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July – August 2018 | Issue 35


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CONTENTS

THE ART ISSUE 16

David Lavernia David’s unique style of large scale murals has brought him all over the world and back to South Florida.

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Diana “Didi” Contreras Didi’s dreamy characters grace walls throughout Miami and beyond.

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K.C. Scott From golf pro to species below, KC Scott’s journey to becoming a professional artist was anything but normal.

28 Gallery Local artists put some of their current work on display.

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Arts Warehouse A look inside Delray Beach’s newest hub for artwork, independent creators and more.

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CURRENTS 34

MUSIC Spider Cherry

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DRINK Local Cider Makers

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SPORTS FAU Football

Season Preview

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SNAPS Crossing For A Cure


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PHOTOGRAPHY Ben Hicks | bocaratonphoto.com

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Marcus Javier Garcia Lori Griffith

WRITERS Darien Davies David Rolland Adam Sheetz Steven Gonzalez

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COMMUNITY

LOCAL N EWS JULY/AUGUST 2018

Bringing Art into Grand View Norton Museum of Art Finds Temporary Home at Grandview Public Market By Darien Davies

Photos: Nick Mele

Our local favorite art museum, the Norton Museum of Art, is closing for almost half a year to undergo a lovely nip and tuck. Instead of the local community missing out on all the artistic happenings during that time, the good people at the Norton have thought of a fantastic collaboration that will keep the art and programs in grand view. The Grandview Public Market will be Norton Museum’s home away from home from July 16, 2018 to February 9, 2019 while the Norton’s interior is finalized and art that has been in hiding for more than two years is reinstalled. “The vision and energy of Grandview Public Market, and what it offers the West Palm Beach community, is exciting,” said Sam Ankerson, Norton Museum of Art’s Deputy Director. “We look forward to presenting programs at this lively, innovative new venue, and exploring connections between art, learning and good food!” Grandview Public Market is a collaborative, innovative and community-driven food and social hall with 14 local vendors and a goal of providing an always-inspiring environment with a homey feel. They offer ever-evolving and rotating food and drinks options, live music, and kid-friendly programming, so inviting the Norton’s goods into their space is right up their alley. “We work hard to maintain this feeling of inclusiveness,” said Chris Vila, co-owner of Grandview Public Market, “and are delighted to share it with our growing community. In partnering with the Norton during its renovation, Grandview is excited to expand its cultural footprint and raise awareness of the wonderful programming presented at the Norton.”

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Programs at the Market include Family Art Pop-Up, where children ages 5 to 12, and their accompanying adults, participate in lively discussions about artwork from the Norton collection and enjoy a hands-on art workshop. Or, you’re invited to get some insight into the future with the Curators’ Conservations, where Norton curators provide previews of the galleries and exhibitions opening in February 2019. All programs at the Market are free, but registration is required. The Museum will re-open to the general public on February 9, 2019 with exciting new exhibitions and works from the Museum collection that have been in storage during construction, as well as new gifts and acquisitions that will be on view for the first time. Museumgoers can also look forward to a new restaurant and museum store. Founded in 1941, the Norton Museum of Art is recognized for its distinguished holdings in American, European and Chinese art, as well as a continually expanding presence for photography and contemporary art. While you build up your excitement for the reopening, make sure to visit the Market to enjoy fresh ice cream, tacos or ramen while you fancifully peruse fine art in what feels like a swanky-but-welcoming living room. Grandview Public Market is located at 1401 Clare Avenue in West Palm Beach. For questions about the programs or to register, please visit norton.org/grandview or call (561) 832-5196. @grandviewpublic @nortonmuseumofart


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EVENTS Hell & Hollar, Toridian, Jordan Foley, The Basement Presents @ Voltaire — WPB

The Funky Biscuit Presents: Celebrating The Concert For Bangladesh — Boca

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The Cravens

Rocky Horror Picture Show @ Kelsey Theater — Lake Park (2 showings)

Street Photography: Candid Portraiture

JULY 27 AND 28

DAVE MATHEWS BAND @ CORAL SKY AMPHITHEATER DMB is back, for 2 nights no less, at Coral Sky. This is always one of the most dynamic annual concerts of the year, and with taking last year off, this show is sure to be a good one. You’ll hear some of your fave songs plus some new ones off their recently released “Come Tomorrow.” And some surprises, for sure. Get tix at ticketmaster.com. Shows starts at 8. JULY 4

