Fat Village Art Walk

June 27, 2010 at 7:56 pm (Art, Art Event, Design, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, free, Gallery Opening, social event, Social Events & Networking, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Fat Village Art Walk including the Art of Alex, Sixth Star Entertainment, and Gallery 101

You’ve probably heard of 2nd Saturdays in the Miami Design District, but how about 4th Saturdays in the Fat Village Arts District in Fort Lauderdale? That’s right, Broward County is getting it’s culture on.

Saturday June 26th spirited in the monthly summer gatherings with the opening of some new studios covering fine arts and entertainment. In the last few months the area has had a surge of new talent come to join neighboring Sixth Star Entertainment, Blackbooks and the Puppet Network within the district. Some of this talent includes The Art of Alex, Rachel Henriques, Alfred Phillips, Gallery 101 and – moving in just days before the event – was the Downtown Music Hall featuring the Floribbean Swamp Funk Roots Rock Jamband, Shack Daddys.

This little stretch of Downtown Fort Lauderdale is proving to be quite promising as an up-and-coming arts district. Join them the 4th Saturday of every month through November. The area spans 4 blocks from NW 6th St. on the north, to 4th Street & from N. Andrews to the railroad tracks on the west side. See you next month.

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Art + Design Night – October

October 11, 2009 at 11:35 pm (Art, Art + Design Night, Art Event, Branding, Design, Design Events, Florida, free, Gallery Opening, Graphic Design, Illustration, Miami, networking, News, Social Events & Networking, South Florida, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

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October’s Art + Design Night in the Miami Design District proved to have something a little different this month – live entertainment with tribal drumming, classic violin, and spoken word poetry. While walking toward 101/Exhibit to see the Insomnious exhibit by Jason Shawn Alexander we heard the melodic chant of Dismas Gestas. They were standing on a corner with a gathering crowd who was watching them chant, play, and dance with fire.

In the Buena Vista building two new shows had their opening night. “Transcience”, a photography exhibit by Chris Kircheimer opened in Emena Spa, and “Beyond Wonderland” by Orhan Cileli debuted in suite 120. “Beyond Wonderland” had some great artwork inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Each piece was beautifully executed with dramatic detail and twisted humor. Suite 120 also featured the work of Enrique Machad. His pieces demonstrate great kinetic energy by showcasing wave patterns created by multicolored silicone forms laid over a colored background. The Buena Vista building also played host tothe exhibit: Bad Brilliance Miami featuring “The Faces of People He Met There.”

Other things of note were Doug Bloodworth’s amazing oil paintings and the music of Amereida outside of Art Fusion Gallery. We did not make it to the district in time to see WHIRL CRASH GO! at Locust Projects, but it sounded very interesting: “The TM Sisters will present a novel production including their personal athletic skills in synchronized swimming and roller skating.” – I would have liked to see how synchronized swimming and roller skating combine, but we will be left in the dark on this one (unless someone posts a comment to explain.) We also missed out on getting to  Swampspace to see Jukebox, an installation of hand-cut collages created on the back of vintage 60’s and 70’s LP sleeves

The Art + Design Night Gallery Walk is always an interesting experience. Many of these exhibits will be up throughout the month, so encourage you to go. Gallery Walk occurs the second Saturday of each month, making the next one November 8th from 7 to 10 PM. Check the website for details.

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Graduates of Distinction

September 23, 2009 at 6:38 pm (Art, Art Event, Design, Design Events, Florida, free, Graphic Design, Logo Design, Miami, networking, News, photography, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

portfolio-review

It’s graduation season at the Art Institutes again, and once again I was not disappointed at the showing in Miami. The graduating class at Miami International University of Art and Design seemed a little smaller this quarter compared to last, but the work was equally as good. Interior design was set up outside the hall and the extra space allowed for a little less congestion throughout portfolio review. Fashion Design, Accessory Design, and Fashion Merchandizing had a good showing with a wide variety of styles represented. Graphic Design showed sound composition and design aesthetics. Juan Lopez from the Graphics Department caught my eye with some interesting 3D work.

Visual Arts had only two graduates this quarter, but both were very strong. Alejandra Cicilia showed her diversity in photography. She had some fantastic photos of construction workers in front of the Fontainebleau on Miami Beach, her fashion photography was well composed, and her nighttime photography has an amazing use of color. The work of Chantal Disler can be an event in itself. She takes watercolor, newsprint, and other mixed media and forms them into beautiful arrangements of harmony. Her branding seems to be set around birds in different forms and flight patterns. Her photography, drawings, and portraits all follow a free will aesthetic.

