Photographs of Ms. Cheezious’ “The Big Cheese Party” on 2/13/15

Ms. Cheezious’ “The Big Cheese Party” on Friday, February 13, 2015.    The amazing fine folks at “Miami’s Best Food Truck,” Fatima and Brian Mullins and M. Christian Dickens, celebrated their grand opening of their first brick-and-mortar restaurant located at 7418 Biscayne Blvd in the MiMo District.  Know you can get the best grilled cheese and tomato soup at their restaurant.

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Photographs of The Reunion: Exhibition Opening at Bakehouse Art Complex on 2/13/15

The Reunion: Exhibition Opening at Bakehouse Art Complex on Friday, February 13, 2015.

Audrey Love Gallery: The Reunion

“The Bakehouse Art Complex opened in 1987 in the former Art Deco American Bakeries Company building in today’s Wynwood Arts District, by a group of artists relocating from Coconut Grove. These artists founded the nonprofit Bakehouse Art Complex and repurposed the industrial building into working studios and galleries, ensuring a permanent venue for local artists to explore their creativity.

This exhibition celebrates the 29-year history of the Bakehouse, which has seen over one thousand resident artists and continued success as a stakeholder in the ever-growing Miami arts environment. The selection of artists included in the 2,600 square-foot Audrey Love Gallery show reflects the 29-year history of the Bakehouse and its role as an incubator for art careers – and the rise of the visual arts – in Miami over the years. Exhibition highlights include an opening reception, innovative art talk-concert hybrid presented in partnership with IlluminArts, a puppetry master class with Pablo Cano, and a closing reception. Confirmed artists include: Pablo Cano, Xavier Cortada, Veronica Garcia, Suza Talbot, Maggie Davis, Carrie Sieh, Patricia Schnall Gutierrez, Christian Bernard, Ross Ford, Beatricia Sagar, Luis Diaz, John La Huis, Tracey Hagen, Richard Labarbera, Juan Griego, Maria Sonia Martin, Robert Apfel, Marcos Valella, Gustavo Oviedo, Armando Chagon, Henry Mar.”

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Photographs of St. Stephen’s Art Show on 2/15/15

St. Stephen’s Art Show on Sunday, February 15, 2015.

About St. Stephen’s Art Show:  “Art is in the Heart – What began as a hot dog and refreshment stand on St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church property during the weekend of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival has blossomed into a top ranked outdoor arts and fine crafts festival in its own right. Most recently ranked 8th in the country in Sunshine Artist Magazine’s “Best 200 Fine Art Shows”, the St. Stephen’s Art & Craft Show plays an important role in the South Florida Art Scene that takes place in Coconut Grove over all three days of Presidents’ Day Weekend.

The 2014 Show, held annually on Presidents’ Day Weekend, takes place Saturday, February 15th through Monday, February 17th, 2014 9:30 am to 6:00 pm. Visitors will enjoy the artwork of over 160 renowned fine artists and craft people, an international food court, children’s activity area, an authentic English tea room and musical entertainment, all on the shady campus of St. Stephen’s in the heart of Coconut Grove.

The Art Show is St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church’s longest standing cultural outreach event. Hundreds of volunteers from the greater Miami community help make the event a success. Beverage sales proceeds have allowed the Art Show to contribute more than $55,000 to the St. Stephen’s AIDS Ministry.

The Art Show plays an important role in helping St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church achieve its vision of becoming “The Heart of the Grove” by offering a variety of cultural, spiritual, entertainment and public service programming to the community. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church invites all people to join in a life of worship, mercy, justice, learning and service.”

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Photographs of The 2nd Annual Eats N Beats During Miami Food and Wine Week on 2/21/15

The 2nd Annual Eats N Beats During Miami Food and Wine Week at the Moore Building on Saturday, February 21, 2015.

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Photographs of Coconut Grove Art Festival on 2/15/15

Coconut Grove Art Festival on Sunday, February 15, 2105.

