Art Hive Magazine /// #26 /// Summer 2018

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EDUCATORS AND ARTISTS The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County presents an exhibition of artwork by the faculty of the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts

Clarence Measelle “I Conduit” (detail), 2018, mixed media, archival pigmented ink, acrylic transfers and resin, 48 x 36 inches

MAY 25 – AUGUST 18

As the Cultural Council celebrates its 40th anniversary, it’s fitting to mount an exhibition dedicated to the artist faculty of the school named after our founder, Alexander W. Dreyfoos. In 1997, Dreyfoos made the largest private contribution ever made to a public school in Florida when he pledged $1 million to support Palm Beach County School of the Arts, which was subsequently renamed in his honor. This exhibition honors each artist’s commitment to the students who continue to thrive under their guidance. For more information including the list of participating artists visit Exhibition is generously sponsored by:

Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building 601 Lake Avenue • Lake Worth, FL 33460 Tuesday – Saturday • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free and open to the public


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“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

We are very excited to finally launch the audio extension of the magazine: The Hello Creatives! podcast. The Hello Creatives! podcast will highlight conscious celebrities, the creative economy, and of course, ways to keep you creative. We hope you can use the podcast as an entertaining source of information on how the arts impacts your daily lives, how the evolving culture plays a vital role in the creative economy, and ways to grow your creative network. As a gift to our loyal readers (and future listeners) we are giving away multiple pairs of Apple AirPods to a few lucky winners! All you have to do to enter to win a pair is to check out the Hello Creatives! podcast and tell us what you think! For more info on the podcast and to enter to win your free pair of Apple AirPods, visit In conjunction with the launch of our podcast, we have partnered with Capital One® to bring you a fresh, fun way to network. Gone are the days of boring and awkward mixers that make it difficult to truly connect with other like-minded people. Every month, we will be bringing you Hello Creatives! at the Café, a networking and interactive art event for entrepreneurs, creatives, and the like. Held once a month over the summer at the Capital One® Café in West Palm Beach, guests will get a chance to network in a relaxed and fun atmosphere—create art, enjoy music, try new food and drinks, play games, and make new friends! Best of all—it’s all FREE! Mark your calendars now because you won’t want to miss these events! To kick off our event, we will be giving away a pair of Apple AirPods to one lucky guest of Hello Creatives! at the Café event on June 22nd. Every guest attending the event will have a chance to win. (Psst...if you RSVP, you get an extra chance to win!) For more info on the magazine, podcast, giveaway, and to RSVP for events— please visit our site at

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Our picks of grant programs, calls-to-artists and jobs to promote the development of creatives and nonprofit cultural organizations that provide art or activities enhancing the cultural environment of the community. For more listings, visit

2018 Florida Biennial | Art and Culture Center/Hollywood The 2018 Florida Biennial presented by Art and Culture Center/Hollywood is open to artists residing in the state of Florida working in any medium, and will be curated by Laura Marsh. This ninth edition focuses on exploring multicultural identities, discussing ecological issues, and imagining a robust cultural climate for Florida within the global economy. The exhibition opens September 14 and will run through October 21, 2018. Artists Honoraria: Jurors Pick: $1000 Honorable Mention: $500 In addition, for the first time in the Biennial’s history, all selected artists will be awarded a stipend to refund their submission fee, as well as a Friend-level membership. The membership is part of the North American Reciprocal Program, providing free admission to nearly 1,000 art and culture institutions. Visit biennial-2018 or call 954-921-3274 for additional information, and apply online at Application deadline is June 1, 2018. 2019 Residency | Artists in Residence in Everglades AIRIE invites visual artists, composers, choreographers, scholars and writers to seek both solitude and solidarity in the inspiring environment of Everglades National Park. Artists are provided a furnished apartment for the length of the residency, usually four weeks. The works completed during or following the residency will contribute to public understanding and appreciation of Everglades National Park. For more listings, visit https://954. fyi/opps. Application deadline is June 1, 2018. Art Elevated | New York, NY Art Elevated’s panel of esteemed arts jurors will select 90 artists’ works to be replicated on banners hung on lampposts throughout the world-famous Garment District in the heart of midtown Manhat10


tan, creating a fantastic aerial art gallery that will remain on view from September 3 to October 30, 2018. In addition, a First, Second, and Third prize selections will be awarded $1500, $1000, and $500. Details at Application deadline is June 30, 2018. Creative Investment Program | Broward Cultural Division The Creative Investment Program provides grants to individual Broward-based, practicing professional artists to assist with the creation of small but complete cultural projects for which applicants have not received grant monies through any other Broward Cultural Division incentive program. The project must take place in Broward County and must be an exhibition, live performance, lecture/demonstration or other arts activity that engages an audience. On a funds available basis, the program will award up to $2,000 per grant. Apply online at Application deadlines are June 1, 2018. First-time applicants must submit an Eligibility Request in advance of the application deadline. Broward Cultural Division offers workshops and staff consultation to assist artists in application preparation. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, email Clarke at, Grants Specialist at Broward Cultural Division. 7th Annual Juried Exhibition | JF Gallery JF Gallery in West Palm Beach, FL seeks entries for a juried art exhibition, September 1-29, 2018. One Best in Show cash prize. Jurors: Kara Walker Tome and Sibel Kocabasi. Open to all established or emerging artists. Entries must have been completed within the past 2 years and not previously exhibited in JF Gallery. There is no size limit for this exhibit. Painting, Photography and Sculpture in all genres are eligible. Jury will be looking for technically competent work in all genres and styles. $35 entry fee. Deadline: August 3, 2018. More info: 561-478-8281.

3rd Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival | Armory Arts Center Artists are invited to apply for the 3rd Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival, to be held December 1-2, 2018 at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, FL. Cash Awards for Best in Show, 1st Place, 2nd Place, and Honorable Mention. Eligible media: 2DDrawings, paintings, photography, printmaking, mixed media. 3D- Ceramics, sculpture, fiber, jewelry, glass, furniture. $35 application fee. Deadline: August 17, 2018. More info--call 561-832-1776. Cultural Festival Program| Broward Cultural Division Broward Cultural Division’s Cultural Festival Program helps support cultural projects that include audience participation and/or immersion around a programmatic focus, presented by eligible Broward-based, nonprofit cultural organizations and public entities. Projects should include the involvement of multiple community organizations, presenters, performance groups, and/or individual artists; projects that are part of, or promote, the creative industries or the cultural arts districts; or projects that demonstrate historical and diverse cultural heritage and local specific cultural arts activities. Before submitting a CFP application, applicants must submit a Letter of Intent including a project concept and budget. Apply online at http:// cfp.aspx. CFP application deadlines are July 1 and October 1, 2018. Art and Culture Center Student Exhibition Space | Hollywood Unveiling its Student Exhibition space, Art and Culture Center/Hollywood invites teachers from public and private schools, universities and nonprofit educational organizations to display artwork of students or participants in a professional setting. Apply online at http://artandculturecenter. org/student-exhibitions for the 2017-2018 school year, or call 954-921-3274 for details. Application deadline is October 31, 2018.

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Annual CGTrader Scholarship | National CGTrader is the largest 3D model marketplace backed by a designer community of more than 1.2 million members. CGTrader was founded with the goal of ensuring fair marketplace conditions for 3D designers. Every year CGTrader challenges students to dig into the field of technology by writing an essay on how innovative technologies are transforming our lives. High school senior, college undergraduate and graduate students can enter the CGTrader Scholarship 2018 challenge for a chance to win a share of the $3,000 prize money for their education expenses. The best essay submission will be awarded $2,000, and the two runners-up will receive $500 each. Submit your essay via the online form at https://www.cgtrader. com/scholarships. Application deadline is December 15, 2018. LEAP Award Lydon Emerging Artist Program | National The LEAP award provides a $1000 grant to one grantee for an early career artist in the contemporary craft field. The gift is intended to be used towards a new product line or body of work. The Society for Contemporary Craft will commit to promoting the work for the duration of one year along with providing special features on six finalists. Contemporary Craft (ceramics, wood, metal/jewelry, glass, found materials, mixed media, fiber or a combination of these materials). For more information, contact Susan Hillman/Jim Ebbert at Deadline December 31, 2018. Call for Artists | Hand 2 Hand Crafts Hand 2 Hand Crafts is seeking submissions from local artists and craftspeople to supply items for sale at their community-based Pop-up Shop with locations in the Sistrunk neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale. H2H Crafts provide free art workshops at YAA (Young At Art) Art House to assist in the creation and retail of limited edition home goods, along with crafts and original art in all media. H2H

Pop-up Shops are located throughout the broader community at events and central locations. Anyone interested in participating can either email photos of their work along with their name and a contact phone number to Patrice Troope at, call 954-424-5035, or simply drop by YAA Art House at 821 NW 8th Court, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 to register. Deadline to register is December 31, 2018. City Vista Artist-in-Residence Program | Pompano Beach The Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency invites artists of all disciplines to apply for the City Vista Artist-in-Residence program by submitting portfolios of their artistic work to City Vista is a mixed-use apartment building project including affordable housing for artists, currently in development in Pompano Beach. For more information, contact Emily Marcus, CRA Project Manager at 954-7867835 or email Application deadline is January 31, 2019; for more info, visit Call for Artists | The Frank Gallery The Frank C. Ortis Art Gallery and Exhibit Hall is a premier exhibition and learning space dedicated to fostering connections and community engagement. The Frank Art Gallery is now accepting artwork submissions and exhibition proposals from artists at any stage in their career. All media are acceptable. Only artwork and exhibition proposals submitted by email will be considered. Applicants must submit the following: 10-20 high-resolution .jpg images or .mov files of current artwork with title, date, media and dimensions; an artist statement or exhibition proposal of 250 words or less; and a current resume in Word or PDF format. Please submit all materials in one email to thefrank@ppines. com with the subject line GENERAL ART SUBMISSION. Application deadline is January 31, 2019. For more information, visit

Performing Artists and Vendors | Saturday Sessions - Art Prevails Project Every first Saturday of the month, Art Prevails Project presents Saturday Sessions at The Megaphone, an exciting showcase of emerging performing artists set in the heart of the Historic Sistrunk community of Fort Lauderdale. Poets, musicians, vocalists, actors, and more grace this monthly stage and dazzle the audience with their talent. Submit for performance and vendor opportunities (food and product vendors) by emailing Deadline is March 2, 2019; more info at Artists on the Rise | Hollywood Artists on the Rise is a nonprofit organization that helps artists channel their talents to battle mental health disorders. Artists on the Rise invites talented artists to submit their artwork for monthly exhibits and sales at local businesses. The organization provides a platform in the highly competitive art field for exhibiting and selling art, as well as providing materials such as paint, brushes, canvases and other necessary tools. Visit for submission information. The deadline to submit work is April 30, 2019. Awesome Foundation Grant | National A micro-granting organization, funding "awesome" ideas, The Awesome Foundation set up local chapters around the world to provide rolling grants of $1000 to "awesome projects." Each chapter defines what is "awesome" for their local community, but most include arts initiative and public or social practice art projects. There are also a few worldwide grant chapters that give a pretty succinct summary: "We give no-strings-attached weekly grants to awesome initiatives which solve a problem, cultivate community, and spread joy." Anyone in any field is eligible for a grant — individuals, groups, and organizations alike. Deadlines rolling—monthly grants offered. More at www.





By Bea Conrad


rom getting commuters where they are going and steering them around travel delays to connecting with long last friends and family members and making plans for the weekends, smartphone users rely on their apps for almost everything. And while most of those apps are useful and valuable, there are always a few that perform more nefarious actions. Some of these smartphone apps steal data, others share personal information with third parties, and others plant viruses and malware on your smartphone and computer network. But no matter what they do, these apps are bad news, and you need to do everything you can to avoid them. Unfortunately, these potentially harmful smartphone apps are not always easy to spot. If you want to enjoy the best and most useful apps, you need to take proactive steps to avoid the bad ones. Here are five warning signs to watch out for as you search your favorite app store.

#1. NEGATIVE REVIEWS — OR NO FEEDBACK AT ALL Malicious smartphone apps often come and go with lightning speed. Their developers hope to fly under the radar, avoiding detection by the operators of popular app stores. They hope that enough people will download them and that they can benefit from the data they steal or the viruses they plant before anyone catches on. As a result, these malicious apps often have few reviews, and sometimes none at all. But as they gain users and victims, the reviews that do come in are likely to be largely negative. Watch out for apps that have no feedback, and be very wary if the reviews are almost all bad.

Do you have a gut feeling that the smartphone app you’re using is a Your instincts may be correct. Photo by Rob Hampson

every review is of the glowing 5-star version but light on details, you should proceed with caution. In a real review, the user of the smartphone app will provide at least a few details, including what they like and what they think the developer could have done better. Even the best apps have a few detractors, so the absence of criticism is always cause for concern.

#3. POOR FORMATTING If the app looks bad, it is probably not worth your time. Even if there is no malicious code inside, if the developer has not taken the time to make the app look good, that lack of detail probably extends to its performance. Examine the formatting of the app and how it laid out on the screen. If the app shows a lack of attention to detail, it is probably better to pass, or at least wait for some reviews from real users.



Bad reviews can be a sign of trouble, but so can reviews that are too good to be true. If

Things like spelling errors, grammatical issues and an overall lack of professionalism



are always cause for concern. It is important to read the entire app description, including the terms and conditions, before pressing the download button. It is easy to overlook these types of issues, especially if you are in a hurry. Even so, taking a few minutes to review the app closely could protect you and your phone from malware.

#5. A LACK OF INFORMATION If you cannot find any information about the app, you might want to wait until more is known. While a brand new app may not have a wealth of information available online, you should be able to find something. Before you download any app, you should at least do a quick Google search. If you do not like what you see, or you cannot find anything at all, you might want to pass. The right smartphone apps can make your life easier, but the wrong ones can put your security and personal data at risk. If you want to enjoy the good while avoiding the bad, learning the warning signs of a malicious smartphone app is a good place to start.




With a little creativity and ingenuity the Raspberry Pi computer makes anything possible. Photo courtesy Raspberry Pi.

By Chris Smith The Raspberry Pi isn’t the fastest or the most powerful computer in the world, but it’s certainly one of the most important. This credit cardsized miracle of modern technology arrived in 2012 as an affordable ($35), barebones alternative to the traditional PC. The idea was straightforward; the motherboard could be plugged into existing peripherals, like monitors and keyboards and run highly customisable software. The overriding aim was to make it easier for schools to restore coding to the curriculum. However, inventive electronics enthusiasts of all skill levels have helped the Pi gain endless purpose. It has become the brain of robots, automated pet feeders, retro games consoles, walkie-talkies, magic mirrors and so much more. Artists are also using the Raspberry Pi to create inventive installations. Perhaps some of these innovative builds will give you the inspiration to bake your own Pi projects?


Google Search’s autocomplete suggestions are often helpful, sometimes horrifying and occasionally hilarious. But works of art? That’s a new one. At Zach Gage’s Glaciers installation in New York City, he used the Raspberry Pi, an e-ink screen and a custom-built script to showcase autocomplete poetry. He programmed the Pis to pick up the most searched for phrases based around a specific beginning, like “I’m scared of…” Each day, the program consults Google for new answers. He writes: “While this construction process means that the poems may change, because of the immense amount of dataflow constructing the most popular autocompletes, it’s likely that they will not be altered for 14


months, years or even decades. Still, one day you’ll wake up, and the poem will be different, the long moment passed.”


In 2015, the creative collective Meow Wolfe turned a disused bowling alley into a 20,000 square foot Victorian-era house that’s part inter-dimensional murder mystery and part interactive art installation. The group of over 100 artists gathered in Santa Fe, NM to create the fantastical House of Eternal Return, aided by the use of low-voltage Raspberry Pi 2 computers to power the interactive lighting and musical experiences. It promises a “nexus of colorful, chaotic portals that take explorers to worlds they’ve only seen in their wildest dreams,” and a “different experience depending on your degree of consciousness” It’s a permanent installation you can visit yourself.


