Free Events in Miami This Week: Carl Hiaasen, Sketchy Galleries, and Swamp Art

The official DWNTWN Art Days have come to an end, but that doesn't mean the well of creativity is dry. Miami's galleries continue to open their doors to art lovers looking for interesting perspectives on the world around them, and a lot of those doors don't come with cover charge.

If you find yourself feeling sluggish in the midst of a new work week, spice up your life with some of these free exhibits and activities. At no cost to you, supporting the local arts has never been easier.

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  • Pop in on Exile Books Pop-Up: If you're lucky enough to find some free time between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., make sure you check out 2014 Knight's Art Challenge finalist Amanda Keeley's Exile Books project. Half retailer and half exhibition, Exile is holding lectures and offering a highly-curated selection of art books at Locust ProjectsTuesday through Saturday until October 11.
  • Common Ground: Artists in the Everglades: We all know the Everglades are a treasure, but how often do we get to connect to the spirit of the swamp? FAU sent eight artists to live inside Everglades National Park for a month, and their work is now on display Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m., at the Schmidt Center Gallery.
  • Carl Hiaasen "Skinks - No Surrender:" Just like the Evergaldes, novelist Carl Hiaasen is something every Floridian should be proud of. Catch the quirky, New York Times Best-Selling author when he discusses Skinks - No Surrender, now long listed for a National Book Award, at Books & Books' Temple Judea location (5500 Granada Blvd.), kicking off at 7 p.m.

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Kat Bein is a freelance writer and has been described as this publication’s "senior millennial correspondent." She has an impressive, if unhealthy, knowledge of all things pop culture.

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