Where Is the Next Wynwood? Miami Gallerists Predict the Next Gritty Art Scene

Categories: Around Town, Art

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Justin Namon
The likeness of Tony Goldman surveys the Wynwood scene.
It's been happening for a while.

The rent in Wynwood has doubled, tripled, and even quadrupled in some places, forcing many gallerists to move elsewhere. The issue is has divided the community, as a recent panel discussion that turned nasty recently illustrated.

Here's what's certain: Wynwood is no longer just an arts neighborhood. It's an arts and entertainment district. New restaurants and nightlife spots continue to pop up. This trend will not stop, and that's been the developers' plan for years. No, Wynwood is not yet a raging success. Aside from the madness of its Second Saturday Art Walks, the neighborhood is still relatively quiet 29 days out of the month. But as its success continues to build, two things are happening: the developers who built Wynwood are staying put, and many small business owners, most of which are art galleries, appear to be on their way out.

Will these galleries take the pulse, energy and soul of the neighborhood with them? And more importantly, where are they going?

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Justin Namon
OHWOW's former space in Allapattah.
Allapattah / West of Wynwood / Little Vista

There is a no-man's land on NW Seventh Avenue, a few blocks west of the heart of Wynwood. There are warehouses, used car dealerships, a tow yard. The area is big and airy, and the rent nice and cheap. Could this be the next hub of the Miami art community?

It's already proven to be a fertile ground for the arts. In 2008, OHWOW (Our House West of Wynwood) opened a studio on NW 31st Street and Seventh Avenue. They had the foresight to see their location was close to all the action, underground enough to get the cool kids there, and cheaper than Wynwood. (OHWOW has since relocated to L.A., definitely west of Wynwood.)

Francisco De La Torre, a new player in the "west of Wynwood" area, used to operate Butter Gallery in the middle of Wynwood. He moved out about a year ago. "They doubled my rent," he explained. "I'm friends with the owner of my old building. I get it. He came to me and said, 'Paco, this is what the place is worth. Can you do it?' and I said, 'No thanks, that's too much for me.'"

De La Torre recently remodeled a warehouse at NW 29th Street and Seventh Avenue. The building used to be a bike shop; now it's poised to be a hot destination for locals. He owns the property and is renting the space to others, most of whom have Wynwood ties. Those sharing or soon to be sharing his space include Wynwood Radio, Spinello Projects, I Heart 305, and a warehouse outlet of Panther Coffee.

"I promised I will never raise their rent, and we're doing it," explains De La Torre.

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sdphoto3
sdphoto3

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We are always open the 3rd Saturday and in combination with Fat Village the last Saturday

I have great huge picture of the American South West at 1310 sw 2nd court loft 305, we also have a 3 floor gallerie open..

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LittleHavanaLocal
LittleHavanaLocal

I just wanted to throw in a third option... Little Havana. There is already a steady "artwalk" every last Friday of the month called "Viernes Culturales" as well as some very impressive galleries. Little Havana is a core tourist spot, but we can use some more local energy in the Cultural aspect. The area is certainly coming up and as a loca my favorite addition is the new Goodwill. The  owner has turned this store into a work of art. With an original Blek le Rat stencil protected by plexi glass near the entrance as well as the infamous SpaceInvader out in front, the owner has created space on the side of the entire building so that local artists can paint mini murals representing their styles. I imagine his/her goal is to fill the entire building with these, but for now its only on the side (WITH PLENTY OF OPEN SPOTS FOR THOSE INTERESTED). Anyways, just wanted to throw in that third suggestion although it would be absolutely amazing if all three of the spots become main areas for the artists talents of our city and those international souls who choose our city to represent their works!

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

those landlords are just taking advantage cause the wynwood area is not that great yet, there is still not too much foot traffic, its getting there thou, maybe one day it can be like soho in nyc

k117
k117

The "Next BIG Thing" is in my pants!

Carlos Franco
Carlos Franco

they will move up into little haiti and down to downtown and west of wynwood where rents are still cheap. its funny how the area is considered valuable after its made a name but not the artists who sought studio space or the galleries that took a chance on a warehouse district with no traffic, they are considered disposable once rents go up.

Glen Nelson
Glen Nelson

Soul Focus House in BBAD on Thursdays: ART WALK 2013

gpaugam7
gpaugam7

A shame when landlords start getting greedy and start raising rents because they start to think their properties are irreplaceable.  Good luck to all the tenants.

Andrew Jordan
Andrew Jordan

Wynwood will never be Soho because noone lives there!

David Veras
David Veras

Isn't that funny how that works? The scene that made the place valuable...

LittleHavanaLocal
LittleHavanaLocal

I feel like Miami is stirring up something very good in our Cultural Arts department and in the next 5 years anyone who joins tihs movement will certainly be a part of something historical in our city! So many fresh young faces and artists, all that we have to do is come together as a community and work together :) good luck to the tenants and artists....don't forget! KEEP ON KEEPING ON no matter what!

mom25256
mom25256

@Carlos FrancoIt is quite a shame..The area which at one point was considered a "ok, lock your doors" location has been transformed by the beautiful works of many artists. The all mighty dollar has over shadowed the the reality of "WOW! look at what introducing  culture has done to this place"..Why does Miami repeatedly mess with a good thing..? I watched as Miami made it less appealing and difficult for the booming film industry years back..So many decided to look elsewhere..Instead of embracing, appreciating and being grateful for this major transformation to a once far from desirable area..greed takes over..?? They obviously just don't get it..? Then again we are talking about "business"  land owners..and artists.. quite far apart on the color spectrum..?? 

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