In Greek mythology, Sisyphus’ punishment for cheating death was… punitive. He was condemned to roll a heavy bolder up a steep hill, every day, for the rest of eternity. Today you might hear such futile endeavors, like talking politics with your in-laws, as Sisyphean. Bruce Shapiro’s creation of the same name is anything but Sisyphean. He used a Raspberry Pi to create a mesmerizing kinetic art piece. Thanks to what’s essentially a motor-powered ‘Spirograph’ stencil, he uses a magnet to push a small metal ball around a sandpit, which creates beautiful patterns in the sand. The Pi script features a multitude of different patterns, so every day offers a new desert landscape to enjoy. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, he’s selling them as connected coffee tables you’d probably never, ever risk putting your coffee on.


You’ve probably seen the Philips Hue smart lighting system, where a quick tap on your phone sets the mood throughout your home? New American Public Art used a Raspberry Pi to create a similar set-up, but on a larger scale and in a public space. It’s called Color Commons. Visitors to the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston can control the 24-foot tall Light Blades simply by sending a text message. “The server sends the message to the microcontroller,” the NAPA group explains. “Whether it’s a color or the ciphered message, the microcontroller translates the text to a trigger code which changes the colors of the Light Blades.”


Believe it or not, old-fashioned cathode ray tube TVs (the ones with rearends so capacious they make those South Beach buttock augmentation surgeries look subtle) are hot property. German studio Spiegelbilder used 29 such screens to create video walls for the metal band STRANDKØNZERT. Thanks to 24 Raspberry Pi computers performing a little behind the scenes wizardry, each CRT display was handed a portion of the image, which exactly matched the screens dimensions. It adds a cool collage effect and adds a little low-tech grit befitting of the genre.


HOW TO GET STARTED WITH THE RASPBERRY PI The Raspberry Pi has opened up computer science to people with no previous experience. Trust me, once you grasp the basics it can be pretty addictive. Here are five tips to set you on your way. 1) Get a Raspberry Pi starter kit: On its own the Pi motherboard is useless. It needs power, storage, software and peripherals to create anything. A starter kit, depending on which you buy, features a power adapter, SD card, a case, Wi-Fi adapters and more. 2) Buy/borrow a book with some basic projects: I contributed to this book and it features a host of simple builds, as well as an introduction to the Pi, its potential uses and the programming language and commands used to operate the Pi. The official Raspberry Pi learning resources website is also a great place to start. 3) Try a simple build: There are so many projects that don’t require coding skills, extensive equipment or getting handy with a soldering iron. My favourite is an old school gaming console based on the RetroPi software. It has easy-to-follow steps that involve installing software and transferring files. And, ultimately, playing Mario Kart on something you built is very satisfying. As with many of these projects, helpful builders placed their code online for others to benefit, adapt and learn from freely. 4) Code your first piece of software: The Raspberry Pi uses a programming language called Phython. The Turtle project detailed here is a good way to get started. You’ll learn to draw lines, shapes and spirals using text-based commands, while also learning to loop sequences, change colours and more. 5) Take an online coding course: Once you’re comfortable with the very basics, you can start thinking about creating your own projects using

your own custom-built software. That can be quite intimidating, but there are loads of coding courses online and perhaps some are in your area. Naturally, we’d also recommend a little schooling before you start playing with live electronics, also.






ave you been using social media marketing in an attempt to grow your business, but find you are achieving lackluster results? Are you questioning the ROI (return on investment) of social media and wondering whether you should throw in the proverbial towel? It could be the problem isn’t with social media itself, but how you are using social media platforms. If you want to ensure social media marketing drives significant customer acquisition results for your brand, make sure you are not making the following five social media marketing mistakes.

targeted at follower growth and customer acquisition and make sure the content you’re sharing is aligned with your business’ goals.

•SPAMMING FOLLOWERS Spamming followers is one of the quickest ways to aggravate your audience. Most of your followers don’t want their social media feeds overwhelmed with your

If you only post on social media once a week, you can’t expect to enjoy increased social media marketing ROI. Your social media marketing calendar should include details of when you will post, what you will post, and how you plan to reshare previously posted content. Don’t make regular appearances in the social media feeds of your followers and you might as well not even be using social networking to grow your business.

•FAILING TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS One of the most common reasons for low social media marketing ROI is a failure to build relationships. Instead of calling it social media marketing, think of your outreach efforts like social media family building. If you talked incessantly about yourself to your friends and family, they would soon begin to tune you out. The same thing happens on social media. Each post you make on social media is an opportunity to court a potential follower. Work on building relationships on social media and you will soon see just how fruitful social networking can be for brand growth.

•NOT GIVING POTENTIAL CONNECTIONS A REASON TO CONNECT WITH YOUR COMPANY Take a look at your social media feeds. What sort of information and helpful posts are you sharing and what sort of vibe is your brand giving off? Are your posts negative and sarcastic? Are the majority of your posts self-promotional? The content you offer on social media has a direct correlation to the type of audience that follows you. If you want to boost your social media marketing ROI, it is imperative you give potential connections a reason to follow your brand. Create a social media marketing strategy



With consistency, and a willingness to be of service to your audience, social media can be a powerful tool for business growth. Photo by Norwood Themes

incessant posts. Be judicious in your approach to social sharing and make sure the content you are sharing with followers is of value. Whether it is motivational posts, news-related posts, or fun and frivolous content, take care not to spam your followers with too many posts.

•INFREQUENT ACTIVITY On the opposite of spamming followers is the problem of not posting frequently enough to keep your audience engaged.

•TARGETING THE WRONG AUDIENCE Another social media mistake many brands make is targeting the wrong audience. You must have a clear idea of who your target audience is on social media, the type of content they will react to/engage with, and the issues/trends that are important to them. Failure to target your audience appropriately can significantly reduce your social media marketing return on investment.


Bruce Helander, Blue Period, 2016, Original embellished acrylic on canvas with printed background, 72 x 54 in.

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Sandra Muss, Ascension, 2017, 49.5 x 49.5 x 5 in. Courtesy of the artist.





have been following the professional career of Miami Beachbased artist Sandra Muss for a number of years and in particular the flurry of creative activities that the artist has generated over the past twenty-four months, which is nothing less than remarkable. She has exhibited at the New Gallery of Modern Art in Charlotte, The Kreeger Museum and Sculpture Garden (which was designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson) in Washington, D.C., Hollis Taggart Galleries in Manhattan and DTR Modern in Palm Beach and Boston, as well as a solo show at the Coral Springs Museum of Art, and an on stage site-specific projected installation for “The Poetry of Music and Design, An Homage to Zaha Hadid,” Most recently, her work was designed for a special performance by the Miami Symphony Orchestra and featured in OpenArtCode Florence in the Salone di Donatello of the Basilica of San Lorenzo (Italy). What’s curiously impressive about all this creative dynamism is Muss’ knack to harness effectively an imposing, intuitive resourceful ability that utilizes a somewhat remarkable collection of found industrial materials, many of which were found in the Berkshires, like weathered factory doors used as metal “canvases.” Her personal palette is a complicated mix of patinaed objects for which she forages about in order to discover

that later would be spread out on her studio floor, ready to be placed in a large box-like structure like building blocks, which ultimately were painted matte black. John Chamberlain was another champion of found items, and after his experiences at the highly influential Black Mountain College (with a blue-chip faculty that included Josef Albers and Willem de Kooning), he was persuaded to make abstract sculpture exclusively out of found and scavenged automobile parts, which later he inventively placed together, creating a new life for discarded scraps of painted steel into abstract expressionist-influenced forms. In the late 1980s, I had the great pleasure of visiting Chamberlain in his massive Sarasota studio in order to curate an exhibition on his large-scale works, along with those of Rauschenberg and Rosenquist. Left alone in this makeshift cathedral-warehouse for an hour, I discovered that Chamberlain took great delight in forming small, secret, temporary piles of disparate metal leftovers in neat little grids, so that the artist personally could enjoy these handsome, yet incredibly private and personal moments before he borrowed parts and pieces originally cut up from a moving object of art with four tires and a spare.

Her personal palette is a complicated mix of patinaed objects for which she forages about in order to discover appropriate resources that can comfortably fit into her impressive collage construction aesthetic.

appropriate resources that can comfortably fit into her impressive collage construction aesthetic. What’s even more memorable is that she has developed an absolute singular idiosyncratic recognizable style that has matured into a fascinating and beautiful mixed media arrangement of disparate forms and surface textures. Sandra Muss certainly is not the first artist to discover and enjoy the delicious fruits of being a true scavenger. Louise Nevelson, who was the very first and quite illegal loft resident in the Cast Iron district of SoHo in the 1950s, initiated a daily search along the sidewalks and empty lots in various neighborhoods to accumulate piles of wood fragments, construction site remnants and manufacturing detritus

Picasso, who is credited widely with originating abstraction and cubism, was a voracious collector of objects that appealed to his sensibility and wit, and occasionally these were utilized in his assemblages (see: Bull’s Head, 1942, made from a bicycle’s seat and handle bars). It’s interesting and connectively appropriate to mention here that Picasso was known to stroll around the narrow streets of Paris with his then-companion, Françoise Gilot, who pushed an empty baby carriage that the maestro would fill with whatever promising bits and pieces he noticed on their walk, like Louise Nevelson carried out later, turning one person’s discarded junk into another’s treasure. Sandra





Sandra Muss, Bliss, 2017, 67 x 27.75 x 5.5 in. Courtesy of the artist.



Muss’ Miami Beach studio has the same pioneering spirit and sense of integrity and mystique. A passerby might initially mistake her studio for a sophisticated secondhand store selling snippets of unusual objects without a clue of the ongoing metamorphosis that goes on inside. A sharp art detective wouldn’t take long to connect the dots and realize that the Muss studio is a continual, never-ending melting pot of sifting raw materials with considerable natural beauty, which eventually are manipulated and reformed into wondrous works of an adaptively re-used “medium” that take on a consistent personality of their own new identity to mold a cohesive and recognizable common denominator of style and application. The works on display and in progress possess an enchanted and mysterious quality that is consistent throughout. A journey up the stairs to her second-floor space is reminiscent of a antique store gone wild or a scene from “American Pickers.” Rusted fragments lean against the bannister while others remain temporarily homeless, waiting for someday to brush off the dust and get with the program line-up of performing newly engaged participants. In fact, the first floor reminds me of a cubist forest comprised of earth-toned, vertical shapes, including industrial steel doors, wire mesh columns, unrecognizable rubble from long abandoned factories and bric-abrac with a twist.

Detail: Sandra Muss, Ascension, 2017. A close-up view of the resin squares reveals the “robot-like” circular patterns of industry, adding to the vitality of Muss’ works.

I immediately was awestruck when I discovered the latest series of works by Sandra Muss, as they are constructions that are completely new and have no real counterpoint, nor do they reflect directly on any other artist’s work of which I know. This new series is indeed memorable and quite likely the handsomest compositions that the artist has produced so far. The works, mostly horizontal and averaging sixty inches wide, received their initial inspiration from the flat, square raw materials that the artist unearthed in a junkyard, which apparently were used as a resin base for cutting various pieces of metal over and over again. In some cases, Sandra has taken advantage of the rigorous, repeat pattern patina that has been “engraved” over time into the resin’s surfaces. If these were metal plates they could be mistaken for mezzotints, as the dizzying circular marks have been permanently etched into the resin’s exterior. The machine that originally scratched the surfaces was an original de facto artist, preceding robotic arms, and without a robotic-call! The immediate response by a viewer is immense inquisitiveness, as these works cannot be traced to another artist or a particular movement. Rather, these new compositions embrace the complications of multiple layers decades old, complete with illuminating under-panels that add a wonderful, enigmatic, and natural three-dimensional spirit to the works. In some compositions, transparent cumulus clouds seem to float by near dusk, with small photographic slivers of trees to anchor the corners and add a useful foreground element that is helpful in creating an impression of space. Other images in this delightful series are stocked consistently with marks that offer familial recognition, even though some of the pieces are quite minimal. The work titled Ascension consists of a modest number of vertical engraved lines accented by two diagonal strokes that construct a kind of faint double “Z.” This piece is topped off above with an abstract English sunrise, or a type of halo, or a crown of steel thorns. You be the judge. South Florida remains an environment of discovery and organic beauty coupled with constant visual stimulation, all of which artist Sandra Muss has creatively and skillfully assimilated and grafted together to fashion a series of works that is simply unforgettable. Bravo! For more information on Sandra Muss, please visit: —Bruce Helander is an artist based in South Florida who writes on art. He is a former Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Rhode Island School of Design, a former White House Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, and is a member of the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.

Sandra Muss, Crepuscule I, 2017, 67.75 x 48 3/8 x 5.5 in. Courtesy of the artist.




Norwegian wunderkind Alan Walker, a young man just shy of his 21st birthday, has already solidified his rule of the roost inside of his meticulously crafted digital kingdom. The prolific music producer and DJ best known for his 2015 hit single, "Faded", mesmerized and marveled thousands at Ultra in Miami this year, giving crowds a show they won’t soon forget. Alan Walker took a moment to chat with Art Hive Magazine right after his set. Welcome to Miami—your set was amazing! What do you enjoy most about Ultra and where are you headed to next? I think what’s really cool about Ultra is that it’s live streamed—it really shows how music is uniting people worldwide. It’s insane and very unique—I love being in the middle of Miami, the energy was amazing. Up next I’m working with Kygo on the ‘Kids in Love’ world tour. It’s pretty cool we get to tour together—he’s a friend of mine from Bergen, Norway. You’ve achieved so much success at such a young age—what advice could you give someone who is just starting out on their own musical journey?



I would say never, ever start making music with the intention that you are going to become famous or instantly get huge because it’s something that you need to be passionate about—and patient as well. It’s going to take time. What I’d also like to say is that you never know what is around the corner. The reason why I’m saying that is because when I did "Fade" I had, maybe, 1000 followers on SoundCloud and YouTube and "Fade" just completely blew up and it was crazy and really, really fun. Don’t ever, ever let anyone else get you down, just do your thing and believe in yourself. Did becoming a hit at such a young age affect you in any particular way? Did you party too hard or were you able to stay focused on working? I was able to stay focused on work—I wasn’t really the ‘party guy’. "Fade" blowing up that early, when I was around 16 or 17 years old, was a challenge with high school, and other things, and then I signed that management contract remaking "Fade" to "Faded"—that’s when it really blew up. Any exciting collaborations you will be working with in the future? I’m pretty excited—me and Steve Aoki just announced (working together) on the main stage. Other than that, there’s not really anything I can tell you more about now...but later there are a couple big things happening!


In the very beginning he would use the name DJ Walkzz, but his real name is Alan Walker Alan began his music career by gradually posting his music to YouTube and SoundCloud in July 2012 “Faded” is certified platinum in 13 countries “Faded” is the 33rd most viewed YouTube video with 1,697,824,492 views “Faded” is the 6th most liked Youtube video with 11M likes

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DIRTY HEADS By Andrew Winninger


hoever coined the phrase "do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life" was on to something. I mean every job has those days and I’d be hard pressed to find someone who loves every aspect of what they do; but it’s got to be pretty hard to be salty when you’re about to walk out on stage to thousands of fans chanting your band’s name.

I met Shawn Hagood by chance when our paths crossed at a small independent record label in Deerfield Beach. We bonded over our love for all things music and since then he’s gone on to do some pretty incredible things, including living the dream of being an international rock star—the touring, the album recording, the whole nine yards.

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He’s still as humble as ever and I had the opportunity to catch Shawn between rehearsals to talk creativity, drive and the music business before the Dirty Heads hit the road with Iration for an epic summer tour.




