Friday, November 30, 2012

Local spotlight: InstaGallery at Ink & Pistons in WPB

Katya Neptune's Instragram will appear in Ink and Pistons
 What do sneakers, carnival rides, a Royal typewriter, a lollipop and a kaleidoscope have in common? Not much, but they're all depicted in photos that will hang in "InstaGallery," a group exhibition at the West Palm Beach art gallery and tattoo shop Ink and Pistons.

The show is a good fit for the venue, which opened this past July. Amanda Linton, who co-owns Ink and Pistons with her husband, tattoo artist and painter JR Linton, says the show helps to achieve her ongoing goal to get more people involved in the arts. "You don't really have to consider yourself an artist to be part of an Instagram show," she says. "Everybody right now is obsessed with Instagram, I think, partly because people want to peek into people's lives and see what they're doing."

Instagram, a free app with more than 100 million registered users, allows people to enhance photos (taken on an iPhone or Android) using a variety of filters, and instantly share these photos via Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.

On Saturday night, Ink and Pistons will exhibit more than 600 Instagram images, all of which were received in a call to Instagrammers and printed as professional-quality 4x4 photos.

Finish reading Arterpillar's story in the Sun-Sentinel.

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Local spotlight: Hilda Vazquez

Musicians Series Volume 1: The Art of Hilda Vazquez (All images courtesy of the artist)

Musicians Series Volume 1: The Art of Hilda Vazquez unites two of the Fort Lauderdale artist's favorite passions: music and art. As a youth, Vazquez studied music with her mother, a piano teacher, and took clarinet lessons in school. Even as she pursued art in college, she continued to be influenced by music which she says has always been a family thing. "My aunt was a recording artist in the '50s and '60s, and my cousins either played or sang," she says. "Music was always around. Though I never made a career from it, it is a constant influence in my work." 

Joel DaSilva by Hilda Vazquez
"We have such amazing musicians here in Florida that are touring nationally and internationally so this series is really about highlighting them," she says. "Other pieces in the series all have ties to Florida in some way. I hope to showcase and highlight the talented musicians I've crossed paths with in my life, as well as those whose music has inspired me along the way."

Her subjects include: blues guitarist JP Soars; Ohio-baed touring jazz and blues musician Wade Baker; Rebecca Dawkins of The Noveaux Honkies; Nashville bassist, instructor, composer, and producer Kevin Simonelic; Stefano Rotati, drummer for Joel DaSilva and the Midnight Howl, and DaSilva, whose band will travel to Memphis in February to represent South Florida and the South Florida Blues Society at the 2013 International Blues Challenge.

Vazquez also will pay tribue to her aunt, Ana Vazquez a.k.a. Nita Del Pino (her stage name) with a collection of images from her band's tour days in the 50's and 60's and some of her album covers.

When not exhibiting or working as senior designer for South Florida Business Journal, Vazquez, who had her first solo show at a Davie coffeehouse in 1997, paints live at music festivals and venues such as Green Room. She also regularly donates works to charities including Surfers for Autism and The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research.

Nita Del Pino by Hilda Vazquez
In addition to sharing her works, she enjoys sharing the limelight, so what she initially intended as the debut of her musician series has now turned into an all-out bash. "The more I thought about it, I wanted to make it a party — a celebration of art and music combined, since without one I wouldn't have created the other," she notes. "So I called a few friends (also artists and photographers) and said 'I have a venue, let's all show our music-inspired work."

Her exhibiting friends will include Vena Paylo, Gina Bentivegna, Coma Girl, Jim Zielinski, Kathy Hunt, Pay Aponte, Manolo Del Valle, Kristina DaSilva and Randy Lay. Additionally, a few of the people who are depicted in her paintings will take the stage, as Joel DaSilva and The Midnight Howl will perform, as will Dooms De Pop and Pterodactyl Sleepover.

DaSilva, who says that he and his wife Kristina already have a portrait Vazquez painted of them hanging in their apartment, is looking forward to the show

"Hilda has a keen eye into the details of the soul of a person," Joel DaSilva says. "She really brings out who the person is in her paintings, and breathes life and love into her art. When you talk to her, shes a bubbly positive person and it shows in her art. I really hope she does well. she really deserves it."

Even as she debuts Musician Series: Volume I, which she's been working on for a few years, Vazquez is plotting the next series.

Meanwhile, you can check out her Volume 1, as well as the works of many of her friends, on Saturday night.

As Vazquez puts it, "Art is incredibly personal. Sharing it with others puts everything you are and feel on display. I hope people walk away feeling something. There's no need to always understand it ... just feel."

Musician Series Volume I: The Art of Hilda Vazquez starts at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at The Bubble, 810 N.E. 4th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Admission is $10. Call 954-562-3804 or visit

FRIDAY: Eleazar Delgado's Sunshine Culture debuts

Elezar Delgado's Sunshine Culture will debut Nov. 30 at Eleazar Delgado Studio. (Photo courtesy of the artist)
Eleazar Delgado Studio
2703 N.W. Second Ave., Miami, 305-814-6588,

Sunshine Culture, a new collection of works by Eleazar Delgado, was inspired by South Florida living.

VP Operations Joshua Kingston and Delgado, when he was still working on the series
(Photo by Arterpillar)
Here are the thoughts at the core of his exhibition, in the artist's own words: "My new Sunshine Culture collection lives in the 1920's, the roaring 20's, because it was in that time that Miami became 'The Magic City.' Miami’s population nearly quadrupled and the swamp became a city almost overnight. It was the city's first real estate bubble and even after the big 1926 hurricane, it kept growing nonstop ever since, just like the mangroves.