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Abacoa 4th of July Block Party — Jupiter

Marijah and Reggae All Stars

Lake Worth Independence Day Celebration — Bryant Park 4th on Flagler—30 Year Anniversary 4th of July Celebration —WPB

Celebration of Independence @ Boston’s

@ Mathews Brewing — Lake Worth

July Art Walk 6X6 @ Old School Square — Delray

I Want My 90’s Back feat. Young MC @ Honey — Delray Spred The Dub

on the Beach feat. Uproot Hootenanny, 56 Ace Band, and a Great Street Party!!

@ Friday Night Soundwaves — Ft. Lauderdale

Displace

@ Kelsey Theater — Lake Park

@ Guanabanas — Jupiter

Delray Beach 4th of July Celebration 11th Annual 4th of July Celebration @ Sunset Cove Amphitheater—Boca

5 Josh Miles (Brunch Afternoon Show) @ Guanabanas — Jupiter

Doug Schappell

@ The Duck Tavern — Boca

Chris Monteleone

@ JB’s on the Beach — Deerfield

Rebirth Brass Band @ Acoustic Soul Live @ Brewhouse Gallery — Lake Park

Tacos and Hip Hop 3-Year Anniversary

@ Subculture Coffee — WPB

7 Pure Mutt

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@ Funky Biscuit — Boca

8 Cards Against Humanity Team Edition @ Brewhouse Gallery —Lake Park

Medicine Hat

Spred the Dub

@ ER Bradley’s — WPB

10 3 Doors Down and Collective Soul @ Mizner Park Amphitheater— Boca

Mitch Herrick

Paul Anthony and the Reggae Souljahs

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Sosos @ JB’s on the Beach

Spred The Dub

@ Brewhouse Gallery — Lake Park

@ Mathews Brewing Co. — Lake Park

Big Medizen w/ special guest Jack Straw

Bangin’ Banjo Anniversary Party featuring Uproot Hootenanny — Pompano

@ Funky Biscuit — Boca

Wildfire Band

@ Boston’s on the Beach — Delray

15 A Sunday Kinda Blues @ Brewhouse Gallery

The Reality @ Guanabanas — Jupiter

@ Brewhouse Gallery — Lake Park

Reggae Souljahs @

JB’s on the Beach — Deerfield

Bark + Brunch feat. Blues Crusaders @

Kapow! Noodle Bar 1 Year Anniversary Party @ Kapow (West Palm

500 Block of Clematis/ Subculture Coffee

Beach)

Altered Roots Duo

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Tumbao

Uproot Hootenanny @ Papa’s Raw Bar — Lighthouse Point

@ Mathews Brewing Co. — Lake Park

Poor Life Decisions and The Last Word @

JB’s on the Beach —Deerfield

@ Papa’s Raw Bar — Lighthouse Point

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Catfish Hunter @ JB’s on the Beach — Deerfield

Barrel of Monks Brewing Presents

Gourmet Food and Beer Pairing Experience w/ Master Fusion Chef Chris Paul — Boca

19 Rio Peterson

@ The Duck Tavern — Boca

The Funktion feat. Reclaim Brass Band w/ Public Sounds @ Voltaire — WPB

20 Uproot Hootenanny @

— Deerfield

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The Irishman — Boca

The People Upstairs

Spider Cherry

I Want My 80’s Back feat. 2 Live Crew

@ Mathews Brewing Co. — Lake Worth

Sprockets and Spokes Custom Bicycle Show

— Lake Park (2pm)

Ben Prestage

@ The Duck Tavern — Boca

@ Guanabanas — Jupiter

The String Assassins

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@ Boston’s on the Beach — Delray

@ Brewhouse Gallery —Lake Park

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@ JB’s on the Beach — Deerfield

