Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Artist Opportunities

"Gina Needs Live Painters ... I said NOW!"
Live painters are needed to paint things of a cat-related nature at Caturday Saturday, which opens Aug. 11 at Green Room in Fort Lauderdale. Contact Gina at Electriccanvas@yahoo.com.

Life Is Art is seeking a promotional image for its Stepping Out for the Arts Luncheon presented by the Arts & Business Council of Miami. The selected image will be used for invitations and to promote the event, and the artist will retain all rights to the piece and receive credit on the invitation, on the Facebook page and at the event.  Deadline is Aug. 3 and entry form can be completed on Life is Art's website.

Artist Kristin Frenzel is looking for artists who could put together 3-6 works for a movie-inspired show. She can't say any more than that at the moment, because this project is currently top secret, but it won't be a secret forever.  If you're interested and the sort of person who can keep a secret, contact Frenzel at Raptor.quest23@gmail.com. Also with the same project we will be doing an entire wall of Margot Tenenbaum portraits and are asking artists to donate them in return for a raffle ticket that will definitely win them an art work or other raffles prize. Frenzel would like to have the artists confirmed by Aug. 20.

Green Room is seeking artists and one to two live painters for The Alchemy Art Show which opens 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Aug. 24 and will feature paintings, photography, illustration, fashion, and mixed media installations inspired by sorcery, witchcraft, magic, the zodiac, and the elements of earth/wind/fire/water. Each artist may exhibit up to three works or one or two oversized pieces. Art must be ready to hang (and not with double-sided tap) . works must be dropped off between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Aug. 16th and 17th. Artist intake forms will be mailed. There is no entry fee and no commission taken if your work sells. E-mail Gina at Electriccanvas@yahoo.com.

Jerry's Artarama in Deerfield Beach is looking for artists who want to teach their own classes. Details above. 

Arts Bash, which will be held 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at Arts Garage (180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach) is an event to kick off a new initiative by Creative City Collaborative (the organization that operates Arts Garage). Designed to united the regional cultural community, this open house welcome artists of all disciplines who wish to collaborate with other artists. The free event will include food, drinks and entertainment. Please e-mail your RSVP (with ARTS BASH in the subject line) to info@artsgarage.org.

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Tonight: Brickell Art Walk

"City Sounds" by Diana Contreras will be on exhibit at Brickell Art Walk (Image courtesy of the artist)
The second Brickell Art Walk will take place from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31 (and the last Tuesday of every month). The event will feature exhibitions by a dozen artists and performance by local musicians in the Mary Brickell Village area.

Read on for info on some of the exhibiting artists and see a slide show of some the works above. Expand by clicking the lower right hand corner and then click on "Show Info" (at top) for titles  ... or just view the Flickr set. 

Mary Brickell Village Courtyard
901 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-381-6130, Marybrickellvillage.com

"Love and Beauty," an oil on canvas by Diana Contreras (Image courtesy of the artist)
Diana Contreras notes that women are the primary subject matter in paintings that begin as a reflection of her feelings and end when she feels the emotion, experience or thought has been vividly described. In that sense, she says, her artwork is therapeutic and healing.

Contreras counts love, heartbreak and beauty among her recurring themes in work that depict her subjects as melancholic but hopeful. 

"Remando Se Llega Roma," a mixed media work by Juan Erman Gonzalez (Image courtesy of the artist)
Mary Brickell Village Courtyard
901 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-381-6130, Marybrickellvillage.com

Juan Erman Gonzalez will exhibit work from his series titled "The Orange Room Drawings." "I've always utilized methodologies mostly associated with traditional crafts but unlike traditional practitioners mostly concerned with function, the only function that concerns me is how to best investigate my stories of exile, up-rootedness, displacement and trans-culture," Gonzalez says. "In this series of self portraits I am investigating self in relation to life experiences, names, adjectives and phrases used by others when referencing me or my personality as they see it."

The artist will also exhibit works that were part of "Casas Viajantes Y Voladoras."a considerably larger installation that he says originally included "40 houses traveling the gallery floor carrying fragments of memories such as clotheslines, palm trees, espresso cups, chairs, etc. until they developed wings and took off into the gallery space toward a quilted/framed sky installed in the ceiling, again speaking to the global migratory experience, even on a spiritual level."

An oil on canvas by Tom Weinkel (Image provided by Pablo Gehr/Brickell Art Walk)
Balan's Brickell
900 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-534-9191, Balans.co.uk/Miami/Brickell.php

Tom Weinkle, a painter and illustrator who is currently focused on regional landscapes ."I'm trying to use regional landscapes to explore the intersection of place with time and memory," he notes in a statement about his work. His intent is to draw attention to moments of time and place that he believes are "hidden away, and sometimes, in full view." His current works, according to his website, were created mainly in soft pastel, using a variety of liquid substances to make the work more painterly.

Also exhibiting:

Andy Risquez at (Baru Urbano, 1001 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-381-5901, Barurbano.com)

Havi Schanz (Red Bar & Gallery, 52 S.W. 10th St., Miami, 786-316-0303, Redbargallery.com

Yosvany Teijeiro (The Oceanaire Seafood Room, 900 S. Miami Ave., Suite 111, Miami, 305-372-8862, Theoceanaire.com)

Chris Riggs. Eliane Harvey, Eva Avilla, and Marcos Irusta (Mary Brickell Village Courtyard, 901 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-381-6130, Marybrickellvillage.com)

Robert McKnight, Burger and Beer Joint, 900 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-523-2244, Bnbjoint.com 

Antonio Fortuna (Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita, 1000 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-403-3103, Doloreslolita.com)

For more info on Brickell Art Walk, visit BAW's website, Facebook or Twitter.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Arterpillar's Pics: F.A.T. Village Art Walk

Cenigma (Photo by Arterpillar)
F.A.T. Village Art Walk was fun as usual on Saturday. I got to check out the new space for Helium Creative/Project Fine Art, see Diego Romero's works at the Puppet Network, spend time at Samsara Folk Art Gallery and view The Artists of Fat Village Exhibition.