"Women are depicted in this collection as the force that influenced the city’s growth, it is not by chance that Miami was founded by a woman, Julia Tuttle, a lot of female investors came to the Magic City and trusted their gut to settle in Miami. Families built their winter homes and sent their kids to school in the warmth of the tropics. The city is covered with the names of these women that broke the rules and Miami gave them a chance of a new life.

"Sunshine Culture celebrates the joy of life, that time that you take just to enjoy yourself. Miami has been that for me, just you and the beauty of its surroundings and sharing it with others."

Sunshine Culture will debut 7-10 p.m. Nov. 30. The show is a benefit for Gene Spotlight. Attendees must RSVP to

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

FRIDAY: Palm Beach County artists exhibit at Harold's Coffee Lounge

Monica McGivern's "Be" (Photo courtesy of the artist)
Harold's Coffee Lounge
509 Northwood Road
West Palm Beach, 561-833-6366,

Artists of Palm Beach County is an exhibition that will include works by Detourbutterfly, Paul Caprio, Rolando Chang Barrero, Karen McGovern and Monica McGivern, who will exhibit some of her work done with analog cameras including Polaroid Spectra, and the Polaroid SX-70. "The actual Polaroids will be on exhibit, which offer the viewer an introspective experience perfect in combination with the Harold's Coffee atmosphere," she says. "It's art you can sip inspiration from." The show opens 6-9 p.m. Nov. 30 and runs through Dec. 25.

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FRIDAY: Double opener at Gallery Diet

Martijn Hendriks 12 Glowing Men 2008 Single channel video (Photo courtesy of Gallery Diet)
 Gallery Diet

174 N.W. 23rd St., Miami, 305-571-2288,

Khamsa-izm, a show organized by artist Nicolas Lobo, is named for "the ancient hand-shaped amulet used to ward off the evil eye." The exhibition will feature work by Kenneth Tam, Alyse Emdur, Oliver Laric, Harun Farocki, Bill Daniel, Emmett Moore. Gean Moreno, Martijn Hendriks and Ernesto Oroza, all of whom have made work that addresses four questions: "What are the moral qualities of the hand? Does the eye have the ability to project good or evil? Can the powers of the hand be perpetuated through mechanical reproduction? If a machine can see, can it act as a surrogate, projecting negative feelings through its eye?" The exhibition will open 7-9 p.m. Nov. 30 in the Project Room and run through Dec. 31.

"The Working Day," a solo exhibition by Ohad Meromi
(Image courtesy of Gallery Diet)
The Working Day is a solo exhibition in which Ohad Meromi, who typically uses architecture and figural elements in his work, is "revising this relationship between architecture/installation and the figurative, allowing for the figures to become the architecture, and so assigning them the role of creating that potential-filled ‘new place,’" the artist notes in a statement about his work. "Grouping a number of figurative works in the gallery space – each treated as a freestanding piece but thought of together as The Gravediggers – I seek to address issues of class and the distinctions made between the individual and the collective.” The show opens 7-9 p.m. Nov. 30 in Gallery Diet's main gallery and runs through Dec. 31. Extended Basel hours are 10 a.m to 7 p.m. Dec. 3 through 8.

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FRIDAY: Irreversible Mag's Closing Reception

Cafeina Wynwood Lounge
297 N.W. 23rd St., Miami, 305-438-0792,

Irreversible Magazine Exhibition features the artists selected for the December 2012 issue by a panel that included Bernice Steinbaum, Carol Damian, Alejandro Mendoza, Lunch Box Gallery directors Rodolfo Vanmarcke and Elaine Minionis, art critic Carlos Suarez de Jesus and Armando Colina of Arvil Gallery, Mexico. Selected artists include

Participating artists include cover winner Edwin Villasmil, Kathy Kissik, Lori Nozick and Noah David Bau, Carlos Caballero, Alejandra MendozaMarina Font, Aimee Hertog, Alexios Avlamis, Amber Quimby, Astolfo Funes, Clara Varas, Aida Tejada, Cynthia Patrick, Ernesto Kunde, JeanPaul Mallozzi, Jon McIntosh, Katiuska Gonzalez, Marcelo Daldoce, Mariusz Navratil, Patricia Schnall Gutierrez, PJ Mills, Tania Marmolejo, Todd Britingham, Chika Matsuda and Kerri Corser.

The exhibition will close with a reception that starts at 6 p.m. Nov. 30 and will feature an interactive performance by Patricia Schnall Gutierrez.and sounds by DJ Skitty and Remy Noise.

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THURSDAY: Bridges @ Brisky Gallery

Brisky Gallery
130 N.W. 24th St., Miami, 786-409-3585,

Bridges, a contemporary art show featuring local and international artists, will mark the grand opening of the gallery, which has German origins and provides a bridge between street artists and galleries.

