Sunday, December 30, 2012

ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES: Secret Art Show, Vinyl-Only and Chalk It Up For Art


Broward Art Guild seeks "secret" 5" x 7" artworks for a BAG fundraiser that will run 7-10 p.m. March 1. As for the secret nature of the works, each should be signed on the back rather than on the front so that the identity of the artist remains a secret. Anyone who donated an artwork meeting the above described criteria will get into the show for free and their work will be posted on the website TheSecretArtShow.com for about a year. As BAG notes in its show announcement: "The deadline is February 15th, however, the sooner participating artists drop off their works to the Broward Art Guild, the sooner we can post it on the website."

Initially, the works will be posted without artist information, and the artist's name, art work title and contact information will be posted after the event. Admission to the event is $10 for those who are not donating art or making a $50 tax-deductible donation to get an artwork lottery ticket. At the event, those tickets will be randomly drawn and the holders of each ticket sold can select a work to take home. The earlier one's ticket is drawn, the bigger the selection they will have. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 15.

Vinyl-Only Art Show is all about art made from or on vinyl records. "Be creative and come up with your own unique twist," Gina Bentivegna of Green Room suggests "Thrift stores sell old vinyl records for super cheap and what better than to take something old and make it into beautiful art?"

Each artist can submit up to five painted, sculpted or collaged records. Intake is 6-9 p.m. Feb. 20 and pickup is 6-9 p.m. March 6. There is no entry fee and artists keep 100 percent of money made on whatever they sell. E-mail Gina at Electriccanvas@yahoo.com and confirmed artists will receive an intake form. The show will include live music, DJ sets by Andie Sweetswirl and friends and 2-4-1 select beers and mixed drinks until midnight at the opening, which begins at 10 p.m. Feb. 23.

Chalk It Up For Art, the museum's third annual chalk art event, is open to amateur and professional artists and teams of up to four people who wish to design and draw chalk artworks in front of the museum. Participating artists will include Nzingah Oniwosan. Museum organizers note that they created the event to "introduce and engage the community to the fine arts using a medium that does not require significant time and monetary investment. It was felt that chalk art was something that the majority of potential participants would be least apprehensive of trying out for the first time." The event will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 26 at Coral Springs Museum of Art, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs (954-340-5000). Design and registration must be submitted by Jan. 23. There's a participation fee of $10 per space (even for artists who bring their own chalk). Interested artists should visit Csmart.org/chalk.html. The museum's regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission runs from $3 for students to $6 for adults, with a $1 discount for seniors and tour members. Free for members and kids under 12.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

FRIDAY: Black and White at ActivistArtistA Gallery

"Earthy Desires" by Paul Capiro (Image courtesy of the artist)
ActivistArtistA Gallery
422 W. Industrial Ave., Boynton Beach, 786-521-1199
, Facebook.com/ActivistArtistA.Gallery


Black and White is an exhibition featuring the works of Yure Alencar, Anthony Burks, ChisolmKim Fay and Paul Caprio, whose exhibited works will include "Earthly Desires" (depicted above).

As the artist notes: "Basically it's a reflection upon the insatiability of human selfishness, always wanting more of such things as: time (right, clock), love (right, female figure), entertainment (lower right, creatures holding televisions and speakers), natural beauty (bottom center, the wildflowers extending from the bottom of the Caduceus), health (bottom center, Caduceus), knowledge (left, words and letters emerging from the face) and cosmetic perfection (lower left, the extending slew of hands gripping and pulling at the face).

"The large arachnid is biting the central figure and injecting such poisonous elements into his heart," Caprio continues. "Other elements that can be seen are wastefulness, filth, and loneliness."

The five-artist show will open 6-9 p.m. Dec. 28. In keeping with the theme, black-and-white attire is preferred. Please RSVP to RolandoBarrero@mac.com.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Art of Thursday: Say It Loud and BBAD Art Walk

Norton Museum of Art

1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-832-5196, Norton.org


Say It Loud: Art By African and African-American Artists in the Collection is an exhibition described as "dozens of dramatic paintings, sculptures, photographs and works on paper spanning much of the past 100 years."

The show will include photographs by James Van Der Zee and Gordon Parks, sculpture by Augusta Savage, paintings by Jacob Lawrence and Charles Henry Alston, soundsuits by Nick Cave, and works by Faith Ringgold, Kara Walker, and Yinka Shonibare.

The exhibition will open 5-9 p.m. Dec. 27 at the museum's weekly Art After Dark program, which will include performances by Gregg Jackson and the Mojo Band, who will cover James Brown, Otis Redding and other soul and funk classics from the '60s and '70s, and multi-instrumentalist bluesman Dave Harris. The museum's Cafe 1451 will be open for dinner. As Norton's holiday gift to the community, the museum will waive the $12 admission fee Dec. 27. That's right, everyone gets in free.  

Say It Loud will remain on exhibit through March 3. Cost: Regular admission to the museum is $12 for adults, $5 for visitors ages 13-21, and free for members and children under 13.

Boynton Beach Art District
422 W. Industrial Ave., Boynton Beach, 786-521-1199


 BBAD Art Walk, featuring live music by Kyle Holder and Smooth Bounce Entertainment, vendors and studio and gallery exhibitions, runs 6-11 p.m. Dec. 27.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

THE ART OF FRIDAY

"Lizzie Rae" by Lori Pratico will be on exhibit at 78 Degrees Spa during Island City Art Walk in Wilton Manors. (Photo courtesy of the artist)
Island City Art Walk

Island City Art Walk, held along the 1.1 mile drive in Wilton Manors Arts and Entertainment District, will feature works by more than 40 artists who exhibit in participating businesses, many of which will serve wine and cheese. There are plenty of eateries bars and cafes to stop at before or after seeing the art, or just to take a break. This month's event will include an exhibition of portraits painted by Lori Pratico at 78 Degrees Spa (2153 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, 954-630-1444, 78degreesspa.com) and an exhibition by Michael Cantelmo (along Wilton Drive).

The walk runs 7-10 p.m. Dec. 21 along Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. For more details, e-mail info@islandcityartwalk.com, or visit Islandcityartwalk.com.