Andrew Winninger: What got you into music? Shawn Hagood: I was 100% a band kid. My parents always played CD’s in the house when I was growing up. I remember a lot of 70’s R&B, funk, jazz, gospel and pop music. 70’s and 80’s pop music, that is. Then, since we were in church seemingly every day of the week, I started to lean in on the bands. Looking back, I think the temperament and poise of the pianists, organists, and bassists seemed to resonate more with me at that time. They were always in control, always carrying the songs and following the flow of the service. I loved the timing of when they would start playing - that always stood out to me. The drums seemed to be a bit more flashy and outspoken, but as it turns out, I couldn’t avoid the drum bug, myself. I started out by accompanying the elementary and middle school choirs on piano, until I got to 8th grade All-State level repertoire. One day after school, I heard the 8th grade Jazz Band at Gateway Junior High School rehearsing. My friend, Ben, pretty much forced me to join. They needed a bassist but all they had was a keyboard, so I clicked on some “acoustic jazz bass” patch and went to town, haha. Then he talked me into joining the drumline. He said “dude, we travel on weekends for competitions and we go to Disney World.” I played in EVERY ensemble I could. Who were some of your earliest musical influences that you still go back and listen to? What are some current musicians you’re really into? I still go back and listen to Fred Hammond albums, John P. Kee, Kirk Franklin and Hezekiah Walker sometimes because the arrangements are so dope. The messages mean a lot to me too, so combined, it’s really powerful for me to remember those roots no matter where I go. These days, I listen to music by moods so it’s literally all over the place. For the sake of sharing, I can say Anderson .Paak, The Roots, Kendrick Lamar, Young the Giant, Leon Bridges, Khalid, Cory Henry, Polyphia, Common Kings, anything with Big Yuki, Michael Kiwanuka - I’ll add some others to Spotify to share. Tell me about the local South Florida bands you played in when you were establishing yourself as a gigging musician. When I graduated from FAU in 2010 I was HUNGRY, bro! I knew that I needed to play as many styles as possible if I wanted to be a true professional. I basically scouted bands at bars and venues and I hawked through Craigslist ads and went nuts. Spred the Dub (keys), 45 Live (keys), Rich Kid Sound System (drums), House Band at the Arts Garage (keys), The Atlas Complex (drums), Dangerflow (keys) and I accompanied solo artists whenever I could fit them in. If I wasn’t at my day job (working for Joe Bonamassa or teaching drum lessons at School of Rock), I was either in rehearsal with one of those bands or performing that night. It was awesome.



Your success didn’t come overnight. You’ve invested years playing, practicing, networking – tell me about the steps you took to get to where you are today. That is correct. There are some successful outliers of course, but hard work and persistence are the keys to the castle in my opinion. We all know there are many different paths to get to the top of the mountain, but there are several things I stuck to. I rarely turned down a gig because they always offer a teaching lesson. For example: how to perform in 4 ft of space, how to reach an amp 30 ft away, how to stretch a song for 15 minutes without it sounding boring (still working on that), how to play songs in a different key than you practiced, how to make sure you get paid on time, how to pack up all your gear in 10 minutes so the DJ can set up, how to pack up your gear before you get a parking ticket for blocking traffic on Clematis St, you know - the important things. If I had to learn a style I was unfamiliar with, I’d jump on YouTube, grab a tutorial, shed (practice, for those unfamiliar with the term) for a few hours, Google the top artists in that genre, listen to their music, apply the concepts and just go at it! As for networking, especially 8-10 years ago, it was really about being present where the people were. You had to go and meet people and talk to them and share ideas. Share music, exchange emails, you know. I became a member of the Grammy Recording Academy and that also provided several networking opportunities to meet people. However, it didn’t come close to the exposure you’d get by being a decent person, showing up, performing well, and talking to people face-to-face. I’m sure all that time wasn’t without any setbacks – any major hurdles when you were coming up? Having faith that I would be able to make music forever was tough sometimes - it still is. But instead of letting that worry me, I just work harder to keep music as my focus. Why waste that precious time worrying about it instead of just doing it? What are your thoughts on advancements in technology, both from the inhome studio/production and the ability to self-promote through social media standpoints and the impact they’ve had on the music industry? I think technology has only advanced the music industry. It has helped it evolve and made music accessible to more people! It is so easy to create - I can’t even explain it. Even voice notes on your phone can turn into songs. Ableton is the jam. As for social media… of course there are advantages - promoting, sharing, discovering. We need to keep a balance with real life though. Life is so much more beautiful in person.

How did the Dirty Heads opportunity first come about? How’d you feel when you “got the call”? I was introduced to Dirty Heads’ music by my friend Alexis. One day at work, he said “Hey, you like reggae and dub, right? You should check these guys out.” I had just got hooked on John Brown’s Body so I was down. One night in October back in 2011, I went to a Dirty Heads (DH) show at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale when they were on tour with Gym Class Heroes. I was a little worried because I was running late to the show - that day I had to go home after work, switch the drums out of my car from one show for some keyboards for another, eat dinner, drive to Revolution, catch their show and then perform that night from 11-2am at Fat Cat’s. Since I had never heard of DH before, I assumed they would open for Gym Class. When I arrived, Gym Class was finishing their set and I thought it was all over; but someone said Dirty Heads were up next. At that moment, I was thinking “Well damn! Who the hell are these guys?” They opened their set with Hip Hop Misfits and everyone went BANANAS. I watched and couldn’t contain the grin on my face - it was one of the most fun shows I had seen in a while. They mixed elements of hip hop with reggae and rock beats. Sadly though, they already had a bad ass drummer AND an additional percussionist. In my mind, it was a wrap. I thought “oh well, I’ll find a touring band one day.” So after their show, I went next door and started to play with my band Spred the Dub. We covered a Dennis Brown tune called “Man Next Door” - it was always one of my favorites. It also happened to be one of the samples used in a DH record called “Neighborhood.” We are banging this tune, and Matty and Jared (of the Dirty Heads) happened to stroll in. I didn’t think much of it, just “hm that’s cool.” After our set, I had a beer with Jared at the bar. We chatted for a few minutes and he said “have you ever thought about touring?” I said something to the effect of “Yeah man. Let me know what you guys are thinking.” We exchanged numbers and I didn’t hear from him for months. That happens a lot in the entertainment industry, so I didn’t think too much of it. I just knew I had better keep my skills sharp because one day, someone will call and actually take me up on it, whether it was DH or someone else. About 6 months later, I got a call from their manager asking if I’d be willing to fly out and rehearse with them. I agreed! After some shedding in my garage and buying a roundtrip ticket to Orange County, I was running the set list. My first two shows were a radio show at a casino in California and Jimmy Kimmel. I’ll never forget the feeling of calling my mom from my hotel. I was freaking out.

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Everyone thinks rock stars are living the dream, and they are for the most part - but I know it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. What can you tell me about the grind?

I don’t get to jam as much as I would like; however, the more energy I put into this band, the more free-time I will have in the future. That’s for sure.

It really depends on what you want to gain from your own grind. Every musician has their own set of goals in mind. For me personally, I want music to be a part of my life forever. That means touring, writing music with new people, consulting, teaching lessons, keeping music education in schools, and booking new artists/curating festivals, etc. Each one of those jobs require many hours of study, practicing, taking meetings, preparation, trial and error - there is never a dull moment.

By the time this is in print, you’ll be on your summer tour which is the second in support of the latest album Swim Team – what’s next after this tour?

Part of the grind however, is also inclusive of staying in mental and physical shape. Touring can be very taxing on your mind and body. I don’t want the best part of my life to become the one thing that takes me out of it. Hell nah. It must be such an incredible, once in a lifetime experience – what are some of the highlights of your time with DH? Every show is a highlight for me. I’m incredibly grateful. Performing at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO is always a stand out. Performing for my family and friends in Pittsburgh and South Florida means a lot to me. I have met many bands including Incubus - they’re all extremely kind people. I never imagined I’d perform with Tech N9ne or Cypress Hill. I also never dreamed I would see so many countries of the world so soon. It has been quite a journey. There’s no shortage of temptation on the road – girls, drugs, partying, etc. – how do you balance the fun of being in a band like DH with the responsibilities to your band and to your fans that come with being a professional musician?

After this summer tour we will be hitting a few festivals, taking a little time off, and then going back out again this fall! We will hit about 5 more weeks on the road and we are gonna keep pushing out different set lists and stepping up our music production. If you have never been to a Dirty Heads show or even if you have, it’s a great opportunity to see a slightly different side of the band as we test out some things you wouldn’t expect! As for new music… it is definitely coming and it will definitely be dope. What advice would you give kids in school who want to pursue a career in music? Do: Learn how to read music so that you can articulate your musical ideas with a wide range of vocabulary and tools. However, written music is not going to be handed to you in most scenarios. Training your ear to pick up ideas and repeat them, is the quickest way to learn songs. I love opening up Apple Music or Spotify, hitting “shuffle” and learning songs as fast as I can. It comes in handy far too often to ignore! Do: Take lessons from someone you want to sound like, or someone who is already doing what you aspire to do. Do: Use YouTube. You have the internet! There are absolutely zero excuses as to why you can’t learn literally anything.

Easy. Ask “is what I am about to do, worth giving up everything I have worked for? Yes or no?” Usually the answer is “no.”

Do: Rehearse before rehearsal. Don’t show up to a band rehearsal to learn the songs in front of everyone (gross!).

What does your pre-show ritual look like?

Do that at home. Rehearsal is supposed to be the band’s time to put all the pieces together, to fix mistakes, come up with transitions, arrangements, experiment with different elements, etc.

About one hour before set time, I’m warming up my voice using an app on my phone. I look over the set list for the night to see if I forgot to program anything. During changeover, I usually set up my laptop and take a solid pass-through of my keyboards and make sure everything is feeling good. On the way back to the dressing room, I write a pre-show toast every night. Once we’re in the green room, we hang out, do the toast, grab our in-ear monitors, text the family, etc., and it’s showtime. Boom boom. As the newest member of DH (as of 2012), how have you seen DH grow and develop in the 6 years you’ve been with them? I don’t think I could do this question justice. I can say that Dirty Heads are 6 years, dozens of tours and many personal journeys beyond when I met them. Dirty Heads acknowledge every mistake. They sit down and have the difficult discussions when necessary. They all strive for perfection. That means 2012 was a loooong time ago! What’s your creative process like? These days there are SO many ways to create sounds. I love clicking through every single synth I have - stretching them out and tweaking with them until something jumps out and grabs me. I love those moments. When it’s a fun idea, I can hear all the different instruments in my head playing along and I even see the band enjoying it and killing it on stage. Those are good ideas. If it’s a bad idea, no one is playing along, the music is weird and I just move on to another one.

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Do: Recognize that YOU are your fiercest competition. Instead of comparing yourself and your abilities with those around you, always compete with yourself by working out those problem areas. Do: Start slow. Remember - practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect. Muscle memory will kill you if you don’t take charge at the beginning. Learn the music slow and perfect. Then add 5 clicks on the metronome. Repeat until your hands (and/or feet) fall off. Don’t: Give Up. Ask yourself “How bad do you want it?” Don’t: Let the glamour of the entertainment industry distract you from reaching your end goals. How do you feel about your job? When your work is something you love doing, it doesn’t feel like work. Dirty Heads’ song “Vacation” says it best: “I’m on vacation - every single day ‘cuz I love my occupation.” Follow Shawn Hagood on Instagram @shawnhagood and be sure to catch them on one of their summer or fall tours. Details and tickets at





fiNe Arts By BAJA writer Christina Wood




he art market has been going through a major transformation for the last 15 to 20 years. According to Adriano Picinati di Torcello, director and global art & finance coordinator at Deloitte, revolution might be a more appropriate way to describe the changes that are positioning art as an important asset class.

And, while individuals are expanding their relationship with art, Adriano says, you will also see a growing number of countries, counties and towns showcasing art and developing cultural infrastructure as a way to a gain a competitive advantage in terms of economic development as well as in terms of soft power and prestige.

“This revolution is driven by many factors,” Adriano, co-author of Deloitte’s internationally respected Art & Finance Report says. “Of course globalization of the art world is one of them.” The market is also being shaped by advances in technology, a certain level of democratization and an increasing awareness among political and civic leaders of the role that art can play.

“It’s a complex environment where you have many drivers that are transforming this market. Based on my analysis, the convergence of all those trends during this period of time is unique,” he says. “The combination of all those elements makes the context more dynamic and more interesting.”

“Wealth is a massive driver for the transformation of the art market,” he adds. “It is estimated that right now you have around $1.6 trillion of wealth allocated to art and other collectibles by the ultra-high net worth individuals, the ones who have $30 million-plus. We estimate that this could grow to $2.6 trillion by 2026.” It’s not just the amount of wealth flowing into the art market that accounts for that projected growth – it’s the number of people, too. “There are more wealthy individuals on this planet,” Adriano says. And those people are everywhere from China to Chile. All those dollar signs and all those people might lead you to think that investing in art is only for the very rich. Fortunately, that’s changing, too. Technology is throwing the doors to the art world wide open, inviting young and old, rich and poor to explore its dynamic landscape. Families in remote regions of Africa or Australia can tour the collections of the world’s greatest museums on their laptops. Artists can reach new audiences by displaying their work on Instagram. Bandwidth, image quality and 3-D views all allow works of art to come alive on a multitude of screens, entrancing buyers from a world away and enabling online sales of art to blossom. “Technology has opened a completely new array of possibilities in terms of transactions and online art businesses, but also of how we experience art,” Adriano says. “In the financial world, there’s this buzzword – fin tech. Now we have something similar in the art world, art tech –service companies in the art world that use technologies like blockchain, cryptocurrencies, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, big data, those kinds of things.” Of course, you can still enjoy art old school – and there are plenty of people doing just that. Visit a local art show or fair and you’ll get caught up in the creativity and the crowds, with people of every age and every income level seeing, being seen and walking away with newfound treasures in their hands, “We see the number of people going to those art fairs growing and growing and growing,” Adriano says. This growing trend reflects what he calls a democratization of the art market as well as an increasing interest in art in general. “More people are discovering that possessing prized paintings, prints, sculptures and valuable collectibles is now within their reach,” he says.

Unfortunately, when it comes to discussing the art market, artists are often left out of the conversation. On the plus side, Adriano says, “The more you have people interested in art and culture, the more beneficial it is for artists.” On the other hand, he reminds us, kids who want to be artists when they grow up don’t often get a lot of encouragement. “If you were telling your parents you wanted to be an artist, they were scared because it was never perceived as a serious profession,” he says. “This is something that needs to be changed.” In order for that particular change to occur and for artists to be successful, they must consider things like branding and accounting as well as composition. “When you look at art classes today, you are mainly educated on how to develop your artistic gift. The business part is quite often ignored,” he says. “I think it’s also a question of perception and understanding of the role of the artist in the economy,” he says. “In the end, we have to talk about an economy. Once people realize that culture is also an economic force, it’s an economic sector, that will help.” The trends Adriano has identified have contributed to an increasing recognition of art as an investment class. The often jaw-dropping prices that have been seen in the art market recently have further fueled interest. The creative energy being unleashed as a result of this revolution brings with it a wealth of opportunities. But remember, Adriano cautions, where there is opportunity, there may also be risk. When it comes to investing in art, aesthetic returns are something you can safely predict. Financial returns, on the other hand, are much harder to call. Adriano’s advice to potential investors: Buy something you like but do your homework first. “We say to anyone who wants to enter into the art market, don’t rush. Study, learn, take advice, consult. After all that, you can make an acquisition,” he says. On June 20, Adriano Picinati di Torcello, Director and Global Art & Finance Coordinator at Deloitte, and co-author of the report will speak in Broward County about the global art market and share his latest insights. This free event is presented by Broward Cultural Division at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale (1350 E. Sunrise Blvd.). Seating is limited, and RSVPs are strongly advised:







Broward Artist Speaks at SXSW and Encourages Other Creatives to do the Same




Photos courtesy of Nerissa Street

By BAJA writer Joanie Cox-Henry


outh Florida has a burgeoning art scene and Broward-based author, storyteller and filmmaker Nerissa Street wants to make sure the rest of the world gets the memo. As a member of Broward Cultural Council’s Creative Economy Committee, founder of “Girls Call The Shots Teen Media Mentorship Project” and the creator of the “Be Your Own Answer: Self Care for Leaders” series, Street was invited to speak at South by Southwest [SXSW] in Austin, Texas in March where she empowered an audience of more than 200 to take ownership of their personal growth and transcendence as she shared her book, “31 Days of Yes!” Here’s what the dynamic artist had to say about how getting into highly coveted festival SXSW changed her life, why young women need realistic role models now more than ever and why South Florida’s artists need to expand their horizons and set sail for success. What inspired you to start the “Girls Call The Shots Teen Media Mentorship Project?” “I noticed girls were mimicking what they’d see on YouTube. Everybody looked and sounded the same and it was not progressive. It disturbed me because these little girls knew nothing about sexualization, but were acting sexual. It came to a head one day when one of my youngest students, who was seven, came in and had a break down because her hair wasn’t done. I was floored. The older girls also had the same concerns about their looks and their hair. Their looks were more important to them than their grades. I told them the stuff they were comparing themselves to was fake. So I put a camera in their hand and showed them how much light you would require to look like these famous faces they were seeing on social media and how nobody’s face really looks like that. That’s what made me start ‘Girls Call The Shots.’ It also made me look at myself differently.” What was the catalyst for getting these young women to start seeing themselves in a healthier light?