The exhibition, curated by Luis Valle, will include works by Miami artists Trek 6, Alex Yanes, CP1, SK545, Diana Contreras, Cristina Isabel Rivera and Kazilla as well as German artists Jörg Döring, Werner Lehman, Kristiane Semar and Jordi Gomez (Spain), Karin Vermeer (Netherlands) and Andras Bartos (Hungary). The show will open with a performance by Afrobeta 7-11 p.m. Nov. 29 and there will be a second reception, 7-11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

THURSDAY: A Proud and Soaring Thing

"77th Street II" by Chicago artist Matt Woodward (Photo courtesy of Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery)
Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery
Broward College, 3501 SW Davie Road, Davie, 954-201-6984,

A Proud and Soaring Thing, a solo exhibition by Chicago artist Matt Woodward, will feature "monumental graphite drawings dealing with the cycle of loss and revival, the American city, and its obsessive attempts to rebuke and abandon its history. Through the use of a reductive drawing technique, Woodward consciously mirrors the push and pull of deconstructing and reconstructing the experience of space as we come to remember and forget." The exhibition will open 6-9 p.m. Nov. 29 (including an 8 p.m. artist lecture) and run through Jan. 23.

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THURSDAY: Ahol Sniffs Glue's Snipers opens in Wynwood

"Transformer 305" by Ahol Sniffs Glue
(Image courtesy of the artist)
Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art
2239 N.W. Second Ave., Miami, 305-205-9089,


Snipers, Ahol Sniffs Glue's new solo exhibition, is somewhat of a departure from his previous works. The work of the Hialeah-born artist, who is well-known for painting the droopy eyes that he has said tell the stories of Miami's hardest working individuals, has continued to evolve. But recently he began making plush toys that are hand-sewn, hand-stuffed and creepy.

"I have been taking cellphone pictures for a while and chopping them up on my phone," Ahol explains. "People really started liking the odd creations I was making and for the last show I had a digital canvas made of some of the images. People liked them so I wanted to see how I could further it."

"Murder Bags" by Ahol Sniffs Glue
(Image courtesy of the artist)
Around that time, he says, his neighbors ( introduced him to fabric which led to the idea of plush toys. "It was basically a way to take these images and bring them into a creepy 3D existence."

Snipers, the title of the resulting exhibition refers to the cell phone pics. As explained in a press release about the show, "Snipers are images of everyday people, places, events and occurrences that most people never pay attention to. 'Sniped' spontaneously on a cell phone, unbeknownst to the subject, and completely cropped, and digitally manipulated by applications on a cell phone, the images are then turned into three-dimensional soft sculptures which the artist calls 'plush toys' or peluches.'"

The toys are meant to capture the essence of Ahol's interactions with his city and preserve moments that would otherwise be lost after they occurred.

Ahol prints each image, matches it with fabric (on front and back) and then stuffs and sews the work into a plush toy about life in Miami as he sees it. 

"Cheetah Creepah" by Ahol Sniffs Glue
 (Image courtesy of the artist)
Despite the term "plush toys," the gallery advises that there is strong imagery associated with the exhibition. They would also like people to know that the toys can be won, and that guests should bring quarters.

"There are 100 one-of-a-kind toys for sale ... hand packaged," Ahol explains. "It's $300 for one, $500 for two and $600 for three. There's a claw machine with miscellaneous treasures. One dollar to test your luck. Bring quarters to play."

Be on the lookout for Ahol, especially if he's carrying his cell phone. Considering his new medium, you could wind up shot and stuffed for his next show.

Snipers will open 7-11 p.m. Nov. 29 and run through Dec. 9. After the opening, there will be an after-party at Vagabond, 30 N.E. 14th St., Miami. 

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TONIGHT: Meet the artists behind Pop-Up Piano Miami

Pop-Up Piano Miami 2012

Pop-Up Piano Miami, a public art project presented by Steinway & Sons in Miami, will feature eight pianos, each of which has been transformed into works of art by creative people selected from a call to artists held earlier this year.

The finished pianos will be placed on the streets of Wynwood during Art Basel (Dec. 6 through 9) and in  between scheduled "pop-up performances" by various musicians, passersby will have the opportunity to play their hearts out. It should be interesting, because what talented pianist, even if they haven't played for years, can walk by an empty piano bench parked in front of a piano that's so inviting?

Ivan Roque transformed this piano that will be in Pop-Up Piano Miami.
After Basel week, the pianos will be given to local charities where PUPM will work to implement or expand programs music programs and workshops.

Pop Up Piano Miami will kick off with a pre-Basel mixer, where guests can meet the artists who turned the pianos into works of art at an event that will include treats from Patty Cakes Cupcakes and cocktails from Deep Eddy Vodka. The artists for Pop-Up Piano Miami 2012 are Ruben Ubiera, Wase One, Alexander Mijares, Desiree Kawass, Federico Carosio III, Ivan Roque, Rodrigo Gaya and Ross Von Rosenberg.

The mixer runs 7-9 p.m. Nov. 28 at Miami Iron Side, 7600 N.E. Fourth Court, Miami. Admission is free but attendees must register via (form is at bottom of page below the flyer).

Pop Up Piano Miami will also have a fundraising concert to benefit Friends of the New World Symphony and the Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra. The event will feature a preview of the finished pianos before they hit the streets, performances by Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna, rock jazz pianist Elew, and beats by DJ Yissel Cabrera a.k.a. DJ YSL and a silent auction of donated gifts.

The fundraiser runs 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at The Perry South Beach Hotel, 2377 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets are $100 and will includes passed hors d'oeuvres and Grey Goose cocktails. Purchase them on Eventbrite.

