Monday, October 29, 2012

Local spotlight: Nikki "Detourbutterfly" Saraiva

Nikki "Detourbutterfly" Saraiva (photo by Paul Misciagno and provided by Nikki Saraiva)
 F.A.T. Village on Friday will celebrate the Day of the Dead with music, art, a skeleton processional, giant puppets and altars devoted to the memory of loved ones. Boca Raton artist Nikki "Detourbutterfly" Saraiva will be there tending to an altar of her own.

"Titan's Dance" by Nikki "Detourbutterfly" Saraiva
Her installation at F.A.T. Village's Project Fine Art is part of "Art of the Dead," a group show also featuring works by  Cenigma, Joseph Fischer, Emily Crawford, Deborah Gregg, Michelle Brecher, Alfred Lopez, Anthony Burks, Leanne Gardner and Nik Satterfield.

Saraiva's altar contains fresh flowers, lit candles and shelves with smaller artworks. Beyond the altar is a 20-foot wall filled with her paintings and the mixed-media assemblages that have become one of her primary passions. The assemblages are made from found items including bones, skeleton keys, clocks and parts from disassembled dolls, vintage lamps and a wooden rolling foot massager. She particularly likes things that look weathered and have history.

While many of the works were Day of the Dead-inspired, they have other meanings too, Saraiva assures. Continue reading Arterpillar's story on Detourbutterfly n the Sun-Sentinel's Lifestyle section.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

TONIGHT: F.A.T. Village Art Walk

F.A.T. Village is expected to be pretty dead tonight ... as in its annual Day of the Dead preview. Expect plenty of skulls and altars as the village gears up for its full-blown Day of the Dead festival, which will take place on Friday, Nov. 2.

F.A.T. Village is just west of Andrews Avenue between Northwest Fourth and Sixth avenues in downtown Fort Lauderdale.  Most of tonight's festivities take place 7-11 p.m..

"Titan's Dance" by Nikki "Detourbutterfly" Saraiva
Project Fine Art
500 N.W. First Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-333-8900,

Art of the Dead, a sneak preview of the Day-of-the-Dead themes group art show tat will open on Thursday. The exhibition will feature work by Cenigma, Joseph Fischer, Emily Crawford, Deborah Gregg, Michelle Brecher, Alfred Lopez, Anthony Burks, Leanne Gardner, Nik Satterfied and Nikki "Detourbutterfly" Saraiva.

Detourbuterfly's exhibition, titled A Dedication of Love and Inspiration: Alice Hehr, will feature an altar with fresh flowers, candles and smaller art works as well as a 20-foot wall filled with the artists mixed-media assemblages made from found objects including skeleton keys and parts from old disassembled dolls. My story on Detourbutterfly will run tomorrow in the Sun-Sentinel's Lifestyle section. To preview the show tonight, look for the blue doors at the corner of First Avenue and Fifth.

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

Miami Heat Kickoff Party, where visitors can watch C & I’s favorite moments from the Heat’s championship season last year and enter the three-point competition, which offers prizes including a free trip to a Miami Heat game. The party runs 8 p.m. to midnight and, as always, includes free drinks.

La Mano Fria's Temple of the Cold Hand beer altar at Rolling Stock.
 Rolling Stock
506 N.W. First Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-822-9725,

Game Over 2.0 is an art exhibition featuring artists from Miami Beer Tour crew (La Mano Fria, Team Panza, Burro Santiago, Lit 101, Night Life Family, VOA, Broke, Roberto C. Rosas, GPK crew ...). The concept, of the show, as noted by Rolling Stock founder Ryan Nation, is this:
"Death. Even video game characters, cartoon hero robots and beer bottles have a limited life expectancy. Game Over explores this concept and what is left; the digital or analog decay that happens after you have drank your last 12- pack, played your last quarter and used your last 1up. Game Over, you lose ..."  

Among the work you'll see here is "The Temple of the Cold Hand" beer altar (shown above) presented by Miami Beer Tour's La Mano Fria.  The party starts at 7 p.m.

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

Calaveras, an exhibition in which Francisco Sheuat and Julio Green will share their interpretation of skull masks.

Puppet Network, 504 N.W. First Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-766-4741,

Mask painting, where guests can paint your own mask for Day of the Dead mask. Cost: $10.

CHAIRS at Tandem Gallery
(Image courtesy of Tandem Gallery)
Tandem Gallery
425 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale

CHAIRS, an exhibition that explores" the art, design, fabrication and distribution of this primary element of every living environment - the chair" will feature work by designers/artists Mark Dineen, Akiko Iwata, Luke Jenkins, Derek Shambora, Industry West, Cedri Martini/Jona Cerwinske and Homeless Design Lab. 

The show, co-curated by Cadence, an urban design and landscape architect firm, and Zahn Development, a builder, is the first exhibition at Tandem. The gallery, which serves as an office space by day, will showcase " artists, designers and creators who explore functional art and design to solve pertinent issues facing our society."

The exhibition will open with Brazilian coffee, a cash bar and a visit by ZENERGY Food Truck. 

