Thursday, May 31, 2012

Local spotlight: The Sincerity Project

Tom De Vita's "Birdman Watching" (Photo courtesy of the artist)

When a group from the Schott Communities, a nonprofit agency that assists deaf and disabled people, visited the Pembroke Pines art center Studio 18 in early 2011, a woman asked for a photo of a particular painting. She wanted to create her own version of the work.

Her request sparked the idea for "The Sincerity Project," a show in which local artists loan works to the Schott Communities, Artists With Autism, the Ann Storck Center and other special-needs organizations. The agencies' clients then create their interpretations of the works, which are exhibited along with the originals at Studio 18. The show will return for a second time Friday night and run through July 27.

This year, curator Jill Slaughter decided to establish a theme — devotion — and provide more exhibition space to three of the 23 artists creating original works. "Last year, the works were dispersed equally around the gallery," she says. "And this year, three artists — David "Lebo" Le Batard, Jacklyn Laflamme and Ed King — have one wall each in the main gallery."

To read the rest of Arterpillar's story on The Sincerity Project, visit Sun-Sentinel's June 1 Showtime section.

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The Art of Friday

Ania Moussawell in Artists in Action! at Girls' Club

Girls' Club

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

Artists in Action! is a series of monthly Friday artists talks (7 p.m.) followed by Saturday workshops (1 p.m.) Admission is free on Friday, $30 on Saturday. Call or e-mail to register. Next up in the series: Ania Moussawell, a Miami-born artist, photographer and videographer whose portraits are explorations of memory, nostalgia and everyday happenings (June 1-2).

While on the subject of Girls Club, the artspace held its season finale for Chick Flicks last week and it highlighted five short videos by local artists. Among them were Legend, 2009 and Last Look, 2012 by Christina Pettersson, Helium Hum, 2011 by Cristina Molina), The Moon, 2012 by Rebecca K. Lewis and a.muse.ment 2011 by Rhonda Mitrani. If you missed the event you can still watch the videos through Saturday, June 2 on the Girls Club blog. You can also read Arterpillar's story on Chick Flicks season finale in the Sun-Sentinel.

Artist Norval Hall interpreting a work by artist Ruben Ubiera (Courtesy of Studio 18).
Studio 18
1101 Poinciana Drive, Pembroke Pines, 954-961-6067, 

The Sincerity Project, which will feature art by David "LEBO" Le Batard, Ed King, Jacklyn Laflamme, Antonio Guerrero, Timothy Leistner, Ruben Ubiera, Virginia Erdie, Evo Love and other artists, and interpretations of their art by by clients of several special needs organizations including Artists With Autism, Lucanus Developmental Center, The Ann Storck Center  and other organizations.

The show opens 7-9 p.m. June 1 and runs through July 27 with a salon from 7-9 p.m. July 6. Read Arterpillar's story about the exhibition in the June 1 Showtime section of the Sun-Sentinel.

The Art Place
2722 N.W. Second Ave., Miami, 786-709-1842,

2 Expressionists, an exhibition of paintings selected by Diane Camber, independent curator and director emerita of Bass Museum of Art, and featuring works by Horst Kohlem and Danilo Gonzalez, will close with a reception, 6-10 p.m. June 1. 

2519 N.W. Second Ave., Miami, 305-456-1784,

The Miami Rail launch party will celebrate the first issue of Miami's new art publication described as "an editorially independent expansion of The Brooklyn Rail, which has provided acclaimed cultural and political criticism since 1998."

The party, which runs 8 p.m. to midnight June 1, will feature DJs, foot-long Subway subs (while they last), and of course a free copy of The Miami Rail.

New World School of the Arts Artseen Gallery
2215 N.W. Second Ave., Miami, 305-237-3597,

New World School of the Arts senior showcase featuring drawing, installations, painting, photography and sculpture by graduating artists, opens 6-9 p.m. June 1 and runs through June 30.

 Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery
605 Lake Ave., Lake Worth, 561-588-8344,

Glass the Ripple Effect, an exhibition that showcases fused glass artists Betty Wilson, Sheri Goldstein, Lee Mortensen, Joyce Brown and Wayne Smith, will include glass art demos on frames and fusing, 6-9 p.m. June 1.

Gallery 101
3350 N.E. 33rd St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-882-1861,

Sushi Bar and other shorts directed by Wendy White and written by White, Vanessa Garcia and Megan Roth, starts at 8 p.m. June 1 and 8 p.m. June 2.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Art is About posts a video and pics from Misael Soto's Beach Towel (Memorial Day) as well as a schedule of his East Coast tour that kicks off in August and includes stops in Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale.... Art Is About also sends readers to the Bass Museum to see work by Charles Ledray, an artist who started his career as the security guard at Seattle Art Museum.

Artlurker announces the winner of the 2012 Miami Writers Prize.

Artist Ashley M. Sheppard provides a closeup step-by-step look at a commission she worked on in a post titled "Commission."
Jennifer Love Girdona takes us under the sea with her latest works.
Jennifer Love Gironda created some beautiful works for the Enchantment Under the Sea show that opens June 2 at the Green Room. They feel peacefully, silently underwater. ...

Photographer Monica McGivern shares some behind-the-scene photos taken during a shoot for the cover Invisible Music's album.

Art Blog Art Blog has posted pics from the Leave It to Beavers show which runs through July 14 at Gallery Diet in Wynwood.

Beached Miami's Insta pic of the week is a smile-prompter.

One of a dozen pics posted by artist Amy Gross on Amy Looks Closer
Artist Amy Gross posts pics of a holiday Monday without people on her blog Amy Looks Closer.

Miami Art Exchange has a story on Eclipse, Hannes Bends' smelly, yet though-provoking exhibit that includes tires from a failed reef.

 A video of Agustina Woodgate's Focus Point lecture at Bass Museum.

