for consideration for Photography by Women, a show that opens 7-10 p.m. March 23. For info, e-mail or on Facebook:

Black, white and shades of gray
Artist intake for Broward Art Guild's Black and White Exhibit, an open-medium show for works that are black, white and shades of gray, is 4-6 p.m. Jan. 27 and noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 28. Artists should bring their works and entry form (which can be downloaded from to Broward Art Guild Gallery (3280 N.E. 32nd St., Fort Lauderdale)  and may call the guild (954-537-3370) between noon and 4 p.m. Feb. 1 to see if their work was accepted.  

(Flyer courtesy of Bear and Bird Gallery)
 Hip to be square
 Bear and Bird Gallery invites all South Florida artists to exhibit one perfectly square piece of art, no bigger than 14 inches on each side, for its annual Be There Be Square show. Work may be in any media, including sculpture, and in any theme, Artists do not need to submit work in advance for approval, but those who are certain they will participate must RSVP by Feb. 5 to be included in the printed flyer and be added to the e-mail reminder list, To RSVP, artists should include their name, as they would like it to appear on the flyer, in an an e-mail to

Pain + art
Artist and photographer Valyn Calhoun is accepting submissions for The Art of Pain, a show that will be held March 17 at The Bubble in Fort Lauderdale,. The exhibition will feature artists and musicians who explore the relationship between pain and art. Artists should submit their idea or a jpg of the work they're submitting along with title, medium and dimensions, and their name, phone number and e-mail address. Rather than a submission fee, accepted artists will pay a hanging fee of $25, and 30 percent will tagged onto the price of each work for the gallery. Deadline: Feb. 25.

Jordan Vineyard and Winery seeks artists in Miami and three other cities (via Jordan Vineyard and Winery)
The art of drinking wine in Miami
Jordan Vineyard and Winery is celebrating its 40th with its 4 on 4 Art Competition, billed as "a four-city initiative [Miami, New York, Los Angeles and Dallas] that challenges local artists to create a commemorative work of art that blends the elegance of Jordan wines with the flavor of each city."

Bakehouse Art Complex, which is organizing the Miami competition, will accept submissions from artists who live and work in Miami-Dade, Broward or Monroe County, through 5 p.m. March 10 (at 561 N.W. 32nd Street, Miami 33127) or online. The grand prize is "$5,000 and the opportunity to be featured in two art exhibitions, publicity campaigns and Jordan 40th anniversary commemorative gifts. The winning work will be transformed into a limited-edition piece which will be distributed to Jordan's loyal customers across South Florida." Runner-up and second runner-up receive $2,000 and $1,000 respectively and the chance to be featured in two art shows.

The Top 40 South Florida artists will be elected to participate in a March 29 show at the Bakehouse, where judges will select 10 works to be shown April 2 at a private Miami Beach event where the grand prize and runners-up (as judged by NBC Miami co-anchor Roxanna Vargas, Gallery Diet director Nina Johnson, ArtNexus associate publisher Susanne Birbragher and Michael Schwartz of Michael's Genuine) will be named.

A job in sails
Full Sails in Fort Lauderdale is a public art event that Prince Media Development will present in cooperation with the City of Fort Lauderdale's Parks and Recreation Department, involves 100 7" sculpted sailboats being painted by local artists for a six-month temporary art exhibit that kicks off in October. PMD likens the project to the "Infamous Cow Parade held in Chicago and New York."

According to PMD, "Large masted sculptured sailboats will festoon the City, cutting a vibrant bright colored swath through A1A, Las Olas Boulevard, Riverwalk, Downtown, 17th Street Harbor Shops and Sistrunk Bloulevard. At the end of the exhibit The Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department Foundation will auction the sailboats to raise money for recreational programs, scholarships, events and activities for Fort Lauderdale residents. " For info on submitting designs by the Feb. 24 deadline, visit Selected artists will receive $500 for materials. For information call Healther Bettner, 304-775-0113 or e-mail

The Girls' Club blog
Girls' Club Collection in Fort Lauderdale has also been rounding up local artist opportunities and posting them to its blog. You can check some of them out at

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Monday, January 23, 2012

The week in art events ...

Bonnie Shapiro's "Entering Dreamland" is on exhibit at DBA 2012 which opens Wednesday (details below) at Broward County Main Library in Fort Lauderdale (photo courtesy of DBA 2012).

Bas Fisher Invitational
180 N.E. 39th St., Suite 210, Miami,

Nature, Science and the Arts, a discussion by botanist David Lee, author of Palette: the Science of Plant Color and six other books, will focus on preserving the relationship between artists and nature. According to Lee, who will address South Florida artists in his presentation, "How we relate to nature is very important. Understanding nature may provide clues to how we may continue to value what is left of the natural world." Lee, who served 26 years as the chairperson of the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University, is former director of The Kampong. The event, which runs 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, is part of of Weird Miami, which Bas Fisher describes as "a project to integrate the South Florida community with creative city tours that turns locals into tourists as they discover unnoticed and unknown places while tracing undocumented histories, redrawing maps and making new friends."

