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Art Deco Weekend 2015 Kick-off featuring South Florida Artists 1/16-1/18
This year Art Deco weekend kickoff celebrating 100 years of Miami Beach. Local art organization and promoter of the arts Life is Art will be there to celebrate with the art of local Miami artists on exhibit. The exhibit will be part of Art Deco Weekend’s Life is Art Block.
The Life Is Art Block is located from 11th to 12th Street of Ocean Drive. The Art Deco Weekend Festival is free and open to the public. Other Art Deco Weekend events are free unless otherwise noted. Over 140 vendors line Lummus Park and Ocean Drive displaying vintage and handmade clothing, jewelry, sculptures, posters and more. Ocean Drive fills with street entertainment, classic cars, food and people. The weekend includes an Art Deco and Mid-Century Show and Sale show featuring ModernismGallery.com, a full schedule of Live Jazz and Swing music, a dance-a-thon with a $5000 grand prize, an early 20th century fashion show, guided tours, lectures and so much more. An exciting new addition for this year is the inclusion of a full block of local South Florida visual artists!
The Miami Design Preservation League invited Life Is Art to host and curate an entire block, eighteen booths from 11th to 12th Streets, of South Florida artists, designated the “Life Is Art Block”. Over two-dozen visual artists from young emerging artists to well-known experienced artists are joining the Art Deco Weekend for this brand new feature. “We want to include more ‘art’ in the ‘Art Deco Weekend,’” stated MDPL Director of Marketing Amanda MacMaster. “Being a local organization, we want to include local artists, so we, of course, reached out to Life Is Art,” MacMaster went on to say. James Echols, Founding Director of Life Is Art and Soul Of Miami stated, “We are very excited to be working with the Miami Design Preservation League!” Echols continued, “The Art Deco Weekend festival is one of our favorite events of the year and represents the resurrection of Miami Beach and all of Miami as a major force in the 21st Century.” He emphasizes, “We are happy that they have made a serious effort to include local artists and hope other major events follow suit.”