It was at the latter show that I saw the artist Cenigma (at right) selling raffle tickets to raise money for F.A.T. Village. Seems she is always raffling works to raise money for things she believes in.

I also saw new works by many long-familiar artists and encountered work by artists I was not familiar with, which is always fun.

There's more I could say, but the pictures (and captions) tell the story. They're in the slide show above. Expand by clicking the lower right hand corner and then click on "Show Info" (at top) for titles  ... or just view the Flickr set.  

  For info on more South Florida art news and events, visit Arterpillar.blogspot.com.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Local Spotlight: Vince "BadPanda" Herrera

Vince "BadPanda" Herrera (Photo courtesy of the artist)
Hialeah-born artist Vince Herrera, who works under the name BadPanda, says he paints to document his story and to depict "simple visualizations of brutal truths."

For instance, in "Mr. Stress," a dummy hangs from a noose, with X's where its mouth and eyes would be. "I was pretty much saying that people are punching dummies," Herrera says of the piece. "We let people walk all over us, and we take people's crap all the time."

The artist says the painting has elicited much response, mostly from people who endure horrible treatment in workplaces so they can continue to pay their bills. "They saw themselves in Mr. Stress," he says. "They knew they were letting people walk over them and couldn't really do anything about it."

Vince Herrera's "Middle Man"(Photo courtesy of the artist)
Some of his works are more personal. Herrera's "Go for Broke" series, painted on printed images of X-rays of his right hand, which he broke earlier this year, includes "Middle Man," which is on exhibit through Monday at the Art Place in Miami. The work, in which a pope holds up a cross, includes text from Psalm 23. Herrera says it addresses the suicide of a relative.

The series also includes "El Vicenton," which depicts an empty boat floating amid waves and red drips. It's a tribute to his father, a commercial fisherman who in 2002 was killed in a collision with a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission craft in the Florida Keys.

Herrera, who was 17 at the time, can't think of his father without feeling torn apart. "I just want my dad to know I love him and that I am the man I am because of him," he says in a written statement about the painting. ... Continue reading Afterpillar's story on Herrera in the Sun-Sentinel's July 29 Lifestyle section.

  For info on more South Florida art news and events, visit Arterpillar.blogspot.com.


"Contact," by Martin Casuso's found table, mirror, metallic glazed ceramic vessels with cellulose flocked interiors
Last month, I went to see Of-Things-Being-What-They-Are-Not, Martin Casuso's multi-media exhibition at University of Miami Gallery's new home in the Wynwood Buiding.

Casuso has described his work as "an ongoing exploration of how gender, sexual preference, materials and processes relate to themes of domesticity." His exhibition contains crafts made by Casuso or "unseens hands of the past" combined with hardware supplies and thrift store housewares (including a pink decorative tissue box holder exactly like one my mother once owned).

Sometime I'm so busy looking at what's on the walls in a room, that I don't always notice what's in the middle, but "Contact," the piece that was more out in the middle of the room at Casuso's show, was pretty striking. Displayed like a low-to-the-ground table, it contained lots of bright red and shiny reflective metal.

"Contact" by Martin Casuso
There seemed to be something that set it apart from other works in the show, so much so that I wasn't sure at first that it was part of the exhibition. I found myself thinking about that work long after I left the show. On some level, it reminded me of a gorgeous garden of bright red flowers all reaching towards the sun ... or a densely populated landscape of giant red satellite dishes ... or lots of hungry mouths, like when you see birds in a nest waiting to be fed ... only the mouths are bigger and rounder.

I began to wonder what Casuso had in mind when he created the work, so I contacted him to see if he could provide some detail about "Contact," which he did. 

"In the case of the table piece I conjure a memory of high school, a boy I like squeezing behind me in the cafeteria, casually touching my bare elbow to make room to pass and the initial shock and them flush of warmth that ran through my body," Casuso explains. "But this kind of contact is not specific to me and I have heard so many entertaining interpretations of the piece. The bowls are cast from my elbow, sanded to remove details, glazed and then flocked."

Casuso says he enjoys hearing how others interpret the work, however "I have heard the bowls looked like, well, tea bowls and blood platelets and female body parts," he says. "I always want the work to be ambiguous enough for viewers to attach their own meaning to it."

To see more of Casuso's work, visit Martincasuso.com.

For info on more South Florida art news and events, visit Arterpillar.blogspot.com.

Friday, July 27, 2012

SATURDAY: F.A.T. Village Art Walk

It's time once again for F.A.T. Village's big end-of-month bash, and this one will include the musical Hair, a hip-hop night, an open house at Project Fine Art and several art exhibitions. The art walk, which takes place just west of Andrews Avenue between Northwest Fourth and Sixth avenues in downtown Fort Lauderdale, will run 7-11 p.m. July 28.

Here's a rundown of the events. Feel free to check back as there may be updates.

Andrews Living Arts Studio
23. N.W. Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale, Facebook.com/ALAstudio, 800-838-3006 (for tickets)

If you've been wondering about all the hippies carrying signs and hanging out at recent FAT Village Art Walks, they've been promoting Hair. Duh.