Monday Night Reggae

Citizen Badger and Summer Gill Live

@ Old School Square — Delray

@ Voltaire — WPB

@ JB’s on the Beach — Deerfield

@ Mathews Brewing Co. — Lake Worth

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Eric Darius

@ Mathews Brewing Co. — Lake Worth

@ Honey — Delray

24 Smashing Pumpkins @ American Airlines Arena

25 Adam Fine @ JB’s on the Beach — Deerfield 26-28 Funky Biscuit 7 Year Anniversary Celebration feat Heavy Pets (Thurs) and Cowboy Mouth (Fri and Sat) — Boca

26 All Arts Open Mic @ Brewhouse Gallery — Lake Park

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EVENTS Sweet Sweet 6: Host Josh Miles, Johan Danno, Souljam, Deese @ Voltaire — WPB

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August 1

Dave Mathews Band

Counting Crows

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@ Coral Sky Amphitheater — WPB

Donavon Frankenreiter

Panic! At The Disco @ BB&T Center

@ Coral Sky Amphitheater — WPB

@ Culture Room — Ft. Lauderdale

Pompano Beach Saltwater Showdown Fishing Tournament

The Flyers

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432 Vibes

O.A.R. with special guest Matt Nathanson

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Kevin Hart @ Coral Sky Amphitheater — WPB

@ The Duck Tavern — Boca @ JB’s on the Beach — Deerfield

LauderAle 4th Anniversary Weekend—3 Day Celebration! — Ft. Lauderdale

@ Pompano Beach Amphitheater

The Intracoastals@ Guanabanas — Jupiter

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O.A.R. @ POMPANO BEACH AMPHITHEATER “JUST LIKE PARADISE TOUR” Known for their awesome live performances (twice selling out Madison Square Garden), the shape-shifting band O.A.R. hits the Pompano Beach Amp stage with special guest Matt Nathanson. The guys are coming off their latest LP, entitled “The Rockville LP” and this show is one every O.A.R. fan should experience. Visit axs.com for tix. Jams kick off at 7pm.

432 Vibe @ Mathews Brewing Co. — Lake Worth

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Spam All-Stars @

Imagine Dragons

Johnny Dangerously’s B-Day, DJ Storm, Exzakt, BFX

Uproot Hootenanny

Voltaire — WPB

@ Coral Sky Amphitheater — WPB

@ Mathews Brewing Co. — Lake Worth

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Barrel of Monks’ Wet and Wild Beer Bash

Uproot Hootenanny

@ The Fish Depot — Boynton

New! Expressive Figure Drawing

28 The Dog Hearts (members of Heavy Pets)

— Boca

Uproot Hootenanny @

Boston’s on the Beach (afternoon show)— Delray

Damon Fowler Band

@ Kelsey Theater — Lake Park

The Livesays @ Boston’s on the Beach — Delray

Strangelove—The Depeche Mode Experience @ Respectable Street

— WPB

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Mishka

@ Guanabanas — Jupiter

Big Medizen @ Boston’s

on the Beach — Delray

Miranda Lambert w/ Little Big Town @ Coral Sky Amphitheater

Kesha and Macklemore @ American Airlines

Arena

5 Vans Warped Tour

@ Old School Square — Delray

P3 from Perpetual Groove @ Guanabanas — Jupiter

Artikal Sound System

@ Voltaire — WPB

Theater — Lake Park

Big Brass Bed (Bob Dylan Tribute) @ Guana-

JM and the Sweets 29 Stars Align Tour feat. Jeff Beck, Paul Rodgers, and Ann Wilson Ethan Parker Band

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@ Guanabanas — Jupiter

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Future Prezidents

Crazy Fingers (Grateful Dead Tribute) @

Des @ Papa’s Raw Bar — Lighthouse Point

Blue Tuesdays

Monday Night Reggae

@ Boston’s on the Beach — Delray

@ Boston’s on the Beach — Delray

Voltaire — WPB

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Dan Sperry @ Kelsey

The New Planets @

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Mike Garulli @ JB’s on the Beach — Deerfield

@ Old Key Lime House — Lantana

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@ Coral Sky Amphitheater — WPB

@ Guanabanas — Jupiter

@ Boston’s on the Beach — Delray

Millionyoung, Sreym Hctim, Popparazzi @

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JM and the Sweets @

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Electric Mayhem

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Boston’s on the Beach— Delray

Reggae Souljahs @ JB’s

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@ Mathews Brewing Co. — Lake Worth