“Produced by the Coconut Grove Arts and Historical Association, Inc., a non-profit community organization under the direction of a board of directors and full-time staff, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival® showcases the works of 360 internationally recognized artists who are selected from nearly 1,300 applicants. Jurors evaluate the artist’s work and displays to select participants in such categories as mixed media, painting, photography, digital art, printmaking & drawing, watercolor, claywork, glass, fiber, jewelry & metalwork, sculpture and wood. Proceeds help fund year-round arts programs, which create a positive impact on our community and touch the lives of many throughout the year. Recent initiatives include the “New & Emerging Artists” category, which allows artists ages 18-29 to not only display their work for the very first time at an outdoor fine arts festival, but also partake in a hands-on Arts Symposium and gain access to a carefully-matched Experienced Festival Artist in their genre.”

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Photographs of 14th Annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village on 2/21/15

14th Annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village at 13th and Ocean Drive on Saturday, February 21, 2015.  The Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village featuring MasterCard Grand Tasting Tents and KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstrations.

“The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE is a national, star-studded, four-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. Hosted by Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida and Florida International University (FIU), the Festival benefits the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management’s Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Laboratory and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center at FIU. To date, the Festival has raised more than $20 million for the School.”

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Photographs of Urban Art Week Opening Party at FAAM on 2/13/15

Urban Art Week Opening Party at FAAM on Friday, February 13, 2015.  A five-day festival will transform Wynwood’s SPACEBY3 into a vibrant urban setting with streets and avenues showcasing world’s leading street artists, live music, and provocative discussions. Organized by Fine Art Auctions Miami (FAAM), the event took place over the President’s Day Weekend (Feb. 12-16, 2015) culminating on Monday, February 16, with an auction sale benefitting the Arts and Business Council of Miami and the Guntram von Habsburg Foundation.

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Photographs of Art/Work Connections Seminar 25: Grants for Artists 2.0 – Meet the Grantmakers on 2/17/15

Art/Work Connections Seminar 25: Grants for Artists 2.0 – Meet the Grantmakers at Miami Center for Architecture and Design on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.  Thank you to everyone who attended the Art/Work Connections #25: Grants for Artists 2.0, Featuring the Miami Foundation, Knight Foundation and the Department of Cultural Affairs. We had a good crowd and the response was overwhelmingly positive. If you enjoyed it and learned something, please consider leaving a testimonial for us. These really help us in future fundraising to bring you more and bigger programming!

We absolutely want to thank our host venue, Miami Center for Architecture and Design. They were wonderful to work with and the space is beautiful.

We also send out our deepest appreciation from the representatives of the grantmakers for coming out and giving up their Tuesday evening to talk about how they are working to help artists:
Tatiana Hernandez, Program Officer / Arts, Knight Foundation
Deborah J. Margol, Deputy Director, Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs
Victoria Fear, Programs Associate, Miami Foundation
And, of course, our moderator, Joshua Kingston.

Photographs of 2015 Progressive Miami International Boat Show on 2/14/15

2015 Progressive Miami International Boat Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center on Saturday, February 14, 2015.

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Photographs of Loco 4 Opa-Locka Pub Crawl on 2/12/15

Loco 4 Opa-Locka Pub Crawl, benefiting the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) presented by The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, LeadershipMiami group, Miami Rise on Thursday, February 12, 2015.  The pub crawl started at Segafredo Brickell then proceeded to Batch Gastropub, Blue Martini Brickell and ended the night at Blackbird Ordinary.

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Photographs of First Friday Art Night in Downtown Miami on 2/6/15

First Friday Art Night in Downtown Miami on Friday, February 6, 2015.

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Photographs of Art Wynwood VIP Preview on 2/12/15

Art Wynwood VIP Preview on Thursday, February 12, 2015.