Books and Books
265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables,

Miami Art Museum's Reading Art book club will host a talk about My Name Is Charles Saatchi and I Am an Artoholic by Charles Saatchi at a free event that runs 6:30 to 8 p.m.  Tuesday, Jan. 24. E-mail:

Broward County Main Library
Gallery 6, 100 S. Andrews Ave. Fort Lauderdale, 954-357-7444,

DBA 2012 Art Exhibition (Doing Business As ... Artist Entrepreneurs) will feature work by Amelia Monroe, Bonnie Shapiro, Debra Kaszovitz, Elle Schorr, Frank Crowley, Henning Haupt, JoAnn Nava, Louis Davis, Michael D. Harris and Nolan Haan, all of whom graduated from the Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute. The show runs through Feb. 27, with an opening reception (featuring writer Jill Slaughter and performance artist Nzingah) 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. Gallery 6's regular hours are 6-10 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday and noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Respectable Street
518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach,,

Chinese New Year: Year of the Dragon is the latest themed art party from artist Teresa Korber's Art Nouveau Events and will feature body painting by Georgette Pressler's Devious Body Art, music by Danxiety, a martial arts performance, Melissa Brouard's Geisha Fan Dance, a show by Izzy of the Glamour Goddesses Burlesque Troup, a prize for Best in Show and Jerrys Artarama gift certificates for best returning artist, best new artist and best representation of theme. The six-hour party starts at 8 p.m. Jan. 25.

Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum
Florida International University, Maidique Campus, 10975 S.W. 17th St., Miami, 305-348-2890,

MarĂ­a Thereza Negreiros: Offerings explores the perils of deforestation in paintings that depict "mysterious habitat full of birds, animals and strange vegetation," opens 6-9 p.m. Jan. 25 and runs through April 1.

 Metropole/Colony: Africa and Italy includes previously unexhibited works from the museum's collections to explore African colonization's effect on Italian national identity from 1922-1943. The exhibition, curated by David Rifkind and Jon Mogul, examines "broadcast media, tourism, urban planning, land reclamation, infrastructure, agriculture, industry, children’s games, and architecture" and explores "how these concerns were manifested within both the metropole (the Italian mainland) and the colonies." The exhibition opens 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 and runs through April 15.

Qin Feng: West Wind East Water features contemporary ink paintings with Eastern elements and techiques from an artist born in Xinjiang, "where the intersection of the Silk Roads brought many cultures together and would influence his art for years to come." The show opens 6-9 p.m. WEdnesday Jan. 25 and runs through March 18.

Annette Turrillo: A Thought for the Planet features interactive installations that explores the influence of "consciousness through reflection." According to Frost, "Turrillo’s goal is to create an interactive, conceptual work, in which the spectator is a participant as well as part of the work itself." Her show, designed to unite people through thought, opens 6-9 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 25 and runs through April 1.

Boynton Beach District
422 W. Industrial Ave., Boynton Beach

A Stroke of Genius, featuring open studios of artists including Denny Reed, DXTR, Lea Vendetta, Richard Beau Lieu and Sage, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26.

Natalie Frank's "End of Romance" will be on exhibit at Figured Spaces: Selections from the John Morrissey Collection at FAU's Schmidt Center Gallery in Boca Raton (photo courtesy of FAU).

Florida Atlantic University Schmidt Center Gallery
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-297-2595,

Figured Spaces: Selections from the John Morrissey Collection, an exhibition of figurative photographs, painting ands and drawings by a dozen notable contemporary women artists including Elisa Johns, Hilary Harkness, Katy Grannan, Natalie Frank and others, runs through Feb. 11 and will include many related events. Karen Leader, assistant professor of art history and co-curator of the exhibition, will discuss how she and co-curator and Schmidt Center Gallery director Rod Faulds chose and installed the works at 7 p.m. Thursday Jan. 26.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Art of the Weekend: Palm Beach County

Carol Prusa's "Babel II" will be on exhibit, along with works by Birds Are Nice and other artists, at Foundations, which opens tonight in the Robert M. Montgomery Building in Lake Worth (photo courtesy of PBCCC).
Robert M. Montgomery Building
601 Lake Ave., Lake Worth, 561-472-3336,

Foundations, Palm Beach County Cultural Council's first exhibition its new home, will feature works by the Palm Beach County winners of fellowships awarded by the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship, which has given nearly $2 million to 200 artists since 1988. Exhibitors include Carol Prusa, who will present her labor intensive mixed-media such as "Babel II" and Birds Are Nice, who will exhibit "Kali and the Redemption Song," which she says is about "loss of whale species but also an offering to the Hindu goddess Kali (redeemer of the universe) to help heal the planet." The show runs Thursday, Jan. 19 through April 14, with an artist's reception 5-7 p.m. Jan. 29.