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

Puppet  Slam, an especially creepy version for Day of the Dead, starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Memories of Dolls, an installation of handmade dolls, scorched fabric by Georgeta Fondos @ The Projects North
 The Projects North
 519 N.W. First Ave., Fort Lauderdale 

Nocturnes II, curated by Leah Brown and Peter Symons, will feature works by Grant Bloodgood, Leah Brown, Rory Carracino, Joshua Davis, Ryan Ferrell, Christian Feneck, Georgeta Fondos, Donna Haynes, c. huilo c., Chris Kuones and Peter Symons, as well as  “Ofrendas” curated by Louis of the Puppet Network and installed by the Day of the Dead community.

Sara Nichols and Christie Jago of Samsara Folk Art Gallery (Photo by Sarah Dussault/Sun-Sentinel)
Samsara Folk Art Gallery
501 N.W. First Ave., Fort Lauderdale,

Samsara Folk Art Gallery, run by Sara Nichols and Christie Jago, was launched in Januaray as a pop-up gallery and 10 months later it's still going strong. These folk-art loving longtime friends, known as "The Folk Finders," started collecting folk art about 10 years ago, taking road trips to various folk art festivals and meeting the artists. Eventually, they began running out of places to put the art but wanted to continue supporting the artists many of whom became their friends. So they launched this gallery. Now they can continue buying what they love and bringing it back to share with others who love and wish to buy the art.  The pair just returned from Kentuck Festival of the Arts, so surely they'll be exhibiting some of their new finds. Read Arterpillar's story about Samsara Folk Art Gallery at 

Andrews Living Arts Studio
23 N.W. Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-530-1879,

Rocky Horror Picture Show is a good way to end your Day of the Dead preview. Wear a costume and get $5 off the $29.95 tickets price, and a beverage too.

Visit other studios and galleries throughout F.A.T. Village: 

Alfred Phillips, 113 N.W. Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-326-3133,  
Iron Forge Press, 537 N.W. First Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-563-5255,
Judith Schwab Art Studio, 1098 N.W, Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale
Puppet Network, 504 N.W. First Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-766-4741,
Sixth Star Entertainment, 21 N.W. Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-6760,

Also tonight in Fort Lauderdale:   

Just click the titles for all the details.

(Image courtesy of Undergrounds Coffeehaus)
Strangecookie presents Hallow Party for the Weenies, a five-hour party that starts at 9 p.m. at Undergrounds Coffeehaus in Fort Lauderdale.

The Devil Made Me Do It, an art exhibition featuring drawings, paintings, sculpture, mixed-media works and performance art, will feature artists including Kris Starry, Kristin Frenzel, Cary Polkovitz, INVI, Valyn Calhoun and others. There will also be a food truck, a Satanic photo booth featuring The Devil a.k.a. Evan Rowe and live music from Nightly Death Shade, Montage and Coon Doggin' Outlaws. The event runs 6-11:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Admission is $10 (to help keep The Bubble afloat) and includes free beer at The Bubble, 810 N.E. Fourth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-562-3804. An after-party will be held at the Poor House in Fort Lauderdale.

The Goddamn' Hustle CD Release and Halloween Art Party, a six- hour art party featuring work by Ian Santos, Veronica-Biscuit Sheppard, Madison Brody, Blair Hess and other artists and a haunted mini-golf course, starts at 10 p.m. at Green Room in Fort Luderdale.

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SATURDAY: City-Wide Market in Pompano Beach

Rum Cay Island Jewelry is one of 85 vendors at City-Wide Market in Pompano Beach.
(Image courtesy of City-Wide Market)
City-Wide Market, featuring more than 85 booths, is billed as "a huge monthly garage sale, flea market, vintage and local product fair rolled into one fantastic indoor event," featuring gently used second-hand goods, vintage items, collectibles, novelties and locally made products and crafts. Lunch and beverages will be offered for sale and admission and parking is free.

Organizers promise: "No mass-made-in-China merchandise, no in-your-face perfume vendors, no knockoff and bootleg sellers." The events runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 27 at Pompano Beach Civic Center, 1801 N.E. Sixth St., Pompano Beach. for more info, visit

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Local spotlight: Nina Surel

Nina Surel, one of several artists exhibiting in Wrapt Attention at Studio 18, will discuss her work at a Nov. 2 artist salon.(Photos courtesy of the artist)
Nina Surel buys materials for her mixed-media art in thrift shops — not that she's their typical shopper.

"When I go to vintage places for porcelain, they'll talk about how this used to be from my grandmother, and this and that," she says. "I don't even want to hear that, because I'm smashing it!"

The artist takes a screwdriver and hammer to the breakables to free the parts she'll incorporate into works, many of which depict Surel (often as more than one character) in a variety of lush landscapes. The works, which hang on walls like portraits or paintings, encapsulate scenes, complete with life-size dresses, vintage buttons, lace, flowers, birds and other items, in layers of resin.

"What Is Worth While?" — currently in "Wrapt Attention," a group show that runs through Nov. 25 at Studio 18 in Pembroke Pines — portrays two women (each depicted by Surel) in a forest.

One wears pink flowers around her head and strings of pearls draped across her shoulders. She's seated amid chickens and is wearing a strapless pinkish dress with a large, deep-pink flower above the portion that cascades over her midsection. At the bottom of the dress, a lighter material is gathered. Nesting in it are porcelain cardinals surrounded by berries, twigs and flowers. Opened on her lap is Anna Robertson Brown Lindsay's 1893 book "What Is Worth While?" .... Continue reading Arterpillar's story about Surel in the Sun-Sentinel's Lifestyle section

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Derek Wilson: Two shows, one day

"Little White Lies," by Derek Wilson (Images courtesy of the artist)

Derek Wilson was packing up his car with loads of art around 8 a.m. this morning.