“Art Wynwood 2015 will feature 70 international galleries presenting emerging, cutting edge, contemporary and modern works and will have its own distinct identity and design. A unique feature is the highlight of street art, murals, pop surrealism and other genres from the contemporary underground movement. Art Wynwood is perfectly positioned to further the growing worldwide recognition of this movement by providing the enthusiast and seasoned art world traveler alike a distinctive opportunity to explore, learn and collect one of the most significant art movements of our time. “

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Major Collectors from New York, Miami and Abroad Make Important Acquisitions

Art Wynwood, the annual Presidents Day Weekend art fair, presented over 60 galleries, from 9 countries representing over 25 cities, featured a wide breadth of quality works from both established and mid-career cutting edge artists. The Fourth Edition reported record attendance, attracting over 35,000 enthusiasts and some of the world’s most prominent collectors; as well as a strong show of patrons from the international clientele in town for the Yacht & Brokerage Show. Art Wynwood has secured its position as the most important contemporary art fair in the southeast during the winter months by offering the most discerning international collectors, art enthusiasts and seasoned cultural travelers the best opportunity to discover, explore and collect some of the most significant art works of our time.

“The City of Miami and The Wynwood Arts District continues to deliver for our participating dealers while quenching the thirst of an active international art collecting community who are visiting or residing in South Florida each winter,” said Nick Korniloff, Executive VP of Art Miami LLC. “This past weekend proved that Miami continues to develop as a serious cultural destination outside the month of December”

“For the fourth edition of Art Wynwood, the enthusiasm, focus and momentum of our local, regional and international galleries has made the fair an exceptional success,” said Grela Orihuela, Art Wynwood Fair Director. “Our clear determination was to continue to grow and shape this fair into an event embodying the tremendous art character and talent of its Miami roots.”

Christie’s International Real Estate hosted an interactive booth at the entrance of Art Wynwood, exhibiting international luxury residential real estate offerings, and a new addition to the fair was a special exhibition titled SOLO Miami where a selection of local galleries, including Emerson Dorsch, GUCCIVUITTON, Primary, Fredric Snitzer Gallery and Spinello Projects, exhibited side-by-side to present solo exhibitions premiering exciting new work by consequential local artists.

“Major collectors like Mera Rubell, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Jorge Perez and Jessica Goldman came through the fair. We are thrilled that Susan and Michael Hort have continued to support Farley Aguilar with their acquisition of Mourning, one of the three large oil on canvas painting that were featured in Spinello’s booth. Beth DeWoody also acquired a large oil painting, Patriarchy, as well as several ink on mylar paintings. In total, we placed 20 paintings – sold out!” said gallery owner Anthony Spinello. “Judging from the packed aisles, there is definitely an audience and most importantly people are buying.”

Famed gallery owner Fredric Snitzer, who also participated in the SOLO Miami exhibition said, “The reason I was happy to be a part of the fair this year was in the choice they made of selecting a few galleries from the community and having each focus on showing a Miami artist. It gives a snapshot and cross section of what’s happening here in a brief moment.” Other new exhibitions this year included, “La Habana in Waiting,” a solo exhibition by New York-based Chinese artist, Quentin Shih, in collaboration with participating gallery ART LEXÏNG. In his most recent series, “La Habana in Waiting,” Shih explores the tensions and melancholy in Cuban citizens sitting for an artist’s lens; the polarities between expressive individuals struggling for identity within a Communist regime. The fair continued its collaboration with Cash, Cans & Candy, an international festival of street art from Vienna, Austria, presented by Galerie Ernst Hilger. Curator Katrin- Sophie Dworczak of Cash, Cans & Candy lined up famed street artist, Boicut, to create original works onsite at the fair. Esteemed gallery owner, Bernice Steinbaum, presented a design installation by young artists, 10 percent of the proceeds of her sales from special project “Art in the Natural World and Cultured Settings” will go to the Museum of Art and Design in the Freedom Tower. Artists sold at her project included Enrique Gomez de Molina, Aurora Molina and Carrie Sieh among others. Jessica Goldman Srebnick, CEO of Goldman Properties, aligned once again with the fair and sponsored the Wynwood Walls Go! Shop pop up on-site at the Art Wynwood Pavilion. The Go! Shop invited the public to shop the Walls, through a curated collection of limited art editions, inspired and created by the artists of Wynwood Walls.