If you want to know what inspired this, read the post by Diana "Didi" Contreras.
Diana "Didi" Contreras posts a pic of a mural she did with Alexandra "Lushy" Seda at Bird Road Art Walk, along with some words about what inspired it.

Artist Rolando Chang Barrero has a new Tumblr.

If you missed the Chick Flicks season finale at Girls' Club, you can still watch the five featured videos from South Florida artists on the Girls' Club, but only through June 2.

Michelle Winberg's work in Pictorial Record at Bob Rauschenberg Gallery in Fort Myers.
Michelle Weinberg posts some pics of her work from the opening of Pictorial Record at Bob Rauschenberg Gallery in Fort Myers.

Girls' Club also offers some details on call to artists the 3rd annual Art in the Square Art Festival in Delray Beach, info on how to apply for Miami Light Project's Here and Now 2013 and  and great pics of some of the collages made at the recent Artists in Action! workshop that Miami artist Odalis Valdivieso conducted at Girls' Club.

Samantha Salzinger has 15 minutes of fame, well 14:47 minutes to be exact, in Jacques de Beaufort's recent video interview with the artist. Stick with the video until the very end.

Misael Soto at Beach Towel (Memorial Day)
Misael Soto shares an Instragram pic of him taken during his Beach Towel (Memorial Day) ... Check out all those people on his giant beach towel.

Betweeners is a regular feature that allows Arterpillar to justify her time spent reading other local art blogs and surfing for local art news ... and to talk about herself in third person in italics. 

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

16 New Artist Opportunities

No idea is too outlandish for Swampsace's sculpture garden, but entries deemed unacceptable may be trashed. (Courtesy of Swampspace)
Swampspace Gallery has announced its official open call for submissions to the Swampsspace Sculpture Garden Challenge 2012, noting "We are looking for ideas and objects to embellish the grounds of our tropical garden and parking facility. Entrants must submit objects for consideration in fact, anytime. No idea is too outlandish, but we reserve the right to trash stuff deemed not acceptable.
Thanks and good luck to each and all. Kindly present your free sculptural proposal with optional literary support of 150 words or less @ 150 N.E. 42 Street in Miami's Design District."
1310 Gallery in Fort Lauderdale has issued a call to visual and performance artists for Appropriated Gender, a show that opens Oct. 20 and runs through Nov. 9. The curator’s goal is "to examine how gender is portrayed visually and enlighten and challenge the audience, stimulating cultural discussion." While contemporary approaches are encouraged, the exhibition is open to all media.  Art must have been created within the last 10 years. Proposals for performances and site-specific installations should be accompanies by an explanation and include examples of previous work. Deadline for entries is Aug. 19 and there will be cash prizes and guest judges. For more information visit the Call For Entries on Facebook.

Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park presents a rotating display of nature themed work by local artists and photographers. Those interested in exhibiting should contact the park at 954-357-5161. 

Green Room has issued a call to working tattoo artists for their painting, illustrations, photographs, sculpture or mixed media works for it's Friday the 13th show on July 13. Confirmed artists include Scott White and Pooch(Altered State Tattoo), Soledad del Real (Black Rose Tattoo Shop), Joey Eyebrows (South Seas Tattoo Company) and Phillip Carlucci (Aces High Tattoo Shop). Art is due 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 5 or 6 and interested artists must contact Gina at Live painters are also needed.
Armory Art Center is seeking artists to participate in 50 Artists/50 Bucks, an event where 50 local and regional artists create works that will be auctioned live. The 50 artists will create original works in a three hour period. The bidding starts at $50 and artists will receive 50 percent of the sale. The art event and auction will take place on Sept. 15. Deadline to apply is July 1. There's a $10 fee for submitting up to five examples of your work. Accepted artists will be notified by July 15. Tickets to the event are $10 and can be purchased by calling 561-832-1776. For more information, visit

Youngblood: Homecoming 2012, the fifth annual installment of the New World School of the Arts alumni show, seeks former NWSA students to submit works. Deadline for submissions is July 7. For more details on submitting work visit

Rossetti Fine Art seeks entries for Abstracts 2012, an open-media exhibition that opens June 27 and runs through July 26. Entry fee is $20, $10 for each additional entry. Guidelines can be found at Artists should pre-register online by June 22. Intake is June 23.

Lunchbox Gallery has issued a call to artists for its 2012 Summer Photo Show which is open to all photographers over the age of 18 and will include a Best in Show and two honorable mentions in an exhibition that will run Aug. 11 through Oct. 6. entry fee is $25 for four photographs and $5 for each additional JPG. Deadline for submissions is July 20. For full guidelines, visit the Call For Entries section at 

Armory Art Center will organize Open Invitational: On the Map, a juried open invitational that is open to artists from the tri-county area and will feature works of all media in a showcase of recent work (done in the last three years) by emerging and mid-career artists. The fee for submitting up to five images is $30. Deadline for entries is Sept. 7 and accepted artists will be notified by Sept. 14. The exhibition will take place Oct. 18 through Nov. 10 at Montgomery Hall, with an opening reception 7-9 p.m. Oct. 26. For more info, visit 

Dark Art Exhibition, which will take place at Armory Art Center's Inferno 2012, is a show themed around "sinister, horror, day of the dead, unsettling, voodoo, vampy/campy, secrets etc."Application and images (4x6 at 300dpi) must be sent by Oct. 1 via email only to The show will take place 7-10 p.m. Oct. 18. For more info, visit

Inferno 2012 seeks art booth vendors including sculptors, painters, photographers and crafters for its evening art fest and exhibition held 7-10 p.m. Oct. 18. Deadline for applications is Sept. 7 and the contact is

Fashion ARTillery, the first annual wearable art fashion show presented by the Armory Art Center, is coming in January 2013. The exhibition is a showcase of work by artists who transform their artistic visions into wearable art. General admission and VIP tickets will be sold with the latter including a special pre-runway cocktail party featuring an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, performances. and  priority seating for runway show. Application package will be online in June, so check back at

Cintas Foundation has announced that its competition for the 2012-13 Fellowships in architecture, music and the visual arts is now open. Deadline is Aug. 1 and an exhibition for visual arts finalists will open Oct. 10 in Miami Dade College's Freedom Tower. Check out the announcement about the competition and the application for $10,000 fellowships that are awarded annually and paid in quarterly stipends.

