Posts Tagged 'art'

Baltimore’s Unique Crosswalks

Crosswalks are one of those things that don’t get much attention. Other than Abbey Road in London what other famous crosswalks can you even think of? I totally walked across Abbey Road barefoot, in a suit, and holding a cigarette but I can’t think of any other notable time I ever crossed a street before. Well the city of Baltimore is trying to change that. Their Office of Promotion and the Arts is trying to increase the amount of public art in the city and one of the things they’ll be doing is making cool crosswalks like this one:

That zipper crosswalk doesn’t hold a candle to this hopscotch one though:

Yes soon enough in the city of Baltimore you will be seeing people playing hopscotch while doing the simple act of crossing the street. That’s certainly one thing you can do to set your city apart from everyone else.

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Detroit May Be Bankrupt But Its Art Scene Isn’t

Detroit has had a rough go of it over the past 30 years. It went from being America’s third largest city and the heart of American manufacturing to being the poster child of urban decay and municipal bankruptcy. With the city’s recent bankruptcy filing, the spotlight was once again turned on them and the immense problems they face and there has been plenty of political finger pointing to go around. However bad it their situation seems though, they’re also showing signs that they will eventually come back stronger.

Believe it or not, one of the major drivers of economic growth and revenue in the city is the city’s art scene and that has strengthened greatly in recent years. Despite their issues, Detroit hosts about 20 million tourists each year and the main draw for them is their sports teams and their art scene. Detroit has long been home to the Detroit Institute of Arts which is one of the most impressive public art museums in the world with works from legendary artists like van Gogh, Diego Rivera, Caravaggio, Breugel, Rembrandt, and Picasso. In addition to that, the city’s greatly distressed residential and commercial real estate market has made renting or buying property dirt cheap which is another factor that will bring in artists in droves. Detroit should be excited about this development because artists and hipsters are the first seeds of urban renewal. Cities like Ashville, North Carolina, and Bilbao, Spain have experienced an economic renaissance primarily driven by art and culture and Detroit is now trying to follow in their footsteps.

Also there has been a lot of talk about potentially selling off the priceless paintings in Detroit Institute of Arts as part of the city’s bankruptcy and that would be a most unwise idea. Those paintings are the source of a good deal of the tourism that Detroit gets and selling them off would be sacrificing a reliable long-term source of revenue for local businesses for a very short-term fiscal crisis. Such a move doesn’t make economic sense and it would also be met with strong disapproval among the very people who are going to play a big part in rebuilding the city’s economy.

Diego Rivera’s famous Detroit Industry Murals at the DIA.

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Free Art Fridays in South Florida

Imagine you’re taking a walk in town on a Friday afternoon and you notice something odd. You see a painting leaning up against a lamp or a small sculpture sitting in a bush. Upon closer inspection you find a little tag that says “Free Art Fridays” That is something that is happening all over Miami-Dade and Broward counties and it’s called Free Art Fridays. The way it works is that local artists create a painting and just leave it out somewhere in public and the first person to find it is free to take it.

This trend was originally started in the UK a few years ago but it has spread across the world and has taken South Florida by storm. Artists do it as a way to promote their work while collectors enjoy the free art. It is a movement that has been made possible through social media. Often artists will post hints of what they’re going to be giving away and where they’re going to leave it. At least in South Florida the competition gets pretty intense among art collectors. They’re constantly checking the social media profiles of their favorite local artists and in some cases even following them to the place where they’re going to place their art. Ultimately though it is a fun new twist on something as old as art and an unexpected perk of living in the Miami area.

There are few things Americans love more than free stuff.

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The Best Places to Visit in 2013 compiled their list of the ten best places to visit in 2013. If you’re looking into planning your next vacation, check out these places and see what all the fuss is about!

  1. Louisville, Kentucky– Considered a “lively, offbeat cultural mecca on the Ohio River.”
  2. Fairbanks, Alaska-The place to be to see the unique & exquisite Northern Lights.
  3. San Juan Islands, Washington– Home to 250 days of sunshine each year plus tons of fresh food and locally grown produce, seafood, and more.
  4. Philadelphia, PA– Philly is quickly becoming the art capital of the world with the renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art and amazing galleries.
  5. American Samoa– Has some of the most stunning & untouched beaches of the Pacific and an awesome national park. It’s US territory too!
  6. Eastern Sierra, CA– An overlooked part of the Sierra Nevada range with other great natural attractions like the Travertine hot spring, the Gold Rush ghost town of Bodie, and more.
  7. Northern Maine-Besides lobster, lighthouses, and a rocky shoreline, Maine’s top half which reaches to the Canada border makes for a true wilderness adventure with moose, white water rafting, and hiking.
  8. Twin Cities, Minnesota-Minneapolis is often called the country’s best bike city. St. Paul is quitter but has an awesome must-see marketplace and the Fitzgerald Theater.
  9. Verde Valley, Arizona-Located between Phoenix and the Grand Canyon, Verde Valley is taking off as Arizona’s go-top location. Food, art, and mining lore combine with beautiful green canyons rimmed by red rocks.
  10. Glacier National Park, Montana– One of the country’s wildest, most remote and pristine national parks. Jagged, snow-topped ridges and glacier sculpted horns loom over aquamarine lakes and meadows that are blanketed with wildflowers.