The artist has a busy day ahead. First he's heading to DCOTA, where he'll be a featured artists in a mid-day meet-the-artists showcase that takes place during a day-long cash-and-carry sample sale. Then he is off to Nikki Beach, to exhibit at I Know Art in the Garden.

At both shows Wilson, whose works include large-scale oil portraits and spontaneous abstract charcoal drawings, will exhibit work from "Harriet's Secret," a collection that serves as a tribute to the artist's mother.

As Wilson explains in a statement about the collection: "The last conversation I had with my mother was a heated debate about her symptoms and the 911 call I would eventually make, but unfortunately too late.  Harriet Kathryn Michael, as it reads on her birth certificate, was struck by a massive heart attack that night, one that she would never recover from. She passed away in my arms March 18, 2005; she was fifty six years old.

"In my eulogy I spoke about how close my mother and I were, we were best friends. Yet, I found out soon-after that I didn’t know everything about Mom; Mom kept secrets. Some were innocent, as with the story behind her name; I grew up knowing her as Kathy not Harriet. Others were little white lies and some were deep secrets about her health."

Harriet's Secret Collection weaves his recurring dreaming, discoveries and childhood memories into a visual biography that serves as a tribute to his mother. "In the “Tears of a Petal” series I utilize Mom’s favorite flower, the hydrangea and it’s delicacies with the hopes of capturing my mother’s natural beauty," he says."It’s a Secret,” another related series, is the artist's attempt to create an interactive narrative about the feminine and private nature of jewelry boxes by inviting viewers
to explore the mysterious compartments where "dreams meet memory."

Wilson sees the works as a visual investigations into the secrets his mother took with her, and an attempt to understand the circumstances leading up to her death.

See more works from Wilson's series at or at his shows this afternoon.

Cash-and-carry sample sale runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 and the works of Wilson, Cecilia Sanchez Vegas and Ana Maria Nava will be showcased at a meet-the-artist event tat 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Decorative Crafts Showroom B-218 at DCOTA, 1855 Griffin Road, Dania Beach. Parking is $3. Visit

I Know Art in the Garden, a four-hour afternoon-to-early-evening art party, featuring work by Wilson, Trek 6 and Verona Penalba, runs from 3-7 p.m. Oct. 27 at Nikki Beach, One Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. If you are going, assure that you et a free cocktail by RSVPing to

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

THIS WEEKEND: Art Live 2012

Art Live 2012, formerly known as Wynwood Art Fair, kicks off Friday.
Art Live 2012 isn't just about seeing art. It's about dancing, crowd surfing, designing balloons, being photographed, writing, eating ... and other fun things too, all in the name of art,

Formerly known as Wynwood Art Fair, Art Live 2012 is an annual weekend-long event in which artists engage fairgoers in the creative process. "We like to say, don't just see art, be it!" organizers note.

The fair, which kicks off Friday night at Coconut Grove Exhibition Center, will include 60 artists and interactive performance-based contemporary art that includes dance, crowd surfing, opera, sculpture, installation, silent videos, floats, food, mobiles, flash mobs and more.

Admission will benefit Lotus House Women's Shelter, which provides shelter, education and resources to homeless women and children who can live there up to a year for free while accessing the sort of educational, job readiness and community resources that will help them achieve greater self-sufficiency, a better quality of life and a more permanent home. Last year's three-day festival  drew more than 10,000 people and raised more than $500,000 from the art auction benefit, sponsorship funds and entrance fees.

Here are the details on just a few of the events taking place at the fair this year:

Anne-Marie Was Here (Image courtesy of RPM Project

Anne-Marie Was Here 

Anne-Marie Was Here, an interactive art installation, will be presented by RPM Project, which includes artists Rhonda Mitrani, Patricia Schnall Gutierrez and Marina Font.

The three women of RPM collaborate on work that addresses challenges they face as artists and mothers. "I was taught when I went to school during the feminist movement, that we can do it all," Gutierrez told me when I interviewed her for the Sun-Sentinel earlier this year. What she learned, after getting married in 1976 and having the first of three children, is that we can't do it all as perfectly as we might like.

RPM's Art Live project, titled "Invitation: Brunch With RPM," was inspired by Why Women Still Can't Have it All,  an article that Anne-Marie Slaughter,  the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, wrote for the Atlantic magazine. Fairgoers are invited to participate in their "1,2,3 easy steps to perfection. See how today’s super savvy contemporary woman can have her cake and eat it too!"

"Our piece is ongoing as we walk around the crowd with a cart full of goodies and invitations to 'brunch with the girls' where the viewer joins in the conversation and adds to the corresponding blog," Gutierrez explains.

The Eyes of Ahol

Ahol Sniffs Glue will invite fairgoers to create their own versions of the iconic droopy eyes he has been painting in Miami for years. The eyes are inspired by some of Miami's hardest working residents and now will serve s the basis for a collaboration that ties into the theme of this year's fair: "We Are All One." On Sunday, the last day of the fair, he will add a layer of his own signature eyes to the piece.

Christina Pettersson in Marie Antoinette X 14 (Image courtesy of the artist)
Marie Antoinette X 14

Christina Pettersson, a 36-year-old Swedish-born artist who lives in Miami, is known for her meticulous, large-scale graphite drawings, multi-screen video installations and rewriting the past. Through her work, the artist has resurrected women murdered in Shakespeare plays and birds that were stuffed and killed for art. Now, in her project titled Re-Coronation, she will rewrite the story of Marie Antoinette.

