Fine Arts & Fantasy Gallery Opening

July 28, 2009 at 11:48 pm (Art, Art Event, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, free, Gallery Opening, Graphic Design, Illustration, social event, Social Events & Networking, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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This evening heralded the opening of the much overdue and deserved gallery exhibit for two of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale’s most respected and talented faculty, Jon Hunt and Jim Radford.

The two masters are displaying their recent works in various media including oil, watercolor, ink, graphite, digital, and sculpture. This show does not disappoint. Though the two have very different styles, the pieces illustrate each artist’s strengths and talents in a cohesive and awe inspiring way.

Jon Hunt concentrates more on digital media, producing art for image comics, book illustrations, and collectible card games. Jim Radford has a more traditional style reminiscent of some of the great portraiture artists of the past.

During my time at AIFL I had the privilege of being under Jim Radford’s tutelage for a short time. He retired in 2006 after 28 years at the college. I will never forget that we described him as the Bob Ross of anatomy to those not in his classes. He would utter things like “Happy little occipital protuberance” while whipping out an image of a human back and head with such ease it would make an anthropologist jealous.

These two artists are amazing in their craft. If you have a chance to visit the Mark K. Wheeler Gallery at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale I would highly recommend it. The exhibit is up through August 31.

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Photo Walk’n – End Game

July 19, 2009 at 11:36 pm (Art, Art Event, Design, Design Events, Environmental Graphic Design, Florida, free, Miami, networking, News, photo walk, photography, social event, Social Events & Networking, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Scott Kelby’s Second-Annual Worldwide Photo Walk finally arrived. The South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida, walk was awesome! We had more than 35 photographers show up with all kinds of photo-taking apparatuses. I stayed with a small group for most of the walk. We covered Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue before meeting up with the rest of the group at Jerry’s Famous Deli.

While at Jerry’s we had the opportunity to get some lunch, re-energize in a little air conditioning, and show each other what photographic finds we acquired while we socialized. From what I saw both the talent base and humor of the group were very strong. Everyone I talked to had a good time.

After lunch a group of us continued our shooting excursion for a few more hours until we were all exhausted from the heat. My small group headed over to Washington Avenue and stopped in for a visit at the Wolfsonian Museum, their current exhibition, Sun Stroke Stimulus, seemed to be a fitting theme for the day – a future post will cover our findings there.

Having shot South Beach several times I shied away from shooting my normal architectural subjects and concentrated more ephemeral topics like graffiti, modes of transportation, etc. Viewing South Beach at a more intimate scale is quite different than shooting whole buildings and panoramas like what I’m used to. It was a fun challenge to broaden my horizons by narrowing my view.

Overall I think the day was a success. A few photo walkers continued on to more photo walks in other areas, or to explore on their own hitting areas like Wynwood, the Holocaust Memorial, and Lincoln Road. I look forward to the next one, whenever it may be.

(For all the information regarding this photo walk and it’s contests click here)

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Photo Walk’n – Final Countdown

July 17, 2009 at 5:42 pm (Art, Art Event, Design, Design Events, free, Miami, networking, News, photo walk, photography, social event, Social Events & Networking, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Worldwide Phot Walk

The Scott Kelby Second Annual Worldwide Photo Walk is tomorrow morning. This event is so big it got covered by USA Today!

Here are some final updates for the South Beach group:

Make sure you can log in to the site as soon as possible (you received your username & password when you signed up) . This is where you will upload the photos for a chance to win some prizes.

Before the walk

  • Get directions to South Beach if you’re not familiar with the area
  • Make sure your batteries are charged, memory sticks are cleared, etc.
  • Drink plenty of water before the walk
  • Dress comfortably – walking shoes, hats, etc.
  • Try to get to the Starbucks (1455 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139 – at the North end of Lummus Park) early, we will be taking a group photo before everyone heads out.

