If you’re involved or very interested in the art world in Miami, you know the Bakehouse Miami. And if you aren’t, you could think it’s a bakery. Actually, it was one of the first industrialized bakeries in Miami along with Holsum. Since 1985 the Art-Deco era building has been serving artists with studios and others who have access to using the organization’s dedicated spaces for making art. You may also buy directly from the artists there. If you have any interest in art, you won’t want to miss a visit for one of their quarterly Open Studio evenings, where guests can visit all of the artists in their spaces. They also offer classes, exhibits, and the space can be visited every day.
The concept of the Bakehouse is to support promising artists. It recently established an Artist Fund to enable subsidized studios for recent BFA and MFA graduates of merit with a financial need who are chosen by a juried panel. And, if dynamic, talented consultant Cathy Leff, formerly of The Wolfsonian, has her way and budget, they’ll have affordable housing as well. Artists, now numbering over 100, work in any number of mediums ranging from ceramics, print making, metal shop and painting to photography, fiber art and more. There are also the “social practices” — poetry and prose. About the only major medium I can think of that isn’t represented is glass.
Besides the quarterly open house, the public is also invited to visit (no admission charge) daily from Noon to 5 p.m. The only thing is that, outside the specific event, there may be a limited number of artists there at a given time.
Artist Studios Miami
In a tour of The Bakehouse Miami, we visited five artist studios, each different and talented. Here are a few of them:
Irina Dakhnovskaia-Lawton combines vintage photo prints with vintage lace to create portraits. Priced from $1200 for an edition of five.
Fashion designer Andrea Spiridonakou makes garments including jackets and skirts that she calls “walking canvases”. They’re made of hand painted silks, cashmere, or painted felted wool.
Salvador Zarate describes his oils and drawings which focus on the human body as a combination of classic drawing with contemporary sensibility. He also gives drawing classes that are open to the public. His small works start at $250.
Monique Lazard works in oils on canvas, subjects from nature and portraits.Her work starts at $600.
Myung Nam An is a Korean porcelain artist, who molds her shapes to include many layers, not unlike underwater sea life.
For the next quarterly open house, check back at the website, www.bacfl.org. Upcoming classes include Introduction to Video Art, Wheel Throwing and Hand Building Ceramics Classes, and Intaglio Etching and Print Making.
There’s free parking.