Lastly, Art Wynwood partnered with Miami Children’s Museum to provide a fun and interactive kid’s center – ArtRageous Kids Center.

Major sales included:
Archeus Post Modern of London sold Sam Francis’ “Los Angeles- Tokyo”; Asking price $250,000
Laura Rathe Fine Art of Houston sold two works on the opening night, including a 15ft long Christopher Martin piece with a price tag of $45,000
Jorge Perez acquired a Mel Ramos piece from Galerie Ernst Hilger Cynthia Corbett Gallery sold “Stahl House V” by Andy Burgess with a list price of $30,000 and pieces by David Hayes and Andreas Stanislav The Great Dane Collection sold an original Keith Haring for an undisclosed amount
Sponder Gallery sold three Maz-Steven Grossman pieces to one client Shine Artists sold a Jeff Robbs piece to a local private collector Hollis Taggart sold a Pablo Atchugary sculpture for an undisclosed amount
Tagliatella Galleries sold a Banksy and two Shepard Fairey prints Cernuda Arte sold over 20 works including, “Dream Navigators” and “Meditation in the Night Garden” by Robert Fabelo and “The Midnight Sun” by Vincente Hernandez
Art Lexing sold “Kaleidoscope” and “Whimsical” by Ye Hongxng and three photographs from Quentin Shih’s “La Habana in Waiting” special exhibition
Projects Gallery sold two pieces by Harry Enchin, which will be shipped to Europe; and sold “The Sun” by Frank Hyder to a local collector Other notable galleries reporting sales include ZK Gallery, Contessa Gallery, Vincent Vallarino Fine Art, K+Y Gallery, Kavachnina Contemporary, Boccara, The Chill Concept, Shin Gallery, Lausberg Contemporary, Scott Richards Contemporary Art, Mark Hachem, Vertu Fine Art, 55 Bellechasse, Waterhouse & Dodd, Primary, Robert Fontaine Gallery, Elite Fine Art Galleries, Waltman Ortega Fine Art, Miami’s Independent Thinkers, Rosenbaum Contemporary, Emerson Dorsch, Galeria La Cometa, Ascaso Gallery, Eckert Fine Art and more.

Art Wynwood celebrated Mel Ramos’ 80th birthday and his exceptional art career by presenting him with its first ever Art Wynwood Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award at a Private Dinner at db Bistro Moderne. The 2016 recipient of the award will be announced in the Fall of 2015 when the award is renamed the Art Wynwood/Tony Goldman Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award.

Major collectors who acquired unique pieces included Jorge Perez (PAMM CEO & President of The Related Group), Jessica Goldman (CEO, Goldman Properties) Mera Rubell, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Jessica Goldman, David Lombardi, and David Ginsberg (Vice Chairman, Boston Red Sox). Other notable attendees included Carol Damian, Univision TV personality Raul De Molina; Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria; Brazilian author Paulo Coelho; and NY hedge-fund manager Allen Teh.

Gallerist and curator, Bernice Steinbaum said, “Art Wynwood has exceeded my expectations in every way.” “The attendance has been tremendous,” said Orihuela, “and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone next year for the 5th edition of Art Wynwood February 11-15 of 2016.”