@ Papa’s Raw Bar — Lighthouse Point

Guanabanas — Jupiter

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Taylor Swift @ Hard Rock

Mathews Brewing Co. — Lake Worth

Funkabilly Playboys

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The Blues Crusaders @ Voltaire — WPB

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B-Side Band

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@ Guanabanas — Jupiter

30 Canvas and Cocktails

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Jay-Z and Beyonce’ @ Hard Rock Stadium

Ethan Parker, Ela Lindsey, Timothee Lovelock @ Voltaire — WPB

31 Uproot Hootenanny @ Guanabanas — Jupiter

Amy Schumer and Friends @ Hard Rock Stadium (Event Center)


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DAVID LAVERNIA Ocean Ties and Cleanly Drawn Lines By David Rolland

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fter years of hard work David Lavernia is starting to think he might have made it as artist. “I just flew into Barbados. A client paid for me to take a surprise surf trip. I checked in on Instagram that I was in Barbados and not a minute later people were hitting me up asking if I could paint something on their wall.” Lavernia is as happy as one of the clams that might end up on one of his wall sized aquatic murals. Growing up in Miami though, he didn’t always feel his artistic pursuits were encouraged. “I took some art classes in elementary school. In high school I wanted to take art more seriously, but everyone said I couldn’t do it. It’s too risky, I’d never make a living out of it.” He attended college at Full Sail University in Orlando studying graphic design, but got frustrated by it and dropped out. It was while working at the Miami location

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of BC Surf & Sport that his professional art career began to take off. “I would paint on people’s grip tapes on skateboards and later, surfboards and snowboards. That led to mural projects, ads and logos people paid for.” With growing confidence, Lavernia decided to pack up his bags and drive around the country searching his muse and finding a following for his art. “I went all over, seeing who I could meet. I knocked on doors of bars, clubs and art festivals seeing if I could paint a mural or display my work.” Now settled in Coral Gables where he finds himself inspired by surrounding live oaks, he’s pleased that he has a long demand for

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Photo: Marcos Javier Garcia commissions lined up in front of him. “It’s nice to have plans for the next few years, instead of worrying what I’m going to be doing next week,” he said during our chat. In fact, during the interview he was working on a sketch for just such a commission. “I’m drawing red and green peppers. It’s an anniversary present for a friend’s wife who grows peppers in her garden. It’s always interesting to see what people commission.” Lavernia’s art focuses on the natural world with a majority of the subject matter being the sea and the life that inhabits it. Over the years he’s developed a process for how he works on a commission. “It will start off with a ten minute conversation with a client. Often times I’ll sketch while we’re talking so they can tell me what they like and don’t like. If it’s for a mural I’ll take some notes and help guide them toward what they’re looking for. I’ll go home to my studio and do some drafts. Then I let them approve it before I start working on the final piece.”

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In the near future Lavernia is opening a couple of studios, one in Miami and another in the Keys where curiosity seekers can stop by and check out his process. For now he has a small tour of finished work he recommends fans stop by to check out. “I did a giant wave with an underwater scene of turtles, octopus, and coral on the Fort Lauderdale BC Surf & Sport. There’s a giant rooster I did right by Marlin’s Stadium and there’s a 3 story flamingo I did in Grassy Key at Keys Cable and Adventure Park.” He was also excited about a 70 foot hallway mural of florals with mermaids in a residential building in Miami. “An artist named Krave commissioned 18 different artists to each paint two hallways. It was really cool to be around all of these artists working at the same time.” All this work keeps him busy, even during his Barbados vacation. “I did get to surf for five straight days and enjoyed the turtles swimming up to my surfboard. Somehow I still ended up painting. I found some old doors and abandoned structures in the surf spots that I thought could use some color.” @davel_art


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Larger Than Life Characters With An Urban and Feminine Twist by Adam Sheetz

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Allow me to introduce you to local artist Diana Contreras - aka: Didi. Didi has been doing art her whole life, but it wasn’t until earlier this decade that she began to pursue it as more than just a personal passion. Drawing ever since she was a kid, Didi has spent years not only developing her craft, but falling in love with it as well. In school she was a member of the art club and constantly participated in various art competitions. “Art was something I’ve always loved,” states Didi. She loved it so much she even pursued it in her higher education, specifically, art education.

color beautifully captures the palette of Miami culture and sets the perfect background for her beautifully exaggerated portraiture. In much of her work, the eyes remain the most captivating element. The rendering of her faces are almost doll-like. They capture a certain element of whimsy and allure, and one would be hard-pressed not to notice them immediately. And once you notice a Didi piece of work, you will be able to pick her out anywhere. She has truly honed in on a style that is all her own - which is not an easily attainable feat for any artist, aspiring or otherwise.

