A fun day is exploring what will soon be the hot new area in Miami, Little River. Thanks to visionary and pioneer Mindy Solomon of the namesake art gallery who used to be in Wynwood, we got insider tips on what to see and do, and where to eat. Here’s a guide to what we found: five art galleries; a stylish new shop for home décor items, art and gifts; an outpost of a concept store featuring emerging designers; and soon, a major food hall Citadel, opening this month (watch for a review here). Enjoy!
Start at Mindy Solomon gallery whose works revolve around the intersection of contemporary art and design. She features two and three dimensional works including handsome ceramics of emerging and mid career artists from places ranging from New Zealand and Korea to New York and Arkansas. Prices range from under $5K to $50K. She also spearheads a quarterly progressive brunch including six area galleries with exhibitions in progress.To get on the mailing list, email her at email@example.com. 8397 N.E. 2nd Avenue.
A few doors down is Tile Blush that also puts contemporary art and design together such as objects and furniture. This can include an artist and a designer in one show or an artist with strong design elements. She seeks out pieces that one doesn’t often find in a gallery space. Artists represented are from around the US including local, Chicago and Los Angeles. Price points are $3500 to $70K. 8375 NE 2nd Avenue.
One of the newest additions to the area is Art & Home Gallery which grew out of the owner’s interior design business. Find paintings and sculpture along with items for home décor, furniture, area rugs and gift selections. Much of the furniture was designed by owner Aldo Puschendorf. Among my favorite pieces were straw hats from Cartagena, Colombia that were fashioned into bowls, whimsical fire extinguishers made to look like utilitarian bottles of everyday household products and handsome throw pillows. Soon to open is an adjacent shop with items for the kitchen. 8363 NE 2nd Avenue.
Another leading gallery for your self guided tour is prominent gallery Emerson Dorsch.Their focus is on local artists, who are 90% of the artists featured. They are emerging and mid career, including Karin Rifas, Elisabeth Condon and Robert Thiele who is a mentor to Miami’s younger artists. The gallery features sculpture, painting, installation, video and sound works. Price points range from prints for $200 to $300 to original works for $1K to $30K. 5900 NW 2nd Avenue.
Pan American Art Projects also moved here from Wynwood. Its forte is art of the Americas, with a focus on Argentina and Cuba. All featured artists are living, with some in Miami, others in Mexico and Guatemala. Mixed media is the order of the day. Artists include Gustavo Acosta, Carolina Sardi, Deborah Eyde, Carlos Garcia, Leon Ferrari and Carlos Quintana. Price points range from $1000 to $500K. On a side note, they’re featuring a trip to Cuba for the XIII Havana Biennial April 24-28. Twelve people will have the opportunity to engage Cuban artists at their studios, enjoy private tours of the National Museum and ISA art school and more. For more information, write to firstname.lastname@example.org. 274 NE 67th Street.
Fashion follows art, so no surprise there’s a new concept store that’s, not surprisingly, very artsy. Called TenOverSix, it features emerging designers out of New York and Los Angeles. Find some of everything including vintage books and magazines curated just for Miami, accessories, furniture and rugs, ceramics, and dresses (from $500 to $600). 7338 NW Miami Court.
Manolis Projects is a 5000sf Studio Gallery. The owner, J. Steven Manolis, a leading US abstract expressionist, paints, and displays his own work in this space. If you want to see a working studio-gallery and what happens behind the scenes, this is the place to visit. Manolis Projects also hosts the East Coast’s only Artists’ Salon where artists come to exchange ideas and inspire each other and show their work. The salon members include three painters, one cartoonist, two photographers, two sculptors and several “jewelry as art” artisans. 335 NE 59th Street.(borders Little River area)
Want something to eat? Go to B & M Market that was featured in my Cheap Eats. Or, if you go in the evening there’s Sherwood’s Bistro right there. You may also want to check out the fashion designers I wrote about earlier, Claudia Gontovnik (8325 NE 2nd Avenue, suite 204) and Gussy Lopez (8373 N.E. 2nd Avenue) that are there in the ‘hood. There’s also ArtTECA nearby. Click here for the writeup.