As Pettersson notes: "Oh Marie Antoinette, how I long to save you from your terrible past. I long to go back to that first year in France, when you were a mere girl of fourteen, and write the story over again. I can remove the extravagant dresses and cakes and replace them with books and writing. I can make you into someone else, someone meaningful. You became a frivolous, wasteful, and conceited figure, but I can change all that. Let me remove the stigma of shallow luxury, and resurrect you in a different light, full of promise and possibility. Hush once and for all the whispers behind your back, your wretched notoriety. I will erase your story, I will make you good again, my Marie Antoinette.”

Re-Coronation, which will feature 14 Marie Antoinettes, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Buda and the Balloons

 • Michael Kocherhans a.k.a. "Buda," a Miami artist who upcycles everyday materials into works of art, invites people to custom design balloons and contribute them to a floating mobile of mylar balloons that will swivel on a 40-foot line that hangs from the ceiling and is anchored to the floor.

"Ultra Violet 13" by Tom Cocotos (Images courtesy of the artist)
Collage and mirrors

Tom Cocotos, a Miami collage artist who divides his time between New York and Miami, didn't talk until he was around age 4. Instead he began tearing up or cutting magazine pages and rearranging the words and images into something new. Today, he continues doing this kind of work, using his photographs, sketches and the process of collage to create portraits.  

Ultra Violet's "Self-Portrait Mirror"
The Imaginators, a series he is currently working on, features mixed-media portraits of writers, visual artists and musicians whose expressions draw him in. The roster includes Gary Indiana, Jackson Taylor and Cocotos's friend Ultra Violet, author of Famous for 15 Minutes  and a muse to Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol.

Cocotos, who used to scour the streets of New York looking for collaging materials with Ultra Violet, will create a 4x4 collaged portrait of her at the event. "And next to me, Ultra Violet will be presenting her Baroque self-portrait mirrors," Cocotos notes  "It should be quite a show. "

Ultra Violet's Baroque self-portrait mirrors are designed to empower and elude
viewers who accept their reverse images as a reality. Ultra Violet offers the works of art as “everyone’s self portrait, as democratic illusion." The mirrors, according to the artist's web site, say, “You are real — you are not real — but enjoy your illusion.” Ultra Violet will photograph visitors looking into the self-portrait mirror.

Women Who Stand on The Sun from Antonia Wright on Vimeo.

Women Who Stand on the Sun

Antonia Wright, an artist and one of several guest curators of this year's fair, will debut "Women Who Stand on The Sun," the video project she launched during her month-long residency at Lotus House last April. While there, she talked with the other women who were staying at the womens' shelter and launched the series of videos, each of which depicts a pair of upward reaching legs. Between the feet, viewers can see the sun.

It's the same perspective one might get if they laid in the sand, lifted their legs and looked up at their feet and the sunlight beyond them.

"When I moved into the shelter, I knew that I wanted to take videos of the women’s feet," Wright notes on her Vimeo page. "I have heard that the homeless have problems with their feet as they are always walking and standing on them. In the videos it appears that the women are floating and free. The pieces are a tribute to their inner strength and magic. I like the idea that wherever they go, they are always special and walking on the sun."

AdrienneRose Gionta's Sign My Name Project
Sign My Name Project

From a booth she will share with a few other FIU students, AdrienneRose Gionta will continue her Sign My Name Project, and also incorporate a few elements from some of her past installations. In other words, expect an experience that is very AdrienneRose Gionta, AdrienneRose Gionta, AdrienneRose Gionta. Remember that name.

Here's how she writes up the show:  "Photo ops! Star sightings! Sign her name & pin it to the wall!  For one night only, you will be delightfully submerged within the multi-sensory pop up world of AdrienneRose Gionta’s… pink… sparkly… rosy… neon… seduction with a special appearance by the lovely BBW of your dreams. Andy Warhol says, 'In the future everybody will be famous for 15 minutes.' ARG says, why only 15 minutes? We are seriously lacking an adoration, affection & appreciation for our favorite local BB (Big & Beautiful) self-proclaimed pop-icon. Here is your chance to make it up to her."

Go forth and sign her name. You'll be glad you did.

Misael Soto ... dreaming of crowd surfing. (Image courtesy of Misael Soto)
 Misael Soto is a Dancing Machine

Anyone familiar with Misael Soto's art will know he's all about the communal experience, even when it comes to (especially when it comes to) things that some people typically do alone (like go to the beach, listen to their iPods, drive, watch TV, dance as if no one is watching) ... This summer, after several beach towel performative art pieces (i.e. parties), he took his big-ass beach towel on tour, and soon after he was done with that, out came the gigantic picnic blanket.

For Art Live, he's got a bit of the old and the new ... He'll bring back Would You Like to Dance With Me? which will keep him dancing all through the fair's Friday VIP party with anyone who'd like to dance with him ... no talking necessary. It's all about the dancing.

He'll also collaborate with Dim Past, Smiling Gums and Deaf Poets on a show that involves crowd surfing.

As Soto puts it, "Crowd surfing is a simple, joyous, unforgettable, and even addicting experience, and yet many are afraid to do it at concerts, scared to fall or seemingly too reserved. This piece is a participatory installation that gives visitors the chance to safely crowd surf during musical performances Saturday night at Art Live fair... they simply have to take the leap." 

