A pop up art gallery in the sky
“Pop-up” galleries and exhibits of all kinds have become a popular concept in Miami. Temporary art galleries can “pop up” in diverse available spaces, wherever they may be found, sometimes quite unexpectedly, sometimes delightfully.
Local Coconut Grove artists Jake Johnson and Peter Johann Studl took a tired 18th floor oceanfront residential condo “with great bones” and repurposed it as an exciting, eclectic art gallery. After several coats of ultra-white paint and a deep cleaning, the space glows like an upscale art gallery...in the sky.
Besides their own works, the artist-curators invited the venerable Coconut Grove artist, Eileen Seitz to add her colorful tropical works to the exhibition. Some of Ms. Seitz' works are traveling later this month to the Coral Springs Museum of Art. Johnson exhibited his “Heros” themed works and others at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery earlier this year. Austrian born Studl is the owner of Grove Art Gallery, formerly on Bird Ave in the Grove.
"I love using the vacant or sparse condos as the galleries. The transformation was extraordinary. People enjoyed the opening with good engaging topical conversation. We are thinking of doing this as a service even for other Realtors, including painting out the space, providing and installing the art and providing brochures and promo material and managing the opening event. Each a unique gallery.
Story and photos by Peter Johann Studl
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