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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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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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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