Wynwood Art Walk: Out of Control or Just a Damn Good Time?

Categories: Around Town, Art

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Justin Namon
Crowds in Wynwood Saturday night.
Tensions are rising in Wynwood regarding the future development of the neighborhood. Leaders in the area have been wringing their hands over it for years, and last week, a public forum on Wynwood's future devolved into a big kerfuffle. Business owners, a large majority of whom operate art galleries, think property owners aren't doing enough regarding vandalism, security, rent increases, and the party atmosphere in the street. Property owners, from the gist of last week's meeting, feel they've created a one-of-a-kind public art space that is absolutely teeming with energy -- and think some of the gallerists are ungrateful art snobs.

Much of the debate has centered on Wynwood's Second Saturday Art Walks, which draw thousands to the neighborhood each month. Besides selling art, one of the major purposes of Second Saturday has always been to get people out, so they can come back again. However, in the last few years, Second Saturdays have morphed into a wild block party more about entertainment and less about art.

But is that necessarily a bad thing? We went to last weekend's Art Walk to see for ourselves.

See also:
- "What's Next For Wynwood" Panel Devolves Into Petty Fighting and Personal Attacks
- More Photos From January 2013 Wynwood Art Walk

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Justin Namon
Raymond Gentile, one of last weekend's art walkers, is an attorney who lives in Broward. He likes what the district is becoming.

"More entertainment the better. If art galleries aren't making money, or can't afford the rent, then the ones that are making money should remain and the others should go. Besides, the art and energy exist in the street. I didn't come down for the galleries."

Many art galleries now lock their doors by 9 p.m., and some even earlier. They're not interested in thousands of philistines, stumbling around, many drunkenly, not buying anything.


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Mike Montero
Mike Montero

If the city wants to get involved/help they could start by providing more trash cans and making them more visible.

Dennis Barranco
Dennis Barranco

My friends and I all had a blast this past saturday. I really don't get what the problem is, get there early for the galleries, stay late for the parties.

George Hoover
George Hoover

gr8 time! In fact the best party in the MIA...by far!

Mike Montero
Mike Montero

This last one was off the chain, I had a damn good time, nothing but smiles on the people dancing in the street! 2nd Saturdays are my favorite Saturdays!

PinkDucky
PinkDucky

This weekends Art Walk really was great! We took a virgin Art Walk friend & he loved it! The entertainment in the streets really just made it all the better. Wynwood is reminding me more and more of Brooklyn with all the artist and lively scene. Keep it coming, Miami needs  this!

Rok TheSpot
Rok TheSpot

What out of control? Its not Calle 8, relax.

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

oh please...you make it seem like people are being raped in the streets. The worse that happens when you go to art walk is you cant find parking and the wine is gone by the time you get to a gallery. i think the complaints are being thrown out because no one else is and the trendy thing to do is be the first to complain so you can say i was the first. Artists would kill to have such a crowd.

J Humberto Jimenez
J Humberto Jimenez

all I know is that I seen something happen, and if that "something" happened in Puerto Rico, somebody would have died...

macielvarg
macielvarg

Meh, the sooner the galleries carry less shit art in them the sooner I'll go back down.

Maciel Vargas
Maciel Vargas

It's been a fuckin circus for some time now.

Hector Chacon
Hector Chacon

holy shit Dirk is on the same wave length as me!

Hector Chacon
Hector Chacon

it's the typical Miami way : take something good, turn it in to a party excuse : ruin it it'll fade out with in the next few months like everything else does and a new hype will emerge. why are we surprised?!

Dirk DeSouza
Dirk DeSouza

Like everything in Miami, it's turned into a party - another excuse to get drunk, stoned, rolling, tripping, wired and unproductive. Where's the surprise?

Jenn EV
Jenn EV

im not sure wat i dislike most.. the people who get utterly trashed out there or the trash those people throw on the streets there. on south beach its easy to blame litter on the tourists, the mainland proves its our own people fucking up the place. if u want our town to be considered a dump you hipsters as doing a fine job at it.

Cari Garcia
Cari Garcia

It's been out of control since the food trucks started attending. So you're about 2 years late on this article.

stopmiami.danny
stopmiami.danny

@PinkDucky Exactly which neighborhood in Brooklyn does Wynwood remind you of?  Because in mine, Bushwick, there are actually artists who live here.  There were almost 300 artists' studios participating in the last open studio event.  In Bushwick.  I don't think you could even raise a minyan of artists who live or work in Wynwood.  WADA exists to suck all the art and the artists out of Wynwood, and to replace it with malls and event spaces.  This is another braindead article that just toes the (developers')party line.  Which is about one thing-how are we gonna slice up the money pie?  

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