Retired lawyer Mervyn Aronoff (above) has painted Asian-inspired canvases for more than 20 years and has rented a studio at the Bakehouse for the last 5, citing the availability of "nice, reasonable space." Admittedly surprised at the neighborhood's resurgence, Aronoff is especially glad he joined the community now. "I feel very good about it," he says. "It does make me feel more creative in the sense there are about 50 artists there."
Offering an area for artists of all types to do their work is only part of the Bakehouse's mission. The facility also provides a series of exhibition spaces for members. Yearly displays include an all-members show and a juried anniversary exhibition curated by a local luminary. Today, during a reception open to the public from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., the art haven's 18th anniversary will be honored with a display dubbed "18 on the 18th." Brian Dursum, director and senior curator of the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, is charged with picking out the pieces. -- By Nina Korman
"18 on the 18th" opens at 2:00 p.m. at the Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32nd St. The show runs through Monday, May 31. Admission is free. Call 305-576-2828.
Artist Carlos Betancourt's bungalow home in Wynwood is predictably full of art. On virtually every bit of wall space hangs a piece by a member of Betancourt's large circle of creative friends. His refrigerator is decorated with the artist's signature backward scrawl and his back yard is a work in progress, featuring plastic angels and banana trees. When the guy throws a party, the cognoscenti know it will be a bash that balances casual sloth with arty scene-making. Betancourt will open his house to the Bass Museum's ArtCrowd at 6:30 p.m. Non-ArtCrowd members pay $15. Call 305-673-7530 ext. 1015 for location. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez
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That mocha choca yadda latte you've been buying yourself daily over the last six months is screwing up your life. We're not talking about those 700 extra calories or the immense amounts of caffeine you're ingesting. We're talking about the $3.50 you lay out every day, which should go into the bank. Financial guru David Bach dubbed that unconscious spending the "latte factor." In observance of Equal Pay Day (ha!), a seminar based on Bach's book Smart Women Finish Rich will take place at 6:00 p.m. at the Miami Woman's Club, 1737 N. Bayshore Dr. Admission is free; smarties must RSVP by Thursday, April 15. Call 305-375-5011. -- By Nina Korman
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