End the world with PBR, hot dogs, art and music 

According to Black Locust Society, two things will happen on Dec. 21: "1. The world will end. 2. We will party like the world is going to end." BLS seized the opportunity to launch Swarm 2012, which will feature "End of the World," a themed art exhibition curated by Blair Hess, as well as music by Lil' Daggers, Los Bastardos Magnificos, Black Seal and BLS All Stars, DJ sets by Jams, Revenant and Mayan Gosling, and hot dogs from PS561.

The event starts at 10 p.m. Dec. 21 at BLS Warehouse, 500 SW 21st Terrace, Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free and includes Pabst Blue Ribbon. If morning arrives and the world has not yet ended, you may regret the PBR, the hot dogs, and the fact that you now feel obligated to buy holiday presents for all the people you thought would be dead.

Travel in space with Dave Wilkerson

Travels in Space, a solo exhibition by Dave Wilkerson, runs 4-6 p.m. Dec. 21 at Jerry's Artrarama
2505Q Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call 561-684-7036 or visit Westpalm.jerrysartaramastores.com.


Turn On, Tune In, Spin Out in Lake Worth

Turn On, Tune In, Spin Out is billed as "a wild evening of live art" at an event that's "a nod to the '60s," will feature pot throwing on a pottery wheel from Tracy Rosof Peterson, wood turning by Teri Salamoni and glass spinning by Wayne Smith, as well a music, drinks and apparently a contest to see who can create the most art that night. There also will be an art raffle and a chance to buy holiday gifts.

It all happens from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 21 at Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery, 605 Lake Ave., Lake Worth. Call 561-588-8344 or visit Clayglassmetalstone.com.

Moira Holohan opens solo show at 6th Street Container

Moira Holohan will present a video animation and exhibit works on paper in her solo show that addresses "the romantic notion of labor and the bodies relationship to the tools we use in these ceremonial acts." The exhibition opens 7-10 p.m. Dec. 21 and runs through Jan. 11 at 6th Street Container Alternative Art Space, 1155 S.W. Sixth St., Miami. Call 786-587-5279 or visit 6thstreetcontainer.com.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

THURSDAY: Open mikes

One Struggle: Many Voices runs 8-10 p.m. Dec. 20.
Undergrounds Coffeehaus
3020 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-630-1900
, Undergroundscoffeehaus.com

 
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 Onestruggle.southflorida@gmail.com. Requested donation: $5. The next open mike runs 8-10 p.m. Dec. 20. Check out a recent Miami Herald feature on the monthly event.

Boynton Beach Art District
422 W. Industrial Ave., Boynton Beach, 786-521-1199


BBAD open mic night will feature musicians, bands, dancer and poets (who have a chance to win five hours of studio time at Critical Recordings or an opportunity to perform at Sunday in the Park Concert Series in Boynton Beach next March). The event, which will also offer beef hot dogs and an appearance by Veggie Love Food Truck, starts with sign-up at 7 p.m. Dec. 20.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

BETWEENERS: Catching up with local artist blogs

Any Gross's "Extroverted Biotope"
* Amy Gross shares some of her works from 5x5x5, a group exhibition she's participating in at Target Gallery Torpedo Factory in Alexnadra, VA. All of the works are under 5 inches.

* Eddie Arroyo posts about a unique opportunity that Locust Projects is offering to artist. Deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 7 so hurry up and read it on Artisabout.com.

* Artisabout.com also shares some pics from the closing reception for Marriage, Blood and Adaptation at the Jacqueline Falcone Bed & Breakfast.

* Anniescupboards has been sharing her thrift store finds: Vintage Christmas decorations.

* Artist Autumn Casey shares video stills in which she screamed at the top of her lungs while in crowds during Art Basel ...

* Diana Contreras posts some of the cigar boxes she exhibited at Wynwood Cigar Factory and Red Dot.

What's the deal with this sticker? Cary Polkovitz probably has no idea either but that doesn't stop him from conjuring an imaginative story involving philosophers and cosmic intelligence.
* Last March, I did a Q&A with Cary Polkovitz about Often Overlooked, a little project he'd made of finding things, photographing them and making up little stories about them. Now he's trying to turn his fun little project into a book and has launched a Kickstarter to help the process along. Check out his Often Overlooked Facebook Page.

* Jordan Melnick (Beached Miami) posts his e-mail Q&A with the Awesome Foundation, which has formed a local chapter and is hoping to fund "flashes of micro-brilliance" through $1,000 grants.

* Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery in Lake Worth invites you to Turn On, Tune In and Spin Out this holiday season. The show, featuring poterry, wood turning and glass spinning runs 6-9 p.m. Dec. 21.

* Ruben Ubiera was the recent subject of a post by Jason Kaczorowski who took some photos of of the artist doing his thing in Wynwood.
Jennifer Gironda shares a holiday work in progress.
* Jennifer Gironda shares some of her works in progress, and some pics from an Ugly Sweater party.

* Girls' Club posts about that Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery is seeking proposals for exhibitions.

* Tropicult talks with artist Rod Deal about is photomosaics.

* The very detailed works of Valentina may make you want to color. Fortunately, she offers downloadable coloring pages.

Kristin Frenzel brings Gonzo and Camilla the Chicken to canvas.
* Kristin Frenzel shares a work she did for the recent Muppet Show at Undergrounds Coffeehaus

* Michelle Weinberg has been doing some hand-marbling.

* I thought this might be a Basel-free Betweeners feature, but couldn't leave out the fabulous Basel shots Monica McGivern posted on her blog Creative Thinking & Artful Living.

* Tina La Porta shares a pic from her Hand to Mouth series at Robert Fontaine Gallery.

* Writer Crissa-Jean Chappell explains why revision tastes like fresh pasta.


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.

CALL TO ARTISTS: Who Does She Think She Is?!



Art House of Delray is accepting submissions from female artists for an exhibition titled Who Does She Think She Is? The show, described as "an all-powerful, all-womens' exhibition" will open 7-10 p.m. Jan. 11. Artists should submit images of their works online by Dec. 23.  Find details at Arthousedelray.com.

