Sunday, February 24, 2013

FLASHBACK: F.A.T. Village Art Walk in Fort Lauderdale

We stopped by FAT Village Art Walk Saturday night and found it much quieter than usual. There were plentiful parking spaces, the few food truck vendors looked sort of bored and some of the spaces that are typically open were not. Not sure if the lack of activity was because we stopped by early, between 7 and 7:30 ,or if it's because people were thinking F.A.T. Village Art Walk was next weekend. (Feb. 23 is a bit early for a last-Saturday-of-the-month Art Walk).

Whatever the cause, it was still a fun night out, and I brought back pics to share.

The quiet street offered a good opportunity to take a pic of Eduardo Mendieta's mural. I've seen it many times before but I just liked the way it looked beneath the glowing street light on an empty street last night.

Play, an exhibition of videos at The Projects South included short videos that celebrate play and humor while challenging notions of "self, gender and stature." This one, titled The Game, is by Lisa Rockford. Yes that's a Twister game and you can check out the video on Vimeo.

Knit Dicks (fancy) by Martin Casuso was also in the lineup. If you missed it on the big screen at The Projects South, you can watch it on Vimeo.

It seems that even on the quietest of F.A.T. Village Art Walk nights, there's always a good, and interested, crowd at Samsara Folk Art Gallery.

I love to go into Samsara and check out works like Cher Shaffer's "Jerimeri Cat." After many stops at Samsara, I have grown to love Shaffer's work, and her imagination. "Jerimeri Cat" is priced at $185.

Also at Samsara: Mark Orr's "The Raven," priced at $155. The combo of intriguing art and relatively affordable prices keep people coming back here, it seems. To learn more about Samsara's  co-founders Sara Nichols and Christie Jago, read this story I wrote about them for the Sun-Sentinel and/or watch The Folk Finders, a video that follows them on one of their many trips to acquire the art they bring back to this gallery.

Crossing Borders, a group exhihition by artists living in more than one culture. represents a painful topic for Cenigma, an artist who notes that she has always considered herself Puerto Rican but never denied that she was born n New York and that her mother was Cuban. "This issue has brought me conflicts and even confrontations growing up in Puerto Rico and later living in New York and then finally in Florida," she notes in her artist statement. To express the pain, she's included drops of her own blood in this painting.

Adriana Campo also has work on exhibit in Crossing Borders.

Nereida Garcia-Ferraz also exhibited in Crossing Borders at World and Eye.

I also stopped by Project Fine Art/Helium Creative and saw this exhibit by Jovan Karlo Villalba (at left) whose works are oil-paint on steel. 

While at Project Fine Art/Helium Creative, I picked up a balloon to participate in Helium Creative's new project. Participants (all who arrive to pick up a balloon) can take any sort of photo they like with the balloon, . It can be blown up, popped, released, whatever creative thing they can come up with ... There will be a show of all the photos at the next Art Walk (7-11 p.m. March 30) and at the end of a year, there will also be a book. 

I'm still thinking, thinking, thinking, but already PBJ and Lil Red Buttons are making their own plans, meditating on the many many possibilities of the balloon that is now in the house. We'll see what they come up with this week. Our deadline is March 9.

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