During the walk

  • STAY SAFE!
  • Watch where you’re walking while shooting – traffic, pedestrians, uneven ground surfaces, etc may be hazards.
  • Stay away from areas that you’re not comfortable in – dark alleys and the like
  • Drink plenty of fluids and take a break if necessary.

After the walk

  • Meet up with us at Jerry’s Famous Deli if you have the time.
  • Log on to the site and upload NO MORE THAN TWO of your favorite photos to be entered in the competition. (Edited photos are more than welcome)

Deadlines

  • July 25, 11:59 pm EST: Deadline to upload your image(s) for consideration. No photos received after this time will be considered in the contest.
  • August 17: The grand prize winner and 10 honorable mentions will be announced on the Worldwide Photo Walk website.

Side competitions and other fun stuff

Tropicolor/Shoot Miami Photo Contest:

  1. We’re getting a 15% discount from Tropicolor for any of their services, so when you pay for your prints, make sure you ask for it!
  2. Besides submitting your prints online, you can go into the store and use their kiosks to print directly to their printers – it’s cheaper ($0.29 for a 4×6 print, $0.25 with the discount) and may be more convenient for some!
  3. If you can’t make it down to the store, but would still like to participate, you can submit your photos online and then call in after you’ve placed your order and give them your credit card number. Unfortunately, they don’t accept payments online at the moment, so you’ll either have to come into the store and pay (and if you’re already there, why not just use their kiosks?) or do it over the phone.
  4. They should have a special bin set aside for our contest photos – just ask them to put your photos in there! (Don’t forget to have your name and email address written on the print envelope.)
  5. Any questions email: photocontest.shootmiami@gmail.com

iPrintfromHome Special Offer:

Anyone else who wants to join us is welcome to. If they are not registered they cannot compete for the Scott Kelby prizes, but the Tropicolor and iPrintfromHome offer still stands

You can download the South Beach points of interest map here.

We hope to have a safe and fun walk. Happy shooting!

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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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Bambi’s Father – Recycled

July 8, 2009 at 7:03 am (Art, Design) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Do you like the idea of hanging a trophy animal head on your wall, but don’t like a dead animal staring you in the face all the time? Enter Cardboard Safari.

Cardboard Safari “is a tiny little company located in Charlottesville, Virginia.” This may be true, but the tiny company is making a big impact. Their products are trophy animal heads made from recycled cardboard. The heads come as flat sheets that the consumer assembles, much like the thin plywood animal puzzles of our youth. They even have full-bodied Rhinos!

So what kind of “big impact” is Cardboard Safari making? They’ve been spotted in Canada’s Style at Home magazine, on HGTV’s ColorSplash, and they are even entered into the Art in Place competition in their hometown to make a larger-than-life Rambling Robbie out of plate steel.

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The products don’t promote the killing of animals in any way, and are a true cradle-to-cradle product – It’s made of recycled materials, the waste materials can be recycled, and the whole product can be recycled at the end of it’s life cycle. The company also supports the International Rhino Foundation.

I don’t know about you, but I’m planning on buying a deer head, bison head, moose head, rhino head…

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Spring Portfolio Review – Day 2

June 18, 2009 at 6:39 pm (Art, Art Event, Design, Design Events, Education, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, free, networking, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

From left to right: Event Flier, Fondant Monkeys, James Vincent, Sarah Tarbett, Mike Gaitan, Dan Burgos

Today I visited my alma mater, The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, for their portfolio review. The work was good as usual. The Industrial Design department had a fairly good showing of design for manufacturing, design process, rapid prototyping, etc. Graphic’s print portfolios were executed with technical skill, and Animation had a good mix of 2D & 3D work. Unfortunately I did not have time to visit every major, or look deeply through many portfolios. What I did see was presented professionally and beautifully. One of the aspects that stood out was the display of cakes that lined the entry wall to presentation room. Though not created by graduates, these fondant-decorated creations from the Advance Pastry & Display Class led by Chef Peter R. Babcock were a welcome addition to the day. Congratulations to the all of the Spring 2009 graduates!

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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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