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CALL TO ARTISTS: Works on Paper


Broward County Main Library
Gallery Six, 100 S. Andrews Ave. Fort Lauderdale, Artistsdoingbusinessas.com

Works on Paper is an open-call event in which artists who pre-register and pay a $5 fee for each artwork (late registrants may be subject to a $10 fee and space limitations) can show their work and mingle with Artist as Entrepreneur Institute grads, art professionals and patrons

The show, which will be held prior to the Doing Business As ... Artist Entrepreneurs 2013 exhibition, was inspired by Drawn In, a Girls Club exhibition held during Fort Lauderdale's Art Fallout in Fort Lauderdale. Just as with that show, members of the art community are invited to post informal commentary about the works during the reception. The exhibition, curated by artists Vee Corallo and Ry Nielsen, runs 5 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9. Artists should pre-register by Jan. 2. Applications can be downloaded at Artists-doing-business-as.com and works should be picked up at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9 or by appointment thereafter. To join the team of commentators, e-mail 2023dba@gmail.com or call Ry Nielsen at 954-529-4123.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Girls' Club: Panelists discuss drawing in a mass-market oriented environment

Artist Virginia Fifield is one of four panelists at Girls' Club's ARTuesday event. (Photo courtesy of the artist)
Girls' Club

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



Mel Kadel's "What You See From a Tree" at Girls' Club (
Image provided by Girls' Club)
ARTuesdays ... Contemporary Drawing: The Private Obsession, a monthly event where artists, arts professionals and aficionados, discuss the role of drawing in an environment that rewards works that are "grandiose and mass-market oriented." This month's panelists will include gallerist and curator Carol Jazzar, artist Virginia Fifield, curator and gallerist Tyler Emerson-Dorsch and artist and educator Emmy Mathis. The free event starts at 7 p.m. Dec. 18.  RSVP to Arttuesdaysmiami@gmail.com.

While there, check out Following the Line, curated by Miami gallerist Carol Jazzar. The exhibition, designed to "advance the understanding of drawing in contemporary art, an arena that is increasingly preoccupied with mass spectacle, public space and multimedia" will feature work inspired by and created with 'the line' as a primary tool.

The show will include Louise Bourgeois Alice Neel, Tracey Emin, Joanne Greenbaum, Klara Kristalova and Wangechi Mutu and South Florida artists Naomi Fisher, Beatriz Monteavaro and Jorge Pantoja.

A catalog with essays will also be available. The show runs through Sept. 30, 2013. Read Arterpillar's Sun Sentinel Story on the show

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

THURSDAY: Family Trees opens at PBC Cultural Council

"Family Trees," mixed media on watercolor paper (Photo courtesy of the artist)
Palm Beach County Cultural Council 
601 Lake Ave., Lake Worth, 561-471-2901, Palmbeachculture.com

 

Family Trees, a solo exhibition by Kristin Miller Hopkins, features new collages Hopkins made while considering the last trimester of pregnancy, her child's future and her past generations. According to the show's invitation, the mixed-media works, influenced by trees and sea life, "represent abstract wonderings and wanderings of ideas surrounding family trees and the concept of nature vs. nurture."

The exhibition, which will run along with another by Melinda Trucks, opens 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and will run through Dec. 29.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

FLASHBACK: The search for magic in Wynwood



How can you not open this door?
This weekend, I found magic. Sometimes it's in the little things.

Here's the story, as told in photos taken during a fun day in Wynwood. I visited Visual Dialogue, Anne-Marie Was Here, Miami Independent Thinkers, Wynwood Cigar Factory, Art Meowsel and some other places and events. I didn't come anywhere close to seeing it all, but I did have fun, and in the end, I think that's what Saturdays are still about, right?

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


Saturday, December 08, 2012

SATURDAY: Fifth Annual Cane Art Fair at UM Gallery

Untitled (Salome IV) by Eddy Lopez (Photo provided by UM)
University of Miami Gallery

Wynwood Building, 2750 NW 3rd Avenue, Suite 4, Miami, 305-284-3161, As.miami.edu/art


Fifth Annual Cane Art Fair will celebrate Basel with an exhibition by students earning their masters in fine arts. The show, which will include work by sculptors Leah Brown and Colin Sherrell, photographer Jose Miguel Cabrera, ceramicist Dan Listwan and print maker Eddy Lopez, runs through Jan. 25, with a reception from 2-10 p.m. Dec. 8. A second reception will be held 2-9 p.m. Jan. 12 during Second Saturday Art Walk.

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SATURDAY: House of Gab at GAB Studio

Ross Ford #423 will be on exhibit at GAB Studio (Image courtesy of the artist)
GAB Studio
105 NW 23rd St., Miami, Gabstudio.com


House of GAB is an exhibition featuring work by Bridges Aderhold, Terence Price, Melissa Goldman, Eduardo Mendieta, Jeff Schweiger, Tom Probasco, Wendy White, Roland Ruocco, Omark Pagan, Aaron Schwartz, Brian Buzzella, Serge Gharaknian, Paul Neill, TeePop, James Brutus, Ross Ford, Rush Bowles, Marya Zamora, Rafael Carabano, Nancy Martini and Janae Anon.

Ford, who moved to North Carolina from Miami, a few years ago, is back for Basel and will be exhibiting paintings of some of the faces he has been making for years through "iterative expression," a process that he notes is different than repetition because each face must be at least slightly different than the one before it.

His paintings are based on his drawings, but not all of them become paintings. "I draw constantly in an effort to channel subconscious feelings," For notes in a statement about his work. "For any one painting, I make many iterative drawings, usually several hundred for each large painting, but occasionally several thousand. The process is two-fold, first raw expression, second analysis and selection. Over the years I have filled many sketch books with iterative drawings."

Nancy Martini's "The Food Forest" will also be on exhibit. (Image courtesy of the artist)
Martini will exhibit "The Food Forest" one of 15 sculptures that are sponsored by ARTcycle and will be sold to raise money for Safe Streets Miami, Green Mobility Network's educational program designed to help reduce bike-related accidents and deaths.