Described as the musical "that puts rock music and the culture that went with it back on stage," it includes the songs "Aquarius," "Good Morning Starshine," "I Believe in Love," "Hair," "I Got Life," "What a Piece of Work Is Man" and "Let The Sunshine In." Andrews Living Arts Studio notes that Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical "has a strong effect on everyone, and acts as a bridge between generations and viewpoints. What looks like incredible chaos is actually organized chaos. This show has a vitality, a timelessness and a meaning that outlives the late 1960's and early 1970's in America." Hair contains adult content and nudity.

Rolling Stock Gallery will be closed during F.A.T. Village Art Walk, so the 14-member cast of Hair can perform the musical among the murals and artwork. Feel free to bring your own lawn chair or cushion (folding chairs will be provided to those who do not). The theater notes that performances will be held in the courtyard, unless bad weather prompts a move indoors, where the lawn chairs and cushions unfortunately will not fit.

If you miss it during F.A.T. Village Art Walk, Hair runs 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 5. Tickets are $29.95 and can be purchased online at Brownpapertickets.com/event/254313.

C&I Studios
541 N.W. First Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-357-3934, C-istudios.com

Hip-hop night featuring performances by Bleubird (check out one of their videos above) and The Astrea Corporation and DJ G-FCTR playing hip-hop tunes throughout the night. There will be a photo booth with plentiful props, a live shoot with models dressed in hip-hop apparel from local designers and free drinks for 21-and-up all night. As C&I Studios puts it, "We go big. If you do too, join us." The party starts at 8 p.m.

Eduardo Mendieta will exhibit at Project Fine Art (Image courtesy of the artist)
Project Fine Art
500 N.W. First Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-333-8900, Projectfineart.com

Project Fine Art, once located in Progresso Plaza near Laser Wolf, has offoicially moved into its new space in F.A.T. Village and invites guests to check out their new gallery and office. Look for the blue doors at the corner of First and Fifth.

Inside you will find works by artists Joseph Fischer, Jim Bobick, Brian Buzzella and Eddie Mendieta, who will be showing "Icon," pictured above. He also painted a permanent mural off First Street.

Ryan Sirois, senior designer at Helium Creative, says the new space is a blend of their marketing and design studio, Helium Creative, and an art gallery. They're always looking for new artists to exhibit, so interested artists should send samples to Info@projectfineart.com.

Sheuat and Green's Art Studio
115 N.W. Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale, 

Carmen Cordero will be showing her oil paintings, which she notes "rely on chance and intuition" as this month's guest artist at Sheuat and Green. The show will run through Aug. 18.

Leah Brown's work in the Modded show at The Projects/North in F.A.T. Village
The Projects/North
523 N.W. First Ave., Fort Lauderdale 

Modded, a group exhibition in which artists Leah Brown, Ryan Farrell, Jonathan Rockford and Peter Symons combine technology and found and sculpted objects in works such as "It Takes a Community," Farrell's interactive work made from auto parts and stationary bicycles that power car headlights; "Piggyback" a large sculpture Symons made from cut plywood;  "Report," Rockford's work made from stenographs, tripods and paper that come together to form the shape of a star; and a large face that Brown made from foam, foamcoat and paint.

Because the face is suspended from the rafters and looking downward, we can see what's inside her head, which is open and reveals a girl laying on her stomach and propped up on her elbows. She's peering into a dollhouse, probably imagining the world inside.

This photo by Sara Nichols' will be on exhibit at The Projects South. (Image courtesy of Sara Nichols)
The Projects South 
523 N.W. First Ave., Fort Lauderdale

The Artists of F.A.T. Village, featuring works carefully selected by each artist and gallery in F.A.T. Village in an effort to "depict the individual styles, innovation, creative use of reclaimed materials and distinct vision of the artists."

The Art of Diego Romero on exhibit at The Puppet Network (Image courtesy of the artist)
Puppet Network
504 N.W. First Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-766-4741, Facebook.com/pages/Puppet-Network/149334065101692

Art of Diego Romero is a chance to meet the artist whose work includes illustrations, paintings and animations. According to Diego Romero's bio, he became involved in the theatre and visual arts after spending a year in a fellowship at Stanford University and explores social issues experimenting with animations frame by frame." 

"Indian Chief" by Billy F.R.E.D. Hellams at Samsara Gallery
 Samsara Folk Art Gallery 501 N.W. First Ave.,  Fort Lauderdale, Samsarafolkart.com 

Sing-Sing-Papua New Guinea, a photography series by Sara Nichols, will be on display along with the gallery's collection of Southern Folk Art which includes work by Billy F.R.E.D. Hellams and Michael Banks.

Laura Atria's "Economic Development in the year 2045" (Image courtesy of the artist)
World and Eye
109 N.W. Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-540-9897, Worldandeye.com

Money is a group exhibition in which artists explore that paper stuff that's at the root of so many people's struggles. The show examines money-related questions such as "who has it? How does it connect to questions of power and helplessness? How are we connected and/or divided personally, societally and globally by issues of wealth and poverty."

The exhibition "Economic Development in the Year 2045," a dress that artist Laura Atria made from pennies, Cenigma's "Is The Economy Killing Your Sex Drive?" which will be raffled at the event, and Allan Pierce's "White Picket Fence," a photograph that depicts a yard with a decaying wood fence, a mattress in the corner and what looks like blocks of cement, perhaps part of a house foundation, strewn everywhere. A person is laying on the ground. The photo recently took a first place award at The Artists Guild Gallery in Delray Beach.

Other participating artists include Randy Hendler and Mimes, Perry Pandrea, and Judith Schwab.

