Our first Sketchy Party drew more than 400 people (about 400 more people than we anticipated) to Lester’s, a small cafe on N.W. Second Avenue in Wynwood. The energy was frenetic and the air conditioner tried its damnedest to cool the heat coming off of the artists’ sketch pads and Sam Friend’s guitar strings. (Watch recap video.)
Our second Sketchy Party promises to draw a bigger crowd, and this time we’ve got 3.2 acres to play around with. Also in Wynwood, the Bakehouse Art Complex (BAC) is a compound of 70 artist studios that used to house an industrial bakery in the 1920s (thus, the towering flour silos out back that Bakehouse artists have splattered with paint). These days, it is home to a small army of emerging and mid-career South Florida artists, each with a work studio to pursue the muses wherever they lead.
We originally visited the Bakehouse at the suggestion of Carrie Sieh, a BAC artist who, at Lester’s, sewed flash portraits until her sewing machine overheated. With its industrial architecture, long vanishing corridors, and, of course, its studios — each one a universe unto itself, as unique as the artist whose sweat stains the unstained floor — the Bakehouse had us whispering giddy within three minutes.
So, we are thrilled to invite you to Sketchy Party #2 at the Bakehouse on Friday, August 12. As at the Lester’s party, artists aplenty will be on hand to sketch your portrait throughout the night. The cool thing this time around is that you will be stopping in at different artists’ studios and getting a chance to spend QT with some of Miami’s best.
Entry to the party is FREE FREE FREE. We will be selling the portraits for $30 (cash only), with half of the proceeds going to the artists and the other half to keep Sketchy Miami going strong. Thirty clams ain’t nothing, but it’s not much to get your personal art collection started — with a portrait of yourself, no less! (Keep in mind that you are under no obligation to buy your portrait. As with Sketchy Miami itself, this party is above all about connecting Miami artists with other locals.)
In addition to the portraits, we will be peddling a Sketchy Package for $10, which will get you a boatload of wonderful:
— Joey’s life-affirming pizza (vegetarian available)
— beer à la keg (!) and a bottle of Honest Tea to quench your thirst on a fine summer’s night
— a $2 discount and free glass of wine at O Cinema, which will be hosting a midnight screening after the party
— a collectible set of full-color Sketchy Miami postcards
The package will also include a raffle ticket. Prizes include original works and prints from several Bakehouse artists, free flash portraits, and other good stuff. That means for 10 bucks you might bring home a piece of art worth hundreds of dollars! We are only able to raffle off such amazing prizes because of the generosity of the Bakehouse artists who have embraced Sketchy Miami with so much enthusiasm. They rule.
You can advance purchase the Sketchy Package for a reduced price of $8 by clicking the PayPal button below.
Alright, those are all the details for now. You can RSVP for the party and keep up to date on Facebook.
If you have read all the way to this point without having any idea what Sketchy Miami is, visit sketchymiami.com, @sketchymiami, or the Sketchy Miami Facebook page, and make sure to check out the following Bakehouse artists’ Sketchys.
The following non-BAC artists will also be at the party for your Sketchy pleasure.