For more Basel-related events, check out Arterpillar's Basel Basel Basel guide.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

FLASHBACK: Art Scavenger Hunt


Art Scavenger Hunt was totally fun as usual.

As we arrived around 7:30 p.m. some of the artists were just hitting the streets to hide their works. 

A crowd had already begun gathering at Laser Wolf and some were more prepared than others. One woman wore a flashlight on her head miner-style, while another sported gloves and carried a long stick to poke into the bushes. We saw a man in what appeared to be his lucky hunting hat, and Charlotte Sundquist even brought her own ladder. 
ART SCAVENGER HUNT: Waiting for the maps.

Once the maps went out, everyone was off and running. Squeals of delight echoed down back alleys as people poking through bushes and peering into dumpsters found hidden works which included paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures.

One small work was really high up on a building, sitting atop a window covering. Two people were throwing something up there to try to knock it down and finally, it fell to the ground and was swooped up. Another art work was on the edge of a roof on the other side of a barbed write fence. Initially, people were using sticks to try to reach it, but then a guy started to climbed the fence with the rows of barbed wire atop it. I couldn't look anymore so I don't know how that story ended.

Look what I found!
It's easy to miss things. so seeing someone poking around bushes and coming away empty-handed doesn't mean you shouldn't try it. I kept poking around in this one thick bush, feeling sure there was something in there, and seconds after I abandoned it, someone jumped in there and emerged with a fabulous find.

I continued making my way down the alley, turning over old boards and looking into every nook and cranny. Outside a bay door, I spotted a rusty old paint can lid that everyone was passing right on by. I turned it over and found a paintbrush stuck to it. The color of the lid and the paint still on the brush was handicapped-parking-lot-stripe blue ... just like the bikes from the Blue Bike Project, an adventure I've followed and loved for years.

I treasure my find and after heading back to Laser Wolf, got it signed by the Blue Bike Project and Art Scavenger Hunt founder Steve Sticht, who pointed out the little hole in the brush that makes the work perfect for hanging.

We also found an unopened envelope that read "Moxie Nox photo" on the outside. Inside was a picture taken at a carnival. It's a silhouette of a ferris wheel and some other rides. I was unable to find the artist outside Laser Wolf ... but thanks Moxie!!

I did find Charlotte Sundquist standing behind her giant find. The artist who made it, Brandon Webb, said he also had another large work, which was four feet on each side, in the hunt. Asked how one can hide something that big, Webb said he turned the work around and wrote "Garage Sale" on the back of it.
Charlotte Sundquist and her finds ....

Later, we found Sundquist standing beside her car with her very large art work. It was just a few inches short of being able to fit in her vehicle. Fortunately, Webb learned of her dilemma and offered to deliver it.

It was a fun night and best I can tell, even those who didn't find any work, seemed to be having fun.

Above is a slide show with some pics, as well as some photos I took in F.A.T. Village before heading to the hunt. I took many more, too, but my camera doesn't do so well with night photography, so these are the ones I could salvage. Sorry if some are a tad blurry.

To read the accompanying descriptions, click the lower right hand corner of the slide show ... and then click on "show info" (at top) so you can read the text for each ...  or simply view the Flickr set.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Local spotlight: Misoo Filan

Boca Raton artist Misoo Filan (Photo courtesy of the artist)

"Surrounded," Misoo Filan's large acrylic and mixed media on panel, depicts a woman lying on her back naked in a sepia-toned forest. Atop her, with one leg on either side of her belly is a baby sucking on her breast.

"Twinkle Twinkle" by Misoo Filan
The eyes of the woman, whose long hair is flowing around her head, look skyward. Deer, cows, ducks and other animals, some brightly colored, stand by watching as the baby seems to be sucking the last bit of energy from her exhausted mother's body.

The work addresses Filan's concerns about taking care of herself so she can continue to care for her 3-year-old daughter.

"One of my fears is: What if I die? What if I get hurt or am immobile? Who's going to take care of Lily?" the 32-year-old Boca Raton artist reveals. "So I made these imaginary animals around me, like I was calling them. They're not real, so I made them unrealistic colors and sizes and was asking them to come and please help her."

Filan, who is part of "Tap Into Miniature," a group exhibit that has been showing at The Art Place Wynwood in Miami, began turning to her art in a time of need at age 18. She had been living with her father in Korea for most of her life, and when he died, she had to move to New Jersey to live with her mother, a woman she says she didn't know very well.

Finish reading Arterpillar's Sun-Sentinel story on Misoo Filan.

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THE ART OF SUNDAY: Local art shopping

Omark A. Pagán's "Cool Cat" at Yo Space's Average Joe Art Sale (Image courtesy of Yo Space)
Yo Space
294 N.E. 62nd St., Miami,,

Average Joe Art Sale: Instant Gratification Edition will feature yet another fresh batch of artists, all of whom will be selling works for $250 or less (though resident artists may have more expensive work in their studios). The roster this time around includes resident artists Kazilla, Lorie Setton, Vince "BadPanda" Herrera and visiting artists Alex Yanes, Ulises Baine, Ivan Rogue, James Brutus, Ernesto Kunde, Barbara M. de Varona, Teepop, Natalia Molina, Omark A. Pagán and MarcPaperScissor.

Also on-site: Jolt Radio, Los Chamos Food Truck and TML (Touching Miami With Love) , which will be on-site selling $40 painted plates to raise money for Art That Feeds, an initiative that provides food for 35 underprivileged kids in Overtown. The show runs 3 to 9 p.m. Nov. 25.