Beth Lipan's "A Still Life Installation" runs through May 27 (photo provided by Norton Museum of Art)

Norton Museum of Art

1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-832-5196, Cost: $12 for adults, $5 for visitors ages 13-21, and free for members and children under 13

Art After Dark, featuring local musicians and performers, wine and beer tasings, exhibition tours, films, lectures and food, 5 to 9 p.m. each Thursday. Performance lineup includes The Troy Anderson Quartet and an acoustic performance by Ric Pattison on Thursday, Jan. 19.

Cocktail Culture, curated by Michelle Tolini Finamore, will feature items from several museums and private collections that “explore the social ritual of drinking and entertainment through the lens of fashion and design.” The show, which will include photography, advertising and cocktail attire from well-known designers, runs through March 18.

Beth Lipman: A Still Life Installation, curated by museum director Hope Alswang will feature a Norton Museum-commissioned glass sculpture. According to Norton, “Lipman re-interprets the historical preoccupations with death and decay, over-consumption, and the sumptuousness of life as represented in 17th and 18th century European still-life paintings.” The show runs through May 27.

The Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow, which will run in conjunction with Lipman’s installation (see above), will have Corning Museum glassblowers demonstrating their techniques in hands-on workshops and performances in a 28-foot trailer. The Roadshow, which will offer nine programs six days a week, will remain through April 1. Admission is $3.

Studio Glass: Works from the Museum Collection, curated by curatorial associate Jerry Dobrick, will include studio glass from Dale Chihuly, William Morris and Toots Zynsky and other artists in the museum’s collection. The show runs through May 27.

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Art of the Weekend: Miami-Dade

From Vanity Unfair at 6th Street Container (photo courtesy of Cat Del Buono)

6th Street Container Alternative Art Space
1155 S.W. Sixth St., Miami, 786-587-5279,

Vanity Unfair, featuring Cat Del Buono, Antonia Wright and Gina Margillo, focuses on facelifts, breast implants and other potentially dangerous procedures that women feel pressured to undergo in order to become what society thinks is "beautiful." The exhibition opens 7-10 p.m. Friday Jan. 20 and runs through Feb. 20.

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Art of the Weekend: Broward

Wendy Doscher-Smith will strike a pose at Dr. Sketchy's at Stage 84 in Davie tonight (photo courtesy of Dr. Sketchy's).
Stage 84
9118 W. State Road 84, Davie, 954-474-5040,

Dr. Sketchy's will hold its next South Florida session featuring model and local photographer Wendy Doscher-Smith. For the uninitiated, each Dr. Sketchy session features a model, and past sessions have included the sword-swallowing Betty Pickle, burlesque dancers and artists. Professional and amateur artists, and even doodlers, draw as the model poses. Arrive early with art tools and a sketchbook to scope out your a table, couch, stool or a spot on the floor.  The session starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19. Cost: $12, or $10 in advance through

1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-8190,

Florida Focus, the Gold Coast Watercolor Society's annual juried exhibition, was judged by artist and teacher Kathleen Conover and will run through Feb. 9, with an opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 19. Call 954-560-8665 or

Rossetti Fine Art Gallery
132 S.W. 15th St., Pompano Beach, 954-247-9580,

Flora and Fauna Juried Competition runs through Feb. 8 with an opening reception 8-11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20.

Ellen Charapko Gallery
2374 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors,

The Fifth Column, a solo exhibition by Maxwell Britton, who will present partially abstract landscapes that focus on crossings and boundaries, opens 7-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20.

Island City Art Walk
Wilton Drive area, between Sunrise Boulevard and Oakland Park, Wilton Manors, 954-547-9014,

Island City Art Walk is a chance to check out the work of more that 40 artists while touring art studios and exploring area stores, cafes and restaurants, 7-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20.

North Beach Art Gallery
3334 N.E. 34th St., Fort Lauderdale

Grand opening of a gallery that features works by Andy Warhol, Peter Max and others and for the opening, music by George Zhen and Jim Wurster, Bone Lee Tadpole and other special guests.
from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20.

