Sketchy Miami Expands With Second Party at Bakehouse Art Complex

Admit it: Having a portrait of yourself would be cool. But there's almost no way to commission one without looking vain. Unless, of course, you're supporting the local art scene. Local blog Beached Miami this Friday will host its second Sketchy Party, the live component of a project to create a portrait of every Miami resident. All are invited to submit headshots to the Sketchy Miami website, where 305 artists and nonartists choose mugs to sketch.

For the first Sketchy Miami party, hundreds filled Lester's for a chance to have their faces cataloged by artists on site. This time it'll go bigger. Sketchy Party #2 will take place at the Bakehouse Art Complex, a three-acre property with more than 70 artist studios, this Friday.

"At the Bakehouse, guests will be stopping into different artists'

studios, each of which is a universe unto itself. We expect this to be a

more intimate experience [than Lester's], a little less crazy -- but

just a little," said Jordan Melnick, editor of Beached Miami and

co-founder of Sketchy Miami.

Over a dozen artists will be on hand for "flash portraits", including

many whose studio "Sketchys," as they're referred to, will be sold for

$30 each (cash only). Half will go to the artist, while the other half

will be used to support Sketchy Miami.


not chump change," said Melnick, "but these artists' work sells for hundreds and

thousands of dollars, so it's a good opportunity to start or bolster

your art collection for a just few Hamiltons.

They'll also be selling a Sketchy Package for $10 which includes pizza

from Joey's, Honest Tea, a set of Sketchy Miami post cards, and a glass

of wine and a $2 discount at O Cinema's midnight screening of Troll Hunter

following the party. You'll also get a raffle ticket that could win

you prints from Bakehouse artists or free flash portraits. You can

preorder it for $8.

Sketchy Miami is going strong after the first party.

"The photos and portraits are pouring in every day, so fast we can't

always update the site as fast as we'd like. But even with all the

momentum, we still have a ridiculously long way to go. Remember: The

goal is to create a portrait of every person in Miami. The only way

we'll ever get close is if artists continue to get involved, people keep

submitting photos, and people keep spreading the word. I have no doubt

that they will," said Melnick.

The party starts at 8 p.m. and entry is free. For more information, visit sketchymiami.com.

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