Broward Art Guild seeks landscapes or still life works for its Landscapes and Still Life exhibition that runs July 5 through 27, with an opening reception 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 7. Artist intake is 4-6 p.m. June 29 and noon to 3 p.m. June 30. For more info, visit

C&I Studios will hold a Night Owl Market that starts at 5 p.m. June 30 and will feature indie vendors selling clothing accessories and one-of-a-kind items while local DJ and Radio-Active Records store owner Mikey Ramirez plays music. There will also be food trucks and free craft beer, wine and cocktails all night. Interested vendors should contact

The Bubble seeks artists for Paint for Your Liiiife, described as "a multi-faceted art experience representing how life and art are one. " The event will include art vendors, food, a theatrical performance by Good Theatre, burlesque by Sofia Luna, extreme juggler Pablo and music by The Midnight Hour, Yuri Keyes, Dooms De Pop and Drawing Bored. The party starts at 7 p.m. June 30. Admission is $10 and includes free drinks all night. Artists and vendors who want to part of this event should contact Billie B Good at

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Art discussions

Dorsch Gallery
151 N.W. 24th St., Miami, 305-576-1278,

Walk With Me, a solo exhibition of paintings and works on by Elisabeth Condon,  runs through June 9, along with Felecia Chizuco Carlisle's show Facade and Michelle Weinberg's exhibition, The Pretend Dimension. All three artists will talk about their work in a discussion that begins at 6:30 p.m. May 29.

FIU's Miami Beach Urban Studios
420 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach,

Beach Talks is a three-event series in which panelists, meeting 10 years after the first Art Basel, consider how Miami's contemporary art scene will look in another decade. The third panel will feature Gallery Diet owner Nina Johnson, Maggie Cuesta, dean of visual arts at New World School of the Arts and independent curator Manuel E. Gonzalez. The talk, which starts at 7 p.m. May 30, will take place on the fourth floor where MFA candidates will be waiting to direct guests.

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Art of Sunday

Wood Tavern
2531 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, 305-748-2828,

Backyard Boogie BBQ Throwdown, presented by Miami’s Independent Thinkers,
a local organization designed to unite, develop and promote Miami’s art community, will feature Southern style BBQ ribs ($9) and burgers both (beef or veggie are both $4), corn ($2), beer, sweet tea vodka and spiked lemonade in a Wynwood beer garden.

Bonnie Beats, Tom LaRoc, Ray Milian and Induce will play nu-disco and funk at the party which runs from 3-9 p.m. May 27. Cost: $15 donation (for MIT's fundraising kickoff for its (4th Edition Art Basel Satellite Fair) gets you free drinks from 3-4 p.m.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Local Spotlight: Chick Flicks @ Girls Club

See Cristine Molina's film Helium Hum at Chick Flicks (Image courtesy of the artist)

Still from Rhonda Mitrani's film, A.muse.
In Cristina Molina's short film Helium Hum, a girl sings a deadpan rendition of "So This Is Love" from Cinderella while footage from the Disney movie rolls across her body. Close-ups of her lips as she sings alternate with shots of her sucking helium from a heart-shaped balloon. Her voice rises as the song progresses.

In "a.muse.ment," a film by Rhonda Mitrani, a girl sits on the ground, eating ice cream. As a transistor radio spits out news reports of sexual predators, missing children and other horrors, the girl remains focused on the sprinkle-topped treat she's shoveling into her mouth with a pink spoon.

These videos are among five local films that will be presented Saturday during the season finale of Chick Flicks, a monthly event that Girls' Club, a Fort Lauderdale art space, began holding in January. To continue reading Arterpillar's story, visit the Sun-Sentinel where you can also watch a short excerpt from Molina's Helium Hum.

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Local spotlight: All Florida Juried Exhibition and Competition

"Monike a.k.a.. Chicken Wang" by Kandy Lopez (Image courtesy of the artist)
Valerie Cassel Oliver didn't know what to expect when she agreed to judge the Boca Raton Museum of Art's 61st annual All Florida Juried Exhibition and Competition.

"Oneiric Memory" by Marina Font
"I was a little shocked," she says of the work that went into whittling down 1,500 artworks to about 100 for what's billed as the state's oldest juried competition. After she spent 2 1/2 weeks reviewing submissions online, a show emerged from the paintings, photographs, installations, sculptures and videos.

"At some point, you just have to push through it," explains Oliver, the senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. "I just had to go with my gut. With that level of volume, you can't second-guess what an artist is trying to say. They're either successful in conveying it at first glance or they're not, so you move through it quickly." The show will open Wednesday and run through July 8.

To read the rest of Arterpillar's story visit the Sun-Sentinel's May 25 Showtime section.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Art of Saturday

Still from Rhond Mitrani's A.muse.ment (Courtesy of the artist)
Girls' Club

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

A still from Cristina Molina's Helium Hum (Courtesy of the artist)
Chick Flicks, a seasonal event held on the last Saturday of the month during F.A.T. Village Art Walks, features screenings of films and documentaries by and about female photographer along with short videos by local artists.

The next, which is the season finale, starts at 7 p.m. May 26, and will feature Our City Dreams. which was filmed over a two-year period and takes viewers into the work spaces of New York artists Ghada Amer, Kiki Smith, Marina Abramovic, Nancy Spero and Swoon

Also showing that night will be several short local videos that local video artists Jillian Mayer, Antonia Wright and Samantha Salzinger selected from submissions received from a call to artists put out by the Girls' Club, The  winners are Christina Pettersson (Legend, 2009 and Last Look, 2012); Cristina Molina (Helium Hum, 2011); Rebecca K. Lewis (The Moon, 2012) and Rhonda Mitrani (a.muse.ment, 2011) Those who miss the event will still be able to check out the local films from May 28 through June 1 on the Girls Club blog. Read Arterpillar's story about Chick Flicks in the May 26 Sun Sentinel.

