Mai Art Series To Celebrate Art And Design Every Month

Mai Art Series To Celebrate Art And Design Every Month
Maitardi’s Newest Event Series, MaiArt, Showcases Local and International Artists Every Last Wednesday of the Month
Wednesday December 29th at 6pm
Wednesday January 26th
163 NE 39th Street
Miami Design District

With Art Basel behind us but the buzz about Miami’s Design District reinvigorated, Maitardi is adding a new night of art and design, MaiArt, a cocktail gathering every last Wednesday of the month celebrating local and international artists. On Wednesday December 29th at 6pm, Kavachnina Contemporary Gallery will exhibit works by Sebastian Gonzalez and other featured artists while guests enjoy complimentary Prosecco and tapas until 7pm and music by Soul P.

“I wanted to explore the limits of identity projecting my characters in a timeless space,” describes artist Sebastian Adrian-Gonzalez. With his main residence in Paris, France, Sebastian’s pieces delve into interpretations of existentialism through individuals and groups, physical and mental representations, abstract and often violent intensity..

January’s MaiArt event, to be held on Wednesday January 26th will be produced by art curator and consultant Mariavelia Savino of Gildings and Savino. Titled MaiArt Series BEST OF 2010, it will showcase Sophie De Francesca, Tito Gomez, Carlos Augusto Pereira and Karen Starosta-Gilinsky. With a mix of texture, form and colors, each artist evokes combating emotions and reactions to mesh metal, cotton candy plush balls, realistic, magical, color and light.

With a revamped look, Maitardi now boasts a private natural bamboo fence around the plaza’s perimeter, new water features, sculptures and plenty of covered areas, perfect for events. The new entrance, now on the actual corner of 39th street and NE 1st Court (cobblestone street), stars two stone buddhas that welcome patrons to the new and improved Maitardi experience. The main dining area is now covered with oversized umbrellas in case of rain or direct sun exposure. And just adjacent, the finished outside bar shows off a fully stocked bar, extended roof and plenty of breeze.

The menu also underwent slight changes with delicious new tapas, made for sharing. New dishes include Quail Pancetta served with figs, prosciutto and marsala sauce, Grilled Asparagus topped with crispy parmesan, clarified butter and sunny side up quail eggs, Portuguese Octopus served with orange, fennel, cucumber and sweet chili and the Soft Shell Crab on golden polenta with goat cheese and sriracha tartar sauce. A few popular items will stay on the menu such as the Carcioffi Fritti, beer battered roman artichoke hearts with lemon mint aioli, and the Piri-Piri shrimp with ginger and harissa sauce.

Also, Maitardi’s Noche Latina is now every Thursday with sounds by Bossa Nova duo Rosie Max. Daily happy hour still offers $4 beers, $5 glass of wine and $6 specialty cocktails, and on Fridays, accompanied by DJ Aladin’s performance from 5 to 7pm.

About Maitardi:
Located in the oak-shaded plaza corner of NE 2nd avenue and 39th Street (163 NE 39th Street), also known as the heart of the Miami Design District, the risto-bar, a European concept combining ristorante and bar, opened Fall 2009. Maitardi’s experience rests on a casual, outdoors and sociable ambiance, delicious tapas meant for sharing and friendly and professional service. The location has retained its architectural design with the floor to ceiling leaf-mosaic façade along with the native oak trees throughout the patio giving it an irresistible appeal to relax, catch up on work or a book, hang out with friends for happy hour or lunch with a client. Complimentary Wi-Fi and outside bar available.