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#JusticeForReefa: Art Opening at LMNT Pays Tribute to Israel Hernandez (PHOTOS)

Is There Justice, Or Just Us
Is There Justice, Or Just Us

Israel "Reefa" Hernandez's life was abruptly ended when Miami Beach police officers tased him to death. But you can't kill art, and on walls across South Florida, Reefa lives forever.

That was especially true last night at the "#Justice4Reefa" art exhibit at LMNT on the beautiful Little Haiti side of Wynwood. The show was part of a weekend-long series of events protesting the artist's death, ending with a solidarity march this Sunday.

See also: Scenes From Israel "Reefa" Hernandez-Llach Vigil (Photos)

#JusticeForReefa: Art Opening at LMNT Pays Tribute to Israel Hernandez (PHOTOS)

LMNT is a sprawling space on 36th street between Miami Ave and NW1st. It has its own parking lot, bar, and a couple of wide open rooms full of art.

#JusticeForReefa: Art Opening at LMNT Pays Tribute to Israel Hernandez (PHOTOS)

The exhibit began early ...

#JusticeForReefa: Art Opening at LMNT Pays Tribute to Israel Hernandez (PHOTOS)

...and lasted well into the night.

#JusticeForReefa: Art Opening at LMNT Pays Tribute to Israel Hernandez (PHOTOS)

The event was put together with the help of 40 or so volunteers who form the Justice For Reefa committee, who meet weekly to strategize and organize.

#JusticeForReefa: Art Opening at LMNT Pays Tribute to Israel Hernandez (PHOTOS)

Inside the gallery, tributes abound, like this one by artist Lola Blu.

#JusticeForReefa: Art Opening at LMNT Pays Tribute to Israel Hernandez (PHOTOS)

Reefa's own art was also on display. Artist Rage from Inkheads, who has been painting since the '80s, said, "Look at all his pieces! I don't even have that many pieces...."

Here are some of Reefa's works:

#JusticeForReefa: Art Opening at LMNT Pays Tribute to Israel Hernandez (PHOTOS)
#JusticeForReefa: Art Opening at LMNT Pays Tribute to Israel Hernandez (PHOTOS)
#JusticeForReefa: Art Opening at LMNT Pays Tribute to Israel Hernandez (PHOTOS)
#JusticeForReefa: Art Opening at LMNT Pays Tribute to Israel Hernandez (PHOTOS)
#JusticeForReefa: Art Opening at LMNT Pays Tribute to Israel Hernandez (PHOTOS)

 

Reefa's influence is ringing out in the streets, and on the gallery walls too. Here's another tribute piece.

#JusticeForReefa: Art Opening at LMNT Pays Tribute to Israel Hernandez (PHOTOS)

Local artist and collector Evo Love checked out the show.

#JusticeForReefa: Art Opening at LMNT Pays Tribute to Israel Hernandez (PHOTOS)

Artists like Quake, Rage, Atomik, Abstrk, and others have pieces showing too.

#JusticeForReefa: Art Opening at LMNT Pays Tribute to Israel Hernandez (PHOTOS)
#JusticeForReefa: Art Opening at LMNT Pays Tribute to Israel Hernandez (PHOTOS)
#JusticeForReefa: Art Opening at LMNT Pays Tribute to Israel Hernandez (PHOTOS)
#JusticeForReefa: Art Opening at LMNT Pays Tribute to Israel Hernandez (PHOTOS)

The show brought out a multigenerational crowd, with around 100 pieces on display.

#JusticeForReefa: Art Opening at LMNT Pays Tribute to Israel Hernandez (PHOTOS)

Some works were so detailed they required an up-close look.

 

#JusticeForReefa: Art Opening at LMNT Pays Tribute to Israel Hernandez (PHOTOS)
#JusticeForReefa: Art Opening at LMNT Pays Tribute to Israel Hernandez (PHOTOS)
#JusticeForReefa: Art Opening at LMNT Pays Tribute to Israel Hernandez (PHOTOS)
#JusticeForReefa: Art Opening at LMNT Pays Tribute to Israel Hernandez (PHOTOS)

Don't forget to check out Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde on Saturday night to get hyped up for the big #JusticeForReefa march on South Beach.

#JusticeForReefa: Art Opening at LMNT Pays Tribute to Israel Hernandez (PHOTOS)

And sign the online petition at bit.ly/justice4reefa.

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