Do you like art? How about a real-deal scavenger hunt? What if it’s all free, too? This Saturday, you can partake in that trifecta of awesomeness by participating in the annual Art Scavenger Huntin Downtown FTL. How does it work? On Saturday, November 26th, arrive at Laser Wolf at 8pm sharp to pick up your map, then head out on your quest, and return to the same location to get any pieces you find signed by the artist(s). It’s 100% free and 100% fun and local.
There’s quite a bit of history behind the hunt dating back to the old Chili Peper (now Revolution) where Hunt founder and organizer Steve Sticht (yes, the same guy behind the blue bikes) began anonymously leaving art around the venue. When friend and fellow artist Jeff Holmes found out Sticht was behind thes street art after telling him about the mysterious art that was beginning to spook the owners, the two thought of the idea of a “pirate art show”. After it’s success and the eventual departure of Holmes, that show evolved into what the Art Scavenger Hunt is today and is said to get “bigger and better each year”.
Last year, 21 artists participated and an estimated 160 maps were distributed (some of which were shared). The trail has even had to be changed because people were arriving early and grabbing the art before the official start of the Hunt (there is a 2 piece maximum to make sure everyone has a fair chance at getting something- Sticht makes a good portion of the art to ensure there’s enough to go around). See why we say get there at 8pm sharp?
Last year, the hunt was dedicated to Brad Stewart (Gidget Gein of Marilyn Manson), who despite living in California the past three years, would ship art for the Hunt every year. This year the Hunt will be dedicated to Peter Giovenco, one of the earliest artists and participants, who passed away a few months ago.
Check out this album from last year’s hunt: Art Scavenger Hunt 2010.
Some pieces you might find at this year's hunt
A piece from the 2010 Hunt that was never found
Art Scavenger Hunt is Saturday, November 26th, 2011, starting point at Laser Wolf at 8pm. Check out the Facebook page here.
Friday September 16th is PARK(ing) Day: an annual, world-wide event to promote creativity and design in an urban setting. Metered parking spots across the globe will be transformed into temporary mini parks and other types of enjoyable outdoor spaces. The purpose is to support beautification of the city, inspire innovation and promote public goodwill. This is an “open-source” event that invites citizens, artists and activist to “rent” a parking space and create and use an outdoor, urban environment… until the meter runs out!
PARK(ing) Day began in San Fancisco in 2005. Rebar, a design/art studio, converted a metered parking spot in the downtown area into a temporary park. They used the space for the allotted meter time of two hours and a few weeks later a single photo of the transformed space travelled across the web, sparking requests to promote this project in other cities. This event’s popularity has grown each year, and in 2010, 850 parks were created in 183 cities in 30 countries across 6 continents.
Cadence, a local landscape-architecture firm, will be participating in PARK(ing) Day here in Ft. Lauderdale. They will rent a space in the Financial District downtown (map: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=204115045189162756368.0004ac09cd755b11038a3&msa=0 )
Cadence co-founders Gage Couch and Rebecca Bradley built furniture out of recycled wood pallets for their space, and they invite you all to join them in their creation from 7:30am-1:30pm this Friday. “In order to be a success, we must have visitors to use the space, “says Rebecca, “Sometimes we all need to step out of the “norm” and take the time to re-imagine everyday places in a whole new way. Urban transformation powered by the people!”
Gage and Rebecca received clearance for this gathering from several city departments. If you are interested in renting a spot of your own, be sure to contact the City of Fort Lauderdale and clearly outline your plan and purpose. Or, just join in on the fun with Gage and Rebecca. Also, remember that the purpose of PARK(ing) Day is to support beautification of the city, inspire innovation and promote public goodwill. This gathering is not to promote any business, service or product. Happy PARK(ing)! Facebook page: Park(ing) day Fort Lauderdale
Check out some photos from Park(ing) Day in other cities after the jump:
Tonight, ArtServe in Sunrise will be lending its 20,000 square-foot space to host the 6th annual multi-platform art event known as Red Eye. View live painting, bands, body painting, spoken word, 175 pieces of art, a graffiti challenge, short films, fashion, and various eats including three food trucks, all for a $5 donation. Below is a taste of what you might see (click on the photos for more artist info):
Live painting by Kazilla
Henna Tattoos By Lori
Watercolor By Tatiana Suarez
Grilled Cheese From Ms. Cheezious
Graffiti By Virginia Cuellar
Body Paint By Way Wicked Art
Red Eye Main Event is Friday, July 22, 2011 from 6-9pm. It’s $5 and is at ArtServe which is located at 1350 E Sunrise Blvd., FTL. Free parking at ArtServe, War Memorial Auditorium (800 NE 8th St), and St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church (815 NE 15th Ave.)
It’s that time of month again. Twilight Notes and Freedom Art are coming together to bring you another night of art and music- literally, this time. The theme for tonight’s Dialect will show various artists’ representations of their love for the two subjects. Additionally, Twilight Notes DJs will display some select album art from their collections. Artists include Joseph Baum, Greg Dubois, Sarah Duggan, Luzalma Gonzalez, Erik Michael K, and Jose Lopez. Eric Pamphile will be DJing, in addition to JAMS (DJs Esoteric and Damask) who will be handing out their new summer mixtape which is a work of art in itself. Check it out below.
Dialect is tonight, Thursday, July 7 from 8pm-12:30 at Brew 209 SW 2nd Ave FTL