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Wynwood Arts District

I had the pleasure of being a “snowbird” and escaping the cold to fly south for the winter to Miami, Florida. Originally invited for a family wedding, my husband and I used the time away from home as an excuse to explore the lesser known places in the 305. Everyone knows about the beaches, but what about the art?

Wynwood Art District, Street art and Graffiti in Miami

Miami is having a contemporary, cultural renaissance! The constantly shifting roster of visual arts organizations in the coastal town provides tons of vacation stimulation. It’s not just the historic, Deco District anymore. ¬†I recommend visiting the Rubell Family Collection,¬†Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) at North Miami,¬†de la Cruz Collection,¬†PAMM | P√©rez Art Museum Miami and¬†the Lowe Art Museum.

Wynwood Art District, Street art and Graffiti in Miami

My favorite neighborhood and cultural space is The Wynwood Art District. This warehouse laden landscape is¬†home to over 70 galleries, museums and collections. Originally part of a textile manufacturing region, the area is flurried with abandoned factories and lofts turned exhibition spaces. The paved streets are still packed with garbage bins, discarded signs, and broken windows but that only adds to the character. In this way, the neighborhood reminds me of SoHo’s gentrification cycle.

Wynwood Art District, Street art and Graffiti in Miami

The outdoor, expansive murals are vivid, vibrant and awe-inspiring. This is where graffiti masterpieces go on display. Conceived in 2009, a special area known as¬†Wynwood Walls¬†has brought the world’s greatest artists working in the graffiti and street art genre to Miami. While I was visiting, I was lucky enough to see some artists in action. It’s not rare to see walls fenced off so that a new mural can pop up over the course of a few days!

Wynwood Art District, Street art and Graffiti in Miami

A lot of the art is inside buildings, and hidden just beyond unmarked doors, but most of it can be seen from the car, or by walking through the district – smack-dab on the wall themselves. For example, I discovered these hidden sewer Ninja Turtles just by looking downward! Sometimes the art is even on rooftops. It’s like a giant I Spy. You can treat yourself to the works of Kashink, Chor Boogie, Trek6,¬†Os Gemeos, How & Nosm, FAILE, Invader, Liqen, Nunca, Shepard Fairey, and Miss Van.

Wynwood Art District, Street art and Graffiti in Miami

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Winter White

The temperatures are steadily holding below 32 degrees fahrenheit, and snow is continually blanketing the black asphalt and grit  of the city to make way for crisp, clean, and glistening alabaster. Sometimes everything should be whitewashed!

style at home july 2010 - white feature - producer, margot austin, photography by edward pondImage via Style at Home, July 2010. Photography by Edward Pond.

The_Walk_Up_Post_Meta_TagThe color is traditionally associated with cleanliness, purity and brightness. White is the color of milk, pearls, clouds, eggshells, chalk, salt and now your home! However, be prepared to spot-clean often and to not have young children!

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This Black and White Abstract Room That Tappan Collective Print

Print: Untitled piece by¬†Doug Galante.¬†Galante’s work is a response to his curiosity with internal mental states (such as dreaming or solitude) and how we process those experiences. His work is mostly abstract, using pattern and repetition to evoke a sense of structure and simplicity within something complex.¬†// Room: A minimal, black and white, abstract friendly bedroom. With mobile closet and spartan decor. Featuring “Venezia”¬†artwork by Vladimir Dubko.¬†

This Black and White Abstract Room That Tappan Collective Print

Photograph:¬†Amanda Charchian’s¬†Calm Sea, Come See, Comme Ci #5.¬†This series of photographs are from the artist’s travel to Costa Rica.¬†// Room: The opulent space filled with animal prints and nudes found via¬†Elle Decor,¬†October 2011.

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This Master  Bedroom That Tappan Collective Print SetPrint Set: Petit Drawing Set by¬†Heather Day.¬†Day’s interested in the relationship between decay and upkeep that relies heavily on human interaction. These paintings are never planned. Each piece is a product of an experience, leaving behind documentation of how an event transpired. The paintings often act as pages in a book requiring several in a series to tell a story.¬†// Room:¬†A master bedroom in a West Village, NYC penthouse by Lauren Stern Design. Bright pops of yellow, pink, dusty blue and orange are subdued by repetitive and calming abstractions.

This Living Room That Tappan Collective Photograph

Photograph:¬†New York 16 by¬†Jay Ezra.¬†Ezra’s photography aims to destroy the notion of buildings as inanimate monuments and to anthropomorphize them as living members of the local community. His goal is to have his photographs embody the personality and character of each city. In this instance, birds as part of New York. ¬†// Room: A woven, cotton tapestry in a subtle tie-dyed print topped with a bird design. The dizzying floral, Palantine blue and flying birds evokes the sky.