2015 Exhibitor List
55Bellechasse (Paris); ARCHEUS / POST-MODERN (London); ART LEXÏNG (Miami); Art Nouveau Gallery (Miami/Maracaibo); Artêria (Bromont); Ascaso Gallery (Miami); Beatriz Esguerra Art (Bogota); Berry Campbell (New York); Cernuda Arte (Coral Gables); Contessa Gallery (Cleveland); Cynthia Corbett Gallery (London); David Findlay Jr Gallery (New York); Durban Segnini Gallery (Miami); Eckert Fine Art (Pine Plains); Elite Fine Art Galleries (Miami); EVOKE Contemporary (Santa Fe); Flowers (New York/ London); Galería Casa Cuadrada (Bogota); Galería La Cometa (Bogota); Galerie Boccara (Paris); Galleria Ca’ d’Oro (Rome/ Miami/ New York City); Galleria Farina (Miami); Gallery Frederic Got (Paris); Gallery Tableau (Seoul); Hilger NEXT (Vienna); Hollis Taggart Galleries (New York); Irazoqui Art Gallery (Miami); K+Y gallery (Paris); Kavachnina Contemporary (Miami); Laura Rathe Fine Art (Houston); Lausberg Contemporary (Dusseldorf); Elizabeth Clement Fine Art (New York); Mark Hachem (Paris); Now Contemporary Art (Miami); OPIOM Gallery (Opio); PAUL KOLKER collection (New York); Projects Gallery (Miami); Rimonim Art Gallery (Miami); Robert Fontaine Gallery (Miami); Rosenbaum Contemporary (Bal Harbour/ Boca Raton); Rudolf Budja Gallery (Miami Beach); SALAMATINA GALLERY (New York); Scott Richards Contemporary Art (San Francisco); Seth Jason Beitler Fine Arts (Miami); Shin Gallery (New York); Shine Artists (London); Sponder Gallery (Miami); Taglialatella Galleries (New York); Tansey Contemporary (Santa Fe); The Chill Concept (Miami); The Great Dane Collection (Philadelphia); The McLoughlin Gallery (San Francisco); UNIX Gallery (New York); Vertu Fine Art (Boca Raton); Vincent Vallarino Fine Art (New York City); Waltman Ortega Fine Art (Miami/ Paris); Waterhouse & Dodd (New York/ London); Wynwood Art Group (Miami); ZK Gallery (San Francisco).

Sponsors & Partners
The generous 2015 sponsors and partners for Art Wynwood include: Christie’s International Real Estate – Official Luxury Real Estate Partner of Art Miami, JW Marriott Marquis Miami and Hotel Beaux Arts Miami – Official Luxury Hotels of Art Miami, Cash, Cans & Candy, Turon Travel, Rosenbaum Framing, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Goldman Properties, Wynwood Walls, Wynwood Kitchen and Bar, The Miami Children’s Museum, Uber, Spuntino Group, Perrier, The Miami Herald, Artinfo, Art & Auction, Art Nexus, The Art Newspaper,, Arte al Dia, Art Circuits, WLRN, Venue, Venu Magazine, Whitespace and Midtown Miami

Photographs by Wellington Guzman of Life Is Art 6th Year Anniversary Party at Hotel Astor on 1/31/15

Photographs taken by Wellington Guzman of Life Is Art 6th Year Anniversary Party at Hotel Astor Saturday, January 31, 2015.

For six years, Life Is Art has worked to support and promote our local arts and artists, as well as the community, other organizations, local businesses and our residents. We have committed ourselves to make Miami a better place to live, work and love. Founded in 2009, we were one of the few groups to focus on local artists and provide a wide range of services and opportunities. Now, we celebrated the sixth year of providing much-needed services, as we look forward to grow and do more for the community.

Live Music by: Bows & Ties  and Montserrat Franco with special performance by Jane “Jei” Castro and DJ Hank Justice.
Live Painting by: Ileana CollazoAquarela SabolTeePop and Nicole Salgar.
Live Performance by: Kikimora
Complimentary Libations by Blue Nectar Tequila
Free Mini Massages by: Freshly Squeezed
Poetry by: Oscar Fuentes, the Biscayne Poet

To see more of  Wellington Guzman‘s  work go to his website.