F.A.T. Village Art Walk
Just west of Andrews Avenue between Northwest Fourth Avenue and Northwest Sixth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale,

F.A.T. Village Art Walk will feature exhibitions including South Florida Graffiti Summit & Art Exhibition,  Greener at The Projects, and Circus Basura Art Sideshow, a carnival complete with a 16-foot clown mouth entrance, performers and carnival games such as "Skee Ball" and and "Paintball by Numbers." It's being billed as a "Burning Man-like event" within the Art Walk, which runs 7-11 p.m. May 26.  Check out Arterpillar's story on Greener and her slide show of the April 28 art walk.

"Cargo" by Edin Chavez will be on exhibit at Project Fine Art in Fort Lauderdale (Image provided by Project Fine Art)
Project Fine Art 
901 Progresso Drive, Studio 109, Fort Lauderdale, 954-333-8900,

Eduardo Mendieta, Edin Chavez and Paul Morris will be the featured artists at a show that runs during F.A.T. Village Art Walk, 7 to 11 p.m. May 26. This gallery, located in the Progress Building, was established in February by Christopher Heller, owner of Helium Creative, a graphic design agency located in the neighboring space.

World and Eye
109 N.W. Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-540-9897,

Puppet Rampage, a puppet slam for adults, starts at 9:30 p.m. May 26. Cost: $12.

Kristin Frenzel's 8-Bit Love Machine will be on exhibit at Robot Love: Space Age Art Show (Image courtesy of the artist)
Undergrounds Coffeehaus
3020 N. Federal Highway, (Mardi Gras Balcony) Unit 5A, Fort Lauderdale, 954-630-1900,

Robot Love: Space Age Art Show runs 8-11:55 p.m. May 26. 

2519 N.W. Second Ave., Miami, 305-456-1784,

One-year anniversary bash with drink specials, an all-you-can-eat live crawfish boil (starts at 6 p.m. and costs $20) music by Scam Buddies (10 p.m.) an appearance by Loose Stoolz and friends (11 p.m.), and the promise of "gator wrestling, pony rides, body painting, private dancers, circus tricks, foam machines, mariachi's, beer funnels, clowns, piñatas, fireworks, acrobats, marching bands, celebrities, glitz and non-stop debauchery" from 9 a.m. May 26 until 1:30 a.m.

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The Art of Friday

Leave It to Beavers (Image courtesy of Gallery Diet)
Gallery Diet
174 N.W. 23rd St., Miami, 305-571-2288,

Leave it to Beavers curated by Gina Beavers, is the first in a two-part summer series presented by Arrt Blog, Art Blog, a curatorial project by Joshua Abelow. The exhibition, which will feature work by Anya Kielar, Carla Edwards, Christy Gast, Denise Kupferschmidt, Fabienne Lasserre, Holly Coulis, Katherine Bernhardt, Letha Wilson and Lia Lowenthal, will open 6-9 p.m. May 25 and run through July 14.

1035 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 786-347-2360,

Situation Range, a one-night exhibition organized by the curatorial collective Southernmost Situationsm will include video-based sculptures and installations and a looped reel of videos in a showcase of works by artists A.G. Viva, Alice Raymond, Ania Moussawel, Antonia Wright, Christine de la Garenne, Clifton Childree, Crystal Pearl, Cynthia Cruz, Dylan Römer, Hannes Bend, Jordan Marty, Lindsay Scoggins, Magnus Sigurdarson, Moira Holohan, Nicholas Arehart, Orlando Estrada, Patrick Moser, Reed van Brunschot, Richard Haden & Bill Bilowit, Tatiana Istomina and TM Sisters.

Works will include: How Many Miles, Crystal Pearl's video shot at the southernmost point of the U.S. and coupled with audio from a market in Cuba;  Twice Fried Plantains, Ania Moussawel’s cinematic documentation of making tostones and Speech, in which Nicholas Arehart’s "uses a simple effect to create an obvious political statement, using a recording of a congressional speech."

The event, sponsored by Peroni, Perrier and Little Black Dress Vodka,  runs 8-11 p.m. May 25 on LegalArt's second and fourth floors and will be followed by a party at The Corner.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Joan Lehman Building, 770 NE 125th Street, North Miami, 305-893-6211,

Ed Ruscha: On the Road is a show curated by Douglas Fogel and featuring a Los Angeles artist who has created his own limited edition book and new paintings, drawings and photographs inspired by Jack Kerouack’s novel On the Road. 

The exhibition, according to MOCA, includes "Ruscha’s edition of Kerouac’s legendary novel, six large paintings on canvas, and 10 drawings on museum board, each taking its text from On the Road. Whether painted over snow-capped mountains in Ruscha’s signature ALL CAP typography or drawn atop delicately spattered abstract backgrounds, Kerouac’s words provide the artist with a means to explore his own archetypal landscape. Isolating key sentences and phrases from the novel for his paintings and drawings such as 'In California you chew the juice out of grapes and spit away the skin, a real luxury,' 'the holy con man began to eat,' or 'fit and slick as a fiddle,' Ruscha adds another layer of deadpan aesthetic analysis to Kerouac’s original and radical use of language." The show opens 7-9 p.m. May 25 and runs through Sept. 2. Admission is $10 for non-members.

Art and music on Friday night at Black Rose Irish Pub in Boca Raton.
Black Rose Irish Pub
234 S. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-392-3808,

Edition 3, the third art and music showcase featuring  bands (including Buffalo Tux and The Funky Nuggets), drinks, body-painting, DJs (including Mark Kincaid), live art, a drunk cam and more than 25 artists displaying and selling their work, starting at 8 p.m. May 25. No cover and 21-and-up only.