"Although ARTcycle is bringing awareness to bicycle safety, I wanted to take one step further and bring awareness to the need to plant food in public spaces as well," Martini notes of her sculpture. "Food forests are vertical garden ecosystems planted in layers starting with edible fruit trees as the top layer down to smaller berry shrubs and herbs in the lower layers. Food forests are important because they help restore the health and abundance of land by saving energy, soil, water and resources. It is a sustainable approach to the long-term needs of land while providing food and food education to the local community."

House of GAB will also feature music by Tremens (8:30 p.m. Dec. 7), The Hongs (10 p.m. Dec. 8) and guest DJs. Life Is Art will host a full liquor bar with proceeds going to its non-profit organization, and Maria Ayala's Ground Up Boutique will be open daily. Basel hours are noon to midnight Dec. 8 and noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 9.

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SATURDAY: Local artists show at Elite

Jimi Hendrix is one of six musicians captured in Peter Vigil's six-panel series titled "27 Club" (Image courtesy of the artist)
Elite Fine Art Galleries
46 N.W. 36th St., Miami, 754-422-5942, Elitefineartgalleries.com


Art Basel Season Group Show is an exhibition featuring works by Liliana Botero, Laelanie Larach, Matachos and Peter Vigil.

Vigil will exhibit a six-panel piece he calls the 27 Club. It features six portraits of musicians who died at age 27. "I chose Jimi Hendrix to represent the piece because he is my favorite musician," Vigil says. "However, each musician left an indelible mark on music history. Although there are other musicians who died at age 27, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse are considered the infamous members of the 27 Club."

The exhibition opens at 7 p.m Dec. 8 and runs through Jan. 31.

 For info on many more Basel week events, visit Arterpillar's Basel Basel Basel Guide.





SATURDAY: Winter Group Show at Etra Fine Art

"Mila" by Rainer Lagemann on exhibit at Etra Fine Art (Photo provided by Etra Fine Art)
Etra Fine Art
50 N.E. 40th St., Miami, 305-438-4383, Etrafineart.com


Winter Group Show will feature works by Christian AweDouglass Freed, Hunt Slonem, Mario Velez and  Rainer Lagemann, a German-born Miami artist who uses hollow metal squares to create human forms in works that indulge his fascination with human body, artistic expression and struggle, The show will open 7-10 p.m. Dec. 8 and run through Jan. 11. Regular hours are 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free.

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SATURDAY: Creatures of the Night at Station Club

"Pretty, pretty flower" by Monique Lassooij will be on exhibit at Creatures of the Night at The Station (Image courtesy of the artist)
Station Club
145 N.W. 22nd St., Miami

"Seeking Beauty" by Tatiana Castaneda
(Image courtesy of the artist)

Creatures of the Night Gallery Delight (Based Edition), featuring art by Kareem David Piper, Vince "BadPanda"  Herrera, Buddah Funk, Kelly Barter,  Andrew Ackerman, Monique Lassooij and Tatiana Castaneda who will exhibit "Seeking Beauty, a mixed media work that she says represents our modern view of beauty.

"This woman is naturally beautiful but does not know it," Castaneda explains. "She is lost in her ideal to become as 'perfect as a mannequin. Her 'doves of hope' are surgeon globes... the next surgery should be the one. Her 'creatures of the night' are her fears of imperfection"

The exhibition will also include fashion by Square Roots, music by DJs Nicolas Troncoso and Pirate Stereo and M.A.M., and a free creative space for Miami artists and "passing nomads." The six-hour art party starts at 9 p.m. Dec. 8 and happens each Saturday.

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SATURDAY: Miami Independent Thinkers

"Scarface" by JC Bravo (Image provided by Miami Independent Thinkers)
The Armory Studios
572 N.W. 23rd St., Miami, Miamithinkers.com


Miami's Independent Thinkers' stated mission is to provide a sustainable support base for Miami painters, photographers, filmmakers, sculptors, animators, writers, musicians, performance and new media artists.

"Voltaire" by Emerson Calderon
(Image provided by Miami Independent Thinkers)
Each year during Art Basel, it issues a call to artists and holds a fair to highlight local talent.

This roster for MIT's fourth annual fair includes: Alfredo Perez, Alissa Alfonso, Andres Dominguez, Annie Y. Saldaña, Art of Shade, BadPanda, Barbara M de Varona, Breanna Elise Murphey, Carla Fache, Christian Hogue, Cynthia Mason, Dan Walker, Denise Diaz, George Goodridge, Gerry Stecca, Gina Cunningham, Gretchen Scharnagl, Henry Ballate, Humberto M Vento, Jel Martinez, Juan Carlos Bravo, Katia Danilova, Lori Nozick, Lorie Setton, Luis Arturo Mora, Natasha Middagh, Rod Deal, Stefan Von Fouts, Tracy Cristal, Xiomara Ponce and Zak Hemsteger.

Taylor Pilote, an artist who grew up in his father's automotive paint and body shop, will exhibit "They see me rollin,'" a fancy machine that looks like it could dry clothes in style. The GE dryer door has a 20-inch chrome rim and LEDs. See it in action in Pilote's video.

Other works include "Voltaire," an oil and canvas by artist Emerson Calderon, and Ashley Elizabeth Craig's "Diner Table," an archival pigment print that depicts an empty room, a bare curtainless window and little else except for a wooden TV stand at far right. We can see there is a drink on it and that someone is in the process of eating food, maybe cereal, from a bowl. Perhaps it's a statement about the hand-to-mouth existence many now face.

Maitejosune Urrechaga, artist and half of the music duo Pocket of Lollipops, will bring Naninks (that's the name of her snail car) out for the show. Like any 17-year-old vehicle, the '95 Mazda has tales. Five years ago, just for fun, Urrechaga painted it really bright blue and red and yellow and then painted giant white snails all over it and exhibited it. "I parked it in Wynwood for Basel thinking no one would pay to much attention to it," she says.

Naninks, hanging out at the Bromeliad Society
(Photo courtesy of Maitejosune Urrechaga)
Eventually, she checked on Naninks and met a stranger who invited the snail-mobile to an Art Basel opening party in the Design District. Urrechaga took Naninks to the party, and then back to Wynwood.

