Wynwood Food Tour is a must when in Miami. I had the pleasure of meeting Grace, the founder of Miami Culinary Tours. She was our guide to the new addition to her tours repertoire. Which include, the South Beach Food Tour, Little Havana and now the Wynwood Food Tour. We had a great time experiencing and learning not only about the amazing art in Wynwood but also the Culinary Talent in the neighborhood. The tour starts in the heart of this artistic neighborhood at Wynwood Kitchen and Bar and includes other entries from The Butcher Shop and Grill, Jimmyz Kitchen, Pride and Joy, Suviche and ends with The Famous Fireman Derek’s Pie. The highlights of the 6 would have to be the Ropa Vieja Empanada at Wynwood Kitchen and Bar, the Pulled Pork From Pride and Joy and the Mofongo at Jimmyz Kitchen. For best ambiance and food styling, hands down Suviche wins that honor from us with their rope swings fitted patio and Mini Causa plated dish. For the location of all these these top Wynwood Restaurant click on their names and enjoy!
Local Art That You Can Wear With Pride: Miami Marathon Medal gets re-designed by Local Artist
Congratulations to all that will be running the Miami Marathon this weekend. Hopefully we see you all wearing this work of art around your necks with pride. Re-designed partially by Miami artist Alex Mijares, this year’s festive design will welcome runners at the finish line in stunning fashion. Mijares work is also this year’s cover poster for the Coconut Grove Art Festival, a good side note you can use brag as others marvel at your medal. Congrats again in advance to all that are participating!
Words from the Artists to You:
Sunday is the big day!!! Check out the medals with my artwork!! 25,000 of them will be given out at the finish line for the Miami Marathon. GoodLuck 26.2 miles
Next time you wonder the crowded streets of the city look up. You might find a letter right above you. Designer Lisa Rienermann created the entire alphabet by being aware of her surroundings. Her quest was to catalog the entire alphabet only by pictures of building’s silhouettes. The result was remarkably clever and inspiring. See more of Lisa Rienermann’s at her website.
Today, 28 years ago I was sitting in my Elementary classroom wondering why the teacher had asked us to stand for a moment of silence on a random part of the day. Being a recently arrived immigrant, without any knowledge of this foreign language, I was left in suspense. Finally the teacher wheeled in a TV and showed the class the recorded newscast of the recent events. Some teachers cried and some took the part of consoling their peers. Sharing this intimate moment with my new found classmate, was for me, the first time I finally felt, American. The tragedy of the Space Shuttle Challenger had unfolded.
This enormous sculpture of what resembles the image of DNA structure is a popular one, specially on the social media app Instagram. Hundreds of iphoneographers have capture this sculpture in endless angles to make it an Instagram Miami must. But did you know that this spiraling art is a memorial for the Space Shuttle Challenger which exploded over the Florida skies on January 28, 1986? The sculptures spiraling design is similar to the space shuttle’s rotating trajectory as it ascended towards the sky. The memorial was designed by famous Japanese artists Isamu Naguchi and soars 100 feet into the air in Downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park.
Below are other perspectives of The Challenger Memorial via Instagram and their respective accounts. Hover on Image to view photo credit and follow these accounts on Instagram!
More about the Challenger Memorial
The Challenger Memorial, sculpture by Isamu Noguchi, is located on Southwest corner of Bayfront Park in downtown Miami, Florida. The memorial is white, composed of metal piping, and rises 100 feet, designed with a twisted shaped to symbolize the contrail of the Challenger as it rose on its fateful, final flight.
The triangle shaped plaque at the base, made of concrete, has the following engraved:
Soar the Space Path,
Flesh Spirits, Heroes
McAuliffe Onizuka Jarvis
McNair Smith Resnik Scobee
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The 2014 Coconut Grove Arts Festival Poster Will Be by Miami-based Alex Mijares
The 2014 Coconut Grove Arts Festival poster has been released and the artist is non other than Miami’s own Alex Mijares. Mijares has been emerging into the South Florida artist in the recent years, elevating from novice to professional in a 3 year span. Now the prestigious honor of designing this year’s Coconut Grove Arts Festival Poster is part of his collection of accolades and I must add the youngest artist to ever hold that title. Congrats to Alex Mijares. Make sure to add the Coconut Grove Arts Festival to your things to do for February 14-17.