Gavlak Gallery
2498 Worth Ave., Palm Beach, 561-833-0583,

Goodbye to All That, an exhibition of paintings by New York-based artist Andrew Brischler, opens 6-8 p.m. May 25 and runs through Aug.

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

Convergence 2012 opens 8-10 p.m. May 25.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Art of Thursday


Boynton Beach Art Walk is May 24
Boynton Beach Art District
422 W. Industrial Ave., Boynton Beach, 786-521-1199,

Boynton Beach Art Walk runs 5-8 p.m. May 24. Singer-guitarist Jerry Leeman will perform at 6 p.m.

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 a backyard barbecue hosted by 97.9 WRMF, line dancing lessons, an acoustic performance by Suzanne and Rick, a 5:30 p.m. tour of The Art of Still Life, a 6:30 p.m. docent-led tour and a performance by the Samantha Russell Band, will run from 5-9 p.m. May 24 and feature BBQ pork sliders on sweet potato buns, corn on the cob, hot dogs, dessert and two-for-one beers.


Gerry Stecca is crazy about clothespins (Image courtesy of the artist)
After 15 years of doing murals, paintings, installations and sculptures, Gerry Stecca finds that clothespins are earning him the most attention.

He orders 50,000 at a time and transforms them into wall hangings, sculptures and large installations. Some are showing at Greener, a group show at The Projects in Fort Lauderdale's F.A.T. Village, and at PL8 Kitchen, a Himmarshee Village restaurant that will host a May 24 reception where people can meet Stecca over a free drink and see a slide show of his art.

A close examination of Stecca's sculptures reveals the labor that goes into these works, some of which contain more than 12,000 hand-drilled clothespins connected by wire.

"I like this kind of work because I'm not thinking about what I'm doing," Stecca says. "Once I have a direction, my mind just wanders and I could be thinking about anything ... until I get poked by the wires and start bleeding and come back to earth ... These little wires I use are so sharp." ...

To continue reading the story, visit Sun Sentinel's May 20 Lifestyle section.


Miami-Dade College Art Gallery System
600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-237-7700, Mdc.ed/ags

Emergence and Structure: Nature in Process, an exhibition curated by New York-based artists Ron Janowich and Daniel Hill, featuring artists whose work visually explores the concepts of scientific theory, opens 7-9 p.m. May 24 and runs through Aug. 11 in The Freedom Tower. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

hutter: Selected Photography and Film from the CINTAS Foundation Fellows Collection, billed as a show that "exemplifies the broad history and transformative mediums of still photography and film within the CINTAS Foundation Fellows Collection," features more than 40 works by Anthony Giocolea, Felipe Dulzaides, Gladys Triana, Luis Gispert and other artists. The show runs May 18 through Oct. 5, with an opening reception 7-9 p.m. May 24 in Freedom Tower. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Embedded: A Photojournalist Captures Conflict and Resistance, an exhibition or images and film that Jim Nickless, a freelance cameraman for NBC News, shot in the mid-'60s of the training, raids and daily activities of a group of Cuban patriot trying to overthrow Fidel Castro. According to MDC, Nickless captured more than 800 photographs, as well as many rolls of film and oral accounts and the show, organized by Nickless's children Lea and Chris, is "as much an exhibition about a beloved fathers' unexplored legacy, as it is about the portrayal of a photojournalist during Cold War America." The exhibition opens 7-9 p.m. May 24 in the Black Box and Skylight Galleries and runs through Aug. 11. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Bakehouse Art Complex
561 N.W. 32nd St., Miami, 305-576-2628,

Network @ BAC, a night of cocktail, wine, hors d'ouvres, mingling with art professionals and a view at the BAC galleries, artist studios and a presentation by Miami Museum Month organizations, runs 6-8 p.m. May 24. Admission is free but please RSVP to The first 10 people to buy Bakehouse memberships will get a discount card for Wynwood Kitchen and Bar, where the after-party will start at 8 p.m.

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The Art of Wednesday

Miami Art Museum
101 W. Flagler St., Miami, 305-375-1704,

Transcultural Pilgrim: Three Decades of Work by José Bedia is a major career retrospective featuring large-scale installations, paintings, and works on paper that reflect "the influence of indigenous cultures and religions from Cuba, North and South America, and Africa on the artist’s work." The exhibition opens with a reception that runs 6-9 p.m. May 23 (and costs $10 for non-members) and includes a 6:30 p.m. conversation between Bedia and exbhibition curator Judith Bettelheim, and runs through Sept, 2. A curator-led tour of the exhibition ($8 for non-members) will be held at 1 p.m. July 21, and public tours (free with museum admission will beheld at 2 p.m. each Sunday.

For listings on other upcoming art shows, visit Arterpillar's Art Guide.

Armory Art Center
1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-832-1776,

Vanessa Somers Vreeland, who was a traditional painter in Paris before she began experimenting with glass and working with fused glass mosaic techniques in marble and cold glass, will discuss her artistic process and the art of mosaics at 6:30 p.m. May 23. Admission is free. Reserve a seat by calling 561-832-1776, ext. 15.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Artist opportunities

Kristin Frenzel's "8 Bit Love Machine" (Photo courtesy of the artist)
* Undergrounds Coffeehaus seeks vendors for its Robot Love: Space Age Art Show, another Undergrounds show will feature art in all mediums at an event that will also feature music, movie and a robot tin foil contest, from 8-11:55 p.m. May 26

 * With summer approaching, Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery promises that it is not slowing down, but simply restructuring. "In fact, we're gearing up for a fantastic Summer, full of new artists, art shows, events and so much more, ... we're making space available for as many Palm Beach County artists as we can," gallery officials say in a recent blog post.  "You will see many new faces and new lines of amazing artwork on our shelves, with so much more to come.

