Art Mural Challenge Offers $2,000 Cash to Winning Miami Artist

Categories: Art, Art Wynwood

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The wall at BSA's SOBE Barbershop
It's a rare artist who can't use a little extra green to pad their pockets (excluding Britto -- anyone selling branded stuffed animals is probably doing OK).

As of today, Beauty Schools of America is launching an Art Mural Challenge. They're offering $2K in cold, hard cash to one lucky artist in exchange for whipping up a colorful work of creative genius on a wall at their campus' main entrance.

See also: Wynwood's Murals Transform the Neighborhood

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Janet Mueller's Wynwood Mural Launches Inside-Out Happy Hour at R House

Categories: Art, Art Wynwood

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Courtesy of Janet Mueller
Wynwood's murals are its prize characteristics, like so many colorful, eclectic medals in a gritty trophy case. And Janet Mueller's bold, bright piece on the exterior of R House is a new addition to the lineup.

The mural, as well as other art by Mueller and German painter Dietmar Brixy, will be on display this Thursday at a new happy hour event dubbed Inside-Out. Think free cocktails, appetizers, tunes and plenty of art to ogle.

See also: The People of Wynwood Art Walk May 2014

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Wynwood Life: A Three-Day Festival Celebrating Miami and Its Artists

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Trek6's wall for Wynwood Life.
Street festivals can be so much more than a good romp on the sunny asphalt. At their best, they can be an homage to a shared sense of culture; a common idea within a community of strangers suddenly connected and brought face to face under the auspices of merriment outside their front doors.

Miami is as perfect a place for a street festival as can be, with its delicious weather and hoards of half-naked, surreally beautiful people, and yet there really aren't as many major events of the like as you'd expect. There's the Coconut Grove Art Festival, and of course the Calle Ocho Festival, but what else?

Fortunately, there's a new celebration being added to the short list this year, and it's called Wynwood Life -- a festival of art, fashion, food, and music along the Western edge of Wynwood from Friday, April 25, through Sunday.

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Posters Campaign for Small Boobs, Last Name Equality in Wynwood, Midtown

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Celebrity sightings were abound this weekend -- at least on paper. As you strolled Wynwood or shopped Midtown, you may have seen the likes of Zoe Saldana, Amy Adams, and Kate Hudson staring at you from posters recently plastered on the walls.

The tagline "Stay Small, My Friends" graced the bottom of the portraits, a spin on Dos Equis' "Most Interesting Man in the World" campaign. The work of artist group ReFemme, the Stay Small campaign spotlights famous females who have resisted societal pressure to get breast implants. Though they were just put up Sunday, some of the wheat-pasting posters have already been removed.

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MasterMind 2014 Honorable Mention: Andrew Nigon

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Photo Courtesy primaryprojectspace.com
Miami New Times' Mastermind Awards honors the city's most inspiring creatives. This year, we received more than 100 submissions, which our staff narrowed to an elite group of 30. We'll be profiling those honorable mentions, and eventually the finalists, in the weeks to come. This year's three Mastermind Award winners will be announced February 28 at Artopia, our annual soiree celebrating Miami culture. For tickets and more information, visit the website.

"That's like trying to pick a favorite child," Andrew Nigon says when asked about his favorite installation. Born and raised in Rochester, Minn., Nigon received his MFA from the University of South Florida in 2011. He lives and works in Miami, producing sculpture and figurative works both large and small. Nigon's creations mesh religious iconography with a circus aesthetic, exploring the tension between two opposing metaphors and questioning the logic of established taboos. Through creation and repetitive deconstruction, the final product forms its own identity, often with stuff the kids can enjoy: Giraffes, balloons, and a stack of scary clowns.

See also: MasterMind 2014 Honorable Mention: Alma Leiva


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MasterMind 2014 Honorable Mention: Amos

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Miami New Times' Mastermind Awards honors the city's most inspiring creatives. This year, we received more than 100 submissions, which our staff narrowed to an elite group of 30. We'll be profiling those honorable mentions, and eventually the finalists, in the weeks to come. This year's three Mastermind Award winners will be announced February 28 at Artopia, our annual soiree celebrating Miami culture. For tickets and more information, visit the website.

AMOS is a Miami native who launched his graffiti career in 1994. Starting his work on the streets, he eventually moved his graffiti on to freight trains. AMOS has left his mark all over the globe, from Paris and Costa Rica to Brazil and New York City. He's fused his style and experience with a fresh color palette to create a new retro-futuristic collection titled "The American Experiment," chock-full of vibrant patterns and busty duck ladies.

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MasterMind 2014 Honorable Mention: Yesenia Lima

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Photo Courtesy: YeseniaLima.com
Miami New Times' Mastermind Awards honors the city's most inspiring creatives. This year, we received more than 100 submissions, which our staff narrowed to an elite group of 30. We'll be profiling those honorable mentions, and eventually the finalists, in the weeks to come. This year's three Mastermind Award winners will be announced February 28 at Artopia, our annual soiree celebrating Miami culture. For tickets and more information, visit the website.

Miami-born Yesenia Lima is a filmmaker and writer currently pursuing an M.F.A. in entrepreneurial digital cinema at the University of Central Florida. Raised by Cuban immigrants, Lima's work is an ongoing study to discover what the Latin American identity means to herself and others. Her feature-length micro-budget film, "MIAmi" tells the story of four Miami natives living in different neighborhoods of the city. The film strives to show a more realistic portrait of a city that, as Lima puts it, is as hard to define as it is to live in for the average inhabitant.

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An Average Joe's Guide to Buying Art, with Yo Miami's Yuval Ofir

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Photos courtesy of Yuval Ofir
You too can own this art!
It's a new year, folks, and instead of making false promises to yourself, why don't you invest in something solid and true -- like art?

Art will never go out of style, and with Yo Miami's monthly art sale, your pockets won't be suffering either.

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Instagramers Gallery Opens in Wynwood, Offers $100K for "World's Best Instagram"

Categories: Art, Art Wynwood

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Courtesy Instagramers Gallery
Instagram: For most, it's a quick way to share your latest selfie or foodie picture. But thanks to a new gallery opening in Miami tonight, there's more you can do with Instagram -- like share your fine art, and possibly win a huge grand prize.

That's right -- the hipster photo app is getting its very own art space, right in Miami's hipster mecca of Wynwood. The Instagramers Gallery, created by Spain-based artists and social innovators Phil González and Jorge Martínez, will open at 7 p.m. tonight at 2324 North Miami Avenue. The gallery is the only physical Instagram gallery in the world, organizers say, and will feature photography from 17 renowned "Instagramers" from Germany, Brazil, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Romania, Sweden, South Africa, and the United States.

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KIND Snacks Encourages Kind Acts With Community Mural During Art Basel

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All photos courtesy of KIND Snacks
Art Basel headlines usually focus onthe world-renowned artists (or musicians, or celebrities) who come down to Miami to party and/or paint up a storm. But this year, KIND Healthy Snacks is inviting you to be the artist.

The snack company has procured wall in Wynwood and they want the public's help in turning it into a work of art.

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