Alfred Phillips in his F.A.T. Village Studio (Photo by Arterpillar)
 Visit Studios throughout F.A.T. Village 

Alfred Phillips, 113 N.W. Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-326-3133, Alfredphillips.com;  
Andrews Living Arts Studio, 23 N.W. Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-530-1879, Andrewslivingarts.com 
InduArt Gallery, 445 N.W. First Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Induartgallery.com
Iron Forge Press, 537 N.W. First Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-563-5255, Ironforgepress.com 
Sixth Star Entertainment, 21 N.W. Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-6760, Sixthstar.com.

For info on more South Florida art news and events, visit Arterpillar.blogspot.com.

Saturday: Summer of Love @ Revolution Live

Revolution Live
100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale

Indie Craft Bazaar: Summer of Love brings more than 60 artists and crafters to Himmarshee Village for a five-hour afternoon market that will include artwork, hand-stuffed monsters, homemade accessories, jams and soaps and original artworks. The event will also feature live music, tarot card readings, a free DIY T-shirt dyeing stand (just bring your white T-shirt) and a vintage fashion show presented by Andrew Vincent of Public Image Vintage Apparel.

For your shopping pleasure, there will be $3 mimosas available and a lunch menu that includes, burger sliders, dogs, hummus wraps and vegan mac and cheese. The event is noon to 5 p.m. July 28. Admission is $5 and the first 100 guests get a free swag tote bag. For info, contact Chris Gaidry, 954-785-7475 or Amanda Weiner, Indiecraftbazaar@gmail.com.

When you finish up there, you can go for a leisurely dinner and head over to F.A.T. Village Art Walk

For info on more South Florida art news and events, visit Arterpillar.blogspot.com.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Thursday: Boynton Beach Art Walk

Meet the new neighbors: Digsy and Lauren VanArman have established Soul Focus House in Boynton Beach Art District. (Photo courtesy of the VanArmans)
I think South Florida may be trying to break records for the place with the most art walks.

Tonight it's Boynton Beach Art Walk, which takes place on the fourth Thursday of each month and includes open galleries and studio spaces and a performance by singer-songwriter Spencer Allan Patrick at 6 p.m. (bring a chair). There will also be a strumming alongsession, so musicians are welcome to bring their guitars and even leave their instrument cases open, in case someone wants to toss in tips.

As for the art, you can check out the closing of Symbolism: Pushing Boundaries billed as a show that "highlights traditional imagery (symbols) in works done on non-traditional surfaces." The exhibition, which features works by Cesar Garcia, Juan Erman Gonzalez, Debbie Lee Mostel, Nikki Saraiva and Karla Walter,  is on display at Rolando Chang Barrero's ActivistArtistA Gallery (422 W. Industrial Ave., Boynton Beach, 786-521-1199).

Digsy and his art at Soul Focus House (Photos by Lauren VanArman)
You can also check out the new kids on the block at Soul Focus House (422 W. Industrial Ave., #7, Boynton Beach). Soul Focus House is a joint collaboration DJ of artist Digsy of DigsyEmpire and Lauren VanArman of Lauren's Art House. Digsy is a painter, singer, designer and turntablist, while VanArman, a painter, illustrator, printmaker, designer and more. She recently went to the Virgin Islands, and a show she built around her trip, will be on exhibit in their space tonight.

Munchies will be available from Get Toasted Gourmet, a food truck that offers grilled cheese sandwiches, paninis, empanadas, fried pickles and more Like Barrero is always saying, "Come for the art, stay for the food!"

If you miss the art walk, you can still check out Soul Focus House's new space on Saturday night, when the duo will host  Sketchy, an event where artists can "paint, sculpt, write, knit or just doodle" and watch a performance by Lauren's Art House, while Digsy spins an eclectic selection of music from 6-9 p.m. July 28. Admission is $5 and will include a raffle ticket for a Jerry's Artarama gift basket. Philadelphia Italian Ices will also be available. The first 20 guests get a free goody bag.

For info on more South Florida art news and events, visit Arterpillar.blogspot.com.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Collaboration: Boys to Men Art Expo on Saturday

"Faceballs" by Steve Brouse (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Collaboration: Boys to Men Art Expo is described as a show by a dozen male artists, age 16 through 70-something, from throughout the Palm Beach County area.

Hosted by A.T.B. Fine Artists and Designers in partnership with Bruce Helander and Paul Fisher, the exhibition will include work by Anthony Burks, Asif Hoque, producer and DJ Daniel Fortune, David German, Eduardo Mendieta, Henry Kaye, Jason JaFleu Fleurant, Jose Gaddi, Ray A. Burks, Renda Hitz Hearts, Steve Backhus and Steve Brouse who will exhibit paintings including "Faceballs" (pictured above).

"These paintings are a figment of my imagination," Brouse says in a statement about his work. "They come directly from my heart and often put me in a cool and calm place where I like to be. My whimsical and eclectic subject matter brings me to think that there can be better places full of color, peace, and harmony."

Henry Kaye's work in the show is interactive. That's Henry, holding the pitchfork. (Image via Collaboration)
Asked what prompted an all-male show, Anthony Burks who coordinated the show along with his wife Trina Slade-Burks through their company A.T.B. Fine Artists and Designers, says "My wife Trina who has been working in the field for a long time felt that often female artists are always saluted ... but the males in these times are often overlooked. Especially younger and older artists."

While there was a call to artists for the show, some exhibitors were recommended by gallerist Paul Fisher and some were simply artists that the Burks' have worked with and respect. In terms of medium, there was not a specific criteria. "The criteria is that all the artists are unique from one another, original and passionate about their craft," Anthony Burks says.