This quarter’s showing was very good. The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale had their portfolio review today at the Broward County Convention Center. Unfortunately I was unable to attend both, but wish graduates from both schools the best of luck!

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Art + Design Night – Miami Design District

July 12, 2009 at 9:40 pm (Art, Art + Design Night, Art Event, Design, Design Events, Florida, free, Gallery Opening, Miami, networking, News, photography, social event, Social Events & Networking, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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For this month’s Art + Design Night we decided to meet up with some friends for drinks at Senora Martinez. The restaurant inhabits the historic Buena Vista Post Office building, and is owned by Chef Michelle Bernstein. The upper bar is an intimate space providing a good atmosphere and wonderful chance to mingle and meet new friends. Due to my enjoyment of whiskies the bartender suggested that I try a cocktail of Louisiana origins named Sazerac. I’m glad he did, this cocktail’s flavor unfolds as you imbibe it allowing for the distinct bitters, whiskey, and licorice-infused absinthe flavors to evolve.

After our foray to the bar our clique set out to explore the galleries along the Design District. 101/Exhibit had a fantastic showing of Jim Pollock‘s posters for the band Phish and other groups. Art Fusion Gallery had an eclectic range of artistic styles and mediums as usual. While there I had a short discussion with one of the artists, GG, about his brightly colored works. Meandering between galleries we witnessed a local artist finishing an installation piece of ephemeral quality made from flowers and rope strewn across a street post. Avant Gallery had some interesting pieces by Alejandro Vigilante. They consisted of mock phrases and conversations from vintage movie stars; for example here is a conversation spread across four tiles between Paul Newman and Robert Redford referencing Butch Cassiday and the Sundance Kid:

newman_redfordNewman: You get more for your money in Bolivia, I checked on it.
Redford: What do they have there that you could possibly want to buy.
Newman: They got banks to rob. I been studying my Spanish: Esto es un robo.
Redford: You’ll get nervous and forget the words, and then I’ll have to shoot you!

We unfortunately did not make it over to the Locust Projects for Wet Heat Project, Balls in the Air. I was curious to see what this was, but time did not afford us the chance to visit.

The next Art + Design Night is August 8th from 7-10 pm, hope to see you there!

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Spring Portfolio Review – Day 1

June 17, 2009 at 4:37 pm (Art, Art Event, Design, Design Events, Education, Florida, Miami, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

From left to right: Event Flier, Catalina Peidrahita, Jennifer Negron, Carmen Guadalupe, Guillermo Piloto, Veronica Cabrera

Today was the portfolio review for the latest graduating class from Miami International University of Art & Design. The showing was impressive from all majors – a very strong graduating class overall. One of the strongest portfolios came from Ozzie Martinez graduating from the Computer Animation Department. The strongest department was Visual Arts. The whole department had an impressive showing and the graduates went above and beyond in self-branding. They gave out custom made puzzles, magnets, goody bags, even dog tags – yes, dog tags branded with the graduate’s contact information.

If you are looking for some new blood, a little inspiration, or just need an excuse to get out of the office, I recommend going to one of these portfolio reviews. I hope to be attending the one for the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale tomorrow.

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Art + Design Night – Miami Design District

June 14, 2009 at 5:44 pm (Art, Art + Design Night, Art Event, Design, Design Events, Florida, free, Gallery Opening, Miami, photography, social event, Social Events & Networking, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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June 13 was the monthly nighttime gallery walk in the Miami Design District. The monthly event allows people to escape the real world for a few hours and stroll through art galleries, shows, and special exhibits.

This month’s was no exception with the opening of the “Gender Bender” photo exhibit by Kat Rabbitt. The gallery showcased gender-bending models photographed on the streets of South Florida. My favorite part was Kat’s juxtaposition between her usually joyous models set against the mix of emotions displayed in the faces of the unsuspecting passerby. Some looked amused, others horrified, and still some looked completely unfazed. And of course some of the “lady’s” were on hand to promote the event.

Next door to the Gender Bender exhibit was the opening of “Against All Odds” with the works of Mari Carmen Fernandez and Ines Rojas. Fernandez’s glazed canvases and bright colors were quite striking, while Rojas’ reincarnated car parts-cum-sculptures where very interesting in their new form and function as lamps, lanterns, and decorative pieces.

The night was great. Live music, open galleries, wine and cheese – what else could you ask for?

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