"I parked the car and the owner of one of the galleries came out yelling at me," she says. "I parked the car and left."

Naninks was later impounded, so the next day Urrechaga bailed it out and returned it to Wynwood. Naninks has since been the subject of a New Times Best Of write-up and two comic books and been warmly welcomed at a Tomas University art event and a gathering of the Bromeliad Society at Fairchild Garden.

Now Miami Independent Thinkers will host Naninks, an artsy little snail-mobile that continues to show us how patience, courage and persistence pays. Go Naninks!

Urrechaga and Tony Kapel, a.k.a. Pocket of Lollipops, will perform near the vehicle at 4:40 p.m. today, a good reason to show up early. Other musical performances throughout the night will include Reset Miami (6 p.m.), Stravinsky (8 p.m.) ATMA Dance (9 p.m.), Matt-E Love (9:15 p.m.), Hunters of the Alps (10 p.m.), Padam by Grace Jones and Vanessa Caamano (10:50 p.m.), Arboles Libres (11 p.m.), Universal Citizens (midnight) and Flesh + Stone (1 p.m.).

Miami Independent Thinkers is open for a nine-hour sessions starting at 5 p.m. today and runs from 1-5 p.m. Dec. 9. The event will also feature performances by local bands. Check out the music schedule on MIT's Facebook event page.

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Friday, December 07, 2012

FRIDAY: Breakfast of Art Champions

"Unfaded Memories," an acrylic-on-canvas by Amalia Brujis (Image courtesy of the artist)
Bakehouse Art Complex
561 N.W. 32nd St., Miami, 305-576-2628, Bacfl.org


You can kick off your day of Baseling with Breakfast at the Bakehouse where resident artists will serve up some grub at an international potluck affair that includes OJ, coffee, vodka cocktails and access to the Bakehouse's exhibitions, 9 a.m. to noon 7.

It's not just any grub. Thursday's breakfast items include quiches, fruit tarts, pumpkin and zucchini bread, fresh fruits and veggies, Russian beet salad, fresh breads, Macedonian dips, cookies, bagels, muffins and more.

Afterwards, check out the exhibitions, which include If a Tree Falls ... Chain Reaction. Curated by Carol Jazzar, it's a show in which artists explore "the memories and emotional connections we have with out surroundings and how these dictate daily experiences." The artist roster includes Jennifer Basile, Carola BravoSilvana D'Mikos, Michael Gellatly, Ernesto Kunde, Bianca Pratorius, Tina Salvesen, Anica Shpilberg and Amalia Brujis, who will exhibit paintings (one of which is shown above) from her Walker Series.

"We all have a particular psyche, understanding and familiarity, and it is through my own experience that I have been painting the Walker Series," Brujis notes in her artist statement. "I leave the process as part of the painting. The fact that paintings start with the main figures, that then become the background for a group of pedestrians, against a background for a scene in a train station, is part of what I intend to narrate. I evoke with my paintings the feeling that the places we walk in the course of our lives have been walked by many others before us. Similar to the sentiment one gets when entering a sacred place that is filled with the energy of the thousands that have been there before us."

The exhibition, which takes place in the Audrey Love Gallery, will run through Jan. 18, as will 
Take Me Home, an exhibition of 12" x 12" artworks (priced at $1,000 or less) by resident and associate artists. Exhibition hours for both shows are noon to 5 p.m. daily.

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Thursday, December 06, 2012

THURSDAY: A Dozen Things to Do

MICONIC: Egghead Takes on Miami Heat (Image courtesy of the artist, Barbara N. de Varona)
Miconic returns for a two-hour warm-up party

Miconic, billed as Yo Space's Basel exhibition, is an ode to its home city. 
As such, the show will feature local and international artists inspired by the Coppertone girl, flamingos, hurricanes, Miami Vice, Coral Castle, the Everglades and anything else they feel defines Miami. 

Miami artist Ernesto Kunde will exhibit at the Miami-centric show Miconic
Exhibiting artists will include Lorie Setton, Kazilla, Vince "BadPanda: Herrera, Eleazar Delgado, Alex Yanes, Dorandy Mercado, Ulises Baine, Ernesto Kunde, JNGL, Rei Ramirez, Lorraine Boogich, Courtney Mitchell, Ivan Roque, James Brutus and Nina Shepard

The show opened on Dec. 2, but organizers still had about half a keg of beer left and Subvert Ales  is bringing more. So they're putting on a Super Secret Subvert Shindig to finish it off the beer once and for all and give people a chance to view the Miami-centric art works.

They're opening the show from 5 to 7 p.m. as sort of a Miami warmup for Miami's Independent Thinkers, which is opening at The Armory Studios.

Yo Space is at  294 N.E. 62nd St., Miami. Contact Info@yo-miami.com or visit Yo-miami.com.

"They See Me Rollin'" by Taylor Pilote (Photo provided by MIT)
Miami's Independent Thinkers opens at The Armory Studios

Miami's Independent Thinkers' stated mission is to provide a sustainable support base for Miami painters, photographers, filmmakers, sculptors, animators, writers, musicians, performance and new media artists.

"Voltaire" by Emerson Calderon (Image provided by MIT)
Each year during Art Basel, it issues a call to artists and holds a fair to highlight local talent.

This roster for MIT's fourth annual fair includes: Alfredo Perez, Alissa Alfonso, Andres Dominguez, Annie Y. Saldaña, Art of Shade, BadPanda, Barbara M de Varona, Breanna Elise Murphey, Carla Fache, Christian Hogue, Cynthia Mason, Dan Walker, Denise Diaz, George Goodridge, Gerry Stecca, Gina Cunningham, Gretchen Scharnagl, Henry Ballate, Humberto M Vento, Jel Martinez, Juan Carlos Bravo, Katia Danilova, Lori Nozick, Lorie Setton, Luis Arturo Mora, Natasha Middagh, Rod Deal, Stefan Von Fouts, Tracy Cristal, Xiomara Ponce and Zak Hemsteger.

