Where Is the Next Wynwood? Miami Gallerists Predict the Next Gritty Art Scene
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Bridges Aderhold operates GAB Studio on NW 23rd Street. Since 2009, his space has been a staple in Wynwood, hosting community outreach events, fundraisers, and live music. Krisp, arguably the hottest pop band in the city, got its start playing free gigs at GAB Studios during Second Saturdays.
Like many in Wynwood, Aderhold's days in the district are numbered. His landlord is selling the property on which GAB stands, including the bus depot next door, for a hefty $2.4 million. The Miami Arts Charter School, currently in the Design District, is buying the property and building a multiple-floor school building from scratch.
"A school is better than a bar, I guess," says Aderhold. "But I'd like to stay here. I don't want to leave the area." Aderhold's been looking around. "I currently pay $10 a square foot. Everything I'm looking at in Wynwood is currently $30 to $40 a square foot."
He has a big decision to make and only a few months to do it. Does he move to a bigger space in a less populated area, perhaps partnering up with other gallerists, and follow De La Torre's model on NW Seventh Avenue? "That actually is an option," he says, "but if I'm going to leave, I'd rather go somewhere with foot traffic, like maybe Downtown."
A lot of people are looking at Downtown. YoungArts and Cannonball (formerly LegalArt) are already set up there, as is CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation) and the newly minted Downtown Art House, a conglomerate of local artists and galleries that includes Dimensions Variable, BFI (Bas Fisher Invitational), and the TM Sisters. With the help of the Downtown Development Authority, they took over a warehouse next to Club Space that formerly housed Capt. Harry's Fishing Supply -- rent free.
With the performance art center, American Airlines Arena, and two big museums opening soon, downtown appears the logical place to be. And the recent deconstruction and relocation of the Camillus House makes the area a lot safer for foot traffic.
"Downtown could be great, if you can find the space," concludes Aderhold.