Nailed the first stage of wall production Saturday. Derek Shambora and Anthony Barrineau, eco-friendly home improvement experts, of EcoSimplista were on site 8 AM sharp with the agenda all laid out. Assisting in the wall production were Principal Organizer of The Art Of Brew event and Founder of the Bedlam Lorenz Assembly, Zack Spechler, friends, Alex Delamater and Anthony DelGreco, Art Director of the event and artist, Rory Carracino, his wife and documentary photographer of the event’s production, Andrea Trejo; later to be joined by Miami artist and 2011 South Florida Cultural Consortium recipient Jillian Mayer, of David Castillo Gallery, and Kurt Bauer.
Our venue for this event, The Project Space, is a 10,000 square foot warehouse with a vaulted wood ceiling and rafters reaching upwards of 30 feet tall. It’s a historical icon of this industrial subdivision of downtown Fort Lauderdale and the premiere emergent exhibition grounds of F.A.T. Village, an arts district founded by property owner Doug McGraw. The space has become a showcase staple to their Art Walk events regularly occurring every last Saturday of the month, often curated by Fort Lauderdale artists and gallerist figures Leah Brown and Peter Symons(also featured artists exhibiting with “The Art Of Brew”) of 18 Rabbit Gallery, located around the corner at 16 NW 1st Ave, as an extended exhibition grounds for larger scale productions.
The space was recently christened with a mural by prolific local muralist and featured artist of our event, Douglas Hoekzema, which may be the first of a collection of murals being planned for the district going into 2012. The rear of the building and the entire block’s exteriors facing out to the railroad tracks behind are already covered with colorful graffiti murals from a Wemerge graffiti event hosted by the district earlier in the summer.