Small Stuff 6 opens with vegan treats and mimosas 1-5 p.m. Nov. 25
Bear and Bird Gallery
Upstairs at Tate’s, 4566 N. University Drive, Lauderhill, 954-748-0181,

Small Stuff 6 opens 1-5 p.m. Nov. 25 with a Sunday brunch featuring free vegan treats from Half-Baked Goods, mimosas and small art works from Amanda Valdes, Brandy Rumiez, Crowded Teeth, Danielle "Knee" Estefan, Erika Taguchi, Danny Brito, John Kissee, Helena Garcia, Sara Leigh and others.

Unlike at other Bear and Bird shows, purchased works can be taken home immediately, so the only way to see the show in its entirety is to attend the opening or check out the online archive. The exhibition, or whatever is left of it, will run through Jan. 12.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

THE ART OF SATURDAY: Art Scavenger Hunt, Itty Bitty Blazar, Kris Starry & Invi and F.AT. Village Art Walk

Early December may be all about Miami Basel-ness, but the Saturday after Thanksgiving belongs to downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Put your sneakers on so you can run as fast as your legs will carry you to find all the art that will be hidden during Art Scavenger Hunt ... and to run from one show to another. Saturday is also F.A.T. Village Art Walk, The Kris Starry and INVI Collab Party at Green Room and Itty Bitty Blazar Gala at The Bubble in Fort Lauderdale.

Hard Work 2 by Steve Sticht
2012 Art Scavenger Hunt 

2012 Art Scavenger Hunt is what locals know as that special Saturday-after-Thanksgiving tradition, whereby Steve Sticht, of local Blue Bike Project fame, makes loads of art works (see above) and rounds up many of his artist friends to do the same. They meet in Fort Lauderdale (this year, outside Laser Wolf, a neighborhood bar that serves craft beers, wine and sake) and hide their works in bushes, trees, on fences, under rocks, down back alleys, wherever they can find within the designated surrounding area.

The public is invited to come and find the art (a two-work limit for each finder, please) and then  return to the point of origin to meet the artists, who will be on hand to sign the works before the finders take them home.

Chief art hunt founder, hider and mapmaker Steve Sticht
Arrive promptly by 8 p.m. with your flashlight, wear good running shoes, get your map (they'll be distributed at start time) and run as fast as your legs will carry you to look for art by local artists who contribute works for the event.

This year's growing roster of artists includes Sticht, Francesco Lo Castro, Katya Neptune, Terribly Odd, Jill Weisberg, Richard Aguillon, Mondo Arroyo, CM Brennan, Jason Cabello, Colin Christian, Sas Christian, Lowell Donofrio/Jinx Remover, Drea Sylvester (Dreaone Art), Adam Forero, Gwen Gersich, Keegan Hitchcock, Chuck Loose, Iron Forge Press, Jacqui May, N! Satterfield, Todd Nolan, Jasper Cash, Dunn Nolan, Moxie Nox, Oleander & Mint, HR, Andrew Sticht, Tahmis, Richard Vergez, Roy Walkes, Brandon Webb, Morgan Whitworth and Matt Zacharias. A work by Purvis Young will also be hidden.

Don't even try to be snitching hidden art before the maps go out, or taking more than two works of art (that's the limit and hoarding is off limits.

Friends of the hunt will be wandering the streets and violators if caught, will be photographed and exposed online. Remember, no one likes a loser who cheats and tries to ruin one of Fort Lauderdale's best (and free) Thanksgiving weekend traditions.

Now that you know all that, remember that art can be anywhere. Leave no stone unturned, but do be careful. Last year, Sticht encountered a guy with a cut arm and bloodied shirt. "Some girls wanted a piece that was high on a pole and he climbed up a chain link fence and caught himself on it – but he was so happy to get it for them and was showing off his little wound."

Then, the bloodied hunter apparently made his way back to Laser Wolf to meet the artists, most of whom are on hand to sign the works. You have to look for them, though, and may have to ask around a bit, as they're not always all in one place.

"It's not like we have a section with just the artists sitting there," Sticht says. "It never gets that organized. It's just mayhem after the maps go out."

Art Scavenger Hunt starts at 8 p.m. Nov. 24 at Laser Wolf, 901 Progresso Drive, #101, Fort Lauderdale. Call Steve at 954-249-8484, visit or read Arterpillar's Sun-Sentinel story on the hunt.

Pocket of Lollipops @ The Bubble (Image courtesy of Pocket of Lollipops)
Itty Bitty Blazar Gala

Itty Bitty Blazar Gala Part IV will feature vintage items, performances, accessories, body painters, art and  a fashion show and "musical experience" titled Fashion Through the Ages. Artists include Janette Valentine, Todd Nolan, Kelcie McQuaid, Jen Locane, Sean Murdock, Jonathan Dvoretz, Valyn Calhoun and others.

The event, featuring music by Pocket of Lollipops, The Waves, Whiskey River Baptism, Dooms De Pop and Mask Era, runs 7 p.m. to midnight Nov. 24 at The Bubble, 810 N.E. Fourth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-562-3804 or visit

justin "Invi" Vilonna (pictures) will exhibit with photographer Kris Starry in a show of collaborations and individual works (Image courtesy of the artist)
Green Room: Models, Burlesque Dancers and Zombies 

Kris Starry's photo of Serena Magnetta
Kris Starry & INVI Collab Party will feature collaborative works by Kris Starry, who does themed photo sessions with local artists, burlesque dancers and other models, many of them tattooed and body-painted, and Justin  INVI Vilonna who draws and paint zombies and monsters. The artists, both of whom were recently featured in WeMerge Magazine, will show their collaborations (a blend of both artist's work) and each will show works of their own as well. See the slide show above for a little preview.