She had been participating in art shows and creating work for years, but as she says, “it wasn’t until I painted a mural in Wynwood that I felt my art career began.” She claims that was a catalyzing experience for her as a true, professional working artist, adding that “once I started painting my characters in a large scale is when a whole bunch of doors opened for me. I was able to work on cool projects and get paid well for my art!” This experience in Wynwood came in 2012 and was her first mural project.

I asked her who her biggest influence is. Her response was Frida Kahlo. “I have always loved Frida Kahlo because she expressed her emotions bravely in her art. She was unapologetic and I aspire to do that.” I’d say the fulfillment of those aspirations will be very attainable for Didi. Both artists have an extremely bold presence with their art. Captivating portraiture that has almost a narrative quality with the emotion inherent in their styles, is a very parallel feature in both of their works. Frida Kahlo remains a strong figurehead of powerful women artists, and it is plain to see that Contreras is here to follow suit - something of which the world will never have too much.

When asked about her style, she claims it to be “portraiture mixed with Miami culture and urban influence.” That is quite the accurate description too, I might add. Her bold use of

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Didi loves the combination of aerosol and oil paint. There is such a rich pigmentation in both mediums that, when combined, gives her work that uniquely vibrant, saturated quality that makes it her own. “Aerosol is quick and bright, while oil is buttery and easy to blend,” says Contreras. This is a signature element in her work, as one can plainly see. The blending in her portraiture has such a smooth, almost makeup-like quality to it that, quite frankly, can only be achieved with such mediums. Every artist has their own reasons for creating art and doing what they do, though few are the same. For Contreras, it’s about healing. It is a very personal drive, which in a way makes it very pure. There is no end goal beyond the personal satisfaction obtained in the process of simply creating. “I create art for myself and the fact that others love it is a big bonus!” Honest words from an honest artist. Next time you find yourself around the streets of Miami or Wynwood, be sure to keep an eye out for Didi’s work! Chances are, you’ll know it when you see it. @didirok


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KC SCOTT Anchor’s Up By Darien Davies

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f this isn’t an amazing story about when passion meets talent, then unicorns certainly don’t exist. Kasey Chase Scott, or K.C. for short, is living a life that has just seemed to add up. He grew up on a lake in Michigan fishing, diving and drawing to his heart’s content. After attending college at Barry University in Florida where he earned a degree in business, he worked his way playing junior golf, amateur golf, and then the professional circuit in 2008. But, he felt a little bit like a fish out of water. “I was alright at professional golf because I worked hard at it,” Scott said. “But I was spinning wheels. I was playing well but not getting off, and looking for a change.” He was working at the Waterlefe Golf & River Club in Florida when he earned the break he needed. After fishing one morning in May 2008 with a member at the golf course (who sponsored Scott to play golf), he drew him a picture of a tarpon jumping out of the water with the lighthouse and some boats in the background, and gave the picture to him as a “thank you.” “All of the guys around the club I worked with, many of whom were fisherman, said, ‘oh my God, that’s unreal,’” Scott said. “I hadn’t been doing much art at the time, but that fueled the fire.” A few days later, he happened to drive by an art sale, bought a canvas and paint, and got back into it. “I was killing time. At that phase of my life, it was something I needed for some mental release to try to transition,” Scott said.