“We began talking about the stories they wanted to tell. When I put women who looked like them and talked like them in front of them, they started to noticeably shift and become more confident about who they were. I was calling men and women I knew to come talk to my girls. Having people up close who were like them but older and having these real conversations started to give them more confidence. I also talk about storytelling in a way that flips it on its head. My niche is all about possibility. I’m able to give the people the tools to spin their own life stories in a positive way whether it’s their art or their business.”

how they can submit their work to possibly be featured at SXSW. Keeping things to ourselves is counterproductive and that’s what South Florida suffers from. We don’t share the work we should be sharing. The people who are normally the loudest are the ones who are thinking the least about their work and I don’t say that to be derogatory. They’re not overly critical of it. They understand the best work needs to be shared. The ones with great and amazing work are sometimes the ones not sharing it. I used to be one of those people. Even if a person has been in the market 20 years, you won’t ever know the relevance of your work unless it reaches it public eye.”

How did you present your pitch to speak at SXSW?

When is the workshop and how can people sign up?

“Speaking at SXSW was always a dream of mine. At first, I was not aware SXSW was looking for speakers. I thought it was just a place to put my film, but I did some research and found out SXSW was seeking speakers for a whole line of different tracks including interactive, film, gaming, music and education. I came up with a proposal called ‘Wrong is Right’ and focused on the idea of using conflict to empower.”

“The workshop is: Why I’m Invited to Speak at High-Profile Conferences (and How You Can Do It Too). It’s Sunday, July 1, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $40 with 20 maximum participants. Participants leave with resources to prep any high-level conference proposal. The next stage of your work requires a national audience. How do you build it? By getting on a bigger platform. You must be committed to preparing what you pitch. Ask yourself ‘Is it relevant?’ Our work has value when it’s relevant. Participants must apply to register for this workshop by submitting a resume or artist CV to beyourownanswer@ Registration closes Monday, June 25.”

How did speaking at SXSW change your life? “SXSW is one of the most global public eyes ever. When you go there, it’s one thing to be able to speak, but you have to be prepared when you get there. So many opportunities get thrown at you while you’re there. When I was there, the reception was amazing. I think South Florida artists are so used to struggling. I was received there was with open arms and it was the most incredible feeling.” Do you have any tips for other artists who wish to present at SXSW? “My number one recommendation is you need to be prepared. Bring business cards. It sounds like the most basic of basics, but I went there and there were people who didn’t have business cards. It’s key. You’ve got to be ready. Put a plan together on how you’ll follow up after you pitch. You also must think about how you’ll fund your trip if you get accepted. I was inspired to start a workshop to help teach other artists

What do you hope people take away from the workshop? “What I hope people take away from my story is the deeper you go into your artistic practice, the more likely you are to have opportunities to educate others. If you’re finding you’re diving deep into your practice and want to keep all that information to yourself, that’s great, but the more you learn, the more you’ll find that you want to share.”






By BAJA writer Mia Leonin Pablo Picasso wrote, "All children are born artists, the problem is to remain an artist as we grow up." Businessman and Broward County Commissioner, Chip LaMarca’s late father played the drums and although he passed away when LaMarca and his brother were very young, his passion for music left a lasting impression: "My brother and I both loved the drums because our dad played them and we had these records with drum battles between Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. We both went on to play throughout high school." LaMarca was also deeply connected to the arts and dreamed of pursuing a career in automotive design: "I loved to draw and I had a drafting table for a desk in middle school through college. I actually made a living later as an AutoCAD draftsman while attending Broward College and later Florida Atlantic University at night. " In his eight years as a commissioner and more recently as an elected member of the Broward Cultural Arts Council, LaMarca is fusing his business savvy and political know-how with his affinity for the arts to make Broward County more profitable and livable. Art Hive caught up with Commissioner LaMarca to talk about business, the arts, and his secret "if you could become an artist" scenario.



What role can the arts play in the economic well-being of a city? The arts assist in creating culture in our community while driving tourism and stimulating businesses. In Broward County, the arts and culture sector is a $414.2 million industry. People see South Florida as "sunshine, beaches, and palm trees." How are the arts changing the optics of who we are and how we live in South Florida? South Florida has a great image of being all about sunshine, beaches and palm trees, which I love because I represent 75% of our beaches and tourism economy. Now, with the tremendous impact the Broward County Cultural Division has made, South Florida is also known for its cultural attractions. This local agency provides services, technical assistance and grant funds that benefit residents, visitors, artists, non-for-profit cultural organizations and 31 municipalities. In Fiscal Year 2018 the Cultural Division has awarded 172 grants, totaling $5.1 million. Broward County has 249 artworks at 88 locations appraised at $21 million.

Chip and Eileen LaMarca


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Traditionally, businesses make in-kind and cash donations to arts organizations, the organizations utilize the funds to create artistic programming, and they credit the businesses in their programs. Can you envision ways in which businesses can support the arts beyond this traditional model? I see this model continuing, but also see the possibility of creating a new model where there is more direct involvement by the business community. The arts could be directly involved with local celebrations and countywide events. For example, Broward County celebrated our 100th anniversary in 2015 and many local artists participated in the creative presentation of our community’s history and culture. I also see the local arts being more involved in our signature events, like the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. One of South Florida’s biggest issues is commercial real estate and housing costs. Does the Cultural Council try to tackle some of these issues by encouraging businesses to create mixed-use spaces for example? Yes. Greater Fort Lauderdale has a number of facilities and enclaves that support artists and other creative professionals. One example is Studio 18 in the Pines, an 11,000-square-foot renovated 1950s hospital laundry in Pembroke Pines that reopened as studio space for fine artists through a juried process. In Fort Lauderdale, there is Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts, a 37unit artist live/work space that is close to the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District. These spaces host monthly gallery exhibitions of residents and special guest artists. If you could give up your career as a commissioner and become an artist, what kind of artist would you become and why? In high school, my dream was to become an automotive designer or a musician and one of the schools that had interest in me was Berklee College of Music, so I might have been a jazz or concert percussionist fulltime. The other path that captured both sides of my brain was graphic arts and creative design. I still have an interest in this area, from designing and branding my business and political campaigns to just sketching new ideas for the car of the future.













oby is a name that has been heard since the early 90’s, and for good reason; he is not only a musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and DJ, but an animal rights activist taking wonderfully drastic steps to raise money for his cause. His latest album, Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt, brings him back to his creative self; Moby describes stepping away from the pop-culture influence and instead allowing this album to express his artistic journey in its creation. His humanitarian nature as well as his vegan diet flow in perfect form with his latest businesses; Little Pine, his vegan restaurant in LA, has all profits going to animal rights charities, and this is just one of many charity-driven ventures Moby plans to create. With all his years and success in the entertainment business, Moby shared with us how he uses generosity and free expression of his creative capabilities to achieve true happiness. Moby, tell us about your latest album, and how it’s different than those you’ve done in the past. Well, there is sort of the question of why make an album in 2018, and what I mean by that is it’s a time when very few people buy albums and very few people would listen to an album, and very few people especially are willing to listen to an album made by a 52-year-old musician who refuses to tour, a.k.a. me. In a way, the lack of sort of commercial viability or even cultural viability of an album, there’s something sort of liberating about that. In the old days when I made an album, I could be selfish and think about record sales and think about ticket sales, and now the focus for me has to be exclusively on the creative integrity of the music itself. I’m not saying that means it’s good, because someone can listen to it and not like it at all and that’s fine, but the joy that I get in making albums is largely the process of making it and then putting something out into the world and hoping that somehow it connects with someone in a way that would be emotionally meaningful, in a way that might make someone feel less lonely or make them feel more connected. Because in a way I get so much joy from the act of making music, I don’t want to sully it by trying to be disingenuous and to try and get money for it. Eventually I want to take more of my catalog and other revenue streams and sources I have and also donate them 100% to different charities that I work with, but I would rather in a way let music that I work on have some purity to it, where there’s no commerce involved, at least not on my end. It’s similar to the restaurant I have in L.A. I have a vegan restaurant here called Little Pine, and 100% of the profits from that go to animal rights organizations, and the odd thing is it makes me feel better about it and it makes me work harder on it, where I’m not trying to convince people to give me money; I’m trying to get money for organizations that I work with, and it just makes sense to me.

What responsibility do you think people in the spotlight have in creating an environment that is positive and giving back? I guess there are two very broad variables there; one is the individuals themselves, and the other is the environment in which they live. First if we just look at the individual, and I’ll use myself as an example, the times in my life when I have been very materialistic and very selfish, I haven’t been very happy; there has to be a willingness to examine that and to say that being selfish and being materialistic, if it’s not making you happy, then why do it? Look at the world we live in; the majority of people who are desperately buying bigger houses, and desperately moving on to their third marriage, and desperately buying a bigger airplane, I know a lot of these people, and they are not happy. They are really struggling with depression and anxiety which then begs to question, if you have all this money, why keep doing the same thing with it if it doesn’t work and doesn’t make you happy? That is sort of variable number one. Variable number two is the world in which we live is by all metrics an inch away from real catastrophe - extinction level catastrophe. I think that given that understanding that the world is in such dire shape, that it becomes incumbent upon anyone that can help to do all that they can to help.



What role do you feel social media has in this curated environment that we live in that revolves around instant gratification and promoting a certain image, and how do you feel it affects our ability to live less materialistic and selfish lives? Social media is almost hard to generalize. On one hand it can be used in the most shallow, horrifying, tawdry ways like hypersexualized 13-year-olds, and people glorifying materialism and glorifying violence, and using it to promote white supremacy or racism; there are ways in which it is used terribly, but then it also can be an amazing way of bypassing bigger media outlets and communicating directly with people, and sharing information with people, and especially as an animal rights activist, sharing images of animals at their most vulnerable and beautiful or animals who are struggling and suffering, and really waking up the sense of compassion in other people. I think that social media can be such a powerful tool but it has to be used responsibly, and in order to use it responsibly, I think there has to be a degree, even a modicum of self-awareness on the part of the person who is using it. I hope that I have even the tiniest bit of self-awareness so that as much as I can understand the temptation to use social media for ego gratification, I hope that I am aware enough to not fall into that trap, or at least not fall into it too often. Is there any advice you would give to a creative who is just starting out that you think is important for them to know? No matter where you go, no matter what you do, no matter how much success you have, you are still your same brain. A musician who is just starting out and a musician who has sold 50 million records still has the same brain, largely speaking. What I mean is that something we have not learned as a species is that someone in a studio apartment, their brain is the same as the brain of someone in a ten-thousand square foot apartment in Beverly Hills. We keep thinking that the outside world and that circumstances are the key to happiness, but they’re not. This doesn’t mean that outside circumstances can’t be great, but we keep expecting fame or money or things to fix things within our brain, but our brain stays exactly the same. My brain sitting at a bus stop is the same brain on a private plane flying over the Pacific Ocean, the brain doesn’t change, it’s still this little organ sitting inside of a skull. It sounds maybe like a new age cliché, but I think that people should spend more time working on their cognition, working on their thoughts, working on their emotions rather than trying to move heaven and earth to get a bigger house and to have more stuff.











The annual Arts Teacher of the Year event recognizes exemplary arts educators for their commitment and dedication throughout the year. Presented by Broward Cultural Division, PNC Bank, School Board of Broward County, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and other generous donors.



Profiles by Nila Do Simon


For Christopher Dorsey, Dillard High School’s renowned instrumental music director, what started as a chance to share his love of music with the next generation has since ballooned into a success story with national distinction. Since 2004, Dorsey has been at the helm of one of the country’s most prestigious high school music programs, one whose jazz ensemble has been an eight-time finalist of the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and who has performed alongside the great Wynton Marsalis at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. An active clinician and adjudicator with education degrees from Jackson State University and the University of Florida, Dorsey is also a member of the Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, The National Association for Music Education and the Florida Orchestra Association.

MARIE HUNTLEY As a lifelong community activist, Marie Huntley believes that one of the best way to raise ongoing awareness is through educating and inspiring the city’s youths. As CEO and founder of On-Call Leadership, Inc., the Fort Lauderdale-born Huntley established a nonprofit organization devoted to mentoring with disadvantaged youths by providing early education, as well as supporting the arts. OnCall Leadership created programs such as its Graffitize not Vandalize, or The GNV Project, which combats vandalism by allowing young artists to redirect negative imagery into artistic murals. Through this unique form of self-expression, not only do youths find a therapeutic release, but they also beautify their communities. The GNV Project even saw one of its student artist earned a scholarship to the School of Visual Arts in New York City.


For Marcos J. Rodriguez, teaching became a chance to instill the strong discipline he learned from his 27year background in the Civil Air Patrol to South Florida’s most promising young musicians. As music director at Avant Garde Academy Broward, Rodriguez has garnered impressive recognition with his middle and high school programs, including superior ratings at the Florida Vocal Bandmasters Association and Florida Bandmasters Association. In addition, his concert choir and wind ensemble have placed in the top three at major competitions. For his work in education, Rodriguez was recognized as a Broward ArtsED finalist in 2017. Outside of the classroom, Rodriguez has received the CAP Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Lifesaving Medal in his role with the Civil Air Patrol, the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force.

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ALINA GUERRERO-PENA The director of dance at the Dillard High School, Alina Guerrero-Pena has been sharing her passion for dance with students since opening her Sunrise dance school, On Your Toes Dance Academy, in 1994. A dancer since she was 7 years old, Guerrero-Pena graduated from Florida International University with a degree in dance with a focus on elementary education. She added to her teaching repertoire in 2009 when she began teaching at Dillard High School, inspiring and educating teenagers and the community through annual productions of "The Little Match Girl" Ballet and "The Chocolate Nutcracker." In addition, Guerrero-Pena has produced a regionally recognized dance company called the Dillard Dance Ensemble that has won numerous awards, special accolades and first-place awards.



A ceramics and AP studio art teacher at Coral Glades High in Coral Springs, Shannon Furst has a lifelong love of the arts that has led to teaching the discipline in Broward County for the past 17 years. After graduating with a bachelor of fine arts and a masters in teaching from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Furst – who is a board member of a local art education organization – eventually made her way to South Florida where she further committed to art education. Her students have been recognized at local, district and national art exhibitions, including the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Broward County High School Art All-Stars All Media Competition & Exhibition and Superintendent’s AP Studio Art Exhibition. In addition, one of her students recently won award at the National K12 Ceramics exhibit.

