"Contemporary Art Clown" by JC Bravo
Following are City Link's picks for the week's top art events in South Florida. For our guide to the local art scene, visit Artmurmurartguide.wordpress.com.
THE ART OF BREW
Art, craft beers and food trucks will be featured at this fundraiser for the 55,000-square-foot Young at Art Museum opening next spring in Davie. The show will include works by more than 20 artists, including Pablo Cano, Clifton Childree and Ilian Velasco, as well as edibles from Slow Food Truck, Tastebuds Creative Food Service and Thierry's Catering.
Craft beers will be provided by from Biscayne's Renowned Engineers of Wort (B.R.E.W.) FIU, a beer lab run by students from Florida International University's Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Brown Distributing will also be pouring locally brewed beers..
The event will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at the Projects Exhibition Space, 519 N.W. First Ave., in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $30 and can be purchased at Youngatartmuseum.org/artofbrew.php. Call 954-424-0085 or visit Fatvillage.com.
HUMORATORIUM: THE ART OF WHIMSY
Curated by artist Lisa Rockford, this show will feature works by 33 artists who use “wit, humor, irony, or playfulness” to promote cultural discussion. The exhibition will include artist John Pack's “Dagwood,” which resembles an enormous stack of sandwiches but is really an assemblage made from fossils, shells, minerals and glass found in Florida. “Contemporary Art Clown” is the latest in a series of stubborn, big-headed little men by painter JC Bravo.
“Remote,” an assemblage by Randy Burman, depicts a man in jeans and a red T-shirt reclining in an easy chair that sits atop a cart. The man's bare feet rest on a footstool. In his right hand, he holds a remote control, and in his left a drink. Understandably, he has a beer gut. Another of Burman's assemblages, “Destroyer of Illusions,” presents a large, wide-eyed owl atop a giant wheel that is set to run over a tin man, a lion and a scarecrow.
Other highlights, according to Rockford, include Tawnie Silva's inflatable “Pony Ride,” Jonathan Stein'sLactose Intolerant series and Judy Polstra's found-object works.
Rockford says she selected the artists in Humoratorium via a “part-juried, part-invitational process.” Several of them will be selected to receive cash awards by a panel of art professionals that will include collectors Francie Bishop Good and Dan and Kathryn Mikesell, and Art and Culture Center of Hollywood curator Jane Hart.
Humoratorium will open from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 and run through Oct. 15 at 1310 Gallery, 1310 S.W. Second Court, in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-729-5794 or visit Sailboatbendartists.com.
"Firestarter" by Jennifer Love Gironda
We can always count on Bear and Bird Gallery to come through with a monstrously big and scary Halloween exhibition. This year's mega-show, which was open to all South Florida artists, will feature artwork inspired by scary movies. Jon Hunt, Amanda Valdes, Luis Diaz, Psycho Suzie and nearly 200 others will participate in Creep Cinema.
The classic 1922 film Nosferatu served as the inspiration for works by Erika Taguchi-Newton and Oscar E. Alonso. Meanwhile, German Nino created “American Horror Gothic,” a spin on Grant Wood's classic painting, with Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees standing in for the Midwestern couple.
Using a round canvas, Jennifer Love Gironda painted Drew Barrymore's character from Firestarter. “As a teenager, I loved Stephen King,” Gironda says. “I remember the first book I read: Salem's Lot. Just looking at the cover of it and knowing the story that was unfolding inside made me cringe. I lived all of those stories as I read them: It, Carrie, Firestarter, the short stories in Different Seasons. I couldn't get enough of his imagery and writing style.”
When she learned about the Creep Cinema show, she revisited King's books. “I had just finished a summer focused on the work of Gustav Klimt specifically his 'Tree of Life' — and Alphonse Mucha,” Gironda says. “My focus had been a series of 30 tree drawings with figurative elements, text and curvilinear lines. So the image of Drew Barrymore, especially the flowing hair, was a natural progression from my summer art explorations. I need to do some more work based on his books and movies. Heck, maybe I should re-read and re-watch them all.”
Creep Cinema will open from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 and run through Nov. 12 at Bear and Bird Gallery, which is upstairs at Tate's, 4566 N. University Drive, in Lauderhill. Call 954-748-0181 or visit Bearandbird.com.
About five years ago, Amanda Linton sat inside her Delray Beach bakery, House of Sweets, which was located inside the clothing store House of Vintage, and discussed her hope of being able to pull off her first Stitch Rock. Today, she's doubled the amount of vendors for the event and is well on her way to shutting down all those cookie-cutter craft stores in malls.
OK, maybe not. But with 80 vendors, as well as giveaways and a DIY fashion show, she will provide plenty of reasons to shop indie. This year's vendor list includes Michelle Parparian's Family Vintage; Danny Brito, the accurately self-described illustrator of cute and kitsch; pickler and crafter Our Lady of Perpetual Pickles; jewelrymaker Nina Mantra; and Orlando watercolor artist Kate Dolamore, whose love of birds shines through in her work.
The event will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 (with goodie bags for the first 100 people) in the gymnasium of Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., in Delray Beach. Admission is $5. Visit Rockthestitch.com.
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