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He went back to Michigan in June of that year, and spent his days painting, fishing and working for his Dad, who was the Director of Golf at a resort in Michigan. According to Scott, “one thing led to another and I started to get dialed in.” He started his company in 2008 at the young age of 28, but had no idea it was going to turn into a full-time gig. One of his golf connections he knew for a long time put him in front of a publisher for Bass Pro Shops and, about a year later, he had his art in the store. “The canvas that I bought and the painting I did, called Boca Posse, was the first one that went into Bass Pro Shops, and the first one I sold,” Scott said. From there, anchors up. He considers himself home when he’s in the water and spends a lot of time there photographing fish and their environment so he can paint accurately. “A friend of mine, David Wirth, who’s an amazing sculptor, told me that there are a lot of people who paint fish, but to be really good at this, you have to paint environments,” Scott said. “So it wasn’t the fish that

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were the focal point, it was the particles of the water and the light beams. It has to be so much more than just the fish to be a great piece of art.” This is what makes his art so three-dimensional and lifelike, and subsequently in high demand. Scott opened up a little shop in Jupiter in 2013 and expanded his business. Originally a company of one, he now has three employees who help him to manage the day-to-day business so he can focus on painting and big picture thinking, as well as transitioning into a bigger space this year. He currently works with Huk Performance Fishing Gear, and has worked with Billabong and AVID Sportswear in the past. But, the sky’s the limit for this guy.

in Las Vegas, Dallas, and an opportunity in Dubai, as he works to expand his brand worldwide. “When I finish a painting and sell it, that’s where I feel happiest,” Scott said. “I like to put it out there because it’s art for people to enjoy.” So what’s on the horizon for this doer-of-allthings-nautical? Anything and everything. “In the end, if I look back, and kept this train that I’m on going, that would be the ultimate achievement,” Scott said. “If I can leave a legacy of art and ideas for my family, that’s the end goal. It’s just to get the stuff out of my brain on canvas.”

“My full-time employee wants to ring my neck,” Scott said. “I’ve got a lot of different ideas.”

For Scott, it’s all about doing what you love. “I love the water and creating images and putting them on stuff. I just do what I do.”

Scott and his fiancé, Sarah, who is a model for Salt Life, are expecting their first child together in a few weeks, daughter Isla (like Islamorada). Because of this, he’s dabbling with the idea of creating a children’s book. “I also somehow started making camouflage,” he says, laughing. “I’ve morphed this art into so many different things” including shows

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What was once a 15,000 square foot warehouse just on the outskirts of the downtown district has now been transformed into arguably the hippest and most forward-thinking art destination in Delray. The CRA’s Arts Warehouse is located in the Pineapple Grove Arts District and technically opened in late 2017, but have only been “officially opened” since February 2018. The Warehouse was converted into an arts incubator, gallery and studio space, and is one of the main reasons for the growth in the Pineapple Grove Arts District because of its loving promotion of the arts and open-arms policy for cultural activities. “Growth and transformation, on many levels, are central to the mission of the Arts Warehouse,” said Jill Brown, manager of the Arts Warehouse. “Our new Arts Warehouse Arts Incubator is the most recent addition to this arts fabric and will provide a venue for artists to experiment, grow, showcase and interact with business professionals and other artists in the community.” The mixed-use Warehouse boasts studios for rent through the Artists in Resident program, gallery and exhibit space, classroom and workshop space, as well as special events and facility rentals. They provide developmental programs and assistance to local, national and international visual artists, all while creating a visually stimulating and ever-changing environment for visitors to enjoy six days a week. They are currently exhibiting a small group exhibition called SANCTIONED featuring: CHNK and Paul Cooler, who are both painters that began “off the canvas.” They both have a history of graffiti,

which you can see in their art and use of spray paint, marker, raw canvas, ink and oil sticks. Next up is the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta, which is a print-making collaborative featuring 30 artists, and is the first time a grouping of this sort will come to Florida. If you’re looking for a new lunch spot, think Arts Warehouse on the third Thursday of the month. Their new Lunch-N-Art event encourages people to visit during their lunch hour to check out the local art, visit the artist studios (and meet the artists!), and support a local food truck. This is a certain win, win, win. They are also hosting their first Indoor Warehouse Market where they’ll feature a curated group of fine artists, makers and crafters on Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4, and everyone is invited. “We are most excited about the support we are receiving from the community, the growth of the organization, and the success of the artists,” Brown said. “It has been amazing to see the growth and transformation start and flourish so much already. The future is bright and [Grace Gdaniec, assistant and I] are thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful project!” Make sure to follow the Arts Warehouse on social media to find out about exact dates and times for events, as well as to stay in-theknow for what’s on the horizon. No matter what it is, it will be a fine piece of (art) work. 313 NE 3rd Street, Delray Beach @artswarehousedelray