The show runs 6-10 p.m. July 28 in a space provided by Christian Angle Real Estate at 809 N. Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach.

For info on more South Florida art news and events, visit Arterpillar.blogspot.com.

Saturday: B.e. Easy Music and Arts Festival

B.e. Easy Music and Arts Festival, a music and arts festival, will be held to celebrate the life of Ben Evans, a South Floridian who died last year at age 23.

The event is a fundraiser for the B.e. Easy Scholarship Fund to help addicts in need of treatment. As B.E. organizers note, "We realize addiction is a disease and that without treatment, it worsens and can become fatal. We, at the B.e. Easy Scholarship Fund, have made it our mission to reach out and bring awareness to as many people as possible. Our slogan 'Open Dialogue Saves Lives' promotes helping yourself or a friend that is struggling with addiction. Ben was a huge-hearted extremely talented and loved individual. His only fault was getting caught up in this deadly cycle of addiction which has become an epidemic among our young people."

The event will feature art by Stefanie Holtzheuser, Allen and Lisa Glover, Lauraly Atria, Ernest Lee and Phd, and music by Crazy Fingers, The Funky Nuggets, Ancient Sun, Gavin Shea, Aquaphonics, Lucky Costello, Soulnar, Brady Newbill and friends, The Psychedlic Zoo, Flint Blade and Yuri Keyes. There will also be a rap showcase featuring Jonny Lyrks, Young Slay, Moe- Kash, Ace and Rip Words Worth.

Additionally, counselors will be available at the event for anyone who wants to talk. "There are so many young people either caught in the struggle of addiction or know someone that is struggling," note the family members behind the event. "Many of them do not know where to turn for help or cannot afford treatment. We want to make this an annual event and our hope is that by promoting an open dialogue we can help someone who is struggling and wants help," 

The event, which will include beer and food trucks, will serve up $2 grilled cheeses. It's all happening from noon to midnight July 28 at The Bubble, 810 N.E. Fourth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $15 through Brown Paper Tickets, or $20 at the door.

For info on more South Florida art news and events, visit Arterpillar.blogspot.com.

Documentaries: Insight From the Artists @ World and Eye

It's July and it's too darned hot to go out and ride your bike or walk.

World and Eye, an art and culture space in Fort Lauderdale's F.A.T. Village, offers a refreshingly cool and potentially enlightening Thursday night alternative. Titled Documentaries: Insight From the Artists, it's a night of local films accompanied by a Q&A with the filmmakers, snacks, cold drinks and cushy seats.
"The Folk Finders" (embedded above) was made by Zander Nichols, who followed F.A.T. Village-based Samsara Folk Art Gallery owners Sara Nichols and Christie Jago, to the Kentuck, a Tuscaloosa, Alabama folk art festival, where the best friends were on a mission to acquire new works for their Fort Lauderdale gallery. The filmmaker, who follows them as they encounter old friends and new at the fest, has produced a highly enjoyable glimpse into their world. I've been to Samsara many times, and very much appreciate the work there. Seeing the film behind their travels to acquire these works will make my future visits to the space even more special.

The film night will also include: two videos about about Miami artists  (Cuban sculptor Ivan Galindo and performance artist and decorator Jose Ramirez); "A Taste of the Telling," which depicts an interdisciplinary performance about abuse and empowered storytelling; and "The Unexpected City: A Love Poem to Miami," in which writer and photographer Paul Seligmann Jordan, takes viewers on a walking tour of homes and gardens along the Miami River and around the downtown Miami skyscrapers.

Also, Broward-based artist, filmmaker and cancer survivor Sonia Baez-Hernandez will share her own story and interviews with others in "Territories of the Breast," a film she made about "discriminatory health practices and health-care inequities for minority women in the United States." The night of films begins at 7 p.m. July 26. Admission is $12. Watch a trailer of Sonia Baez-Hernandez's "Territories of the Breast" below.

For info on more South Florida art news and events, visit Arterpillar.blogspot.com.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Sunday: Misael Soto's Backyard Beach Towel Brunch

Instagram of Beach Towel Memorial Day (Courtesy of Misael Soto (pictured here)
A few months ago I did a little Q&A with Misael Soto about his Beach Towel Memorial Day project.

For those not familiar with Soto's works, the performative artist 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 took that concept to the beach, a place where many people head with their towel, headphones and a good book to scope out their spot, often as far away from everyone else as possible.

Soto, on the other hand, took his giant towel, 56 x 29 feet to be exact, and waited for others to join him and share snacks, conversation, games, all of which happened by day's end, along with live music, right there at the giant beach towel. See video from Art Is About below.

That event became a launch for Soto's Beach Towel East Coast Tour that will begin in South Florida (Miami Beach on July 28, Fort Lauderdale Beach on July 29 and Hollywood Beach on July 30) and make its way to several other cities before landing in Rockaway Beach on Aug. 11.

He set up a Kickstarter to raise funds and with only 6 days left has gotten pledges for $760 of the $1500 he needs to make the trip. Those who want to help him foot the bill can check out his Kickstarter or just show up in his backyard, where he'll host "an enchanting little outdoor brunch" where for $10 or more, you can enjoy mango waffles, eggs (of some variety), mimosas and live acoustic music by Raffa. The big giant towel will be there too. After all, this event is all about the towel and the journey it will take and the stories it would one day tell if towels ever learn to talk.

Bonus mimosas will be available for $3 (or two for $5).

The brunch, a fundraiser for Soto's Beach Towel East Coast Tour, runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Misael's house (4724 N.E. First Ave., Miami).

