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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

It's avant-garde, exciting and new for the Grove

Everyone came out Saturday night to celebrate the grand opening of something new and special in Coconut Grove, The Dynamo Art Gallery at CocoWalk. At left are Ellie Rusinova and Brandon Styles from Colorado, Ellie was showing at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival and at right are Carl Templer and Flavio Correa.

A couple of hundred people came out for the Dynamo premier party to enjoy the modern art exhibits at Dynamo. At left R. Jackson and Yolande Clark-Jackson, flank Lilia Garcia, curator of the new gallery. At right are Alfonso and Vivian Corona, partners with Lilia in the new venture.

This is something really exciting for Coconut Grove. The exciting thing is the huge space (two floors at CocoWalk) will bring back lots of artistic endeavors reminding me of AnnaMaria and the Windisch-Hunt Gallery from a few years ago. If you're new in town, do a search at the top for the Windisch-Hunt Gallery and you'll be amazed at all the things that went on there.

This new Dynamo Art Gallery will feature art installations, art workshops, live music performances, fashion shows and diverse lifestyle workshops. Dynamo is going to feature the most avant-garde design based forms and trends in art, music, fashion and healthy living.

This is Heather Lane and Chris Graham and that's Kaia crawling back on the bar, which was turned into an art installation. Heather and Chris are featuring the Ground Up Boutique and Ombu Lifestyle shoes. Heather is wearing a Shade of Earth dress. And the whole installation is for sale, one piece at at time. The Ground Up items were all repainted and recrafted. The great thing about Ombu Lifestyle shoes is that when you buy one pair of the eco friendly shoes, they will plant one seed.

The gallery is an ongoing and evolving project. The non-profit organization will change out the art frequently. The Inauguration Show, "Breaking Ground," will be on display through April 1, 2013. The pop up gallery is open Saturdays from 7 pm to midnight, on the top floor of CocoWalk. Please feel free to call them at 305 812 1283 or e-mail: Lilia_Garcia@Bellsouth.net.

At left are Carl Templer and Peggy Quattro, marketing manager of CocoWalk. At right is a very cool display made of old headphones.

Saturday night's party was exciting, it brought out real art lovers and lots of Grovites. It looks like the start of something new and unique and something we have needed her for a long time. Monty Trainer and his crew announced the winners of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival at the party. It really was the perfect night to end a great day of at the Arts Festival. You can see the Arts Festival winners listed at their website at www.cgaf.com

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I'm not a big fan of art, I sure do hope they can turn around this failed club and restaurant space. Hopefully the other empty spaces in Cocowalk will also find tenants.

February 20, 2013 9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get rid of the art garbage and bring back the nightclubs.the grove is doing horrible im a store awner here and barely break even every month.most stores here are doing just as bad.we all want the clubs and nightlife back.what is so hard about that.

February 20, 2013 1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clubs won't fix the Grove's current slump

February 20, 2013 3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree the clubs and nightlife need to return asap

February 20, 2013 6:36 PM  

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