More About Mijares
Alex Mijares a Miami-based self thought artist that has gathered some incredible momentum in the promotion and creation of his art. It can only be attributed to pure passion and will! We first heard about him back in February when he first came into the art seen. And by his own confession his pursuit of art was purely accidental, grabbing brushes and paint to the simple create work to decorate his home. After a soft-opening exhibit in February Alex Mijares has gone to exhibit at The Marquis Hotel for the Venue Magazine Cover Party, FKCNR event which aided children with cancer, the Lupus Foundation, ISA boutique, Coral Gables Museum, Baltus: The Spanish Art of Luxury, The Blacks Gala, American Cancer Society Gala and The Well. And most recently his art was featured in Times Square as part of the ArtistWanted.org campaign.
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Miami-based Skyjoy Interactive prepares to launch Super Kid Cannon. Based in the heart of Brickell, this multimillion dollar software developer hopes to expands Miami’s Art brand to the trending Mobile Gaming market.
Skyjoy Interactive is the first multimillion dollar Miami-based software development company focused on casual and social games in the mobile market, specifically iOS and Android. Following their uncompromising desire to reinvigorate the gameplay of the contemporary gaming scene with nostalgic, 90’s-era gameplay, Miami-bred founders, Abdulhady Taher and the Portilla brothers, Alex and Miguel, embarked on their trailblazing journey to put Miami on the gaming map in 2011, when they made Brickell their base of operations.
Justin Beiber Makes Scenic Pine Tree Drive Famous
One of our first posts in ArtofMiami.com was the Top 10 Scenic Roads in Miami. Included in our list of scenic roads in Miami was and is Pine Tree Drive in Miami Beach. Who would have thought that 2 years later Justin Bieber’s drag racing in the now infamous Pine Tree Drive in Miami Beach will bring that post back to life. As the topic of Justin Bieber’s arrest for drag racing and allegedly being under the influence has driven traffic (no pun intended) to this article from 2012. Learn more about Pine Tree Drive and other scenic roads of Miami here. Also, if you know of any other notable scenic roads that we might have missed, please let us know.
As promised, here is our review for the Olloclip, an external iPhone lense that helps capture a variety of pictures including wide-angled and micro. Best Buy has a 15 days no questions asked return policy. So I took advantage of it and tried out the Olloclip lense throughout the week.
First I went for a nice stroll to Florida International University and then Downtown Miami with camera and Olloclip at hand. By the way, if you have not been to downtown in a while I highly recommend you do. It has really become a scenic destination for tourists and locals. Specially, the short but delightful riverwalk.
Artists Promotes Compassion for Animals thru His Art
With Ringling Brothers Circus in town I’ll take the opportunity to introduce you to the art of Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang. Cai Guo-Qiang’s latest installation, creates a surreal scene. Qiang creates super realistic sculptures of the Animal Kingdom. In his latest installation the artists poses 99 animals, predators and prey side by side, drinking from the same watering hole. The installation speaks to many in different ways. On a personal level, this piece makes me realize how we share many things with others species. After all, human or not,we are all earthlings. How does Cai Guo-Qiang’s ”99 Animals” make you feel? Please share your thoughts. The exhibition tilted “Heritage” in now showing at Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in Brisbane Australia until May 11. We should totally bring his work to the PAMM here in Miami.
If you haven’t checked out this Instagram account yet, well you are out of the loop. Miami based creative mind Mr. Antooine inspires, entertaines and makes users giggle with his creative photo edits. Take a look at his latest one, titled “the Power of numbers.” Makes more sense viewing on instagram @mrantooine.