On Friday, they held a signing by Trina Slade-Burks and John Palozzi, both of whom created illustrated cookbooks, and in June Betty Wilson and Linda Manganaro will offer new artists a chance to show their two- and three-dimensional works in "The Oddity of the Artist," which opens 6-9 p.m. June 15 and runs through June 30. Deadline for submission is 4 p.m. Saturday June 2. Here's a link to the guidelines. or you can contact Betty at There's a $35 entry fee and all works must be for sale, with 70 percent going to the artist.

The gallery plans to hold other locally themed shows throughout the summer.

 * Broward Art Guild is accepting entries for its Human Image and Portraiture show that runs May 30 through June 22, with an opening 6:30 to  9 p.m. June 2 at BAG in Fort Lauderdale. The exhibition will include two- and three-dimensional artworks, photographs or jewelry that depicts the human figure or portraiture. Entry fees are "$35 for first 2-D or 3-D entry, $15 for each additional 2-D or 3-D entries. $35 for up to 3 jewelry items." Artist intake is 4-6 p.m. May 25 and noon to 3 p.m. May 26. More details can be found on Broward Art Guild's website.

* The 2012 Face and Body Art International Convention, which has been held for the past 10 years in Orlando, will be held May 23 through 27 at Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Conference Center & Space, 250 Racquet Club Road, Weston. Call 954-616-1234. The event includes "four days of some serious training in all facets of face and body art" including a choice of more than 60 classes and workshops. Full registration, according to the FABAIC website, is $370.

 * Studio space is available for rent in Boynton Beach Art District. Move-in-date is June 1. 

 * Deering Estate reviews non-studio project residencies on a quarterly basis. Interested artists must complete an application. See Deering Estate's website for more info

 * World and Eye in Fort Lauderdale's F.A.T. Village is looking for artists with work that focuses on money for its next show, noting that "Everyone's struggling with money. Who has it? How does it connect to power or lack of it? How is the world interconnected through it?" Deadline is June 15. Interested artists with related work should contact the gallery through its website,

 * Gallery 101 seeks artists for its next show, titled Abstract. Artist intake is noon to 4 p.m. May 26 and show opens June 2. E-mail for entry form or call Adam, 954-882-1861. 

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Art of Sunday

Royal Palm Place 
308 S. Federal Highway, Boca Raton,

Downtown Open Market, featuring "local artists, crafters, independent designers, musicians, vintage and antique dealers, specialty food and unique local businesses," runs rain or shine from 10 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 20. Admission and parking are free and pets are welcome.

1310 Gallery (Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts)
1310 Middle St., Fort Lauderdale, 305-975-6262,

Sounds on the Bend welcomes people to bring some wine, beer and insect repellant over for a free event featuring music by Irrandom Algorhythms, DJS Leruse and Onestar, Jashua Sa-Ra, Raven and Bonus and art by DetourButterfly, from 3-6 p.m. May 20. While there, check out 1310 Gallery's exhibitions.

Pompano Beach Civic Center
1801 N.E. Sixth St., Pompano Beach,,

City-Wide Market, billed as "an authentic flea market with a party atmosphere," is an indoor event that features local vendors selling gently used goods, vintage items, collectibles, novelties and locally made crafts and other items. There will also be music, food, drinks, freshly brewed coffee and free goodie bags for the first 100 guests. The event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20. Parking and admission are free.

Undergrounds Coffeehaus
3020 N. Federal Highway, (Mardi Gras Balcony) Unit 5A, Fort Lauderdale, 954-630-1900,

Mayflowers Craft Show runs 4-10 p.m. May 20.

Fair Expo Center
112th Avenue and Coral Way, Miami
, 305-856-7595,

Cuba Nostalgia Art Expo, billed as "the premier Cuban event outside of Cuba, a journey back in time for those who remember the island’s glamorous times – and for those who never experienced them," will feature Cuban artists, vendors, food and music. The event runs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. May 18 and 19 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 20. Admission is $12 and parking is free.

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Kristin Frenzel's new work "The Kitten Club" (Courtesy of the artist)
Kristin Frenzel is participating in a July Art show at Gateway Plaza and theme is Back to the Future and The Breakfast Club. "The Kitten Club" (shown above) is one of the works she'll be exhibiting.

Amy Looks Closer posted some pics of Delray Beach's Atlantic Avenue which has apparently become a circus.

One of 57 pics that AdrienneRose Gionta included in her recent post on the Diary of ARG
∗ In a post titled Give Me Something to Believe In, artist AdrienneRose Gionta writes about being awarded a scholarship by Women in the Visual Arts and all that it means to her. And to think, she almost didn't make it to the presentation portion because of a "snarky" artist statement. Gionta notes: "I hate artist statements so I had the Poem Depot write one for me for $2." Priceless. I just wish she included a link to the $2 artist statement.

Annie's Cupboards in Fort Lauderdale devotes a post to a big yellow bowl she found in a thrift store. I have a big yellow bowl just like this and now it seems even more special.

Iron Forge Press posted pics of its John Waters poster in progress (at left).

Jennifer Love Gironda shares a video of the Magic Hat Show at the Green Room, and a tale of the red glittery heart in her recent work.

∗ I love the way that Crissa Jean Chappell writes about writing. This time, she compared copy edits to many things including magic grow-in-water animals and shoe polish.

Girls' Club posts the schedule for Legal Art's series of weekly roundtable discussions that run through June 26 and include "Social Practice/Criticality in Miami & Everywhere" (May 22) and "Dumb Art" (June 26).

Art District Magazine selected Patricia Schnall Guiterrez as the featured artist for its June/July 2012 issue.

Art Is About posts a video and some recent pics from the triple-header opening of Elisabeth Condon, Felecia Chizuko Carlisle and Michelle Weinberg at Dorsch Gallery. and does the same for the one night exhibition titled One Size Fits All.

Trek 6 shares his tale of Everlasting Bass in Miami.