Taylor Pilote, an artist who grew up in his father's automotive paint and body shop, will exhibit "They see me rollin,'" a fancy machine that looks like it could dry clothes in style. The GE dryer door has a 20-inch chrome rim and LEDs. See it in action in Pilote's video.

Other works include "Voltaire," an oil and canvas by artist Emerson Calderon, and Ashley Elizabeth Craig's "Diner Table," an archival pigment print that depicts an empty room, a bare curtainless window and little else except for a wooden TV stand at far right. We can see there is a drink on it and that someone is in the process of eating food, maybe cereal, from a bowl. Perhaps it's a statement about the hand-to-mouth existence many now face.

Maitejosune Urrechaga, artist and half of the music duo Pocket of Lollipops, will bring Naninks (that's the name of her snail car) out for the show. Like any 17-year-old vehicle, the '95 Mazda has tales. Five years ago, just for fun, Urrechaga painted it really bright blue and red and yellow and then painted giant white snails all over it and exhibited it. "I parked it in Wynwood for Basel thinking no one would pay to much attention to it," she says.

Naninks, hanging out at the Bromeliad Society
(Image courtesy of Maitejosune Urrechaga)
Eventually, she checked on Naninks and met a stranger who invited the snail-mobile to an Art Basel opening party in the Design District. Urrechaga took Naninks to the party, and then back to Wynwood.

"I parked the car and the owner of one of the galleries came out yelling at me," she says. "I parked the car and left."

Naninks was later impounded, so the next day Urrechaga bailed it out and returned it to Wynwood. Naninks has since been the subject of a New Times Best Of write-up and two comic books and been warmly welcomed at a Tomas University art event and a gathering of the Bromeliad Society at Fairchild Garden.

Now Miami Independent Thinkers will host Naninks, an artsy little snail-mobile that continues to show us how patience, courage and persistence pays. Go Naninks!

Yeah, I realized I've just written five paragraphs about just one of the many works in the MIT show, but everyone knows that Aterpillars are partial to snails.

The exhibition will also feature performances by local bands. On Thursday it's Goodroid (5 p.m.) and Haitian Hillbilly (7 p.m.) and then it's on to the after-party at Wood Tavern. Check out the rest of the music schedule on MIT's Facebook event page.

Miami Independent Thinkers runs 5-9 p.m. Dec. 6 (invitation only), and is open for nine-hour sessions starting at 5 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8, and from 1-5 p.m. Dec. 9 at The Armory Studios
572 N.W. 23rd St., Miami. Visit Miamithinkers.com.

Rebeca Raney's solo exhibition Raneytown opens Dec. 6 at Primary Projects in Miami (Photo Credit: Ithai Benjamin)
Reception for Raneytown and On View at Primary Projects

Raneytown
is an exhibition by New York-based artist and Miami native Rebeca Raney, who produced more than 250 ink-and-gouache depictions of hybrid animals, flora and people which she eventually brought to life in large sculptures that cavort, bathe and hang from the ceiling in self-made booby-traps. Overlooking it all is a 10-foot "Plant Person."

According to Primary Projects, "Raneytown transports you immediately to a Darger-esque world of the artists imagination. Upon entry, surrounded by an installation in motion, realizing you are now at the center of a prank, you relax into a playful world run solely by the sculptures themselves. Raney explains, 'Basically the sculptures do as they please. They live in this land of leisure.'"

From Andrew Nigon's "Daughter-in-Law holding the Severed Head of John John"
(Image courtesy of the artist)
Raney’s leisureland has also inspired a limited-edition fashion collection that includes cashmere sweaters, pendant necklaces, silk tops, scarves and totes inspired by her signature backwards-facing llamas and detailed floral designs. The limited-edition fashion collection will debut at Madewell stores, including one in Miami, and at “Boutique by Raneytown,” a pop-up shop inside Primary Projects. Other offerings in the pop-up will include "bronze figurines, hand-painted paper rocks, letterpress stationary and more, ranging from $20 to $900."

Check out a video of Raney and her sculptures when they were still a work in progress.  

On View, another exhibition at Primary Projects will feature works by Magnus Sodamin, Andrew Nigon, Christina Pettersson, Alex Sweet, Edouard Nardon, Kenton Parker, Karen Starosta-Gilinski, John Vale and Autumn Casey.

Casey, by the way, has another Basel project in the works too, one that Primary Projects calls "a bold disquieting performance project."

"She will situate herself very quietly in public, crowded spaces (this will be highlighted as she moves among art patrons at the Miami Beach Convention Center and related art fair-venues), whereupon she will scream suddenly, passionately for as long as she is physically and psychologically able," notes Primary Projects. "This 'guerrilla' performance will play upon the inherent fears and behaviors of the masses and how a primal, instinctive act becomes a gesture perceived as stupidity, bravery, sadness or pure irrationality."

The artist plans to document people's reactions. Wonder how many people will just think to themselves that this is exactly how they feel at times. Perhaps Casey is screaming for all of us. I look forward to hearing more about the outcome of this project.

Both shows will be on exhibit 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 6 through 9, with an opening reception, including cocktails from 42 Below and Perrier, 6-10 p.m. Dec. 6 at Primary Projects
4141 N.E. Second Ave., Miami. Visit Primaryprojectspace.com.

Bhakti Baxter, Works in progress, 2012, Acrylic, tempera, and gouache on paper, Overall dimensions variable, Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Diet
MAM celebrates opening of Art Basel and New Work Miami 2013

New Work Miami 2013, an exhibition of recent and newly commissioned work by Miami-based artists, will feature site-specific installations, sculpture, painting and photography. The show runs through May 12, with an opening celebration during Party on the Plaza, the Museum’s signature Art Basel Miami Beach event that runs 7-11 p.m. Dec. 6.

Loriel Beltran, Untitled, 2012, Oil on found poster on wood panel, 42 x 60 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Fred Snitzer Gallery
The exhibition , which will feature work by Gideon Barnett, Bhakti Baxter, Loriel Beltran, Consuelo Castaneda, Moira Holohan, Sinisa Kukec, Emmett Moore, George Sanchez-Calderon, Tom Scicluna and Odalis Valdivieso, will also be on view in the lower level gallery during the museum's big annual fundraiser, The 2012 Miami Art Museum Ball, which runs 7-11 p.m. Dec. 8.