For info on more South Florida art news and events, visit Arterpillar.blogspot.com.

Friday, July 20, 2012

More Saturday art happenings

Tony Kapel from Pocket of Lollipops will release his fourth novel "The Halls Ways" at Swampspace Gallery.
(Image courtesy of Tony Kapel)
Swampspace Gallery
150 N.E. 42nd St., Miami, Swampspace.blogspot.com

"The Halls Ways," the fourth novel written by local musician (Pocket of Lollipops) and filmmaker Tony Kapel, tells the story of Jason, a middle school security guard witnessing the downfall off an educational system compromised by mandatory tests that increase dropout rates and result in false funds and grants. Kapel will release the book at at a party in which he will also offer a look inside the notebooks and sketchpads that led up to the book and exhibit items he collected and used while writing the story.  The exhibition opens 7-11 p.m. July 21 and runs through Aug. 21.

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

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 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 be held at 2 p.m. each Sunday.

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

Bird Road Art Walk runs the third Saturday of each month (the next is July 21) 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.

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Local Spotlight: Victoria Skinner

"Piscull" by Victoria Skinner (Image courtesy of the artist)
Lake Worth collage artist Victoria Skinner has tables and hundreds of flat-file drawers in her garage-turned-home studio. The drawers hold what she estimates to be "maybe hundreds of thousands of images" she's been cutting from books, magazines and other sources for more than two decades.
She categorizes them by colors, shapes, ideas, body parts and other classifications that evolved from her need to locate just the right one for a particular collage. When a category becomes unwieldy, she breaks it into smaller categories.
Lake Worth artist Victoria Skinner (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Body parts, for example, have been subcategorized. "I have drawers that are arms and hands," she says. "I have drawers that are legs. I have drawers that are heads."

ArtCenter/South Florida artistic director Susan Caraballo encountered Skinner's elaborate filing system while visiting her studio to select works for "By Hand," which opens Aug. 11.

The show at ArtCenter/South Florida is described as an eight-artist exhibition of works created meticulously by hand through "an intense and time-consuming method of production that is obvious in the final product." Other artists include Jenny Brillhart, Rosemarie Chiarlone, Robin Griffiths, Hugo Moro, Lea Nickless, Evan Robarts and Tom Virgin.

Caraballo, who is curating the exhibition, had not seen Skinner's work before visiting her studio, and she was struck by a series of collages Skinner created from magazine cutouts and transparencies in Petri dishes. "They're like really intricate drawings but they're collage," she says. "I had never really seen collage work like this before, especially in something as tiny as a Petri dish."

To continue reading Arterpillar's story, visit the Sun-Sentinel's Lifestyle section.

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Sunday: Average Joe Art Sale

Diana Contreras will sell her works at Average Joe Art Sale (Photo courtesy of the artist)
Yuval Ofir of Yo Miami, an artist collective-occupied gallery that opened in late May, says the collective's first Average Joe Art Sale was a hit. As a result, Average Joe Art Sale: The Somewhat Above Average Edition will take place on Sunday and like the first sale, will include local bands, food trucks and artists.

As Ofir puts it in the event invitation, "Let's face it, most of us can't hang with the De La Cruz's and Rubells of the world. We're resigned to putting up our kids' work on the fridge or buying some not-horrible mass produced Target art to decorate our homes. NO MORE!! Come out to Yo Space and aside from having a good time playing ping pong on our custom table, smoking hookah, and/or hobnobbing, check out some great works by local artists."
ChrisRiggsForMayor's work e at Average Joe Art Sale (Photo courtesy of the artist)

The event presented by Yo Miami, will include resident artists as well as newcomers selling original work, limited edition prints, merchandise, apparel - all priced under $250. Wynwood Brewing Company will provide refreshments and Los Chamos Food Truck will be selling arepas, empanadas and more and there will be handcrafted gelato bars from HipHOPS.

Artists will include Kazilla, Lorie Setton, Vince "Bad Panda" Herrera, GG, Chris Riggs, Jennefer Ramos, Diana Contreras, Natalia Molina, Rei Ramirez, B M de Verona, Torek, Cone, James Brutus, Art That Feeds, Ragamufyn Apparel.

Musical performances, arranged by South Florida Music Obsessed, will include Omine, Leroy Sanchez, Cog Nomen and #MAGICALPOWERS. Jolt Radio will be spinning throughout the event.

The event runs 3-9 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at Yo Space, 294 N.E. 62nd St., Miami. E-mail info@yo-miami.com or visit Yo-Miami.com.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Saturday: County Grind Night III

Hilda Vazquez will exhibit a portrait of Nashville musician/producer Kevin Simonelic at New Times County Grind Night III. (Photo courtesy of the artist)
 New Times County Grind Night III, a music and art showcase, will feature performances by Holly Hunt, Shroud Eater and Slashpine, DJ sets by Mikey Ramirez and the Radio-Active DJs, late-night indie tunes from DJ Andie Sweetswirl and plenty of music-themed art.

