Youngblood: So Fresh

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Youngblood is back in town! And you know what that means don’t ya? Yup, you guessed it! A kick ass art show/ NWSA family reunion/fundraiser. And this year, the Flagler Arts Space is playing host.

In short, Youngblood is the brainchild of artist Michelle Gomez, herself a New World School of the Arts alum, established in 2008 as a way to showcase work from both the college and high school graduates while also working to bring in some funds to support the nationally recognized art school in providing materials to all those in her graces. This year, in celebration of NWSA’s silver anniversary (think 25 years old), Youngblood will feature the work of 21 artists in Saturday (8/13) night’s show, So Fresh (cuz’ you know you’re super fly in your mid-twenties)! A percentage from all the show’s art sales will go to supporting the NWSA visual arts department. As an added bonus, consider yourselves lucky to be experiencing the “fresh” curtatorial stylings of newcomer Danae Tarragona (c/o 2008), whom (I’m sure) you’ll see much from in the future.

So come on down between 7 and 10pm (pre and/or post the Wynwood Art Walk) to let your eyes party it up with the works of our featured art stars:

Abdiel Acosta
Annie Blazejack
Timothy Buwalda
Devin U. Caserta
Lu Gold
Olga Hayon
Matthew Krawcheck
Melissa Leandro
Kandy G. Lopez
T. Eliott Mansa
Rose Miller
Carlene Munoz
Kemi Odulana
Christina Pettersson
Camilo Rojas
Edward Rossel
Danae Tarragona
Aemi Thorne
Asser Saint-Val
Lauren Ventura
Jovan Karlo Villalba

The show will be up through September 3rd. If you’re interested in a private afterhours viewing, be sure to email your requests to .

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Art Crushes Cancer: A Benefit Show

On Saturday, August 6th from 6:30 to 10:30pm local girl gone good and visiting ‘maker’ here at the studio, Ana Fernandez, will be hosting a silent auction group show at the Flagler Arts Space benefitting two very worthy organizations.

How does a silent auction group show work, you ask? What’s the premise? Well….

See an artwork you love, place a written wager on it, if no one outbids you by the end of the night, you take it home with you (if someone outbids you, you can rebid, and so on and so forth). Simple as pie.

Mmmmm, “will there be pie,” you ask? Probably not, but complimentary refreshments and food will be served. Don’t be sad, here’s a pie (chart)- sort of- to break it down for ya.

50% of all proceeds will go to the Jim Hunter Graduate Scholarship (blue), while the other 50% will go to the American Cancer Society (yellow).

So, do I see $500? $500 from the do-gooder art patron in the back. Sold!

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Enter the Dragon (of the art realm, that is)

For those of you familiar with the somewhat underground world of Miami’s burgeoning art talent, the name Juan Travieso should ring a very loud bell. Gregarious and ambitious, Travieso, a 2009 graduate of the Art Center College of Design in picturesque Pasadena, CA , has participated in roughly twenty art exhibitions (solo, group, and invitational) in the past two years alone. A feature on his work ran in the Sun Sentinel just last month, and before heading off to Beantown (a Boston moniker for those of us not in the ‘know’) in mid-August where he will continue his studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA), he is once again jumping over the bar he has rigourously set for himself and bringing us 305 folks one final shindig prior to the big send off. The Flagler Arts Space presents New Tracks, a solo exhibition of Travieso’s works on canvas, hot off the press (talk about prolific, no piece is older than three months). The works stem from Travieso’s machismo-driven yet futile attempt to paint every single bird that is endangered these days. As the list grows, so does Travieso’s inefficacy. But the attempt is not without its merits- left behind is a stunning body of work that at its core encourages us to commune with nature and her gifts. The show premiers on Saturday, July 23rd at 6:30pm and will be open by appointment through the week.

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12 Days of Painting = Jolly Good Times!

So, did that date blow you off last Saturday night and you just couldn’t bear the thought of sulking in public? Did you have to stay in when your new hair do turned into a calamatous hair don’t? Just want a plain old-fashioned recap for the good times you had on Flagler Street? Well loyal followers, here’s what went down!

Up and coming talents,  Annie Blazejack and Geddes Levenson, mounted a show of 728 paintings all based on the idea of triangular numbers (i.e. those numbers you see being added inside parentheses on the chart above).  For twelve hours a day, twelve days straight, they churned out painting after painting beginning on day one with (78)  nine minute paintings each and ending on day twelve with (1) twelve hour painting a piece, each time responding to what the other had created. From circus animals in pink tutus and rain boots, to paint splotched aerial landscapes, to the omens behind seeing objects in pairs (mating horseshoe crabs and double yolked eggs, for instance) the show covered a gamut of conversation starting subject matter. Count all the painted subjects on all those days in between and you’ve got one intense collaborative performance (plus an extraordinary painting curve).

The show is up and can be viewed by appointment through June 30th. How do I schedule an appointment, you ask? Just send us a comment!

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What Are You Doing Saturday Night?

Whether you’ve got a hot date or are simply looking forward to staying home and washing your hair, this show is a must, so pencil it in! Artists Annie Blazejack and Geddes Levenson will display over 700 paintings made in just twelve days (twelve hours a day) as part of their collaborative art-making/performance practices stemming from the desire to stay connected across their respective cities, Miami and Brooklyn.
The show promises to be jaw-dropping- both in terms of raw talent and sheer volume. Come on out. You’re even welcome to bring that date and your fresh hair do’.

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Up Next: Cubic Collaboration

When was the last time you took a stroll around your neighborhood simply to connect with and visually explore your surroundings? Now when was the last time you created art about it? (chirp, chirp) That’s what we thought. That’s okay. We forgive you. But there is a way you can make it up to us. Come support the students from Girl Power and Mater Academy who collectively make art in response to their environments as part of the Miami Art Museum’s after-school program, Brick x Brick. This upcoming Thursday, June 9th from 3-5pm at the FAS, they will present their latest community-inspired works in the exhibit Cubic Collaboration. Please stop by. It would mean the world to these young artists (and to us).

Brick x Brick is Miami Art Museum’s after-school program for teens. Taking place at 2 community sites in Miami, artists-in-residence lead participants in projects to raise awareness of their communities’ architecture, design, urban planning, and landscape. By drawing, painting, writing, documenting neighborhoods with photography, digital imaging, video, 3D drafting, and blogging teens learn new skills & envision improved neighborhoods.                      –excerpt from the Brick x Brick blog
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Wish You Were Here! A Smash Art Recap

Hands down the Smash Art show was a smashing success! Bad puns aside, we really appreciate everyone who got a chance to be a part of the festivities. Seriously, everyone had a blast engaging with these sculptural works. Whether 3 years old or 60 years young, participant or onlooker, every attendee found something enchanting about stickin’ it to the man(made object). For anyone who missed it, here are some of the highlights of the evening.

An FAS member puts his curating expertise to the test.Artists and friends put the finishing touches on their handmade works.

Opening night!At the opening, guests are encouraged to cut down the pinatas they are going head to head with (or taking home for that matter).

Pinata boxing gloves, anyone?A political pinata based around the idea of Reaganomics and the trickle down effect (of course it had money inside- what else?!).Guests putting their pinata prizes to use- that’s right, those are psychedelic glasses you’re seeing!An anxious participant looks uncertain at the prospect of this pinata being made of paper mache. Turns out it was a real watermelon! The artists here were playing with the idea of decoys- taking a watermelon and trickin’ it out to look like a fake watermelon. The gallery smelled real good after this baby exploded! An installation of many of the busted pinatas of the evening- plus the device we rigged to hold them up while the visitors had at ’em.

Good times right? Smashing good times!

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