Erika Taguchi's "Blowfish Dream" will be on exhibit at Rocketown on Saturday (photo courtesy of the artist).
371 S. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, 954-786-1116,

Art and Skate, a joint event by ArtHeart and Los Colores, Exhibiting artists will include Coma Girl, Invi, Katya Neptune, Cary Polkovitz, JC Mendez, Blair Hess, Erika Taguchi and dozens of others. There will also be live art by Jon Hoffman and Mo Brenner and a $100 best trick contest, a skateboard demo and autographing sessions by pro-skaters Alan "Ollie" Gelfand and Mark Lake. Music will be provided by NAKOTA (ex-Comanche) of Brooklyn, NY, Steven Kleisath of Further Seems Forever and DJ Andie Sweetswirl. The event runs  to 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. Cost: $7, $3 for kids 16 and under. A portion of the proceeds will go towards Rocketown, a faith-based music and entertainment venue, and My Broken Palace, a self-described non-profit organization of passionate people who want to help others in their time of brokenness."

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Welcome to Arterpillar

This is a monarch pupa, but I think there's an Arterpillar in there.
Last June, I interviewed local artist Aran S. Graham, who discussed the challenges of exhibiting art in a period of what he called "art regurgitation."

“Postmodernism is essentially about taking old ideas and images and presenting them again in a new way,” he remarked. “In a sense, everyone is copying or stealing. The question is about which artists are aware of that and which ones aren’t or are in denial about it.”

Graham, who considered himself in the former group, theorized that some artists, in the absence of new ideas, strive for authenticity and craftsmanship, while others become the kind of conceptual artists he called “the dark side of the force.”

As he put it, “They’re the hacks who take everyday objects that they didn’t even make, splay them about on the floors, walls and ceilings of stuffy galleries and try to convince people that there’s a profound, elusive statement being made. It doesn’t take more than a few seconds speaking with these people and their supporters, or reading their artist statements, before you realize they’re just making it all up after the fact. You’ll find they speak only in haughty gibberish, and their patrons are really just there for the free snacks.”

His comments seemed inflammatory, yet intriguing. ... and the part about "gibberish" and "making it all up after the fact" stuck with me.

Over more than two decades of working for a news organization, I've received many art show press releases and artist statements that read like gibberish. I've also talked to artists who prefer not to address a body of work until they've completed it, and even then may struggle with explanations.

I believe that art, for many, is a process. The act of making a painting, sculpture, video, installation or simply writing one paragraph after another, forces us to slow down and contemplate things we're generally too busy to consider. Often we're feeling our way through something, doing what our intuition is guiding us to do and figuring out why as we go along, or sometimes even after the fact. 

These are the things I found myself thinking about as I prepared to launch my new project, the sequel to my old one —ArtMurmur.

Two months ago, after 26 years at the Tribune Company (more than 20 of them with City Link) I left my job. I realize that in this "you're-darn-lucky-just-to-have-a-job" era, that may seem a crazy thing to do, but it felt right.

Like many companies, ours had been through its share of changes and layoffs, and with layoffs come increased duties and often large changes in job descriptions.  Mine, thanks to people many rungs up the ladder from me, was being rewritten into a position that I could do, but probably wouldn't have applied for and in all honesty, didn't really want. What I really wanted to do was continue writing about art and the people who create it. That's what I truly love.

So I decided to do that on my own through freelance art writing under a brand new name. I made a list of name possibilities but the only one that brought a smile to my face was Arterpillar, because I love art, caterpillars and weird little made-up words ... and it just felt right. 

I hoped to have a meaningful story to share about the name  ... something about pupas, monarchs, long journeys and transformations, but in the end I haven't figured it all out yet. In truth, I'm making it up as I go along, or maybe even after the fact. Like a monarch caterpillar, which has six pairs of eyes but very poor sight, I don't have a complete vision yet, but my antennas are up and I'm feeling my way through it.

I hope you'll share my journey.

This blog will continue to evolve, but for starters we'll have a South Florida Arts Guide (user-friendly and broken down by county) as well as frequent posts about local art news, art blogs, videos, artist opportunities and soon, links to local arts organizations and photo galleries of art shows.

Also, I'll still be writing art features for print publications on a freelance basis, starting with the Sun-Sentinel's new Showtime in early February..

As my former City Link editor Jake Cline, explained in the weekly last month: "Following the Dec. 28 issue of City Link, Volume 22, No. 1, the magazine as you know it — as we know it — will be no more. It's changing. Again. The Sun-Sentinel, City Link's parent company, is merging the magazine with Showtime, the daily newspaper's long-running entertainment guide. The resulting publication will offer a strong commitment to covering South Florida's arts, entertainment and cultural scenes, with an emphasis on music, restaurants, visual arts, bars and nightclubs, theater, gambling and movies. It will appear, as does the current Showtime, in the Friday edition of the Sun-Sentinel and will be distributed to the same locations where you currently pick up City Link. I'm going to edit it."

I'll be writing some of the art stories for the new Showtime, and eventually other publications as well. Meanwhile, you will find my posts, art guide and links to my stories right here on Arterpillar.

Welcome. Make yourself at home. Please stay awhile, and enjoy the free snacks.

P.S. - The lovely caterpillar and pupa pics were provided by Alyson Gold. To view more of her work, visit