He's been recruiting "able-bodied volunteers to take part in some good-old fashioned crowd surfing!" and also recruiting volunteers who will will be part of the crowd, ready to catch and hold up those who jump and you'll get to jump too."

If you want to find out how many volunteers came through, well, just jump! The show will start at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The Video Lounge

A still from Ania Moussawel's video, Twice Fried Plantains
• Art Live 2012 will also include, for the first time ever, a video lounge with a weekend program that will include Monika Bravo's A Window of Time [MondayTeresa Diehl's WASH, Jason Lockyer's Tom, Lauren Kelley's Froufrou Conclusions, Lindsay Scoggins' Tsunami, an untitled video by Brookhart Jonquil and Ania Moussawel's Twice Fried Plantains (see above),

In her video, Moussawel, who uses photography and video to explore her Cuban and Lebanese heritage and themes of family, memory, and loss, says she researched and reenacted cooking rituals from her Cuban background to strengthen her connection to family and honor those who have passed.

All of the videos in the program are silent videos.

Need to know:

Art Live 2012 kicks off with a launch party from 8-11 p.m. Friday (evening pass), and continues 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday (day pass) and 6-11 p.m. Saturday (evening pass) and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (day pass). Day passes (good until 5 p.m.) are $10, $5 for children under 13 and free for children under 3. Evening passes are $20.

A fair pass that include all three days and nights is $50, and $250 will get you VIP access to all fair events including a VIP party (with a silent auction to benefit Lotus House) that runs 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. For more info on tickets or all of the other artists participating in the event, call 786-300-9840 or visit Art Live 2012

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Art of Sunday

"When Flowers Turn Their Backs II" by Carin Wagner (Image courtesy of the artist)
Exploring the Beauty with Carin Wagner 

Exploring the Beauty, an exhibition of oil paintings by Palm Beach Gardens artist Carin Wagner. has opened at Eissey Theatre.
"When Flowers Turn Their Backs I" by Carin Wagner
 (Image courtesy of the artist)

“I am currently working on a series exploring the way light affects how we perceives an individual plant or tree," the artist notes on her website. "A tree bathed in the soft light of twilight is quite different from a tree at noon. A single flower in the morning light is more mysterious than a profusion of flowers in broad daylight. A leaf becomes jewel-like with the golden light of late afternoon shining through."

"As an artist I strive to paint each flower and leaf at its most magnificent moment. Taking great care with the fine details takes considerably more time than an impressionistic approach, but I feel it is the only way to do sufficient justice to these incredible gifts of nature.”

The opening reception for Exploring the Beauty show is 3-5 p.m. at Eissey Theatre at Palm Beach State College, 11051 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. Call 561-207-5905. The show will run through Nov. 9 and the venue is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and during all performances.

Here's a preview of what Eduardo Mendieta will be working on at Pink Wall Project. (Image courtesy of Eduardo Mendieta)
Rolling Stock is Thinking Pink

Rolling Stock Gallery's Pink Wall Project will bring loads of street artists to Fort Lauderdale's F.A.T. Village to paint an all-pink production to honor everyone whose lives have been touched by breast cancer, and to help create more awareness and support. The theory is that with so many people taking pictures of the graffiti at Rolling Stock, their breast cancer awareness message will spread far beyond Rolling Stock in a very big way.

"How big, it gets depends on you," organizers note. "If you want to paint, film, buff, donate time, paint or anything else, message us here." That would be on Rolling Stock's Facebook page. The Pink Wall Project will start at 1 p.m. at Rolling Stock, 506 N.W. First Ave., Fort Lauderdale.

Indie Craft Revolution

Amy Johnsen Carannante: Vintage items and vintage-inspired accessories
(Image courtesy of Get Up and Craft)
Indie Craft Bazaar: Witch {Craft} is an indoor pop-up shop featuring works by more than 65 artists and crafters, as well as live music, food and drinks (including $3 mimosas). This time around the event will have a Halloween feel, with candy at each vendors booth (don't forget to grab your bag at the entrance) and a pumpkin patch and decorating stand.

There will also be fortune tellers, tarot card readings and a DIY resin jewelry booth, and the first 100 guests will get free swag bags of goodies.

Check out the sneak peak at some of the goods that will be available. (Above, or with some details are in the Flickr set)

The event runs noon to 5 p.m. at Revolution, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call  954-785-7475 or visit

Also happening: 
Chocolate Dessert Photography at Galerie Jenner
(Image courtesy of Jeremiah Jennert)

Cooking and Spaghetti Western at the Jacqueline Falcome Bed and Breakfast, where guests (all of whom bring an ingredient) will learn how to make Jacqueline Falcone's family's sauce, pasta and meatballs at Falcone's place. After a big meal (complete with salad and wine (you can bring the latter), a Spaghetti Western will be screened by artist Christina Petterson in the backyard. Check her event page to sign up for an ingredient.

Chocolate Dessert Photography, a classes by Boca Raton chef Michael Fox, noon to 4 p.m. at Galerie Jenner in Fort Lauderdale. Cost is $100.