It’s only been three years since Scott Berg began teaching in Broward County, but his work has already made an impact. The West Coast native, who currently teaches general art education at Walker Elementary School, has been awarded the Turnaround Art’s Teacher of the Year Award, which gave him the opportunity to showcase 10 student’s artwork in a special art show held at the White House, which was attended by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. In addition, Berg, who is a staunch advocate for arts integration and curriculum-based projects for the arts, previously earned the Teacher of the Year Award at Bethune School of the Arts for the Caliber Awards.

Meagan Nagy As a young girl watching Andrew Lloyd Weber’s "Cats," Meagan Nagy felt the theatrical magic overwhelm her while sitting in the audience. Now the theatre teacher at Ramblewood Middle School, Nagy is looking to inspire and instruct her students on how to give audiences that same magical feeling. With her vast theatrical experience, including appearances in productions of "Big Fish" and "The Rocky Horror Show," the University of South Florida graduate brings a wealth of performing knowledge Ramblewood. Her efforts have earned the school’s thespian troupe two straight state championship titles and the honor of being named Musical Theatre International’s School of the Month. To add icing on the cake, Nagy was named Ramblewood’s Teacher of the Year 2017-2018.








hat are your memories of your elementary school art teacher? Well, if you are a student in Cassie Stephens art class in Franklin, Tennessee (that’s just south of Nashville, ya’ll) then you will have the BEST memories of your high energy, passionate art teacher- and her exciting ensembles! The best part is that she creates them HERSELF. From hand sewing her signature vintage style dresses in fun and funky patterns to hand painting shoes and even needle felting sweaters, jackets and hats (often coordinating with her sought after art lessons!), In addition to being an amazing professional art educator well respected and admired by her peers (including me—I have been #TeamCassie for years!), she has a far-reaching social media presence. We’re talking almost 20,000 YouTube subscribers, over 39,000 Instagram followers and that’s not to mention her Facebook audience and blog followers...all in addition to being an award winning educator, author and artist in her own right. There is a rainbow, DIY-lovin’ Cassie Stephens army out there, folks- and the best part is you don’t have to be an art teacher to be inspired by the movement!

Jennifer Love Gironda: When did you first know you were a creative kinda gal? Cassie Stephens: I never had art in elementary school which is why it’s so fun and exciting for me to be an elementary art teacher...I’m sharing my passion for art that I never had as a kid! Thankfully, my dad loved to draw, color and create with me. My parents encouraged my creative side by signing me up for art classes, buying me a calligraphy set and letting me hand sew purses out of old jean pockets. My love for fashion first started with the set of Fashion Plates I was given one Christmas. I spent hours creating different ensembles on stencils of big-haired Farrah Fawcett type girls. That same set of Fashion Plates is still getting lots of love by my students in my art room! Like many, when I hit junior high, I wanted nothing more than to fit in. To be in the "cool kids club" meant wearing Guess jeans and ESPIRIT t-shirts (boy, this really dates me, doesn’t it?!). I remember hand painting my very own copy of an ESPIRIT t-shirt and then never wearing it. It suddenly struck me as odd, this idea of trying to put myself into a mold that just wasn’t me. I decided to embrace my inner "weirdo". The small group of friends I made by joining the school art club and speech team started hitting the thrift store, scouring the racks for anything that would make us different, desperate to be anything but normal. Wearing vintage clothing, painting daisies on jeans, clunking around in 60’s stacked shoes became a way for me to find myself. I would love to know more about how you got your start as an artist and teacher-spill the beans, sister! I attended a very small high school with a graduating class of just under 80. I knew who I was in that small pond of fish: the artsy girl who dressed weird. When I went to college where the student body was 30,000, I was suddenly surrounded by artsy girls who also dressed weird and I had a bit of an identity crisis. I was now a wee fish in a huge pond. That insecurity I experienced in junior high suddenly came flooding back except this time, it was much worse. I grew so uncertain of myself that I developed a social anxiety stutter that to this day rears its head when I feel uncomfortable in my own skin. My freshman year was one of the worst in my life. It was also the year that I didn’t take any art courses. In retrospect, I believe that played a huge factor. The summer of my sophomore year, I took my first oil painting class. Y’all, it was like I was reborn. I found IT. I discovered THE ONE and I was in love. With the encouragement of my painting professor, I applied and was accepted into Indiana University’s painting program. The only problem? My parents, who were footing the college bill, were not about to pay for their daughter to spend the next two years of her life painting. Only if you get an art educator’s degree will we pay, they said. You got it, I said. And I couldn’t be happier that they pushed me to pursue a degree in both. While I no longer paint as I once did, it helped me develop confidence, discipline and perseverance. And those three things are the place from where I teach. For those that don’t know, give the Art Hive Magazine reader a typical day in your art room. I teach kindergarten through fourth grade art. That being said, ANYTHING GOES. Every day is an absolute adventure. Here’s an example. Early into the school year, I was painting for the very first time with my kindergarten students. I had one sweet little girl who came in wearing a toggle button coat. Try as I might to convince her that she should remover her coat and put on an apron, she just wasn’t having it. Suddenly, from across the room, I hear her yelling, "Oh no! I got paint on me, I got paint on me!" I consoled her the best I could with an "it’s okay! It will wash out, I promise." Just as I turned away to help another student, I heard a collective OHHHHHHH from the entire kindergarten class. I turned back around to my little friend to discover that not only had she removed her toggle button coat but she’d also TAKEN OFF HER SHIRT. "Look! No more paint on me!" she shouted, hopping up and down topless. Before I could even react, I heard a little voice from across the room whisper, "I can see her nip-lets". Y’all. That’s pretty much your average day in an elementary art room. I have been following you on social media and I see that your art room has undergone a COLORFUL overhaul in the past year. What inspired you to revamp your already creative space? What are some of your favorite projects in your redecorating process? I have been at my same school in my art room for about 12 years. This summer, I walked in to my art room to pick up a couple of supplies and I stopped dead in my tracks. It was as if I was seeing my art room for the very first time: it was cluttered with posters and junk, faded and only half hanging on the walls. It looked terrible. I remember, on a whim, I tore one poster down. And that felt so good, I tore down another and another until I had a mound of crumbled paper and posters on the floor. My custodian buddy Mr. Joe walked in at that time and said, "what have you done?!" We both looked at my blank walls and I just shrugged. I’ll figure it out, I thought. I have a spent a lot of time creating hand painted pieces for my art room. I’ve spent many weekends, redecorating and painting murals. I now feel like it’s a space that isn’t just plastered in old posters but carefully, colorfully curated. And I love teaching in this new environment!

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A question that I always love to ask, ‘Who are some of your ‘art heroes and she-ros?’ I would be sad if I didn’t mention my paternal grandma, Grandma Rosie, as one of my heroes. Every summer, my parents would send me off to stay with my maternal and paternal grandparents in Indiana. Grandma Rosie was a crafter to the core. She loved it all: cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting, crochet, sewing, you name it. Her tiny trailer was filled with her creations. She had a sewing room and even a sewing machine right in the kitchen! I spent summers on her front porch stitching my first embroidery and falling in love with all things fibers. Describe your fashion/sense of style for folks that don’t know you. I love vintage. Nearly every dress I stitch is a 1950’s fit and flair. The key to fashion is finding what works best for your body type. Once I found a dress pattern that I loved and that fit, I stuck with it. That’s my "blank slate" for all the wild fabrics and embellishments that I add. You obviously use your fashion as a teaching tool. What are some of the reactions your students have had to your creations? I’m just gonna say it: my students are so spoiled. They don’t know how crazy they have it! Sometimes, I’ll get a critique from then on my ensemble, especially if it isn’t "out there" enough. "Um, that’s a little boring for you, Mrs. Stephens." My favorite is when it’s Wacky Tacky Day and the kids point out that EVERYDAY is Wacky Tacky for me. "You know what would be REALLY wacky for you, Mrs. Stephens? If you dressed in jeans and just a normal shirt!" I do love it when it’s career day and they come in dressed like a crazy art teacher. That’s when you know they get it. How did you get your start sewing? I always wanted a sewing machine...but didn’t get one until I was in my 30’s! And even then, I left it in the box for about a month. I was so scared. My only memory of sewing prior to that was stitching up a horrible pair of khaki shorts in 8th grade Home Economics! Only when I convinced myself that sewing is just like collage except that instead of glue, you attach fabric with stitches that I finally got over my fear. My first sewing project was an apron I created from a vintage sheet found at the thrift store. After that, I was hooked! My sweet art teacher friend Debbie showed me how to work from a sewing pattern and I was off and running from there. So far, what are some of your favorite wearable pieces that you have created? Many of my favorites are simply thrift store embellishments. It’s a lot of work to sew a dress from scratch. So I like to purchase items from the thrift store and use that as my "blank canvas". I’ve needle felted coats and sweaters this way. The best part is, no time is lost if you are using something pre-made. Also, if it’s a thrifted purchase, it’s no huge loss if you mess it up. Just pitch it and pretend it never happened! What are some of your favorite fabrics to work with? I’m actually a fashion sewers worst nightmare as I don’t know my fabrics! I strictly stitch with quilter’s cottons because they are easy and there is an endless variety of patterns. Do you have a no-fail sewing and figure flattering pattern that is your ‘goto’? As much as I try to get out of my comfort zone, nearly every dress I currently make has the following: cap sleeve, fitted bodice, wide waistband and a circle skirt. Oh, and pockets. ALWAYS POCKETS!



I’M A BIG BELIEVER IN COMBINING AS MANY PASSIONS AS POSSIBLE. OPPOSITE PAGE: Photo by Cassi Claire, painting by Amanda Wilson ABOVE: Photos by Cassi Claire, painting by Amanda Wilson.





I always see on your social media pages that you seek out and celebrate other artists and teachers, incorporating them into your own fashion pieces and also into your classroom. If you could pick one artist, living or deceased, to work with on a project, who would the artist be? What would the project be? Mary Blair, most famous for designing Disney’s Small World ride, is my all-time favorite artist. In fact, Small World inspired a new mural on my wall in the art room. I would have loved to work with her on a print fabric. Her style is iconic vintage retro and I love it! What are some pointers you would offer to folks trying to balance their dedication to their profession with their own artistic well-being? I’m a big believer in combining as many passions as possible. I like to think of it like this: when I can align my teaching path with my creative path, meaning if I am teaching a lesson on van Gogh and also creating a dress inspired by van Gogh, then I’m knocking out two birds with one stone. And I usually reach my creative and teaching goals much faster and with greater success. However, if my teaching and creating paths are running perpendicular, one path goes unfulfilled. I always try to keep everything aligned, it’s what really works for me. Can you think of a specific time there was an attempt to dull your sparkle? How did you prevail? When I hit my "weird" phase, if that’s what it can be called...a phase that I’ve yet to snap out of, it wasn’t always easy for my dad. Imagine having a daughter show up for occasions wearing a ruffled tuxedo shirt complete with a butterfly collar, a wide polyester tie, bell bottom pants and stacked shoes. He let it be known on many occasions that I was an embarrassment and often demanded I change into something "normal". That always stung. When you love fashion, what you wear is how you tell the world "this is who I am! This is what I like! This is me!" My mom, however, never asked me to change my clothes. She never asked me to be anything other than what I was. When we are together, even to this day, she’ll say, "people are looking at you. I think you are a trend setter." I highly doubt that to be the case...but I have always known that my mom is not only proud of me but proud to stand next to me. She’s my biggest cheerleader, always. You really are fabulous and unique. What advice do you have on staying true to your own style/individuality? Finding your own voice can be tough. I’ve lost my way and questioned myself many times. I think everyone on the planet would do well with some talk therapy. Get yourself a therapist who you can be open and honest with. It will change your life. Listen to that inner voice of yours, always. And then share that voice with others. What you have to say will resonate with people because what each of us has to share is important. But don’t try to be something you aren’t. Your authentic self will always have the loudest and most profound voice...and you’ll find your tribe. You are very creative and have many projects going on, what are your tips for business and/or creative organization? Stop checking your email inbox! Seriously, I think I could spend hours every day with email, social media, you name it. Let one of those go (I gave up checking school email for Lent and I don’t even celebrate Lent...and it’s been the best decision I have ever made!). I get asked a lot how I manage to get so much accomplished. Well, I align my goals, I drink insane amounts of coffee, I don’t check my email and viola! I manage to pinch a little extra time out of my day for creating!


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What is one exciting opportunity that you have had as a direct result of you just being your creative self and putting yourself out there? Since 2012, I’ve been blogging. Two years ago, after countless blog posts, I was reached out to by Quatro books to publish my very own clay book for kids. I readily agreed as that was a dream come true for me. You can now find my book Clay Lab for Kids, 52 Clay Projects to Make, Model and Sculpt on Amazon and your local book store. I never thought that such a wonderful opportunity would arise. But, that’s the thing: you never know. So, put yourself out there, use your authentic voice and be patient. If you build it, as Kevin Costner done told us, they will come! CREATIVE + CONSCIOUS CULTURE




BROKEN HEARTS OF MSD STUDENTS WITH ART By Jennifer Love Gironda Time stood still on February 14th, 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida as the lives of seventeen were lost in a horrific school shooting. I remember hearing the news as I was coming home from my own day of teaching­—it was a good day until I saw what happened in Parkland. A little back-story for those of you who don’t know: Art Hive is a South Florida based magazine with roots in education with both publishers, Jessie and Angela, being former public school educators—and I myself currently teaching art at Lake Worth High School. The horror and tragedy that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas that day resonated with us, the entire community, and the nation as a whole. Artists and educators around the state and country quickly took to making art to send to the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas—and tons of it. We all know that nothing will ever make what happened go away, or make sense, but in our small way, each piece of art sent to the school, and created in memory of those who lost their lives, is an attempt to place some beauty back into the world—our hope for a better future. Below is a small sampling of the art sent to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. We are now and forever #MSDstrong.