This is Starry and INVI's second annual collab show. The first, titled Super Fab Co-Lab Party was held last October at Kevro's Art Bar in Delray Beach. Their Green Room show is a little bigger.

The timing is good for Vilonna, who has been drawing since high school, and became a full-time artist five months ago. Prior to that, he worked at a bank and spent his lunch breaks nuking his Lean Cuisine and eating it really fast so he could draw.

"If I wasn't done my lunch within the half hour my boss would yell at me so I'd try to get [one drawing] done and I started posting them," he recalls. "It was funny because I'd go to events and people were like 'Oh you're the lunchtime guy ... That's kind of your big 'F You' to the establishment,' and I'm like, 'Oh OK, I just wanna draw without someone yelling at me."

Now, he's doing his art full-time. "I'm not Benjamin Buttons," he says. "I'm not getting any younger so I might as well try this while I have the time, and thank God my wife is in full support of me."

"'97," one of his collaborations in the show, reflects his feelings about that. Named for the Alkaline Trio song, it depicts a goofy-looking zombie-like guy with a pin-up girl in the background (reflecting him and his wife) and the song lyrics "I don't deserve this" written around the zombie's head.

While the song lyrics are about a breakup, and not deserving a thorn "the size of a Cadillac," Vilonna's work is about not deserving something so good. "I know a lot of people are struggling and want to pursue their dreams,  and I'm really blessed," he says. "I honestly never thought I would see the day I was doing this."

The exhibition will open with a party that includes fire dancers, a performance by Killmama, burlesque by The Reckless Dames, and DJ sets by Andie Sweetswirl. The four-hour bash starts at 10 p.m. Nov. 24 and the work will remain on exhibit through Dec. 1 at Green Room, 109 S.W. Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Admission to the opening is $5, and the first 30 guests will receive a free print, made especially for this event. Call 954-449-1030 or visit

Jane Tracy's solo exhibition will be on display at Project Fine Art during F.A.T. Village Art Walk (Image courtesy of Project Fine Art)
F.A.T. Village Art Walk

F.A.T. Village Art Walk will feature: Circus Basura, which offers a circus-like atmosphere and a 10 p.m. fashion show;  artist Jane Tracy's solo exhibition at Project Fine Art; Small Works, Large Concepts, a five-artist exhibition at World and Eye; the Flagler Community Garden debut at Tandem Gallery; an interactive tree-trimming event and exhibit by Leah Brown and Peter Symons at Socially Engaged Gallery, GPK Crew's 20th anniversary exhibition at Rolling Stock Gallery; new work from the Kentuck Festival at Samsara Folk Art Gallery; Nocturnes II at The Projects North and many other open galleries and studios.

F.A.T. Village Art Walk, which takes place just west of Andrews Avenue between Northwest Fourth Avenue and Northwest Sixth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, runs 7-11 p.m. Saturday. For more details, visit

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Art of Friday

Cagando Al Reves, a site-specific installation by 3PQ Collective, opens Nov. 23 ay 6th Street Container.
(Image courtesy of 3PQ Collective)
Cagando Al Reves, a site-specific installation by 3PQ Collective (Sinisa Kukec, Stephan Tugrul and Freddy Jouwayed), will open at 6th Street Container in Little Havana.

Here's the lowdown on the collective, as put by the collective in its statement: "To go beyond our means and bodies, 3PQ seeks to transport itself from a static landscape into a fluid, real time continuum, a sort of momentary bliss of genuine discovery and refusal, lines erase, transverse or scale infinitely as pixels on a screen. Overlapping layers of perception, fears and stolen moments recombine in a united effort, blurring the line between the individual participants towards
a collective organism. 

"What remains is the physical memory of the collaborative exchange. In essence 3PQ is a social experiment. One that could be never be planned or contrived. It is steered by establishing dates and inviting others to  participate. What happens at these gatherings is a product momentary interaction
where words mean something only if they are drawn or expressed in a visual vernacular."

The installation will open 7-10 p.m. Nov. 23 and run through Dec. 14 at 6th Street Container Alternative Art Space, 1155 S.W. Sixth St., Miami. Call 786-587-5279 or visit

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Art of Tuesday: First Annual Art Fest

Martin Casuso will speak tonight after Art Club of Broward College North Campus's First Annual Art Fest
(Image courtesy of the artist)
First Annual Art Fest by the Art Club of Broward College North Campus features a student art exhibition with paintings, drawings, ceramics and functional items such as mugs, bowls and other potential gift items.

There will also be a collaborative art installation (visitors are welcome to participate), live art demonstrations and a food and beverage sale to raise money for future art club activities and events.

The events, which take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 20, will be followed by a 6:30 p.m. talk by Martin Casuso, an artist who uses home-based crafts and thrift store items to make conceptual works of art. Read Arterpillar's story on Casuso. (It ran in October when he was showing work in Appropriated Gender at 1310 Gallery).