Hilda Vazquez will debut her painting of Nashville bassist, instructor, composer and producer Kevin Simonelic, along with another of John Paul Soars from the musician series she plans to exhibit later this year. Vazquez, who has found a way to combine her passions for music and art, will also paint live. "Art is incredibly personal," Vazquez notes in her statement about her work. "Sharing it with others puts everything you are and feel on display. I hope people walk away feeling something. There's no need to understand it ... just feel."
"Lively Up Yourself. Bob Marley" by Vena Paylo (Courtesy of the artist)

Also exhibiting is Vena Paylo, who grew up immersed in her parents' album collection. “My parents didn’t believe in, or own, a television, so I grew up on a rich diet of books, music and art supplies,” she notes on her blog, Vena's Art Lounge. “They often hosted parties where I was exposed to a diverse group of artists, intellectuals and drop-outs. We spoke about Shakespeare and Camus as though they were relatives. Dinners were exotic gourmet feasts, punctuated by lively philosophical discussions and set to the soundtrack of Coltrane, Miles or Monk. I spent endless hours pouring over my father’s jazz albums, enthralled by their covers, which were brimming with the romance of dapper geniuses clutching their instruments while strutting proudly through the streets of big cities.”

Paylo, who earned a degree in graphic design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and has created album art and poster for various musicians, will exhibit "Lively Up Yourself. Bob Marley."

Other exhibiting artists will include Jenipher Chandley, Gina Bentivegna, Duncan Beatz, Jacqueline Romano, Ray Brown, MONKY, Renata Cuellar, Jose Aranibar, Ian M. Santos, Alexander Bacigalupi, Pascal Doytier, Emma Bibisi, Loren Spangler and Stephanie Menijivar.

The show, which include $3 vodka drinks until midnight, starts at 10 p.m. July 21 at Green Room
109 S.W. Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Cover is $5. Call 954-449-1030 or visit Greenroomlive.com.

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Opening Saturday: Culture Clash @ 1310 Gallery in Fort Lauderdale

"Speaking in Tongues" by Niki Lopez (Courtesy of the artist)

Culture Clash is a monthlong celebration of aliens, fashion and two- and three-dimensional artworks that are "colorful, cultural, fashion, cosmic, extraordinary, otherworldly."

At the core of Culture Clash, which opens Saturday at 1310 Gallery in Fort Lauderdale, is Niki Lopez, an artist, designer and art teacher who examines the concept of “alien” in her art, noting, “We’re all aliens in some way, not just feeling out of place in this new economy, but being transplanted in new surroundings and having new frames of mind."

Co-curators Asanyah Davidson and Niki Lopez (Courtesy of Lopez)
Co-curating the show with Lopez is Asanyah Davidson, a Jamaica-born fashion designer and creative director of the apparel company Circa24, who will debut her new Grace Jones-inspired evening line. Davidson notes that “Fashion is a vehicle to communicate culture and change a person’s perspective about themselves. Sometimes expressing culture leaves people feeling alien from the collective, but being apart also means standing out.”

The show, which also features work by Tatiana Castaneda, Andrew Ackerman, Greg Dubois, Greg Gibbs, Micheal Anthony Clark, Yudelka Tavera, Kareem Piper, and Detourbutterfly, opens 7-11 p.m. July 21 with a fashion show by Adjanie and Circa 24; music from DJs Onestar and Lerue, Atlanta’s Profound Breadth and Dana DellaCamera of Nakedown, and food from Raw Fusion Catering, Divine Cupcakery and Meatless Lasagna.

Exhibition-related events will continue with a community outreach workshop (2-5 p.m. July 28), a clothing swap and tea party (3-6 p.m .July 29), a Dr. Sketchy session (7-11 p.m. Aug. 4) and the final closing party, which is 7-11 p.m. Aug. 11.
1310 Gallery (Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts) is at 1310 Middle St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 305-975-6262 or visit Sailboatbendartists.com.

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Artist Opps

Image courtesy of LULA
* Palm Beach County artists sought for Lula's 9 Arch Mural Event, in which nine selected artists will duplicate their submission on the arches of 1000 Lake Avenue on November 17, 2012. Each arch is nine feet tall and 6.5 feet wide. Submission of digital images of artwork and a $25 fee is required. For more info, visit Lakewortharts.com or e-mail Tcoffey@lakeworth.org. Submissions will be accepted through Aug. 1.

* Rossetti Fine Art has issued a call to artists for it's Summer Heat III, an open-themed, open-media exhibition for two- and three-dimensional artworks. The show will run Aug. 1 through 31. Entrey fee is $20 for one entry and $10 for each additional. Awards range from $50 for judges recognition to $500 for best in show. Henning Haupt, an Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University School of Architecture, will judge the show. Pre-register by July 26. More info at Tomrossetti.com.

* Gallery Night on Main Street in Miami Lakes seeks artworks and live artists for its Summertime Gallery Event July 27 and 28.

* Brickell Art Walk seeks established artists to show in the Brickell area. Details and requirements can be found at Brickellartwalk.com. BAW charges a 30 percent commission on works sold.

Image courtesy of Jerry's Artarama
* Jerry's Artarama is seeking live artists for The Great 16 X 20 Art Jam, which runs 5-10 p.m. July 28 at its store at  2505 Q Okeechobee Blvd.' West Palm Beach. Bring your paint, tools and brushes and they will provide refreshments, music and free SOHO and LUKAS paint samples. Call 561-684-7036 or visit Facebook.com/jerrysartaramawpb.

* Here's the lowdown on the 5th annual Trash-2-Art Competition, which runs Aug. 13 through Sept. 7 at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale. Artist registration forms can be found at Trash2treasurefl.org. Entry fee is $50, $25 (or  $25 and $15 for T2T members) with a $5 discount for registering by Aug. 4. Intake is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 11 at ArtServe.

* Legal Art Miami has an open call for local and visiting artist residencies.

* There's a call to artists for a Pretty in Pink '80s Art Show at Green Room in Fort Lauderdale. The show opens Aug. 3 and open to painters, photographers, sculptors, installation artists, illustrators.Live painters also needed. E-mail Gina at Electriccanvas@yahoo.com.