1. Submission from Chippewa Falls High School, Chippewa Falls, WI—Art Teacher Jennifer L. Handrick 2. Submissions from North Atlanta High School, Atlanta GA—Art Teachers Rachael Fleming, Kim Landers, Allison Shepard 3. One of over 500 handmade hearts from Lake Worth High School, Lake Worth, FL —Art Teachers Brent Bludworth and Jennifer Love Gironda 4. and 5. ‘Stones for Stoneman’, an initiative by SuzAnne Devine Clark, Art Teacher at Deerfield Beach Elementary in Deerfield Beach, FL 6. Submission from Fort Caroline Middle School, Jacksonville, FL—Art Teacher Michelle Farah 7. Submission from Chippewa Falls High School, Chippewa Falls, WI—Art Teacher Jennifer L. Handrick 8. Jennifer Love Gironda with her portraits for MSD 9. One of over 500 handmade hearts from Lake Worth High School, Lake Worth, FL —Art Teachers Brent Bludworth and Jennifer Love Gironda 10. Submission from Chippewa Falls High School, Chippewa Falls, WI—Art Teacher Jennifer L. Handrick 11. Submissions from Booker T Washington Middle School in Newport News, VA- Art Teacher Heather Marconi 12. Submission from Christiansburg High School in Christiansburg, VA— Art Teacher Carrie Lyons





Jennifer Love Gironda: Where did you get your inspiration for the murals at MSD? Each seems to have a life of its own. Are they connected somehow or do they have different meanings for you? Kelsey Montague: All of the murals I created for MSD are designed to ‘lift up’ the students. For the balloons, I created 17 to honor the 17 who died and the 17 who were injured. The wings I named ‘a growing meadow.’ To me a meadow and growth implies healing. They also reference one of the victims directly. The flock is in homage to my grandfather’s belief that birds are a great metaphor for angels. JLG: Your tag line is ‘what lifts you up’. What are some things that lift you up when you are feeling down? KM: My family and my dog lift me every day! JLG: We watched the time lapse of you creating one of the murals—you sure paint fast! All kidding aside, how long do most of your murals take? Did you have any obstacles to overcome with this particular mural? KM: Typically my murals take me about 1-2 days. I didn’t have any physical obstacles in the creation of this piece, the ladies at Yoga 4 MSD saw to that (Amy Kenny and Jodi Friedman). JLG: We read that you grew up not too far from the Columbine High School massacre and experienced it through the eyes of a middle school child. What words can you offer from this experience to the larger Parkland community? KM: Give your grief time, give lots of hugs and words of encouragement. Be kind and gentle with people, especially when they appear to be acting strangely—grief hits people in odd ways sometimes. JLG: And to the students of Parkland, any words for them? KM: You are loved from so many places around the world. You have shown the world what it means to be strong in the face of unimaginable loss and pain. It was my honor to create something for you all. Keep going. Connect with Kelsey • • • @kelseymontagueart

Creating these murals meant so much to me. As a child, I was in middle school in a neighboring school when the Columbine tragedy happened. It is awful to watch an entire community grieve and not be able to do anything. It meant so much to personally be able to use my skills to hopefully give the MSD students a bit of joy after their tragedy. CREATIVE + CONSCIOUS CULTURE




Celebrating 42 Years of Theatrical Excellence in South Florida By BAJA writer Helen Wolt A historical drama and a fanciful biography swept the 42nd annual Carbonell Awards at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. But a group of teenagers captured the hearts of the crowd. Seven students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School solemnly took center stage to sing “Shine,” an original tribute to the horrific school shooting in Parkland on Feb. 14. Sawyer Garrity, who composed the song with her friend Andrea Peña, said it was written to “help people heal through the arts.” The poignant lyrics moved many in the full house to tears. “We wrote this song during a really dark time in our lives when we both needed a little light, and we thought the best thing was to do what we really love which is music,” Peña said. In response, the Amaturo Theater audience jumped to their feet and applauded with the deepest outpouring of support seen that night. The event, known as South Florida’s answer to the Tony Awards, recognizes the best theatrical productions throughout the tri-county area. “Kings of Harlem” scored top honors. The account of the 1939 Harlem Rens basketball team’s triumph over adversity won M Ensemble best production of a play and best ensemble. Layon Gray picked up best director of a play, and Andre L. Gainey caught best supporting actor in a play. “Sunday in the Park with George,” an imaginative biography inspired by the life of Georges Seurat and his iconic 1884 painting, secured a Pulitzer Prize for creators Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine in 1985. The Zoetic Stage show won three Carbonells leading with best production of a musical; Angela Espositio for best costume design, and Eric Alsford for best musical direction. Upon accepting his trophy, Alsford said “Sunday in the Park with George” was a “huge, ambitious undertaking” and one that he can now cross off his “bucket list.” Among musicals crowning this year’s picks are Palm Beach Dramaworks’ murderous thriller “Sweeny Todd.” Clive Cholerton snared best director for a musical and Shane Tanner best actor in a musical. “Dreamgirls,” the story of a breakout 1960s singing trio, took two wins in its Broward Stage Door run. Sarah Gracel was named best actress in a musical. Elijah Word picked up best supporting actor in a musical. Al Blackstone garnered best choreography in a musical for his work in “Newsies” at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. In the play category, David Kwiat claimed best actor for his role in “The Caretaker” at Zoetic Stage where he played a scruffy, aging homeless man. The production also earned best scenic design in a play or musical for Michael McClain.



Stuart Meltzer’s humorous script about a gay man and dysfunctional family relationships picked up best new work for a play or musical for “The Goldberg Variations.” The multi-talented Meltzer entered the competition with five nominations – the most of any nominee – but the Island City Stage production stood out as his sole win. Best actress in a play went to Niki Fridh for her role as a female military pilot in the Thinking Cap Theater’s “Grounded.” Fridh gave a shoutout to the “playwrights who give us the magical words” that fuel extraordinary roles and a director who trusted her ability. Carolyn Johnson, who played a pioneering matriarch in “Flyin’ West” at M Ensemble, was named best supporting actress in a play. For her portrayal of Janis Joplin, Mallory Newbrough was named best supporting actress in a musical for The Wick’s “Beehive.” Best lighting and design was awarded to Thomas Shorrock for the Slow Burn Theatre Company’s “The Secret Garden.” Best sound design went to Anton Church for “¡FUACATA! Or a Latina’s Guide to the Universe” at Zoetic Stage. The ceremony was punctuated with several dynamic performances including two plucked from musicals. Move On from “Sunday in the Park with George” and As We Stumble Along from “The Drowsy Chaperone” provided a glimpse into the quality of local productions. Prior to the event, the Carbonell special awards were announced. Recipients claimed their golden, oval-shaped statuettes at the ceremony. Tony Finstrom, a longtime theater luminary, accepted the Charlie Cinnamon Award. Deborah Margol, recently retired deputy director of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, took home the Howard Kleinberg Award. Popular director and instructor Gail Garrisan held the George Abbott Award for outstanding achievement in the arts. Nicole Stodard, founder of the Thinking Cap Theatre, earned the Ruth Foreman Award in recognition of the yearlong GAP Play Reading Series, which raised awareness of gender bias in the industry. Of 86 Pulitzer Prize-winning plays from the past 100 years, merely 15 are penned in full or part by women. Each month the series featured a staged reading of 11 of those works. “This one’s for the ladies in the house,” Stodard said, raising her Carbonell. “Let’s get more freakin’ plays written by women produced.” During his presentation Bill Hirschman, one of a dozen judges serving on the Carbonell voting panel, praised the work of the theater arts community. As a well-traveled critic, Hirschman said the caliber of theater in South Florida ranks among the best anywhere in the country – and it often goes unappreciated. “You have no idea of the quality of work you do and how good you are,” Hirschman said. “I’ll put you up against anybody.”

Photos by Andy Royston

2018 Carbonell Awards by Theater 6 Zoetic Stage, Miami 5 M Ensemble, Miami 2 Stage Door Theatre, Margate 2 Palm Beach Dramaworks, West Palm Beach 1 Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Jupiter 1 Island City Stage, Wilton Manors 1 Slow Burn Theatre Company, Fort Lauderdale 1 Thinking Cap Theatre, Fort Lauderdale 1 The Wick Theatre, Boca Raton

From top to bottom, left to right: “Dreamgirls” star, Elijah Word receiving the award for best actor in a musical; Sawyer Garrity of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School singing an original tribute song,“Shine”, in honor of the victims of the tragic February 14th school shooting; “Dreamgirls” star, Sarah Gracel receiving the award for best actress in a musical; Founder of the Thinking Cap Theatre, Nicole Stodard, receiving the Ruth Foreman Award in recognition for her work raising awareness to gender bias in the industry; Kevin Black, prolific choreographer, director, producer at the Carbonell Awards 2018 CREATIVE + CONSCIOUS CULTURE




Herman LeVern Jones and son Yonnick LeVern Jones, far left, at the Lyric Theatre in Historic Overtown Photo submitted

By BAJA writer Diana Dunbar


erman LeVern Jones has had, in his own words, “a magical journey” in the theater. It began when he decided to walk into the campus theater at North Carolina State University. “It changed the course of my life.” While still in college, he formed the La Verne Players in which he directed, produced and performed in numerous productions. It was also at this time that he renovated his grandmother’s house into a theater. He removed walls: the living room became the theater and the dining room the reception area. Here he continued to direct and perform, always keeping in mind what his parents told him: no matter what you do, try to be the best at it. This led to intense study of the theater. The next turning point occurred when he decided to direct Shakespeare’s Othello. It was seen by professors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who invited him into the master’s program. After graduating with an MFA in acting, he set off for New York City where his story really took off. It was in New York that Jones met the Broadway producer Woodie King, Jr who signed him on as a booking agent. He says that experience gave him a wealth of understanding of the business and African-American theater. Jones helped create the National Black Theatre Festival, a major organization for black theater and has worked with such celebrities as Oprah, Dr. Maya Angelou, Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson.



Jones founded Theatre South Atlanta in 2007 and relocated the company to South Florida in 2015. Theatre South is a family production—wife Carolyn Jones serves as Education Director and Event Coordinator, son Yonnick Jones serves as President of the company. Its first performance was at the South Miami -Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay and was a musical titled I Have a Dream written by Josh Greenfeld. It is a play Jones has a lot of knowledge of as he toured it in over 125 cities, both national and international, over the course of many years. I conducted a telephone interview with Jones in which he spoke of his years in the theater and his most recent production, A Class Act, written by lawyer Norman Shabel and directed by Jones. He is soft-spoken and gracious in conversation. Class Act is a timely play dealing as it does with environmental issues and the harm man has inflicted on the earth. At times, knowingly. The play is a tense drama which takes place in a conference room where decisions are made. Sometimes amorally. During the play emotions run the gamut from loyalty, greed, blackmail, betrayal and integrity. The cast of seven actors give a moving account of a big corporation against the average person. It’s a harsh look at the justice system which, as the playwright wrote, is blind. Jones’ direction is clear and masterful, with the action rising to a powerful conclusion.

This is Jones’ fourth production for the Pompano Beach Cultural Center. He has directed Civil War Christmas, written by Pulitzer prize winner Paula Vogel, I Have a Dream by Josh Greenfeld, and The Colored Museum by George C. Wolfe. “People have bought into my ability to produce,” comments Jones. Jones is also involved in an after-school theater program at Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach. “I find great joy in giving them a conservatory training. They learn how to read script, understand plot, storyline, characterization as well as critical thinking.” They are also taught acting, singing, dancing, marketing, and training in all aspects of the theater. “I love sharing things that were taught to me,” says Jones. “I try to be a visionary person,” Jones explains. He goes on to say that to have a career in the theater you must be dedicated, faithful to the mission and must become a great storyteller. “At the core of it that’s what we do- try to tell a story in the most magnificent way that we can.” Jones has been telling stories for over 45 years.

The platform of the company is to educate and entertain, as such they are busy planning the next event at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, When a Baby Cries, which will run from June 9 -15th. Jones is a Renaissance man who is well versed in all aspects of the theater and is following his passion. Throughout his long and luminous career, Jones says he “just keeps on rolling.” A true class act.




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LOCALS ONLY | SUMMER EVENTS 2018 JUNE FLORA at the Cornell Art Museum: “A group exhibition of contemporary artwork by 30 artists incorporating themes inspired by the goddess of springtime, fertility, and flowers.” FIRST DRAFT presented by the Miami Book Fair: Writing the Breakup “A series of in-formal writing events that turn happy hours into great stories. You’re inspired. But you’re also thirsty. Swing by a First Draft event for a drink (the first one’s on the house) and a guided writing prompt. Share your writing. You never know what you might knock out as you knock one back!” UNLEASH THE GENIUS at Hatch 1121 Lake Worth: “A celebration of local cultural vitality and academic excellence in order to support the academic aspirations of our community’s often overlooked, but highly motivated students. Unleash the Genius is a benefit consisting of student presentations, an exhibition with an accompanied silent auction, artist talks, performances, food, a keynote speaker, and a silent art auction.” eventbright/unleashthegenius EDUCATORS AND ARTISTS at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. Exhibition featuring the work of 40 past and present faculty of the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. IT GETS BETTER at the Kravis Center: “The grassroots campaign has evolved into a week-long residency in which local students work with It Gets Better representatives, including members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, on anti-bullying, self-image, tolerance and acceptance. Event includes a night of poems, skits and more.” 14th ANNUAL IRIE WEEKEND: BENEFITING THE IRIE FOUNDATION: “The Irie Foundation is working year round to improve and create a positive impact on the lives of South Florida’s at-risk youth. Through a number of proactive initiatives, we are committed to helping kids get on the right track and strive for successful futures. All proceeds go toward Foundation programming, as well as to benefit a number of other local and national non-profit organizations.” BLUE SPRING STATE PARK: “Blue Spring State Park covers more than 2,600 acres, including the largest spring on the St. John’s River. Blue Spring is a designated manatee refuge and the winter home to a growing population of West Indian Manatees. The spring´s crystal clear, 73-degree water can be enjoyed by swimmers, snorkelers, and certified scuba divers with a partner during our designated swimming season. Fishing, canoeing, and boating are also enjoyed along the St. John’s River.” SUMMER IN PARADISE: “Visitors and residents will be transported into a colorful collection of classic tales during the City of West Palm Beach’s popular Summer in Paradise, a creative series of commUNITY events and offerings all summer long. This year’s Summer in Paradise will feature fifteen child-size playhouses, collectively referred to as the Fairy Tale Playhouses. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, the mini-homes will provide entertainment and shade to the smallest of waterfront visitors, all while raising awareness of affordable housing. Each playhouse will represent a fairy tale, signifying the global outreach of Habitat for Humanity. Local artists will interpret the tales and on the final night of Summer in Paradise the playhouses will be auctioned off in support of fifteen local nonprofits.” Departments/Waterfront/Community-Events/Summer-in-Paradise PNC BANK FREE ADMISSION DAY in June at the Boca Museum of Art- Through the generosity of PNC Bank, the Boca Raton Museum of Art is able to provide complimentary admission to our community on select days throughout the year.”



Photo Credit: David Runyon



LOCALS ONLY | SUMMER EVENTS 2018 SUMMER TIME MOONLIGHT SEA TURTLE WALKS at The Museum of Discovery and Sci-ence- “We invite the whole family to participate in an evening of sea turtle discovery this summer. Visitors will enjoy an entire evening of sea turtle exploration and identification while uncovering the natural history and myths of turtles. Nature permitting, participants will have a chance to watch a 300 pound Loggerhead sea turtle venture out of the ocean to lay her eggs.” REDLANDS SUMMER FRUIT FESTIVAL: “This annual event showcases local agriculture, and tropical fruits. Vendor booths featuring yummy foods, and rare fruit samplings will be available.” redlandfruitandspice. com SUMMER JAZZ ON THE GULF: “A popular Southwest Florida tradition continues, as The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club will host its annual “Summer Jazz on the Gulf” concert series for the 33rd consecutive year. The fun, free concert series combines a diverse array of Jazz enter-tainment with truly beautiful views of the Gulf, stunning sunsets, refreshing breezes, and a relax-ing atmosphere. SARASOTA MUSIC FESTIVAL: “The Sarasota Music Festival is a magical combination of youthful promise and acclaimed talent that carries a reputation as one of the finest classical-music events in the nation.” SUNDAY ON THE WATERFRONT: “This monthly concert series provides an ideal setting for good times and great entertainment. Listen to the hottest acts around featuring popular regional performers and national recording artists against our spectacular waterfront backdrop. This is a perfect weekend outing and a fantastic way to relax and unwind with friends and family on a Sunday afternoon. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, kick off your flip flops, grab a drink and sway to the tunes on the West Palm Beach Waterfront. OLD TOWN UNTAPPED: “Pompano Beach’s Craft Brew and Arts Festival. A night filled with free craft beer samples from Pompano’s own breweries, live music, food trucks, art and more! 1st Friday of every month 6-9pm. In front of Bailey Contemporary Arts.” BUTTERFLY WALKS: “Nature lovers of all ages and expertise levels can help local chapters of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) take their annual census counts at nature cen-ters and wildlife preserves during June & July. This summer explore the Deering Estate in search of the Ruddy Daggerwing, Dina Yellow, Atala and more!” SUNDOWN SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: “The Sundown Series consists of four FREE public concerts held on the third Saturday of every month of the summer, from 7pm-10pm. We always have a fantastic lineup of local and regional performers covering a diverse range of music from Funk and Blues to Folk and Americana.” ARTIST AS AN ENTREPRENEUR INSTITUTE: “Open to artists in all creative fields, AEI’s lec-tures, panels and interactive workshops are led by South Florida’s top-ranking arts practitioners and industry professionals. From boosting business practices to strengthening sales, AEI has it covered – freeing you up to focus on your art.” RSVP required BRAZILIAN FOLKS ART FESTIVAL: “Join us at the Brazilian Folks Festival to celebrate Brazil’s Cultural Heritage. The festival will be showcasing Brazilian ethnic food, folk dance, capoeira, quadrilha Junina, samba school parade, and performances of renowned Brazilian musicians. The Brazilian Folks is a community folk festival hosted by Minority Help and the City of Pompano Beach. The festival is part of the Brazilian Arts and Cultural Engagement (B.R.A.C.E.) project that aims to raise community identity and engagement through the promotion of local talents and programs that foster community development, capability building, engagement, and celebration of Brazil’s heritage. Volunteering opportunities available.” Learn more at