The ball will include dinner (a menu created by celebrity chef Hedy Goldsmith and inspired by the new Museum’s waterfront bistro) and a signature dessert bar in the upper-level gallery which has been transformed into an environment created by artist and designer Emmett Moore. After dinner, there will be dancing on the outdoor plaza. Tickets range from $1,000 for individuals to $25,000 for tables and can be purchased by calling 305-375-5935.

Those who can't afford to spend at least a grand on dinner, but want to hobnob with those who do, can hit Crash the Ball, the four-hour MAM Ball after-party that includes dancing on MAM's outdoor plaza and a signature dessert bar by acclaimed pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith. It starts at 10 p.m. Dec. 8 at Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. Tickets are $75 for MAM Contemporaries, $100 in advance or $150 at the door. Contact 305-375-1704 or Events@miamiartmuseum.org. For more details, visit Miamiartmuseum.org.

Craters, a solo exhibition by Michael G. Zimmerer opens at Lunch Box (Image provided by Lunch Box Gallery)
Two shows open at Lunch Box Gallery 

Craters, a solo show by Miami-based photographer Michael G. Zimmerer, and Objectified, a smaller four-person exhibition in the secondary room of the gallery, will debut during Basel.
Craters, a solo exhibition by Michael G. Zimmerer opens at Lunch Box
 (Image provided by Lunch Box Gallery)

In Craters, Zimmerer explores the theory that living closer to our natural environment increases our understanding of life, and ponders the potential of humans living closer to wilderness rather than in an age of computers that provides benefits but separate us from our roots. His photographs, which depict humans and nature cohabiting, are meant to prompt viewers to  recall "the imaginative past" and consider "what we aren't anymore" and whether a closer relationship to nature is more necessary than imagined.

Objectified addresses "the different treatments and uses of objects that surround us in our everyday life, and how they can speak about our contemporary time." Henry Hargreaves, one of four artists in the show, depicts food non-traditionally in two works from  "Can I also get a show at The Gagosian?" his series inspired by Damien Hirst's colorful spot paintings. Hargreaves spots resemble Hirst's works at first glance but closer examination reveals the true identity of the colored spots as M&M's.

Swedish photographer Linus Morales also uses food to make a statement. In his series FabFood, designer logos and cheap food meet in images that depict imagined products such as Chanel sausage links, Fendi fish sticks and Louis Vuitton toast to prompt questions about consumerism in modern culture.

From Henry Hargreavez series, "Can I also get a show at The Gagosian?"
(Image provided by Lunch Box Gallery)
Jose Joaquin Figueroa will exhibit Martyrs, a series of Polaroid self-portraits, each depicting Figueroa with his head covered in a shopping bag to reflect the effects of stereotypes, icons and consumerism. "New Normals," a series by Miami photographer Rodolfo Vanmarcke, depicts objects such as a pill or a water bottle as symbols of prescription drug abuse, pollution and other scenarios that are troublesome yet now a common part of everyday life.

Both shows will open 6-10 p.m. Dec. 6 (and again during Dec. 8 Art Walk) and run through Feb. 2 at The Lunch Box Gallery 310 N.W. 24th St., Miami. Call 305-407-8131 or visit Thelunchboxgallery.com.

"Boneless Thighs" by Tess Barbaro (Image Provided by The Art Link)
Paradox: The closet Point to Reality opens at The Art Link

Paradox: The Closest Point to Reality is described as a juried show of works that "depict statements, propositions, and situations that seem to be absurd or contradictory, but in fact are or may be true."

Miami artist Rocio de Maio will exhibit a metallic-on-board photograph of a Barbie-like doll on a lit cross as a symbol of the way society praises unrealistic stereotypes of beauty, even as they seemingly condemn hem.

Other works will include "Holy Communion," Miami artist Corina Freyre's photograph of a dark haired man in a white strapless dress, and "Boneless Thighs," an oil on canvas/collage by New York artist Tess Barbaro who notes "The realization that the bones, gristle, fat, and flesh in the packages could just as easily be human, induces a queasy feeling"

The show opens with a theatrical performance by Ibetti Perez and live music by Midiala Rosales, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 6 and runs 1-7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8, 1-6 p.m. Dec. 9 and noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 10 through 19 at The Art Link, 130 N.W. 36th St., Miami. Call 305-456-5201 or visit Theartlinkgallery.com.

"Rickshaw Soulwares" from Theaster Gates' exhibition, Soul Manufacturing Corporation
(The image credit is courtesy Kavi Gupta Chicago/Berlin,
Photography by Young Sun Han)

Reception for Theaster Gates' Soul Manufacturing Corporation at Locust Projects

Soul Manufacturing Corporation is Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates first gallery exhibition of a multi-disciplinary project in which Gates will create "a factory consisting of four pavilions, occupied
by 'skilled makers' who will work in Locust Projects’ main gallery."

Last month, the makers began with an empty space, which they continue to fill with things they're making through the duration of the exhibition. As work progresses, Soul Manufacturing Corporation which has been exploring the "relationships between aesthetics, labor and race" will host programs in the space by yoga instructor Mia Glick, a DJ and bilingual reader Yaddyra Peralta, all of whom are there to "care for the makers and the audience." For a complete list of times when the yoga instructor, reader and DJ will make appearances, visit Locust Projects.

The program is inspired by "the lectors who presented news, politics, and literature to
illiterate workers in the early industrial era." 

Some biographical details about Gates, as provided by Locust: "Gates is known for his performances, installations, and urban interventions, which transform spaces, institutions, traditions, and perceptions. His training as an urban planner and sculptor, and subsequent time spent studying clay, has given him keen awareness of the poetics of production and systems of organizing. Playing with these poetic and systematic interests, Gates has assembled gospel choirs, formed temporary unions, and used systems of mass production as a way of underscoring the need that industry has for the body. When Gates is not making art for museums, he is converting abandoned buildings into cultural spaces that allow not only new cultural moments to happen in unexpected places, but raise the expectations of where “place-making” happens and why."

