Is there a tectonic shift underway in the Wynwood gallery scene? This past Thursday nearly 30 local spaces banded together for the new preview art walk organized to attract collectors wary of the rowdy crowds they say have turned Second Saturdays into a circus. It's a story we have covered the past two years when many of the same gallery owners first adjusted their hours to make the rapidly changing neighborhood's wildly popular Second Saturdays more appealing to the average art lover, only to see the effort fail to gain traction.
But for the folks over at El Autobus, a creative design team housed in the Wynwood Building, the distinction between the competing art walks is not about controversy but more of an opportunity to see how local culture is impacting the public drawn to the area.
"We are launching 'Wynwood Talks' and exhibiting four separate shows in our studio this Saturday, and featuring an interactive video event where people can see art or be art," says Juan Ciro, an art director at El Autobus. "The idea behind the project is to bring Second Saturdays back to the ground level and hear from the people who are just as interested in coming here for the art as the party."
The event, beginning at 6 p.m., is one of our top picks for this weekend's culture crawl, which offers something for everyone and welcomes a new gallery to the artsy nabe.