SCREEN ON THE GEM: “West Palm Beach Waterfront transforms into an outdoor theater where guests can enjoy family friendly films under the stars. Blankets and lawn chairs are recommended.” FREE | 7:00 p.m. to 11: 00 p.m. | 2nd Friday of each month: “Beauty and the Beast” / “The Greatest Showman” /”The Last Jedi” LUNCH WITH ART at Bailey Contemporaray Arts: “Nourish your creative side! The Bailey Contemporary Arts invites you every Wednesday to bring your lunch, or grab a little nosh from our in-house café, and sit down for an hour in the galleries amongst art and artists. Each week will vary with something differentspecial guest artist speakers, simple hands-on activities, or just a calm break to enjoy your sandwich with some music and art. Free wifi available. Better than your breakroom! Blooming Bean Coffee Company serves up freshly brewed, locally roasted coffees along with sweet and savory baked goods like empanadas, scones, and cookies. Call in the morning to hear what’s on the menu!” DIVE IN MOVIES at The City of Pompano Beach Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts. “Cool off with a dip in the pool while you enjoy a featured flick. This free event will be held at the Houston Sworn Pool located at 901 NW 10th Street. Snacks and refreshments will be available.” “Free Willy”/ “Coco” For more information, call 954-786-4116 JAZZ IN THE PARK: “The second annual Jazz in the Park will be taking place at Annie Adderly Gillis Park. This event will feature live jazz music from the talented musicians of the BSO Jazz Band and the Alice Day Band. In between musical acts, enjoy lots of laughs from spoken word performer Rebecca Vaughns. Grab a bite to eat from one of the delicious local food vendors. This is a free event and all are invited.” Contact Information: 954-786-4111 TRADITION at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County: “Come join us as we explore Japanese and African traditions. Participants will learn of the Japanese kimono and about African textiles while engaging in a craft for each tradition. This workshop is for all ages.” Presented by Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens and Kianga Art. SEAN’S DANCE FACTORY presents Big Bang 22 at the Kravis Center: “One of the most amazing dance productions that encompasses dance at its highest level. Each Big Bang brings an explosion of eclectic talent put together by their very known Choreographer and Artistic Director, Sean Green. With high variety of style this production will inspire and take you and your family to the world of hip hop dance like you’ve never seen it before.” SUSHI & STROLL SUMMER WALKS at the Morikami Museum: “We welcome guests on select Friday evenings throughout the summer to experience and explore our Japanese gardens with a cold drink in hand. Sip craft sake selections – some sweet, sparkling or creamy – that you won’t find anywhere else in South Florida.” CANVAS & COCKTAILS: “The Creative Arts School continues its popular art experience, where you can create an art piece in a relaxed atmosphere…all while enjoying a nice glass of wine, a craft beer or a signature cocktail. Each month offers something different with one of our creative Canvas & Cocktails instructors. No experience necessary! It’s a perfect girls’ night out, group night or a date night. ART AFTER DARK at The Norton Museum: “Visit the galleries, enjoy gallery talks and special lectures, art workshops, live music, happy hour, and more. Admission is free.” STONZEK THEATRE at Lake Worth Playhouse: Indie & Foreign Films Daily. Summer FOTOcamp: “Each workshop is instructed by a professional photographer and trained teaching assistants, who will introduce all levels of photography in a fun and engaging way according to each




BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION at The Norton Museum: “Enjoy spotlight talks in the galleries on French artists and the American artists they inspired; make your own art, see classic French films, enjoy performances of French music, delight in French cuisine, and more!” WOODIE GUTHRIE’S AMERICAN SONG at Palm Beach Dramaworks: “A celebration of Amer-ica’s most admired folk balladeer. You’ll be singing along with This Land is Your Land and the more than two dozen numbers during the course of the production!” FIRST DRAFT presented by the Miami Book Fair: Music & Memory “A series of informal writing events that turn happy hours into great stories. You’re inspired. But you’re also thirsty. Swing by a First Draft event for a drink (the first one’s on the house) and a guided writing prompt. Share your writing. You never know what you might knock out as you knock one back!” FLASHDANCE THE MUSICAL at Lake Worth Playhouse: “Dance like you’ve never danced be-fore! Flashdance the Musical tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of 18 year old Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, who dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy and becoming a professional dancer. When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dream. Based on the Paramount Pictures film (Screenplay by Tom Hedley and Joe Eszterhas, story by Tom Hedley) Flashdance is an inspiring musical about the power of holding onto your dreams and love against all the odds.” MANGO AND TROPICAL FRUIT FESTIVAL: “Join us as we celebrate our tropical summers with the juiciest event: The Mango and Tropical Fruit Festival. Enjoy two days of the King of Tropical Fruit and its friends. We’re offering lectures, cooking demonstrations and tips to keep your mango trees thriving, pick up a trick from local chefs at a cooking demonstration, shop artisan vendors or pick up delicious foods from local vendors, sample refreshing brews perfect for summer.” MIAMI SALSA CONGRESS: “Held every summer in Miami, The Annual Miami Salsa Congress is a 5-day Latin music and dance festival featuring a unique compilation of the world’s top Salsa talent including local and international touring artists, award-winning dancers, world-class dance instructors, top industry DJs and award-winning Latin Bands.” LISETTE MODEL—PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE CANADIAN PHOTOGRAPHY INSTITUTE OF THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA at the Boca Museum of Art: “Lisette Model (1901-1983) is one of the most influential street photographers, best known for her direct portrayal of the peculiarities of average people captured candidly in everyday situations. Model’s work appeared regularly in publications such as Harper’s Bazaar and her work was included in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1940. She was also an influential artist and teacher who famously taught Diane Arbus.” FLORIDA CAVERNS STATE PARK: “This is one of the few state parks with dry (air-filled) caves and is the only state park in Florida to offer cave tours to the public.The Florida Cavern has daz-zling formations of limestone stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, flowstones and draperies. The Chipola River and Blue Hole spring provide areas for fishing, canoeing and boating. Florida Caverns State Park is popular for camping, picnicking, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding.” CREATING (DIVERSE) COMIC BOOKS: ReadCaribbean brings established writers and artists together to discuss the challenges and rewards of publishing inclusive comics online and in print. Learn about the writer/artist collaboration. Learn how to create diverse, memorable characters and powerful story arcs, and explore the various publishing options for YOUR comic book. With Vanessa R. Del Rey, Manny Duran, Emily Joynton, Kevin Joseph, Juan Navarro, Alexis Ziritt, and others. Moderated by Thomas Logan, Geek culture editor for Sliver of Stone Magazine.






Libraries today aren’t all about books! Join other like-minded bookworms at networking, music, and cultural enrichment events all summer long. Photo Credit: Josh Felise

By Catherine McElrath


eens learning how to DJ from industry pros. Toddlers developing kindergarten readiness skills through songs and crafts. Tweens getting hands-on experience with the latest high-tech virtual reality gear. And there’s also free concerts, performances, classes and after-hour events for adults? Where – and when – in South Florida is all of this going on? Simple answer: Summer at Your Broward County Library.

Debuting this summer is a series of larger-scale signature library events. This includes the renowned South Florida Book Festival, which will be held July 20th and 21st at the African-American Research Library. This two-day celebration of authors, books and literature features workshops, book signings, cooking demos, panel discussions and author presentations. Past Festivals have included authors Tavis Smiley, Edwidge Danticat and Eric Jerome Dickey. (Visit for details.)

Each summer, Broward County Library, with sponsorship from the Broward Public Library Foundation and other organizations such as the Florida Panthers, hosts a summer program that encompasses fun, learning, exploring, community, literacy, entertainment and cultural enrichment through three months’ worth of free events (save for a handful of evening events for grown-ups that offer cocktails, music and entertainment). Each year’s summer program has a theme that coordinates statewide with other Florida public libraries and this year’s is Libraries Rock!

Another signature event is the new Afro-Caribbean Weekend Fest, scheduled for June 15th and 16th at the Foster Park Community Micro-Library and the Hallandale Beach Branch Library, respectively. Festival goers can enjoy Caribbean culture and cuisine with music, food trucks, a story slam and more. The Juneteenth Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival ( June 16th at Northwest Branch Library); Destination Rock – Dance After Hours at Main (August 3rd at Main Library) and the Fort Lauderdale Story Slam (August 11th at African-American Research Library and Cultural Center) round the signature series.

Beginning in June, 36 library locations throughout Broward County will host events for all ages. In keeping with this year’s theme, many events will have library customers rocking out with free concerts as well as make-it-yourself music, moving-to-thegroove dance parties and workouts and (with a nod to the literal) fun geology- and science-related events for all ages. Young library customers can enjoy interactive performances, including a special opera story time with the Palm Beach Opera; arts and crafts workshops; hands-on, hightech classes in coding, robotics, electronics, snap circuits, voice-assisted technology and virtual reality; music lessons and how-to instruction on DJing; Zumba and yoga; movies; and book discussions for tweens and teens. There will also be over 20 Summer at Your Library kick-off events for children and teens featuring wildlife shows, parties, top-notch children’s performers, refreshments and information. All this action might make young library customers hungry, so 16 Broward County Library locations will be participating in our Summer Breakspot program, which provides free lunches and/or afternoon snacks to anyone 18 years or younger. Grown-ups have their pick of free events such as writer’s workshops, concerts, karaoke, meditation, book groups, art classes, beauty and personal care workshops; Beatles yoga, ukulele classes and foreign films, to name a few.



An additional component of Summer at Your Library is inviting participants to register to win prizes for reaching learning and reading goals and attending free library events. This year, prizes include tickets to Florida Panthers hockey games as well as Panther jerseys and special fan experiences; tickets to museums and other local attractions; eReaders and separate grand prizes for children, teens and adults. All ages can register – even babies and toddlers can win by attending events and being read to aloud. These learning and reading initiatives help combats the “summer brain drain” which occurs when students lose knowledge they gained during the school year. The phenomenon has an even greater effect on students from low-income families. Research shows that by fifth grade, summer learning loss can leave low-income students up to three years behind their peers, according to the National Summer Learning Association. Summer at Your Library helps level the playing field for lower-income students who don’t have an opportunity to attend summer camps and other summer enrichment opportunities. They can attend comparable programs for free at Broward County Library.

For a full list of Summer at Your Library events, including locations, dates and times, as well as information on registering to win prizes during Summer at Your Library, the Summer Breakspot program, signature events and kick-off events, please visit

Seeking some serene solitude this summer? Look no further than your local library. Photo Credit: Becca Tapert

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CULTURE | SUMMER 2018 delivers the largest database of South Florida arts and cultural events as well as additional listings of classes, workshops, auditions, calls-to-artists and much more!

2018 Taste the Islands Experience Caribbean Culinary Museum and Theater

Presented by Calibe Thompson of Island Syndicate and Fort Lauderdale Historical Society 219 S.W. Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 June 2, 4-10 pm (Sat.) Enjoy authentic sights and sounds of the Caribbean, celebrity cooking demos, cultural elements, artisan shopping village, live DJs and more at the second annual Taste the Islands Experience, an all-inclusive one-day Caribbean food and spirits affair held in celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month. This interactive festival is set along the breathtaking Riverwalk area, capturing the flavor and mystique of the islands by offering an exciting program of uniquely Caribbean activities.

48 Hour Film Project

Presented by Cathleen Dean June 9, (Sat.), Premiere Screenings, Bill Cosford Cinema, 5030 Brunson Dr., Memorial Building 227, Coral Gables, FL 33124-2105 June 30, 7 pm (Sat.), Best of Screening, African American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 Filmmakers from the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will go up against films from around the world at Filmapalooza 2019, for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2019 Short Film Corner. This year 48HFP expands, building on its history as the Miami 48 Hour Film Project by including Fort Lauderdale filmmakers. All are welcome to form or join filmmaking teams. Please visit the website for information on the entry process, http://

TA S T E W AT C H Fort Lauderdale Story Slam

Presented by Helen Reynolds & World and Eye June 8, 7:30 pm (Fri.), Vanguard Sanctuary for the Arts, 1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 – Theme: I Shouldn’t Have Done It... But I Did! June 16, 2 pm (Sat.), Hallandale Beach Afro Caribbean Fest, Hallandale Beach Library, 300 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale, FL 33009 – Theme: Island Spice August 11, 7 pm (Sat.), African American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 – Theme: You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover The Fort Lauderdale Story Slam is a storytelling contest and series of events in which people tell five to seven minute true, personal stories based on a theme. Performers include both novice and seasoned storytellers, and comprise a diverse range of ages and cultural backgrounds. There are prizes for the Story Slam winners at each event! Please see the World and Eye website for information about




Presented by ArtsUnited Savor Cinema, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 June 17, time (Sun.) ArtsUnited presents the new film “Thirsty,” starring and telling the true story of female impersonator Scott Townsend. In the film, bullied girly boy Townsend grows into revered drag queen Thirsty Burlington, fighting obstacles along the way, only to discover that what he really wants is self-acceptance. Fort Lauderdale’s Joe Posa, appearing as Joan Rivers, will greet all attendees on the red carpet, as well as presenting a comedy act and introducing Townsend before the show. The film viewing will be followed by a brief Q&A period.

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The Happening: A Theatrical Mixtape, Volume II

India’s Independence Day Event

Presented by Darius Daughtry and Art Prevails Project African American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 July 27, 2 pm (Fri.) Performance and talkback for summer camps and youth organizations July 28, 7 pm (Sat.) Performance The Happening is a multidisciplinary theatrical production that incorporates acting, spoken word poetry, dance and song while being guided by the complementary sounds of a world-renowned DJ. Volume II of “The Happening” centers around a tragic event in an unnamed city, exploring factors that lead up to this tragedy and the reverberations that are felt throughout. Other related July events include an art exhibit and community forum on art and activism.

Presented by Association of Indians In America August 19 (Sun.)


Presented by New City Players The Vanguard, 1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 August 9-26, 8 pm (Thurs., Fri., Sat.), 4 pm (Sun.) 75-minute play presented with no intermission Post-show discussion follows Sunday performances

This annual festival celebrates the country of India’s independence, which was declared on Aug. 15, 1947. The event will feature a cultural program of diverse dancing, singing and acts from the different states of India, as well as vendors selling Indian jewelry, clothing, and food from all around the country. A special addition this year will be a fun, interactive Kids Zone with arts and crafts to help teach children about the culture and heritage of India. This event is family-friendly and open to all in the community, especially those interested in learning about the history and cultural of India. Event proceeds will be donated to nonprofits with similar goals to AIA, for example promoting Indian culture.

This spellbinding, romantic journey begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman. But what happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know – delving into the infinite possibilities of their relationship and raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny.


LISTEN Hallelujah the Musical

Presented by Broward Alliance of Gospel Music Professionals African American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 August 4, 4-8 pm (Sat.) An inspiring off-Broadway musical telling the history of Gospel music through song, reaching back to the rich history of Africa and bringing the audience right up to today by highlighting the musical timeline.

What’s Your Elephant? Exhibit Opening

Presented by Niki Lopez 1310 Gallery, 1310 S.W. Second Court, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 August 18, 6-11 pm (Sat.) “What’s Your Elephant?” combines art exhibits, interactive installations and workshops, using the arts to provoke awareness and facilitate discussions by unveiling unaddressed topics. “What’s Your Elephant?”, as in “the elephant in the room”, is a metaphor for an obvious truth, problem or risk that is either being ignored or going unaddressed. It is based on the idea that an elephant in a room would be impossible to overlook; thus, people in the room who pretend the elephant is not there have chosen to avoid dealing with the issue. This exhibit will demonstrate how the arts can assist in self-healing, bring awareness and understanding, create dialogue and strengthen communities.