 * Green Room in Fort Lauderdale has also issued a call to artists for Rocky Horror Picture Show. Show opens Aug. 17. Live painters needed too. E-mail Gina at Electriccanvas@yahoo.com

Baby Kitty's first tea party (Image by Arterpillar)
* Arterpillar seeks art for its online Itty Bitty Kitty Show. Deadline: July 25. 

 * Big Lego contest coming up at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. Built entries must be delivered to the art center between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Aug. 5 through 8, and the exhibition of work will remain on exhibit Aug. 11 through 19 in the gallery. An awards presentation will start at 2 p.m. Aug. 19. Details can be found at Artandculturecenter.org/brick-challenge-2.

 * 1310 Gallery in Fort Lauderdale has issued a call to visual and performance artists for Appropriated Gender, a show that opens Sept. 15. 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. Judges will include arts writer Juliana Accioly, Girls Club Art Collection owner and founder Francie Bishop Good, Lotus House founder and director Constance Collins Margulies, Hardcore Art Contemporary Space director and executive director Adreina Fuentes and Rochi Llaneza, gallerist Carol Jazzar and others. Deadline for entries is Aug. 19 and there will be cash prizes and guest judges. The exhibition will run Sept. 15 through Oct. 12. For more information visit the Call For Entries on Facebook.

 * Life Is Art has posted that Art and Business Council of Miami is seeking a programs and communications coordinator. Get the lowdown on job requirements and salary on Life Is Art's website.

For many more local artist opportunities, visit Arterpillar's Artist Opps page.

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The Art of Thursday

Breyer P. Orridge's "Fisionet," four c-prints individually mounted on plexi (Image courtesy of Gallery Diet)
Gallery Diet
174 N.W. 23rd St., Miami, 305-571-2288, Gallerydiet.com

Astral Weeks, an exhibition presented by Art Blog Art Blog and curated by Van Hanos, explores the ideas and questions prompted by Brion Gysin's "The Dream Machine," a flickering art work meant to be viewed with closed eyes. The show will include works by Liz Deschenes, Brock Enright, Keltie Ferris, Jackie Gendel, Brion Gysin, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Corinne Jones, Jon Kessler, Nicholas Lobo, Rory Parks, Chad Scoville and Patrick Walsh. The show opens 6-9 p.m. July 19 and runs through Sept. 1.
Breezing Through the Arts (Image courtesy of BBAD)
Cuthills Backyard
511 N.E. 4th St., Boynton Beach, 561-740-0399, Cuthillsbackyard.com

Breezing Through the Arts, a night of guided trolley rides to Boynton Beach galleries and studios, each with its own event draw including entertainment, hand-on art projects, wine and treats etc., for those who wish to park their car in the valet lot at Cuthills and trolley to Art-Sea Living, Beachcomber Art, Artful Dreamers Stdio, ActivistArtistA Gallery (where you can check out the Symbolism: Pushing Boundaries show and show your ticket for free admission to a Chinese bookbinding workshop that runs 7-8 p.m.), Tortoise Treasures and then back to Cuthills for a free draft beer to go with your food order.

The Trolley will do a continuous loop so if you're running late, you can listen to live music at the Cuthills while you wait for the next. Tickets, including tax and event fee, are $22.08 ($11.15 for kids) and can be purchased online at Creativebusinessalliance.com/events.html. The four-hour event will start at 5 p.m. July 19, Aug. 16 and Sept. 20.

LeeAnna Yater's Room With a View" (Image courtesy of the artist)
Second Avenue Studio
Florida Atlantic University's Downtown Campus
220 S.E. Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-762-5695 or Kaesteve@fau.edu

Fresh Design: Fiberart in the New Millenium, an exhibition of two- and three-dimensional original fiber artwork by Southeast Florida artists including Alissa Alfonso, Nancy Billings, Georgetta Fondos, Andrea Huffman, Kevin Kichar, Francene Levinson, Evelyn Mitchell, Irene Torruella Munroe, Candace Phelan, Maya Schonenberger, Gina Skillings, Catherine L. Waltz, Elizabeth Vitale, Marianne R. Williamson and LeeAnna Yater.

Yater, a fiber artist and area director for the Florida Craftsmen, planned a regional exhibition that would feature the best artists working in the fiber arts, which she says are often considered as mostly quilts and clothing. "It is my hope that this show of fiber artists would help to educate the public as to a more contemporary approach to making art with various fabrics and textile-related materials while incorporating beads, wood, metal and paper," she says. "'Art quilts' today are being presented in very non-traditional methods. The fiber sculpture has taken a turn that often rivals that of traditional fine art sculpture. Clothing has reached a level of 'art to wear.'"

The show opens 6-8:30 p.m. July 19 and runs through  Aug. 16. Regular gallery hours are 4-6 p.m. Wednesday and noon to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Jezebelle Red of The Reckless Dames (photo provided by Dr. Sketchy South Florida)
Stage 84
9118 W. State Road 84, Davie, 954-474-5040, Stage84fl.com

Dr. Sketchy is a monthly evening of drinking, eating and drawing a model that poses for periods ranging from 5 to 20 minutes. July's model will be Jezebelle Red of The Reckless Dames. Bring your "sketchpads, i-pads or do-dads," a hard drawing surface (if you have one) and your pencils, pens or crayons. No easels. Artistic skills are not a prerequisite. If you can doodle an image on a cocktail napkin, you will be welcome here. The next session runs 7-10 p.m. July 19. Tickets are $10 in advance (Drsketchysofla.com) or $12 at the door.

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