Miami Artist Groups Turn Former Downtown Fishing Warehouse Into Giant New Art Space

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Image courtesy of Dimensions Variable
Raw space in the new "Downtown Art House"

When you think of Miami's art scene, you probably think of Design District digs and Wynwood Walls. But with the addition of a nearly 25,000 foot art space inhabited by an eclectic partnership of Miami artists, downtown is getting in the game.

The former site of Capt. Harry's Fishing Supply is now in the hands of a team that includes Dimensions Variable (DV) (Adler Guerrier, Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova and Frances Trombly), Bas Fisher Invitational (Jim Drain and Naomi Fisher), Turn-Based Press (Thom Wheeler Castillo, Kathleen Hudspeth and Denisse Monge) and the TM Sisters (Monica Lopez de Victoria and Tasha Lopez de Victoria). With the help of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Miami Worldcenter Associates, the group is about to turn this massive warehouse into a hot new art spot.

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Image by Justin Broadbent
TM Sisters

From printmaking to weird Miami relics, this conglomeration runs the artistic gamut. While not initially seeking a space together, all four organizations were in need of new workspaces, and approached the DDA, who was able to help them score the 100 Northeast 11th Street spot on the to-be-developed Miami Worldcenter property.

The group has a two-year, rent-free (inhabitants have to shell out for utilities only) contract on the former fishing supply warehouse, dubbed the "Downtown ArtHouse," and owned by Miami Worldcenter Associates. After that, the lease renews automatically each year until the developers decide to do something else with the property.

"The Downtown ArtHouse is yet another example of the vibrant arts and culture initiatives that Downtown Miami is attracting, and we are excited to have such prolific artists join our community," said Alyce Robertson, Executive Director of the DDA. "The Miami DDA is thrilled to have been able to assist and bring the parties together."

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