Julian Yuri Rodriguez needs extras for his film titled C#ckfight. According to his announcement, the film will take place in a dark seedy underworld where "a special fight" takes place every night. He needs as many guys as possible. Their mission will be to act drunk, cheer and break into small fights. Some will pretend to do drugs or gambles. Meals will be provided through the day, which runs 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Club Eve in Miami.

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The Art of Saturday

"Infinite Abyss" by Dominick J. Daniel (Image couirtesy of the artist)
Dominick Daniel's solo show at Undergrounds Coffeehaus 

An Evening of the Works of Dominick J Daniel, will feature the paintings of Dominick J. Daniel, drummer for The Livid Kittens.

"The Artist" by Domonick J. Daniel
(Image courtesy of the artist)
In addition to drumming and painting, Daniel is as an  actor/director/writer who this year alone has performed in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Pillowman, Mitzi's Abortion, Snow White Trash and The Laramie Project.

Daniel says he got into painting while working on a film that unfortunately never came to fruition. "But I found I had this tiny talent and I wanted to delved into it deeper," he notes." For me it's all relevant music, acting, painting, dancing .... As long as I have that creative outlet, then everything is fine in my world. I call my style 'whimsitanious.'"

While Daniel compares acting to being on a highwire without a net. Similarly, he feels painting is about that moment when people see the work, that laugh, smile or positive comment.

"It's not the answer to life's problems, but for that moment it makes things a bit more tolerable," he says.

An Evening of the Works of Dominick J. Daniel will open 9 p.m. to midnight Oct. 20 and runs through Nov. 1 at Undergrounds Coffeehaus, 3020 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-630-1900 or visit
The Skull Show opens Oct. 20 at Ink and Pistons in WPB. (Image courtesy of Ink & Pistons)
Skulls, zombies and hot dogs

The Skull Show, featuring dark, creepy and macabre art, more than 25 skulls and masks by local artists, a hot rod roundup and gourmet hot dogs from PS561, will open at the Ink and Pistons, the new tattoo shop and art gallery that Amanda and JR Linton opened last month in West Palm Beach.

Exhibiting artists will include JR Linton, Chris Rude, Lea Vendetta, Sid Graves, Georgette Pressler, Cary Polkovitz , Madeline Stevens, Pam Kwarchak, Pooch, Scott White, Amanda Valdes, Alexis Colbert, Lori Pratico, Erika Taguchi-Newton, Amanda Linton, Lisa Palladino, Sara Leigh, Jennifer DiTerlizzi Basing, Luru, Shorty, Irma Galindo Best, Carlos Ferrer, Danny Brito, Kristy Bunch, Kara Kramer, Michelle Parparian, 80 grit, Nicole Holderbaum, Teresa Korber and Grace Waddell.

The show will open 7 to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 20 and run through Nov. 20 at Ink and Pistons Tattoo Shop and Slushbox Art Gallery, 2716 S. Dixie Highway, #101, West Palm Beach. Call 561-832-4655 or visit

Bird Road Art Walk turns two

With the weather dipping down a few degrees on Saturday night, this could be the perfect night to head to Bird Road, which will celebrate two years of monthly third Saturday Bird Road Art Walks with performance, live art demonstrations and new art spaces and art exhibitions. 

Bird Road Art District is located east of SW 75th Avenue, which runs alongside the Palmetto Expressway and between Bird Road (SW 40th St) and S.W. 48th Street. Organizers say visitors can start at any studio (most of which are located off S.W. 74th or 75th Avenue) and then hop on the free shuttle that loops throughout Bird Road Art District. 

There are loads of studios in the art district and artists who are happy to chat about their work.

Exhibitions opening on Saturday night will include: 

A Woman's Perspective, an exhibition that features paintings, sculpture, photography, weavings and collages that address issues faced by contemporary women artists. The roster of exhibiting artists includes Astrid Alcayaga, Laura Luna, Natasha Perdomo, Meg Pukel, Elsa Roberto, Candida Rodriguez, Ana Maria Sarlat and Karen Schnell-Chisholm. The opening will take place at Miguel Rodez Art Project Space, 4229 S.W. 75th Ave. (second floor), Miami. Call 305-799-3898.

Also, Mano Fine Art will present Faded Memory: Tribute to the Pedro Pan Exodus, an exhibition featuring new installations by Mano and photographs of Cuba by Victoria Montoro Zamorano, at 4225 S.W. 75th Ave. (second floor), Miami. Call 305-467-6819 or visit

The second anniversary edition of Bird Road Art Walk will run 7-10 p.m.  For a complete list of studios, visit

Size Scale Repetition at General Practice Miami
Also happening:

Jessy Nite will paint live during Downtown Hollywood Art Walk, 7-10 p.m.

FreedomEXPOSED, described as an interactive journey that's about "relocating our human race, so that we can start regaining our necessary privacy and primal rights," runs 7 p.m. to midnight at The Bubble in Fort Lauderdale. Admission is $7 in advance, $10 at door (includes free drinks). 

Surf Block Party featuring local arts and craft vendors, music by Chris Michaud, Milo Range and Hello Elevator and food vendors runs 7 p.m. to midnight at The Beat Cup Cafe in Delray Beach.

Size Scale Repetition, a five-hour video exhibition with works by Christy Gast, Brookhart Jonquil, Autumn Casey and others, 7 p.m. Saturday at General Practice in Miami. 