The First Annual Art Fest and Casuso's talk will take place at Broward North Regional Library, 1000 Coconut Creek Blvd., Room 154, Coconut Creek, 954-201-2662

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Artist Opportunities

Post-Apocalypse Santa art, including paintings, illustrations, photography, sculpture and mixed media, are needed for a Santa-Con Art Show that will open with bands, a DJ set by Andie Sweetswirl and drink specials, at 10 p.m. Dec. 22 at Green Room in Fort Lauderdale. Each artist may exhibit one to three pieces or one oversized piece. Art, which must be labeled on back with artist's name, contact info and price, must be delivered 6-9 p.m. Dec. 19 and picked up 6-9 p.m. Jan. 2. Artists should contact Gina at

Local Artists Coming Together is accepting submissions for a series of collectible artist trading cards called “Local Art” (Series III). The theme is “Self Portraits” and the goal is to inspire/expand the local art scene through a partnership with local businesses. 50 submissions will be chosen and each selected artists will receive 17 sets of the cards. The rules on entering can be found on the Facebook event page. Submission deadline is midnight Dec. 31.

Miami's Independent Thinkers seeks "painters, photographers, filmmakers, sculptors, animators, writers, musicians, performance and new media artists. There is a $35 entry fee for up to four images, $5 for each additional image. $35 entry fee for film, animation and performance submissions. Payment is accepted via PayPal. Cash may be accepted but must be handled in person." Deadline is midnight Nov. 20. Find all the details at

Applications are being accepted for the City-Wide Holiday Extravaganza to be held Dec. 1 and 2 at War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale. 


3rd Annual Travulous & Friends Spread Cosmic Cheer Holiday Market & Intergalactic Musical needs artists, vendors and creative people who are interested in participating in the five-hour party that starts at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at The Bubble in Fort Lauderdale. E-mail Rachel DeJohn at or Vendor fees range from $30 to $40 and vendors forms can be downloaded.

Intake for Parker Playhouse Fine Art Gallery Show is 11:15 to 1 p.m. Nov. 20. E-mail for more info. 

Artists are sought for a Quentin Tarantino Art Show that will accompany present by Green Room and Black Fridays in honor of "Django Unchained," the latest Quintin Tarantino flick set for release on Christmas day. The party, which starts at 10 p.m. Dec. 28,  will feature music, art and burlesque performances inspired by Tarantino films including Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs and Inglorious Bastards. Each artist can display 1-3 works that are ready to hang (no double-sided tape please). Art must be delivered 6-9 p.m. Dec. 26 and be picked up 6-9 p.m. Jan. 9. Confirmed artists so far include Rosario Psy, Jah Linx, Lauck Ward, Pamela Otto, Dibbie Jane, Mr. Babes, Sonja Santiago, Leah Borja, Jonathan Vinazza, Monky, Keshaunda Parrish. Interested artists should contact Gina at

The Good Wall is an outdoor gallery of murals located at the Goodwill store at 982 S.W. Eighth St., Miami. For artists who want to participate, here are some guidelines: Art works should relate to "Goodwill, which is to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families"  or "the positive aspects of Little Havana and its culture" and be "family-friendly." The art should be original, completed within two weeks and contain no logos or protruding elements,  Proposed sketches should be sent to Find more info at

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I took a few hours this weekend to catch up on reading some local art blogs. As usual, I brought back some links to blog posts, articles, videos etc. It's kind of a mish-mash of random art-related things ... so here it is ... Mish-Mash Monday.

One of several pics posted recently on Amy Gross's blog, Amy Looks Closer.
Amy Gross shared some of her usual, incredibly gorgeous pics, these taken in Palm Beach County.

In a post titled Licking my wounds: The art of rejection, artist Nolan Haan discusses rejection and how to put that in perspective

In case you missed Art District Magazine's Q&A with Clandestine Culture.  ...

Art Is About posts the video of Antonia Wright and Ruben Millares's video, Love on an Escalator. It's about kissing public and how the public reacts.

"I Can Has Compliments?" by Barbara M. de Varona
Barbara M. de Varona writes about the importance of believing in yourself in her latest post on her blog, Egglosophies.

Also on Art is About ... check out Eddie Arroyo's post on Liz Ferrer's Can Project at Art Live Fair 2012. This takes me right back to the pre-Walkie Talkie days.

The Rickie Report posts that The National League of American Pen Women in having a Feb. 2 extravaganza ad looking for artists who would like to sell their art works or craft items. The cost for a table is $50 and details are posted at The Rickie Report.

Rosanna Pereyra has posted about one of the new one-of-a-kind monsters she's now selling on Etsy.  

Miami artist Rosie Brown encourages readers to shop small on Nov. 24 ... Check out what she's doing with palm fronds.

Jordan Melnick of Beached Miami does a five-question Q&A with Andrew Hevia, the filmmaker behind Rising Tide: A Story of Miami Artists.

Jennifer Love Gionda remembers her best friend on Nov. 15.
Artist Jennifer Love Gironda remembers a best friend and the importance of telling people you love how important they are to you. In a subsequent post, she includes a work she made as a tribute to her friend.

The Art Place in Wynwood has posted the winning works in its Tap Into Miniature show.

Check out Tina La Porta's Hand to Mouth series.

Knight Arts Blog has a post about the upcoming Borscht 8 Film Festival.

"Peace Pipe" is a 3'x4' mixed media on canvas from a commissioned series for Wynwood Boutique The Kult.
Kazilla writes about her commissioned series for Wynwood boutique The Kult.