Which one of these places are you most likely to visit? They all sound fantastic to us!

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50th Annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival This Weekend- February 16-18, 2013

This Saturday kicks off the 50th  Annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival on the streets of Coconut Grove, Florida. The three-day event is the top outdoor fine arts festival in the United States and showcases the works of over 360 of the best artists & craftsmen in the world. The festival offers visitors the chance to meet with exhibiting artists, sample fine cuisine, enjoy live entertainment all while enjoying the beautiful waterfront views of Coconut Grove.

Gates open daily at 10am and close at 6pm. The event runs along the streets of McFarlane Road, South Bayshore Drive, and Pan American Drive is just south of downtown Miami. Admission is $10 per person per day.

For more information, please visit the official website for the event!

coconut grove arts festival


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Art Deco Weekend in Miami

This weekend January 18th – 20th come out and celebrate Art Deco Weekend in Miami. This annual event is a celebration of the Art Deco Era in Florida’s Quincentennial. With Art, Fashion, Antique and Film shows, not to mention Art Deco tours a Modernism Expo, Street Parade and Classic Car Show there is something for everyone at this highly anticipated event! For a full list of events and to purchase tickets, please click on each date. Friday / January18, 2013, Saturday / January 19, 2013, Sunday / January 20, 2013.

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25 things to do in the fall in Boston for under $25 presents a list of 25 things to do in the fall in Boston for under $25. When visiting Boston this season, you will want to take advantage of all this historic, culture rich city has to offer. Perhaps you are wondering how to experience Boston without breaking the bank, lucky for you has got you covered. This list provides you with lots of fun and unique ways to spend your free time in the most cost effective manner. Each option won’t cost you more (and could possibly cost you less) than $25. Of the 25 things to do on the list, we recommend taking a stroll around the Arnold Arboretum located at 125 Arborway in Jamaica Plain to see the spectacular fall foliage. Not only will be immerse yourself in the glorious hues of nature, but it’s completely free!  Be sure to take a look at this list and get out and explore all the affordable options Boston has to offer!

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Photo courtesy of: John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

A guide to Miami-Dade art walks offers readers a comprehensive guide to Miami-Dade art walks. No longer a winter only event, art walks and gallery nights have been rising in popularity throughout Miami and can now be enjoyed year round! If you are not familiar with art walks, they provide visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with unique works of art, as well as the chance to meet the artists, chat with collectors and fellow culture lovers county wide. With so many distinct options, there is bound to be something for everyone’s taste such as Studio Crawl at the ArtCenter/South Florida on Oct. 6th from 7-10 p.m.

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Photo courtesy of Leila, ArtCenter/South Florida

New York’s Biggest Block Party- “33rd Annual Museum Mile Festival”

On Tuesday, June 14th from 6pm-9pm, all nine museums along Fifth Avenue will open their doors for free to New Yorkers and visitors for a mile-long block party and art celebration. Fifth Avenue will shut down 23 blocks and be completely traffic free from 82nd to 105th street, the stretch now officially dubbed “Museum Mile.” Over 50,000 visitors attend this annual music & art filled event and you should be one of them! Experience some of the best museums in the country for FREE! For more information including a list of the participating museums and the scheduled performances and events, please visit the official website.

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Bass Museum Breaks with Tradition to Showcase Art in an Entirely New Way

The Bass Museum of Art, located at 2100 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, has freshened up their approach to displaying their collections in an attempt to show visitors what art is all about. The exhibition entitled “An Invitation to LOOK/Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Bass Museum of Art” is going on now through July 3rd and features more than forty works from the museum’s permanent collection with styles varying in technique and spanning over the course of 300 years.

The traditional approach of showcasing artwork according to art historical or art theoretical systems has been completely abandoned in an effort to engage not only art junkies but art novices as well. Alongside each of the selections of art, key elements have been blown up into 8-foot-tall digital prints highlighting details and allowing one to really LOOK at the painting, hence the exhibition’s title. Their innovative way of capturing note-worthy features in each of the paintings gives one a crash course in art history that you actually want to stay awake for. If you’re in the area, head down and check it out. You most certainly won’t be disappointed!

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