Wynwood Art Walk, a step toward local identity

Posted at June 13, 2011 by Comments Off

I spent Saturday night with my loyal and adventurous buddy—-Mette—-a Danish expatriate, co-worker and resident of Miami Beach. We took  our two-person traveling entourage of polished toe nails and alternative taste to the streets of Wynwood, where we trekked through some of the city’s avant-garde art shows and came across some very interesting personalities. Most importantly, we were both beaming with enthusiasm. Our beloved Miami—-a place that for Mette, is far from home but worthy of admiration every time you drive across the Julia Tuttle Causeway–is finally showing signs of a burgeoning local identity. It is urbane, youthful, diverse and pleasurably gritty.

Wynwoood Art Walk is an event that occurs on the second Saturday of every month to promote contemporary visual art (paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, multimedia, ceramics, etc.) in the Wynwood Arts District, the area sandwiched just north of Downtown, south of the Design District, east of I-95, and west of Biscayne Boulevard.

Last Saturday’s event was not about glitz and glamour, it was about local-is-better. So what is local for Miami? A place shock-full of tourists with Vegas-like expectations, greedy investors and immigrants from all over.

Local is:

  1. Not pretentious.
  2. Creative and nurturing of the experimental arts.
  3. Eclectic like my grandmother’s pantry.
  4. Many faces and races.
  5. Friendly, without expectations.
  6. Fashion forward, sometimes risque.
  7. Struggle and sputter.
  8. Youth, joy, a little bird that has just broken out of its egg. (A little James Matthew for you.)

 

 

 

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