Wynwood Art Walk: Out of Control or Just a Damn Good Time?
Luis Valle is both an artist and a gallery owner. He recently opened up the Brisky Gallery
on 24th Street between NW Second and North Miami Avenues. The space is huge, with a
large outdoor backyard; Valle says it will one day soon host high-end social events.
When asked about the lack of communication between business or gallery owners, Mr. Valle shrugged. "That's a problem, you know, but it's like the Wild West out here -- everyone's just doing their own thing."
Despite the discord, 24th Street is a good example of the new Wynwood. Across the street from Brisky is the Wynwood Cigar Factory, another art event venue space, and up the road is Gramps, the neighborhood's newest bar and event space, which was packed to the hilt Saturday night with every downtown scenester and hipster socialite in this city.
Real estate developers and art gallery owners represent different creatures of business. Though they disagree on ways and means, they still want the same thing, which is to
profit and see Wynwood succeed.
Based on what we saw Saturday night, Wynwood is doing just fine. Yes, change is inevitable. The neighborhood has been evolving for years; it's unrealistic to expect it to stop now. Not every gallery will survive; not every property will prosper; not every mural will remain intact. But with the streets packed with people and more entertainment and arts venues on the horizon, one thing's for sure: Wynwood isn't going anywhere.