With upwards of 50 individual artists, artist collaboratives, performance ensembles, dancers, musicians, and writers, this year’s dynamic lineup at the Art Live Fair promises a three-day immersion into the creative process that fairgoers will long remember. Beginning Friday at 5:30 p.m. and running through Sunday at the Coconut Grove Convention Center (2700 S. Bayshore Dr., Miami) the ground-breaking event formerly known as Wynwood Art Fair is an art fair unlike any other in the nation. First and foremost, the contemporary art happening unites artists from the 305 and across the USA to explore and celebrate every conceivable artistic medium while creating spontaneous works of art “live” with the visiting public. Think of it as an intense, hands-on creative playground where visitors both young and young-at-heart can see, hear, touch, taste, feel, and love art -- and above all, unleash their creative sides. “The Art Live Fair will show that contemporary art can be fun, interactive, engaging and uplifting,” says Constance Collins, the event’s founder and director and president of Lotus House Women's Shelter, which receives funding from Art Live Fair proceeds. “We know of no other art fair like it in the country, and virtually every major contemporary art institution in Miami has leaped at the chance to create interactive, performance, and visual art exhibitions in this extraordinary collaboration.” For the fun-spirited, family-friendly event, Art Live’s featured artist, Catalina Jaramillo, is presenting In Island Universes, an endurance piece in which the local talent explores issues of impermanence and survival by spending three days without leaving the space and 50 hours in silence. In his performance Sleep My Baby Sleep, Miami-based artist Magnus Sigurdarson will attempt to draw the audience into peaceful reflection with his rendition of a traditional Icelandic lullaby charged with what he calls “super melancholy.” Meanwhile, Ultra Violet, former muse to Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali, weighs in with her Baroque self-portrait mirrors designed to skew reality in the imagination of viewers. During last year’s inaugural edition, the artsy fundraiser collected over $500,000 for Lotus House Women's Shelter, and all proceeds from this year’s event will also benefit the institution. “It is a life-saver for the women and children served by Lotus House, as a substantial part of our operating funds come from the fair,” Collins says.
Oct. 26-28, 2012
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