∗ South Florida artist Victoria Rose Martin gave birth to Ouija-connected twins.

Anne Tschida also covers the Dorsch Gallery show for Knight Arts blog.

Rosanna Pereyra, whose work I love, introduces us to her little muse.

Beached Miami posted its Instapix Pic of the week, an imaged captioned: "Random elephant just on the side of he road in Miami."

A peek inside the N.C. studio of former Miami artist Ross Ford (courtesy Ross Ford).
A look at what former Miami artist Ross Ford has been up to in N.C. 

Michelle Weinberg posts a pic of some of her work that's on exhibit through June 9 at Dorsch Gallery in Miami.  

∗ And Misael Soto posts a video of Bway performing with Michelle Weinberg's work as a backdrop.
Patrick Maxcy hard at work on his owls (Courtesy of he artist)
Patrick Maxcy ... concentrating in on his owls. They're beautiful.

∗ The Miami Writer's Prize judges have narrowed the entries down to four but need a few more days to decide, according to Artlurker.  A decision is expected on May 20.

∗ Aventura artist Vanessa Penagos was interviewed by The Soft Sunlight

Betweeners is a regular feature that allows Arterpillar to justify her time spent reading other local art blogs and surfing for local art news ... and to talk about herself in third person in italics. 

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Local spotlight: Gerry Stecca

Gerry Stecca's clothespin tree

After 15 years of doing murals, paintings, installations and sculptures, Gerry Stecca finds that clothespins are earning him the most attention.

He orders 50,000 at a time and transforms them into wall hangings, sculptures and large installations. Some are showing at Greener, a group show at The Projects in Fort Lauderdale's F.A.T. Village, and at PL8 Kitchen, a Himmarshee Village restaurant that will host a May 24 reception where people can meet Stecca over a free drink and see a slide show of his art.

Gerry Stecca (photo credit:
A close examination of Stecca's sculptures reveals the labor that goes into these works, some of which contain more than 12,000 hand-drilled clothespins connected by wire.

"I like this kind of work because I'm not thinking about what I'm doing," Stecca says. "Once I have a direction, my mind just wanders and I could be thinking about anything ... until I get poked by the wires and start bleeding and come back to earth ... These little wires I use are so sharp." ...

To continue reading the story, visit Sun Sentinel's May 20 Lifestyle section.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Art of Saturday

"Bird in the Hand" by Virginia Fifield (Image courtesy of the artist)
1310 Gallery (Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts)
1310 Middle St., Fort Lauderdale, 305-975-6262,

Re: Vision: See and Shift, billed as an art and performance celebration hosted by teaching artist and community advocate Neri Street, unites "sculptors, 2D artists and a fashion designer at an event that "explores the relationship between artistic practice and community relevance."
The artist lineup will include charcoal artist Virginia Fifield (visit Sun-Sentinel's Lifestyle section for Arterpillar's story on Fifield), installation and sculpture artist Donna Haynes, illustrator Tim Hicks, designer and sculptor Jacklyn Laflamme, painters Loni Johnson and Brooklyn Murphy and Circa24 Fashion CEO Asanyah Davidson. Performers will include Adna (music), Iva Marc (spoken word) and Jill Slaughter (storyteller).

The event, an awareness-raiser for Voice for Children, a non-profit organization that assists abused and neglected children, opens 7-10 p.m. May 19 and runs through the closing reception and silent auction which runs 7-10 p.m. June 9.

Stephen Futej's work is on exhibit at XS Contemporary Art Space (Image courtesy of XS)
XS Contemporary Art Space
3020 N.E. 32nd Ave., Suite 107, Fort Lauderdale, 754-200-4684,

More+Less, the second exhibition at XS (which stands for xtra small), is curated by Sibel Kocabasi and will feature ceramics by Stephen Futej, video animation by Lucia Hare-Leahy and paintings by Dan Leahy, in a show that opens 6:30 to 9 p.m. May 19.

Bird Road Art Walk
Just off the Palmetto Expressway between Bird Road and S.W. 48th Street, Miami, 305-476-6819, 

Bird Road Art Walk runs the third Saturday of each month (the next is May 19) and will feature a free shuttle to shows at 3rd Door Art Project (which will present the works of its nine resident artists), Abuela Art Gallery, Aperture Studios, Luisa Mesa Artspace, The Yellow Canopy and more than two dozen other art spaces including MANO Fine Art Project Space (4225 S.W. 75th Ave., second floor) Miami) which will present All Dressed Up: Meninas, an exhibition in which Daniel Garcia, Oswaldo Franco and MANO have reinterpreted Diego Velazquez's 1665 painting "Las Meninas" in monoprints, mixed-media, oil and acrylic works. The show runs 7-10 p.m.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Joan Lehman Building, 770 NE 125th Street, North Miami, 305-893-6211,

Ragnar Kjartansson: Song, the first solo U.S. museum exhibition of Icelandic artist and musician Ragnar Kjartansson, will include six videos that, according to the museum, “reflect an interest in music and theater and the personae of its performers, often coupled with extreme environments.” Videos will include Satan is Real, featuring a shirtless Kjartansson buried up to his waist in a public park, where he's strumming a guitar and “Satan is real/and he’s working for me” over and over again while children playing in the park stroll in and out of view in what MOCA bills as "a humorous mantra on the absurd and, more importantly, the ineffable joy of experiencing that absurdity with a welcoming, innocent audience."

Also included is The End, a five-channel video installation that "pits Kjartansson’s rock-musician bombast against the sublime landscape of the Canadian Rockies" is a work that "shows Kjartansson and his musical collaborator wrapped in winter coats and fur hats and dwarfed by the insurmountable mountains, playing warped Neil Young–like music on grand piano, banjo, and guitar" in what MOCA calls "a beautiful exaggeration of the clichéd rock ’n’ roll story, 'It’s you and me against the world.'”

The exhibition, curated by Dan Byers, associate curator is for Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, will run through Sept 2, with an artist talk (free with museum admission) at 3 p.m. May 19.

