For those of you planning to head over to Wynwood and the Design District Saturday night for Art Walk, here’s an itinerary that will satisfy your cravings for food, art, and drinks. Make sure to check out the map at the bottom of the post.
Joey’s is the place to dine in Wynwood. With solid Italian eats in an indoor-outdoor setting, it’s great for top-notch Art Walk people watching.
Joey’s, 2506 N.W. 2nd Avenue
In the Design District, I recommend Gigi, Top Chef contestant Jeff McInnis’s delicious and wallet-friendly restaurant. Try the spiced mellon, meatloaf, and sake. (Yes, Gigi actually managed to impress me with meatloaf!)
Gigi, 3470 North Miami Avenue
Ordered north to south, here are ten galleries I recommend visiting Saturday night.
101/Exhibit (101 NE 40th Street). Featuring “Capriccio,” an exhibit by Argentinean artist Gabriel Grun, who fuses the looks of Van Dyck and Rubens with a 2010 twist. Learn more HERE.
Miriam Fernandes Gallery (3620 NE 2nd Avenue). Brazilian painter JB Lazzarini wows us with the natural harmony of his colors and shapes. Learn more HERE.
Art Nouveau Gallery (348 NW 29th Street). The gallery’s grand opening show, “Abstracción Geométrica” includes work by Carlos Cruz Diez and Jesus Rafael Soto. Learn more HERE.
Luis Perez Galeria at the Awarehouse (550 NW 29th Street). With China quickly becoming a dominant force in the art market, make sure to check out Claudia Calle’s solo show “The Road to Calle: Republic of China” while grooving to DJ sets. Learn more HERE.
PanAmerican Art Projects (2450 NW 2nd Avenue). Featuring two exhibitions: “Oblivion” by Carlos Estevez and “About Life” by Carlos Gonzalez. Read about both exhibitions HERE.
IdeoBox (2417 North Miami Avenue). Featured exhibition: “The Every Other Day.” “How might the usual become unusual — how might the everyday become the every other day? The eleven artists included in this show each engage with this question. ” Learn more HERE.
Platform Art Gallery (150 NW 24th Street). “Red She Says,” a group show by French and African artists featuring paintings, sculpture, and photography. Check out Platform’s website HERE.
GAB Studio (105 NW 23rd Street). “GAB STUDIO shows up to 20 artists a month. The art shown includes photography,sculpture,mixed media,painting and experimental art.” Learn more HERE.
Neox Image Photography Studio (250 N.W. 23rd Street, Unit 204). “Enjoy an evening of fine art photography, music and cocktails as Neox Image Photography Studio and the DuMond Conservancy for Primates and Tropical Forests celebrate the opening of a photographic portraiture series of retired research Owl Monkeys.” Learn more HERE.
Black Square Gallery (2248 NW 1st Place). Featuring contemporary photography by French artist Anton Solomoukha, “who tries to find the new meaning and symbols in his interpretations of well-known masterpieces. The hero of the series – Little Red Riding hood – travels through the pictures by Caravaggio, Ingres, Mantegna, Botticelli, Manet, Delacroix and dreams to see herself at the place of beautiful heroines from the famous canvases.”
Wynwood’s Cafeina and Bardot in the Design District are my two favorite spots in town to dance, jam, and have a drink. With funky beats, live performances, creative cocktails, and perplexing decor, they’re the anti-South Beach.
Cafeina, 297 NW 23rd Street
Bardot, 34th North Miami Avenue
For the visual thinkers, here’s of all the places listed above.
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