Stirring Up the Arts Fashion and Art Show, 7-11 p.m. at LMNT, 59 N.W. 36th St., Miami. Dress code is fashionable and admission is $10.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Artist Opportunities

Vince Herrera is one of the subjects in Barbara M. de Varona's I Am Wynwood series. (Image courtesy of the artist)

∗  Barbara M. de Varona is planning to create I.AM.WYNWOOD, a collection of portraits of artists and artful people who make Wynwood all that it is. "I really would regret leaving anyone out of the series who rightfully should be included, and while I know I cannot create a portrait of every Wynwood face, I can at least aim to include the prominent ones, and respectfully mention others in the write-up for the series," she says of her project. She's asking people to submit suggestions. "I would like to receive all submissions no later than 10/31 and my contact email would be"

Art and Culture Center has some job openings.

 • Ink and Pistons Tattoo Shop is accepting applications for its Insta gallery show that will open 7-11 p.m. Dec. 1. Here's what you must do. Take some awesome photos (use filters or leave untouched); Submit up to five of your best photos by uploading them to Instagram using hashtag #PistonsWP by Nov 19 (Users set to private must email photos to Sign up on Ink and Piston's website for complete artists details.

After that, pics will be hung on the gallery wall and 10 will be selected for framing. Those who attend the opening can use hearts to vote on their faves. The one with the most hearts will get a $100 tattoo gift certificate.

Ink and Pistons has also issued calls to artists for Nerdcore, art inspired by 8bit and video games and anything nerdy (opens Jan. 4, 2013) and Sweet & Sour: My Bloody Valentine, a show about the sweet and sour things love has to offer (opens Feb. 15).

Art House of Delray, where "(305) meets (954) meets (561)"
Art House of Delray, a new art venue billed as "(305) meets (954) meets (561)" seeks artists from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties for an exhibition that will run Nov. 9 through Dec. 28. For info on submitting your art work of all mediums and designs, or to learn more resident studios or wall space, visit Deadline is Oct. 28.

Art House of Delray is also accepting submissions from female artists for an exhibition that will be held during Women's Heart Awareness Month. The exhibition will open on Jan. 4 and the deadline for submissions is Dec. 16. Find details at

A call for entries has been posted for the 2013 DBA: Doing Business As Artist Entrepreneurs Exhibition. Recent works from all Artist Entrepreneur Institute alumni are eligible. The number of works exhibited by each selected artist will depend on the volume and quality of overall entries. The goal is for "a survey, rather than a showcase."... "We envision an exhibit with 30 or more artists, spanning all five years of AEI graduates and all media," organizers note. Entry forms will soon be online at

 It's not too early to start thinking about the Feb. 23-24 Lake Worth Street Painting Festival. Artists must use pastels to produce temporary works. Materials will be provided, but space is limited, and painters are encouraged to sponsor a square with friends or find a business, individual, or organization to sponsor their square. Accepted an artists will be advised of the details for an artist orientation that will take place in early February. On painting days. Before starting to paint, artists will need to check in at the Artists’ Oasis for their assigned space, pastels and a few other items. The Artists’ Oasis will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Download artist application at Application deadline is Jan. 9.

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

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Art of Friday

GALLERY DIET: "A Great Alive" (2012) by Fabienne Lasserre (Image courtesy of Gallery Diet)

Fabienne Lasserre: The Us and The It

The Us and the It, Fabienne Lasserre's second solo exhibition at Gallery Diet features works described as "thin, curvilinear sculptures that have the abstract quality of a line and the tactility of a limb." The works, which feature steel rods wrapped in layers of dyed linen and acrylic polymer wrap, will be exhibited in the main gallery space while the gallery's project room will contain smaller, figure-like works by the artist. The show opens 6-9 p.m. Oct. 19 and runs through Nov. 24 at Gallery Diet, 174 N.W. 23rd St., Miami. Call 305-571-2288 or visit

ART AND CULTURE CENTER: Justin H. Long's Bow Movement

Three closings at Art and Culture Center 

If you haven't seen the latest trio of shows at Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, tonight is your chance to do so at a triple-closing reception that will include Dark and Stormy cocktails, wine beer and tales from seasoned sailors.

Here's the lineup:

Justin H. Long: Bow Movement, a site-specific exhibition in which the Miami artist explores his passion for the sea and sailboat racing with a mixed-media gallery installation that includes "a skeleton of the hull of a 60-foot-long sailboat," sailboat-racing related videos and a map highlighting significant travels by sailboats throughout history. Read Arterpillar's Sun-Sentinel story on Long.

Lori Nozick's "Walkabout" runs through Oct. 21.
(Image courtesy of Art and Culture Center of Hollywood)
Lori Nozick: Walkabout, a site-specific installation that focuses on "the concept of a journey through the wilderness that takes place as an adolescent or young adult. Nozick presents life as a walkabout in which we continually explore the unknown in order to discover one’s self in relationship to the universe."
Alex Trimino: Luminous is an exhibition of the Miami artist's illuminated totem poles covered in crochet, knitting and found objects to reveal "similarities between modern, hi-tech materials (micro-controlled neon lights) and colloquial, lo-tech crafts (crochet, knitting, and weavings.)"

The shows will be on exhibit for the last time from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 19 at Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St. Call 954-921-3274 or visit . Gallery admission is $7 for adults.

Also happening:

 Boynton Beach Civic Center Artist Reception starts at 4 p.m. Friday at Boynton Beach Civic Center.