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It all started with a vacation, SpiderCherry says, on how he became Delray Beach’s preeminent keyboardist. “My family moved to Boca. I was down here on a vacation playing some open mic nights,” remembers the English born and bred musician. “I played Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and the manager of the restaurant 3rd and 3rd asked how long I would be in town. I booked three shows for those two weeks. I made more money on vacation then I did back home.” It didn’t take much more convincing those six years ago for the man born as Nathan Mercado to pack up his bags from London and make Delray his new home, a locale he found welcoming not just because of its warm weather. “I found a real good crowd of people. The bar Kevro’s had a jam night just about every night, and I met some great musicians. My accent probably helped me meet some people,” he joked. SpiderCherry began playing music as a kindergartener. “My parents bought a piano then, more to hold the family photo’s than to be played. I took some lessons to learn the scales, but mostly taught myself. I dabbled in other instruments like guitar and drums since they each have their own flavor.” He came up with the name SpiderCherry to represent his theatrical side. The name came to him when he started thinking of ways to differentiate himself. “How can you brand a name so that it is big? How about two words that don’t go together that you can make a cool image from? Something like Guns n Roses. So I thought ‘How about Spider Cherry?’ Plus it sounds like an alter ego the same way Ziggy Stardust does.” >>

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One of his trademarks as a live performer that makes him seem slightly alien is his ability to play two keyboards at the same time. “I used to do a one man show with a drum as well, that I banged with my foot,” SpiderCherry recalls. His current distinctive playing style has one keyboard directly in front of him that he plays with his right hand and a “bass” keyboard perpendicular to it that he plays with his left hand. “I used to play one keyboard, split right in the middle, when randomly a friend was selling a keyboard I liked quite a lot. I realized I didn’t need to watch my left hand while I played. I can play blindfolded, so I tried it out. It gives people something they have never seen before. Plus I can add a lot of musical twists with the two keyboards.” 36

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Fans will see a more subdued side of SpiderCherry on his new album “A Casual Affair,” available now. During this interview, SpiderCherry shared his mixed thoughts on the record. Though he’s proud of the individual songs, he’s disappointed in himself for the stripped down recordings that are not as theatrical as he thinks someone named SpiderCherry should produce. His uncertainty about the album was to the point that he was questioning whether to market himself for this record as SpiderCherry or under his given name of Nathan Mercado. “I was pushed into being more rootsy. I wished I followed my gut feelings. Stylistically, it’s more Southern rock.” To remedy this he is working on another EP that will be truer

to the SpiderCherry ethos, where he’s influenced by Spinal Tap and Queen. “It’s more whacky, less country. We have a song on there called ‘The Bong Song.’” But there’s one song on “A Casual Affair” SpiderCherry wouldn’t change. It’s called “Tired Eyes” and it brings SpiderCherry’s bond with Delray Beach full circle. He dedicated it to John Paul Kline, the owner of 3rd and 3rd who passed away a couple of years ago. Kline was the man who first booked SpiderCherry all those years ago, convincing him to call Delray Beach home. “I wouldn’t be here without him.” @spidercherry


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ider has never gotten the love that its two alcoholic cousins, beer and wine have received, but two local cidermakers are trying their best to pump up cider’s reputation. Cider, for the uninformed, is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of apples, but the variation of flavors are only limited by a cidermaker’s imagination. Pompano Beach’s Broski Ciderworks and West Palm Beach’s Accomplice Brewery & Ciderworks are two spots using creative ingredients to turn the local population on to cider, one drink at a time.

“They wanted to know where they could get some more. I told David I thought we could start a business.”

Broski Ciderworks was named after the two brothers who founded it, David and Daniel Verdugo. David was studying for his PhD in engineering in Gainesville when he had his Eureka moment with cider. “A bartender accidentally served me a cider. The taste got my attention. I went home and researched how to make it. I had been brewing beers to decompress from my studies. But making cider had a lot more math involved than beer, which interested me as an engineer.”

