Thursday Night Art Walk? Wynwood Galleries Launch an Alternative to Second Saturday

Monthly Art Walk madness.
Monthly Art Walk madness.
Christina Mendenhall

It's no secret that Second Saturday Art Walk is urban madness. Thousands of people flood the streets of Wynwood, jockeying for free booze and sidewalk space. Scary. And because it has become so crazy, lots of well-intentioned art lovers stay as far away from the chaos as possible.

So for those folks who are all about the art but can't handle the crowds, a group of galleries in Wynwood decided to launch a midweek endeavor. This Thursday, a host of the area's top spots will extend their hours to accommodate Miamians looking for an eyeful of aesthetics.

See also: Five Ways to Get Drunk at Art Walk

"A lot of the galleries have decided to come together to open another day apart from Art Walk since it gets so crowded," says m+v ART co-owner Valentina Garcia. "The season is starting, and we thought if we extend our hours one day a week, then maybe it'll give other people a chance to come."

Come this Thursday, m+v ART, along with Alejandra von Hartz Gallery, Alma Fine Art, ArtMedia Gallery, Cienfuegos Gallery, Dina Mitrani Gallery, Dot Fiftyone, Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Hardcore Contemporary, PanAmerican Art Projects, Ricart Gallery, and Wynwood Art Group will all extend their hours until 9 p.m.

Though not on the official list, David Castillo Gallery will also host an opening that evening for the TM Sisters' latest exhibition, "Prismavolt," beginning at 7 p.m.

m+v ART will showcase work by artists Rafael Barrias, Arturo Berned, Jorge Blanco, Lluis Lleo, Leo Matiz, Francisco Salazar, and Fabiola Sequera.

See also: TM Sisters' "Prismavolt" Solo Show: Muscle Testing, Prisms, and Letting Go

Wynwood Art Group recently moved from a location on Second Avenue to just behind the Wynwood Building (home to New Times), and they're stoked about the new endeavor.

"My experience on Second Avenue was Art Walk is great, but at the same time it scares a lot of people. They want to come and see the art, but it's too much partying," says artist and co-owner Hamilton Aguiar. "I'm excited for this. I think it'll be great."

As far as what'll be on display this Thursday, WAG has work by eight Brazilians, plus artists from New York, Santa Fe, and Miami. There's everything from sculptures and painting to photography, Aguiar says.

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