Soul Manufacturing Corporation will remain on exhibit through Dec. 21. Basel hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 through 8, with an artist reception 7-10 p.m. Dec. 6. The gallery's regular hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at Locust Projects
, 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Call  305-576-8570 or visit Locustprojects.org.

"Girl Power" by Diana Contreras (Photo courtesy of the artist)
Daniel Johnston at Sweat Records and Grand Central Cafe

Hi. How Are You? is a performance and solo exhibition by Daniel Johnston, subject of the 2005 documentary, The Devil and Daniel Johnston.

The artist will do a free meet-and-greet session ( 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Sweat Records, 5505 N.E. Second Ave., Miami) the night before his Grand Central event, which will feature a performance and art exhibition. Curated by Pablo Gehr, the man behind Brickell Art Walk, it will include 33 works in pen, watercolors and marker on notebook paper, exhibited alongside works by local artists who pay homage to Johnston. The local artists include: Antonio Guerrero, Diana Contreras, Antonio Fortuna, Bad Panda, GG, Yosvany Teijeiro, Stephanie Tuorto and Richard Kurtz.

Johnston's performance and installation will start at 9 p.m. Dec. 7 at Grand Central
697 N Miami Ave., Miami ( 305-377-2277). Tickets, priced at $10 to $20, are available at Ticketfly. Above is a mini-preview of some of Johnston's images you will see at the show.

Beer, bacon, street art and music at Wynwood Cigar Factory
The Factory Art Show opens at Wynwood Cigar Factory

The Factory Art Show, presented by art and culture mag Juxtapoz and Mixed Media Collective, will feature work by artists 131, Agana, Alex Yanes, Baghead, Beth Emmerich, Danny Cordero, Dianaya, Erin Yoshi, Evocai, Glow, Hops, Jona Cerwinske, Jose Mertz, KSRA, La Pandilla, LEBO, Marcelo Ibanez, Meme, Myla, Onesevennine, Raul Flores, Reds, Remote, Tatiana Suarez and Toofly.

The Factory will also be hosting the first annual Basel Biergarten, a new Basel tradition that celebrates the union of beer, bacon, street art and music. The pop-up biergarten, held in conjunction with the Drink Like a Local Campaign, will serve local craft beers including Monk in the Trunk and Due South on Tap, and Miami Smokers will feature candied bacon and other artisan smoked meats.

The show will be open 2-11 p.m. Dec. 6 through Dec. 9 with gallery viewing, mural painting, tea tasting by Steep City Teas, pop-up shops by Thepaintyard.com (Montana Paint Can Shop), KidRobot and Wynwood Cigar Factory and an outdoor DJ from 2-6 p.m. After 6 p.m. there will be much of the same, but with Chambord vodka cocktails and DJ Zeus.

There will also be live music by Juke, The Heavy Pets and Arboles Libres at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, as well as a pop-up piano designed by Ross Von Rosenberg. Admission is free. 
Wynwood Cigar Factory is at 101 NW 24th St., Miami. Visit Thefactoryartshow.com.

(Images courtesy of Brisky Gallery)

Bridges opens at Brisky Gallery

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).
An opening reception for the show will take place  7-11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at Brisky Gallery, 130 N.W. 24th St., Miami,. Call 786-409-3585 pr visit Briskygallery.com.

I.AM.WYNWOOD opens in Wynwood

I.AM.WYNWOOD is an idea that artist Barbara M. de Varona says took root in Deep Ellum, a renovated warehouse district near downtown Dallas, Texas. As she explained in a Q&A last month, "I visited my friends in June and there’s a fabulous area there; I’ve described it as a concrete garden. Artists have painted onto large slabs of concrete, and these are displayed on various medians beneath an overpass – it’s spectacular. One artist included the words, ‘I Am Deep Ellum’ in his or her piece – I wish I knew their name.

I.AM.WYNWOOD: Vince "BadPanda" Herrera
"At the time, I was even newer to Wynwood than I am now, so my initial thought when reading this was, ‘Am I Wynwood?’ I fell in love with the notion that whatever is built, isn’t so much defined by where but rather by who. While Wynwood is a location on our map, and at that location are buildings, within which are housed artist studios, cafes, businesses and the like… Wynwood, the community, is much greater than the sum of its parts. It has a soul, an essence and that essence has many faces, with perhaps something of a threat arising. In terms terms of rent increases, for example, many of the artists have congregated and discussed fears, options – perhaps a lack thereof. I’m moved by the passion that fuels this place; it fires up my own. I’ve been embraced by this community and admire so many of its members. I’m moved to celebrate them."

The artist is working from photographs she received from over 50 submissions. "I don’t ask for a specific number, only that the pictures represent who they are to the Wynwood community, how they feel they contribute to the delicious brew that is Wynwood."

Among those she will depict in the series: Myra "Yo Momma" Wexler, artists Vince "BadPanda" Herrera and Eleazar Delgado, gallerist Gregg Shienbaum and Miami's Independent Thinkers founder Kerry McLaney.

I.AM.WYNWOOD will run Dec. 6 through 9 in B M de Varona Art Space
2703 N.W. Second Ave., Studio B, Miami
. Her studio/gallery is located down a hallway of
Eleazar Delgado's Wynwood Studio. "The space is huge for my day-to day-needs but tiny for the madhouse that is Art Basel. This should be interesting," she says. 


"Fertility Goddess" by Ray Azcuy (Photo courtesy of the artist)
Reception for Ray Azcuy's Inside/Out

Inside/Out, an exhibition of 15 new sculptures from Ray Azcuy's new series that according to the artist "contemplates cultural taboo, prejudiced behavior, political perspective, religious affiliation, and the challenges of self-acceptance and relationships by positioning the 'dress' as a metaphor for sexuality, identity, and gender.

The show will be on view 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 5 through 8, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 9. A reception will be held 7-10 p.m. Dec. 6 at Buena Vista Building
180 N.E. 39th St., Suite 207, Miami. Call 305-989-6356.


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