Broski Ciderworks opened its doors in 2017 with an emphasis on their home state, David said. “We want to make cider the Floridian way. We look for what’s in season and what we can get in Florida. We get passion fruit and ginger from a farm in Homestead, and pineapples in Broward. We try to make it easy to drink so it’s good for hot weather and we stay away from adding sugar, chemicals, or preservatives.”

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The brothers went up to Cornell University to take a two week intensive course taught by master cidermaker Peter Mitchell. At the end of the class, a cider competition was held. Out of 30 classmates, David’s cider won first prize and Daniel’s won second. “That was when we decided to do this full time.” Daniel said.

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“They’re small, acidic and tart. They’re similar to crab apples, but they’re grown specifically to make cider.” Daniel added, “We blend in five different types of apples for the apple base, then we age the cider for a minimum of eight weeks which allows them to have a better color and flavor. It also makes the pineapple cider taste like a pineapple and the passion fruit cider taste like passion fruit.” Passion fruit cider is their number one seller which gives them a sense of pride since their Ecuadorian heritage gave them heavy exposure to this tropical fruit. Other favorites include pineapple and peach, and their Elderflower cider won a national prize for best herbal cider. Daniel says, “David can put on his mad scientist hat and experiment with all kinds of ciders. We had black tea, hops, and he’s even worked on a chili pepper cider.” Matt Stetson, owner of Accomplice Brewery & Ciderworks, also prides himself on pushing the cider envelope. Matt got his start brewing beer. “About seven years ago I was planning on opening Accomplice Brewery. But then I met my partner, Felonice Merriman. She has Celiac (a disease which makes one allergic to gluten), which meant most beers were out for her, so I started making her cider. One day we were running low on beer for an event so she asked if she could bring out the cider. People were really digging it, so right there I decided to specialize in cider.” After negotiating with several cities and locations, they opened up Accomplice in 2015 in West Palm specializing in a Prussian style of cider, which Matt defines as, “all about balance. We use a method where we handle the juices in a semi-dry cycle 40

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where there is no commercial processing or pasteurizing.” They have over 200 different ciders, some of which use unconventional ingredients, with an effort toward using locally grown produce from the mangos harvested in Westgate to cumquats grown in Dade City. Their four most popular ciders are Mora Madness (a blackberry cider), Sidewinder (a cinnamon strong cider), strawberry, and Piñas Envy (a pineapple cider), about which Matt said, “the pineapple is so good we think people should envy it.” Matt is constantly researching new ingredients and flavors that he can add to a cider. One of his favorite finds became Egyptian Lover. “I found out about Agnus Castus, an Egyptian berry that can only be made in a dry style. Very leathery and earthy, it drinks more like a red wine.” For those who want their cider as hard as can be, he recommends Barbarian, a batch that has a different recipe every time he makes it. “It’s always changing. It’s a real mega hitter. It’s always over 10% alcohol, sometimes getting as high as 14%. Sometimes we use nuts, other times cocoa. People liken it to brandy.” He’s doing his part so that one day when you go to a party you won’t just ask if you should bring beer or wine. You’ll have the good manners to offer cider as an option too. Broski: 1465 SW 6th Ct, Pompano Beach @broskicider Accomplice: 1023 N Florida Mago Rd, West Palm @accomplicebrewery


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veryone with an opinion on college football anticipated the exit of Florida Atlantic University head coach Lane Kiffin after the greatest season in school history. A victory in the hometown Boca Raton bowl, a Conference USA championship and an 11-win season made Kiffin a hot name in coaching searches around the country. Now he enters his second year with a new burden this team has never experienced before: expectations. The Owls open up the year at Oklahoma in what should be one of the higher profile games of the early college football season. To round out their non-conference schedule, FAU travels a few hours north to take on last year’s Peach Bowl champion, UCF. Add in road trips to Marshall and FIU and the Owls should be staring down one of the tougher schedules in the conference. The heightened expectations will also not come without a few internal challenges. Senior quarterback Jason Driskel chose to graduate and retire from football leaving the Owls with an open competition for the position. Redshirt junior De’Andre Johnson and redshirt freshman Chris Robison look to battle for the top >>

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