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By BAJA writer Christiana Lilly

Miguel Pilgram’s love story with jazz does not begin as a child listening to records. Rather, it begins on the Indian Ocean during the Gulf War. He and his fellow sailors were aboard the USS Kiska when they heard that another ship struck a mine not too far away—the water was so still on the ocean that they could feel it. Shaken by the close call, a sailor brought out a John Coltrane album, introducing Pilgram to the genre. Coltrane lead him to Nancy Wilson, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and other jazz greats. "It’s the manifestation of pain," he explained. "It came from blues and blues was the music of slavery and all these people could sing about was negative times. Jazz was the affirmation that there was a light at the end of the tunnel." That light at the end of the tunnel lives in the NYSW Jazz Lounge, Pilgram’s newly opened jazz restaurant and lounge in Fort Lauderdale, flanked by other new businesses The Grind coffee shop and Tarpon River Brewing. "This is a place with energy, the jazz experience, the true jazz experience," he said. After four years in the Navy, Pilgram attended Tennessee State University and then worked in casino security—His skills as a regimented Navy sailor worked perfectly with the discipline and structure required in the surveillance arena. From there, he went back out on the water as a manager aboard Malaysian cruise lines, which were eventually bought by Norwegian Cruise Lines. In 2010, he started his own real estate company, the third of what he calls his "number of successful careers." The fourth? Restaurants. He opened New York Subs and Wings and Cheesecakes in Oakland Park in 2015, where the hungry can get a taste of New York style comfort food. From there, he expanded the business into a new concept, the NYSW Jazz Lounge—the initials carry over the restaurant venue while adding in entertainment. "I worked in a blues city, in Memphis, for a number of years and when I arrived here, I fully understood that there was a thirst for live music, but there weren’t any real venues that are dedicated to it." The interior bar is an intimate 900- square-foot space, and outside is a 1,400-square-foot al fresco bar and courtyard. The space is decorated with Edison light bulbs, paintings of jazz pioneers, powerful quotes, silhouettes of performers and dancers on the walls, and music notes. However, the stand-out pieces are the bar in the shape of a piano and stage created with a shipping container. There, the likes of Tito Puente Jr., Sabirin Yamin Mustafa, Eric & The Jazzers, the Marcus Mitchell Project, and other performers get the crowd swaying, snapping, and dancing. Once a week, the venue hosts a spoken word night. Throughout Fort Lauderdale and surrounding neighborhoods, there are plenty of places to listen to jazz—if you go on a jazz night. At the NYSW Jazz Lounge, no matter what day or time you come in, there’s jazz wafting in the air. From class to soulful, progressive, Latin, it’s all forms and tendrils of jazz on stage. And he doesn’t want to be the only one. He admires Blue Jean Blues on 33rd Street, and he hopes that with their success, other venues and entrepreneurs will see that jazz is something the people want. But Pilgram isn’t done yet. On the horizon, he has plans to open another venue, Memphis Blues, in Sistrunk to complete the musical family of jazz and blues—plus more ventures.



"I think it’s going to be phenomenal," he said. "Fort Lauderdale needs a dedicated blues venue that is sizable enough, where people can really have a great experience."

SOUTH FLORIDA ART GALLERIES + CREATIVE SPACES PALM BEACH Addison Gallery 206 N.E 2nd Street, Delray Beach Amanda James Gallery 412 East Ocean #1, Boynton Beach Armory Art Center 1700 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach Arts Garage 94 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach Art House 429 429 25th Street, West Palm Beach Art House Gallery 255 NE 6th Avenue, Delray Beach Artisans on the Ave 630 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth Artists Alley Delray Beach 3rd Avenue Studios and Galleries NE 3rd Street, Delray Beach Artists Guild Galley 512 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach Art Link International 809 Lucerne Avenue, Lake Worth Ashley John Gallery 410 S. County Road, Palm Beach Avalon Gallery 425 E. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach Benzaiten Center for the Creative Arts 1105 2nd Ave S, Lake Worth Blue Gallery 600 E. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach Bohemia AG 536 Northwood Road, West Palm Beach Boca Black Box 822 Glades Road #10, Boca Raton Boynton Beach Art District 401 West Industrial Avenue, Boynton Beach Bruce Helander 410 Evernia Street # 119, West Palm Beach

Cacace Fine Art 354 NE 4th Street, Suite D Delray Beach Carré d’Artistes - Art Gallery 430 Plaza Real, Boca Raton Center for Creative Education 425 24th Street, West Palm Beach Cornell Art Museum 51 N Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach Cultural Council of Palm Beach County 601 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth DeBilzan Gallery 38 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach DTR Modernt Gallery 440 South County Road, Palm Beach FAU Universities Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters Florida Atlantic University 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton Flamingo Clay Studio 15 South J Street, Lake Worth Ford Fine Art 260 NE 5th Avenue, Delray Beach Galleria Gilda 2211 North Dixie Highway, Lake Worth Gallery 22 -Yaacov Heller 282 Via Naranjas, Boca Raton Gallery Biba 224A Worth Avenue, Palm Beach Griffin Gallery 5250 Town Center Cir #128, Boca Raton Habitat Galleries 513 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach Holden Luntz Gallery 332 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach ICFA & Erdesz 358 NE 4th Street, Delray Beach JF Gallery 3901 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach John H Surovek Gallery 349 Worth Avenue 8 Via Parigi, Palm Beach

Kevin McPherrin Int’l Gallery 4851 N. Dixie Hwy, Boca Raton Lighthouse Art Center 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta Lois Brenzinski Artworks 533 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach Mary Woerner Fine Arts 3700 South Dixie Highway #7, West Palm Beach Native Visions Galleries 104 Breakwater Court, Jupiter

Ali Cultural Arts 353 Hammondville Rd, Pompano Beach

Las Olas Fine Arts 701 E. Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale

Art and Culture Center/ Hollywood 1650 Harrison Street, Hollywood

New River Fine Art 914 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale

Art Gallery 21 600 NE 21 Court, Wilton Manors Artist’s Eye Fine Art Gallery 38 South Federal Highway Canterbury Square #2, Dania Beach

North Beach Art Gallery 3334 NE 34th Street, Fort Lauderdale Pocock Fine Art & Antiques 1200 East Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 102, Fort Lauderdale

AmericanAirlines Arena 601 Biscayne Bay, Miami

Etra Fine Art 2315 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami

Now Contemporary Art 337 NW 25th Street, Miami

Arevalo Gallery 100 SW 10 Street, Miami

Florida Grand Opera 8390NW 25th Street, Miami

O. Ascanio Gallery 2600 NW 2nd, Miami

Art Fusion Gallery 3550 North Miami Avenue, Miami

Fountainhead Studios 7338 NW Miami Court, Miami

Opera Gallery 39th Street, Suite 239 Miami

Art Nouveau Gallery 348 NW 29th Street, Miami Ascaso Gallery 2441 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami Avant Gallery 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Suite 102, Miami

Art Serve Gallery 1350 E. Sunrise Boulevard Fort Lauderdale

Pompano Beach Cultural Center and Library 50 W Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach

Bailey Contemporary Arts-BaCA 41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach

Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery- Broward College 3501 SW Davie Boulevard, Davie

Pavo Real Gallery 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton

Bear and Bird Boutique + Gallery 4566 North University Drive, Lauderhill

Rossetti Fine Art Gallery 2176 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors

Brisky Gallery 130 Northwest 24th Street, Miami

Rosenbaum Contemporary 150 Yamato Road, Boca Raton

Broward Art Guild 3280 NE 32nd Street, Fort Lauderdale

Steven Greenwald Design 3023 NW 60th Street, Fort Lauderdale

Canale Diaz Art Center 146 Madeira Avenue, Coral Gables

RosettaStone Fine Art Gallery 50 US-1, Jupiter

City of Sunrise Art Gallery 10770 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Sunrise

Studio 18City of Pembroke Pines 1101 Poinciana Drive, Pembroke Pines

Cultural Center of Pompano Beach 102 W Atlantic Boulevard, Pompano Beach

The Amp: Pompano Beach Amphitheater 1806 NE 6th Street, Pompano Beach

Norton Museum of Art 1451 S. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach Onessimo Fine Art 4530 PGA Boulevard, Suite 101, Palm Beach Gardens

Russeck Gallery 203 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach Stewart Fine Art 5501 N Federal Highway, Suite 3 -Boca Raton Studio E Gallery 4600 PGA Boulevard #101, Palm Beach Gardens Sundook Art Galleries 524 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach The Box Gallery 811 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach ​ Vertuqa Fine Art 5250 Town Center Cir #128, Boca Raton Wally Findlay Galleries 165 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach

BROWARD African-American Research Library and Cultural Center 2650 Sistrunk Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

Fat Village Center for the Arts 531 NW 1st Avenue, Fort Lauderdale

Bakehouse Art Complex 561 NW 32nd Street Miami Bill Brady Gallery 7200 NW Miami Court, Miami

Cernuda Arte 3155 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables Collection Privee Gallery 2301 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami Curator’s Voice Art Project 299 NW 25th Street, Miami

Upper Room Art Gallery 300 SW 1st Ave, unit #123 & #129, Fort Lauderdale

David Castillo Gallery 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 300, Miami Beach

Gallery 721-The Purvis Young Museum 725 Progresso Drive, Fort Lauderdale

Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts 481 South Federal Hwy, Dania Beach

De La Cruz Collection 23 NE 41Street, Miami

George Gadson Studios 1350 East Sunrise Boulevard, Suite 124, Fort Lauderdale Girls’ Club 117 NE 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale Indaba Gallery 609 N 21st Avenue, Hollywood James Schot Gallery & Studio 2800 N Federal Highway, Suite A Fort Lauderdale

L.Mercado Studios 2000 Harrison Street, Hollywood

MIAMI-DADE Adamar Fine Arts 21173 NE 18 Place, Miami Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County 300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami Alberto Linero Gallery 2294-B NW 2nd Avenue, Miami Alfa Gallery 1607 Brickell Avenue, Miami Alejandra Von Hartz Gallery 2630 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami

D & G Art Design Gallery 6801 Collins Avenue, Suite C1405, Miami Beach Diana Lowenstein Gallery 2043 North Miami Avenue, Miami

Fredric Snitzer Gallery 1540 NE Miami Court, Miami Galerie Helene Lamarque 125 NW 23rd Street, Miami Gallery Diet 6315 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami Gary Nader Fine Art 62 NE 27th Street, Miami Gecko Art Galleries 6500 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Haitian Heritage Museum 4141 NE 2 Ave. # 105C, Miami Harold Golen Gallery 2294 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami Institute of Contemporary Art 4040 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Irazoqui Art Gallery 2750 NW 3rd Avenue, Miami Ka.Be. Contemporary 223 NW 26 Street, Miami Latin Art Core 1646 SW 8th Street, Miami Little Haiti Cultural Center 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami Locust Projects 3852 North Miami Avenue, Miami

Ricart Gallery 444 NW 28th Street, Miami Rimonim Art Gallery 7500 NE 4th Court, Suite 103, Miami Robert Fontaine Gallery 2121 NW 2nd Avenue, Unit 3, Miami Rubell Family Collection 95 NW 29 Street, Miami Sammer Gallery 125 NW 23rd Street, Miami Spinello Projects 7221 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami The Americas Collection 4213 Ponce De Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables The Fillmore Miami Beach 1700 Washington Ave, Miami Beach The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse 591 NW 27th Street, Miami Tresart 2121 NW 2nd Ave, Bay #2, Miami Virginia Miller Galleries 169 Madeira Avenue, Coral Gables Waltman Ortega Fine Art 2233 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami

Lowe Art Museum 1301 Standford Drive, Miami

White Porch Gallery 2727 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami

Maman Fine Art 3930 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 204. Miami

WYN 317 Gallery 167 NW 25 Street, Miami

Dina Mitrani Gallery 2620 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami

Markowicz Fine Art 110 NE 40th Street, Miami

Dot Fiftyone Gallery 7275 NE 4th Avenue, Miami

Merzbau Gallery 2301 N Miami Avenue, Miami

Durban Segnini Gallery 3072 SW 38th Avenue, Miami

MIArt Space 151 NW 36 Street, Miami

Emerson Dorsch 151 NW 24th Street, Miami

Mindy Solomon Gallery 8397 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami

Espace Expression 317 NW 28th Street, Miami

N’Namdi Contemporary 177 NW 23rd Street, Miami



CULTURE | SOUTH FLORIDA ART WALKS What is an art walk? Oh, just a fun way to get in touch with your local arts scene! Art walks usually consist of an evening, once a month, in which awesome artists, galleries, food vendors, and musicians all come together to showcase and support the arts scene in their respective communities. More likely than not, there’ll be wine and hors d’oeuvres too! Check out an art walk near you...


HOLLYWOOD ART WALK Downtown Hollywood, Florida 3rd Saturday of each month, 7:00pm to 10:00pm

ARTISTS ALLEY FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK Artists Alley, On East Atlantic Avenue 1st Friday each month, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

ISLAND CITY ART WALK Wilton Drive in the Wilton Manors arts & entertainment district. November through April, 3rd Friday of each month. 7:00pm to 10:00pm

BOYNTON BEACH ART WALK 06-422 West Industrial Ave, Boynton Beach 4th Thursday each month, 6:00pm to 10:00pm NORTHWOOD VILLAGE ART WALK 400 Northwood Road, West Palm Beach. 2nd Saturday each month, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

BROWARD COUNTY ARTPOP! ART WALK Pompano Citi Centre, 2201 N Federal Highway, Suite C104. Last Friday each month, 7:00pm to 9:00pm FLAGLER / FAT VILLAGE ART WALK Four-block area, branching out from the intersection of NW Fifth Street and First Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Last Saturday of each month (except December). 7:00pm to 11:00pm

COCONUT GROVE FASHION + ART + MUSIC NIGHT Grand Avenue, Commodore Plaza, Main Highway and Fuller Street. 1st Saturday of each month, 7:00pm to 10:00pm CORAL GABLES GALLERY STROLL This walk is centered around Ponce Circle Park 1st Friday of each month.

NOBE NORTH BEACH ART WALK North Beach shopping and arts district along 32nd, 33rd and 34th streets off of A1A and Oakland Park Blvd. 1st Saturday of each month, 7:00pm to 11:00pm

LINCOLN ROAD/SOUTH BEACH ART WALK 800,810 and 924 Lincoln Road Mall.Art Center/South Florida on Lincoln Rd. to the CANDO Arts Co-Op Gallery by the Bass Museum of Art. 1st Saturday of each month. 7:00pm to 10:00pm

OLD TOWN UNTAPPED 41 NE 1st Street, Downtown Pompano Beach. 1st Friday of each month, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

VIERNES CULTURALES LITTLE HAVANA ART WALK SW 8th Street (Calle Ocho) between SW 12th Ave and SW 18th Ave Last Friday of each month, 7:00pm to 11:00pm

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY BIRD ROAD ART DISTRICT Centrally located just east of the Palmetto Expressway (SR-826) and south of Bird Road (SW 40 St.), Miami 3rd Saturday of each month, 7:00pm to 10:00pm

WYNWOOD ART WALK MIAMI 36th St. S. to 20th St., between NE 2nd Ave and NW 6th Ave, Miami. 2nd Saturday of each month, 6:30pm

This information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Art Hive intends that the information contained in or displayed throughout the magazine will be accurate and reliable; however, errors sometimes occur. Art Hive is not affiliated in any way to the art walks.



Flashdance July 5-22 2018

Young Frankenstein October 4-21 2018

Barefoot in the Park Nov. 15-Dec. 2 2018

713 Lake Ave. Lake Worth, FL. 561.586.6410 |



Camelot Jan. 17-Feb. 3 2019

Wait Until Dark Feb. 28-Mar. 17 2019


Sweet Charity April 11-28 2019

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