Whether your art walk is a streetwalk, a gallery crawl, a booze fest, a Facebook photothon, a food night, a hustle, a graff run, or the precursor to a night on the town, it's clear that at least one night a month Wynwood is a place to be.
This month we followed the crowd, but also checked out some more off the beaten path type places that offer up plenty of goods in the hood, and out of it. Here's what we saw.
At JG Platform, on the less trafficked North Miami Avenue side of Wynwood, we saw the photos of the Common Thread exhibit, taken by college student Marcella Busato Hausen, to raise money for the people of the Himalayas. The show takes you into the heart of Tibet and all proceeds generated by sales are donated to the Schechen Orphanage in that country.
This print of hers sold five times.
Next we slid down 24th Street and headed west.
We stopped to check out KJ Anderson putting up a mosaic on the wall near the corner.
Then we stopped at Grey Area Gallery where they were doing a new mural too.
We hit NW Second Avenue and this funny looking dog was sitting on the corner.
We walked into Gallery 212 and saw some cool work, like these two pieces by Sean Murdock.
Then we headed north, took a right on 29th Street and caught an awesome show from the William John Kennedy collection at Kiwi Arts Group gallery. The artist was there, and the former commercial shooter who made portraits of famous artists like Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana stopped to tell anybody who would listen about everything from his process, to memories from the shoots, to the history of art history. Cool show, good people.
Then we headed up north to the Design District, where there's less of a crowd, but definitely still art worth exploring. Swampspace was empty, but the doors were open so we walked in and saw this cool blue faced lady.
We would have stolen it, but the gallery is protected by New Jersey shoplifting law.
Then, we walked into the building that has that restaurant Fratelli Lyon in its window, and it looked like a place where they could shoot a scene for one of those fight to the death in a circle of fire type karate movies.
We stumbled into the Admar Fine Art Gallery, which has been open 25 years, and based in the Design District for 22 years. They have some awesome stuff in there, like this giant naked woman made of welded nails by artist Niso Maman.
Here's another angle:
Then we found a place, Design Central Miami, that's not quite open yet where Erika Naranjo makes and sells awesome woodwork built in Miami, Hialeah, and as many local shops as she can support with employment.
After that we cruised over to the De La Cruz Collection.
They have a free and open to the public collection of contemporary art that will blow your mind. And great local video art too.
Next, we hit the Art Fusion Gallery on the corner of Miami Ave and 40th St. There was a DJ out front banging loud electronic music, and inside this labyrinthine art compound lots of people drank, and talked, and looked at art. Definitely a place worth checking out.
And way in the farthest, darkest, back room of the place...
Then, we headed back south to Wynwood, and stopped to slam a beer in the food truck field:
The Fillmore concert-poster bombed a fence. Street promotion is back.
Up the street, Diego "Dr Van" Rodvan was projecting his own "street video art."
Beached Miami was out on the streets making another video:
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And the streets were mobbed with good time people doin what good time people do....havin a good time. See ya next month.