  The Nightclub Presents: Acoustical Transpositions in a Single Architectural Space, 7-11 p.m. at the Buena Vista Building in Miami.

 • ArtOfficial will perform a free show at 11 p.m. at Will Call in Miami.

 Volunteer meeting for those who want to help out with Day of the Dead in Fort Lauderdale starts at 6:30 p.m.

 Artist Trading Cards Party, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Blu Moon Studio of Art in Miami. Cost: $15 includes materials.

 Moksha Roots Live 2012, a night of art and music, starts at 10 p.m. at 7th Circuit Productions in Miami. Admission is $10.

 Artists Do the Blues, a Betty Wilson production feature blues-inspired works by local artists, a live art demo, food, drinks and music, will open 6-9 p.m. at Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery in Lake Worth.

 • Wendy Boucher's Nine Dragon series, based on her 2010 trip to China, will be shown at Studio 19 in Fort Lauderdale.

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Thursday: 4th Annual Inferno @ Armory Art Center in WPB

4th Annual Inferno and Dark Art Exhibition will feature 20 booths of affordable art, art "demonstrations, performance art, studio tours, raffles to win free classes, and "Dark Art," an  exhibition in which artists explore the all that is sinister, horror-filled, unsettling, vampy or campy. Expect plenty of voodoo and Day of the Dead art works.

Exhibiting artists in the show, which includes sculptures, paintings, photography and crafts, will include Caron Bowman, Nune Asatryan, Bonnie Bruner, Lisa Rockford and nearly 50 others.   

Moska Project will perform at the event and there will also be wine, beer and an appearance by PS561, a food truck with the motto "hot dogs too good for the lunch line."

The festivities take place from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 18 at Armory Art Center, 1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach. Admission is $10. Call 561-832-1776 or visit

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One Struggle: Many Voices @ Undergrounds Coffeehaus

One Struggle: Many Voices runs 8-10 p.m. Oct. 18.
One Struggle: Many Voices is One Struggle South Florida's progressive open mike for acoustic musicians, poets, comedians, crafters and artists who are invited to "Come, show and sell your radical stuff." Works should be small so they can be displayed at the artists table and 45 percent of the money from sold art works will go towards One Struggle, mainly for newspaper printing costs. Artists should contact Requested donation: $5.

Theevent runs 8-10 p.m. Oct. 18 and the event will continue to be held on the third Thursday of each month through 2012 at Undergrounds Coffeehaus, 3020 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-630-1900 or visit

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Tonight: Breezin' Through BBAD (Boynton Beach Art Disctrict)

Breezin' Through the Arts marks the return of the third Thursday Trolley Tours in Boynton Beach Art District.

Stops will include: Art Sea Living Gallery, which will have demonstrations, entertainment and hands-on projects in progress, and ActivistArtistA Gallery which will have its current exhibition and the Bay Gates Project murals on display and will also host an open mic featuring Maggie Baugh, Spencer Allan Patrick, Mike DeMario and others (7-10 p.m.).

Artful Dreamers, which offering paintings and yoga, will also be on the tour, as will  Beachcomber Art (shells, mermaids etc.).

Catch the trolley which will do a continuous loop from 5-7 p.m. from Two Georges, 728 Casa Loma Blvd., Boynton Beach.

The last trolley leaves Two Georges at 7 p.m. Tickets ($22 for adults and $11 for children) are available at Two Georges or through

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

All is fair at Project 924

John Sanchez's "Family Outing" on exhibit at Project 924 (Image courtesy of ArtCenter/South Florida)
Project 924, a second-floor venue described as an interdisciplinary project space for innovative and experimental exhibitions, will open tonight at ArtCenter/South Florida with As The Ferris Wheel Turns. The inaugural exhibition, which uses the carnival as the backdrop for "a universal story of life, love and loss," includes works by Anthony Ardavin, Katerina Friderici, Hugo Moro, John Sanchez and Damian Sarno.

Opening night festivities will include a game Alexander Guerra created to give away some of his new Hybrid Bunnies works. All people must do is hit the bullseye two out of three times, and anyone who's ever been to a carnival knows how easy that is, or at least how easy it looks.

The Amazing Ultran: David Rohn
(Image courtesy of ArtCenter/South Florida)
As The Amazing Ultran, David Rohn, will simulate one of the automatic fortune tellers that were once so popular at fairs, carnivals, boardwalks and piers. Regina Jestrow, founder of Barter Patching Project, will sew on patches in return for goods or services, which may include a small art work, craft supplies, a coffee or a cocktail or even writing, studio assistance or a boat ride. Members of The New World Symphony will perform, as will artists Octavio Campos and Ana Mendez.

Also (because what's a carnival without sweat), works from the SWEAT Broadsheet Collection will be on exhibit in the 924 Vitrine. The exhibition will consist of broadsheets selected by visual artists and writers who paired to create 12-print editions (writing and visual art) that explore the broadly defined theme of sweat (the complete project will be on view at Centre Gallery at Miami-Dade College's Wolfson Campus.)

As the Ferris Wheel Turns, curated by Susan Caraballo, will open 6-10 p.m. Oct. 17 at Project 924 (second floor of ArtCenter/South Florida, 924 Lincoln Road) and run through Nov. 18.

While you're at ArtCenter, check out Adriana Carvalho's "101 Dresses" in ArtCenter's Richard Shack Gallery. You can read my story about Carvalho and her solo show in the Sun-Sentinel.

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