Tropicult does a Q&A with artist Michelle Weinberg and a post about Miami artist Alexandria Valencia whose work is on exhibit through November at The Vagabond in Miami.

Above is a recently posted video about artist Rolando Ruocco.

See Ashley M. Sheppard bring a dog to life, while a black cat looks on. 

Greg Little posts a pastel still-life he did in his backyard. It's call "Mums."

Michelle Weinberg posts her Sweat Broadsheet collaboration with poet Denise Duhamel.

Jim Drain post some images from the making of Drain Expressions, which opened in Los Angeles this month.

Say what you will ... Swampstyle has a message, or six, for you.

"Purple & Gray"
Ross Ford has been experimenting with new markers.

Design Milk posts about Michelle Weinberg's rug designs.

Into the Woods Art Gallery & Body Art Studio has opened in Dania. Here's the info on upcoming exhibitions.

Above is a recently posted time-lapse video of Miami artist Charlie Hanavich demonstrating the style he used to create the Grid Series he will exhibit at ArtExpo in Miami.

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

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Art of Saturday, Nov. 17

"James Bond" by Mr. Babes (Image courtesy of  Green Room)
Bond, James Bond

James Bond Art Show, co-hosted by Heineken Beer, will commemorate the new James Bond movie Skyfall and pay tribute to the other 22 Bond films. Val Barlett and The Reckless Dames' Jordan Calloway will do themed dances and guests can play card games as a mini casino set up inside the venue. Anyone in costume gets a free Heineken at the door up until midnight, when a costume contest with cash prizes will be held.

Artists exhibiting 007-themed works include Blair Hess, Gina Bentivegna, Crystal Jaudon, Jay Bellicci, Mr. Babes, Sonja Santiago, Amanda Reth, Patrick Ijima, Rolando Barrero, Jessica Alvarez and Ian Santos, who will also be doing live art. The party, featuring live music, DJ sets by Andie Sweetswirl and TONX and drink specials, starts at 11 p.m. Nov. 17 and the exhibition runs through Nov. 27 at Green Room 109 S.W. Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free. Call 954-449-1030 or visit

Vee will exhibit in Cirque du Jardin (Image courtesy of Artist's Eye Fine Art Gallery)
Circus-meets-garden at Artist's Eye

Cirque du Jardin, an exhibition curated by Vee and featuring work by Timothy Leistner and Vee, will include Vee's new circus motif paintings and Leistner's watercolors, acrylics and photographs of garden flowers. The show opens 7-9 p.m. Nov. 17 at Artist's Eye Fine Art Gallery
38 S. Federal Highway, Dania Beach. Call 954-554-3153 or visit

JENNIFER N. CHAPARRO will be painting this mural at 9 Arch Mural Project. (Image courtesy of 9 Arch Mural Project)
9 Arch Mural Project

The 9 Arch Mural Project will be underway on Saturday, with nine artists painting works that will serve as temporary art during the three- to four-year rehabilitation of the 1000 Lake Avenue building that was built in 1927 as the first Scottish Rite Masonic Temple and later became a post office, drug store, dancing school and eventually a hotel.

Muralists will include Astrid Mora, Jennifer N. Chaparro, Eduardo Mendieta, Judy Dempsey, Paul Slater, Craig McInnis, AnnaMaria Windisch Hunt, Sharon Koskoff and Patricia Levy, who will begin painting their murals from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at a free event that includes live music by local bands (including Pocket of Lollipops), performances by local dancers, gourmet food vendors and an artist market.All murals will be completed by Dec. 1 at 9 Arch Mural Project, 1000 Lake Avenue and H Street, Lake Worth. Call 561-493-2550 or visit

PAPER FOLDING: An exhibition by Odalis Valdivieso (Image courtesy of Dimensions Variable)
Odalis Valdivieso: Paper Folding

Paper Folding is an exhibition by Miami-based artist Odalis Valdivieso, who describes the work like this: "My recent work stands for something in particular. The images express concept and material, but lack specific narratives. They seek to deconstruct the fetishization of photographic technology and realism. Insisting on an endless deferral of meaning, avoiding romantic notions of transcendent artistic creation in or of itself. They layer further geometries atop the picture surface, while embedding a sense of temporal and topographic movement. They are nothing more than what they are: simple paper objects." The show will open 7-10 p.m. Nov. 17 and run through Jan. 5 at Dimensions Variable at Downtown ArtHouse, 100 N.E. 11th St., Miami. Call 305-607-5527 or visit

Also happening on Saturday: 

Soul, a collection of recent works by Renee Falsetto, will open with wine and food from Primo's and ROK:BRGR, 7 to 10 p.m. at Rossetti Fine Art in Fort Lauderdale.

Bird Road Art Walk runs 7-10 p.m.

Clones, a solo exhibition by Anica Shpilberg, will open 8-11 p.m. at Curator's Voice Art Project in Miami.

Tobacco Road's 100 Year Anniversary Party starts at 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10.

Mad Hatter Arts Festival, featuring music, art and chalk art, runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Coconut Grove.

London artist Hew Locke will speak at 2 p.m. at Miami Art Museum.

To Be Joyful, featuring art by Christine Velez Stone, opens 7-10 p.m. at 1310 Gallery in Fort Lauderdale.

Luis Pinto will paint live 7-10 p.m. in downtown Hollywood.

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