Misael Soto wants to share a towel

Artist Misael Soto will be taking his giant beach towel to 41st Street and Miami Beach on Memorial Day (All images courtesy of Soto).
 It's been a few years since I came across a YouTube video of Misael Soto on the streets of Wynwood during Second Saturday Art Walk. The video showed him sitting on the sidewalk watching the movie Psycho on a TV powered by his car battery. Around him were several chairs he'd brought and arranged around the TV in hopes passers-by would join him for the movie and maybe a beer from the cooler he'd brought along.

Eventually, they arrived.

This, I soon learned, is what Soto does. He dreams up little projects that turn things we tend to do in isolation - such as tweeting, texting, driving, listening to music or watching television - into communal events. On Memorial Day, he'll take this concept to the beach, a place where many people head with their towel, headphones and a good book to scope out their spot. People often choose that spot based on its proximity to other beachgoers, the further away the better.

Soto took the giant towel for a trial run during Art Basel 2011.
Soto's hoping to offer beachgoers at Miami Beach and 41st Street a different experience on May 28. He's planning to hit the beach at 6:30 a.m. on Memorial Day morning with some snacks and a beach towel that's 56 X 29 feet and see how the day unfolds. It's a concept he took for a trial run last December but is hoping to take to a bigger level on May 28.

"The towel is for everyone to enjoy, hoping to subvert the way beach-goers claim their temporary real estate on the beach," he notes in his statement about the project. "I intend to indict and subvert typically American excess, in an attempt to not only comment on how we choose to share the wealth (or not), but to also provide a space where I create the opportunity for communal transcendence above the conditioning of capitalism."

Recently, Soto answered some questions about the event he calls Beach Towel (Memorial Day).

How did the first giant beach towel event go and what did you learn from it?
The first time, back in December during Basel went well as far as new experiments go. People were struck by all of the visual elements I had hoped they would be struck by: the size of the towel, the gesture the towel represented, the fact that I had made it for everyone and wasn't sponsored by a business or corporation ....

However, I noticed that as soon as the towel was in place, beach-goers became somewhat accustomed to its presence. They would walk around it and many became afraid to question its existence. I wanted people to feel as if it were theirs as much as mine.  I hope to encourage interaction and participation even more so this time around.

Where did you do this last time and how many people came?
The first time, I placed the towel on Sixth Avenue and about 20 people interacted with the towel. The second time, I was on 19th Street with cold weather and only about 10 people came.

This being a prime spot on one of the busiest of beach days. What kind of response are you anticipating?
While I did place the towel in prime locations the first two times, they were not busy beach days and they were during the week. This time around, I'm anticipating more people around me and more forced interaction. I try not to anticipate responses as they always surprise me, but it's hard not to hope for the best.

Snacks are welcome at Beach Towel (Memorial Day)

Do you start off alone on your big beach towel or there's a group of you?
I need at least two friends to help me lug the monster from the car to the beach. Otherwise, I start off alone, although I tend to make a couple friends pretty quickly.

Have you thought about what you'll say if someone comes up and says "Hey, you can't take up all that space with a towel that's not even full?"
Thus far, the reaction to the towel has always been positive. The novelty and attraction to over-sized objects seems to be a universal response. That said, I have thought of how to side-step negative responses. I think I'll just offer them a beer, sunblock and a place to sit, and smile and hope for the best.

Does the event have a title or it's just called Beach Towel?
I'm calling it "Beach Towel (Memorial Day)." It is what it is.

That giant blue towel in the accompanying pics ... Is that the size of the Beach Towel that everyone will fit onto?
I hope so!

How big is it and where did you get such a giant towel?
It's approximately 56 x 29 feet. I made it. I sewed it out of over 100 yards of towel fabric.
Soto hopes to take the towel on tour as a "roving destination."

You mention people should bring their favorite games, drinks, instruments? What is Misael Soto bringing to the party?
I'll be doing just the same. When I think about the beach I veer towards my childhood loves: Ruffles and Cheetos, Coca-Cola and Malta. I love to toss a Frisbee around and listen to my favorite tunes on the radio. I'll bring enough to share, along with sunblock and water.

Who else is coming to the party and what kind of response are you getting so far?
Well, I posted the event on Facebook and Twitter. I've invited everyone I'm friends with on Facebook, something I've never dared to do. I'm also [discussing] it on blogs like Beached Miami (and yours!) and even non-art-world events sites such as Sweat Records' events page and Soul of Miami. I'd love to see some families and those who wouldn't typically visit a gallery come out and experience the towel.

What time can people begin arriving and how long will the party go on?
My towel and I will be there from sunrise to sunset, so around 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. People are welcome to join at any time.

Anything in particular you are missing that you would love to have someone bring ... like, I don't know, a bubble machine ... or deviled eggs?
Anything and anyone! Bring your grandma! I would love it if people brought acoustic instruments or any noise/music machines, and I'd love for artists to draw, paint, sculpt out there. Several kites flying above the towel would be quite lovely as well.

What in your mind would be the perfect outcome of this? Do you have a little dream of how it might go?
The ideal would be for friendships to be made and bonds to be formed on a greater level than any of my previous works have achieved. That and to have beach-goers feel that they're not as separated or different from each other as perhaps they felt on their way to the beach. This would be my ideal outcome. Let's hope the weather cooperates!

Soto says Beach Towel Memorial Day will also serve as a practice run for the Beach Towel Tour of the East Coast he's hoping to do this summer. He plans for the towel to become "a roving destination" and to launch a Kickstarter, a Facebook fan page and a Twitter to help transform the dream into a reality. He'll soon release a schedule of beaches he'll be visiting in August. Meanwhile you can show up 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 28 at 41st Street and Miami Beach and visit

Visit the Facebook event page for Beach Towel (Memorial Day).

Read my July 2011 story about Misael Soto's projects.

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