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Posted on Nov 28, 2016

2016 Miami Art Collecting

David and Victoria Beckham recently bought a $10 million mansion in Miami and they are sure to deck the halls as gracefully as their homes in London, LA and Milan. The Beckhams have reportedly spent $40 million on their love-themed art collection. Pharrell Williams decorated his $9 million Brickell Penthouse with expensive pop art, followed by George Lindemann’s famous collection.

However, it doesn’t take millions to get great art for your Miami nest. CBS Miami lists the top shops to buy affordable art in Miami. The list includes Art Center South Florida on Lincoln Road, where shopping from emerging artists is a way to get great work on a budget.

When spending money on nonessential items, every buyer wants an investment that increases in value over time. The Miami Herald quizzed local gallery owners on ways to get good deals. Nina Johnson-Milewski of Gallery Diet in Wynwood advised novice art collectors to buy items they would cherish and not just art that might increase in value.

Why buy art from local Miami galleries?
Aspect, a consortium of local residential builders, posted that buying from a Miami gallery is a win-win proposition. Local connections guarantee first dibs on emerging talent. Miami galleries are particularly suited to find and offer art that complements the city’s tropical climate and sensibility. Vibrant magentas, brilliant blues and tropical greens inspire art conjured from the sunsets, ocean and sky, and perpetual greenery of Miami.

Perhaps the most exciting way to find great art is to visit galleries in South Beach, Wynwood, Lincoln Road and other local havens. There are several annual events that feature emerging artists and local and international talent. The most famous of these is Art Basel, an international fair featuring modern and contemporary art that comes to Miami Beach each December. Art Basel showcases 250 galleries from more than 30 countries and is held inside the Miami Beach Convention Center.

For an up-to-date listing of local art events reference the New Times Calendar. Whether the budget is in the hundreds or millions, there are tons of galleries that will cater to individual aesthetics. Here are some local favorites.

Top 5 Miami Art Galleries

5. N’Namdi Contemporary Gallery, 177 NW 23rd St., Miami
4. Laundromat Art Space, 5900 NE Second Ave., Miami
3. Macaya Gallery, 145 NW 36th St., Miami
2. Pan American Art Projects, 6300 NW Second Ave., Miami
1. Yeelen Gallery, 294 NW 54th St., Miami

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Posted on Oct 19, 2016

Best Places to Live if You Collect Art in Miami

If you love arts and are thinking of moving to Miami, then there are some neighborhoods that you need to explore. Each has its own flavor, so you will want to explore them and see which fits your own personality the best.

Allapattah is one of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods. Yet, it is being redeveloped as the Little San Domingo. Neighborhood leaders would like to see it as a neighborhood where different cultures can live together in peace. A new 10,000 foot area for small artists and craftsmen to display their work is currently slated to open very soon. The area already boosts a 15,000 square foot open-air food area, the largest of its kind in Miami.

Arts and Entertainment District
Something exciting is always happening in Miami’s Arts and Entertainment District. Art lovers have easy access to the contemporary Perez Art Museum Miami with its world-class exhibits. They also have easy access to Adrienne Arsht Center where the Miami Grand Opera and the Miami City Ballet perform. The area also is home to the YoungArts campus where young artists from the world come to collaborate with their peers. Nights in this district often feature outdoor movies while the area is famous for its extremely large flea markets. Living in this area gives you easy access to the Wynwood district with its amazing art collections like those open to public viewing by George Lindemann, Martin Z. Margulles, the Donald and Mera Rubell Family, Craig Roberts and Ella Fontanal Clonecs and family.

Little River
The Little River district is quickly becoming a destination sot for emerging artists to live. The Iron Side block offers many of them space to work and exhibition space at a very reasonable fee. Green lawns and older homes beckon you to this neighborhood which lies very near the entertainment district. Made at the Citadel gives young artists and entrepreneurs the space they need while surrounding them with a very loving community. Kathyrn Mikesell is particularly in love with this neighborhood and the possibilities it holds for artists.

Little Havana
Little Havana is a very old school neighborhood in Miami that always has something exciting happening. The culture here is wonderful. While many people have roots that go back a long way in this neighborhood of Miami, new artists are moving in giving the area a new vibe. You will simply have to experience this blending of different cultures for yourself. Tony Cho is particularly fascinated with the art available in this neighborhood and the possibilities for expansion in the future.

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Posted on May 15, 2015

The Original Tooth Fairy Lore

Nearly every child in North Carolina has not only heard of the real Tooth Fairies, they have had themselves a lovely visit of their own. With tiny teeth under their pillows, children dream every night of a surprise visit from the winged creature, who leaves shiny coins in exchange for newly lost teeth.

Where did the Tooth Fairy originate from? Rumor has it that the Tooth Fairy is actually a copycat of the Tooth Mouse, a classic French fairytale in which a mouse hides under a king’s pillow and defeats the nasty ruler by knocking all his teeth out.

However, the modern Tooth Fairy that is widely known today is well-received as a kind and giving creature. The Tooth Fairy who swipes the teeth of children in exchange for money (or gifts) is actually around a hundred years old. Very popular in the early 1920s, the Tooth Fairy was used in many households to ease the minds of children as their teeth went loose and sore. Children eager to catch a glimpse of the mystical creature who leaves behind lovely gifts made losing teeth that much more exciting.

A visit from the Tooth Fairy is considered a rite of passage in many cultures. A child losing a tooth is celebrated for becoming older and finally leaving behind their toddler ways. In American culture, children look forward to a visit from the Tooth Fairy as eagerly as they do Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny.

When a North Carolina child loses a tooth, they can expect a visit from the Tooth Fairy very soon. Some folklore insists that the Tooth Fairy leaves an extra-large gift behind if a child leaves their tooth in a jar on the windowsill rather than under a pillow, and some believe the Tooth Fairy leaves a toothbrush instead of money in exchange for a recently lost tooth.

However the Tooth Fairy came to be known as she is today (nobody knows for sure), one thing stands true- many children look forward to their first loose tooth. Not so they can have a gap in their mouth to show off to their friends, but so they can finally reap the rewards of a Tooth Fairy adventure themselves.

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Posted on May 5, 2014

The Best Fictional Cities

The Best Fictional Cities

Inspired by real life events that give cities new life, here is a list of the top 5 best fictional cities:

Emerald City-The Wizard of Oz

For those who like their buildings green this is the one for you.  The home of the Wizard, is bright and vibrant.  The skyline is pretty beautiful, but again, you really need to like the color green (specifically emerald green) if you want to think about permanent residency here.

Gotham City-Batman

Can be filmed as dark gothic city for the moody and broody, or a bright modern city, that has a few problem areas.  Batman’s home is known for the high crime rate, but that doesn’t stop it from being one of the most intriguing and beautiful cities in all of fiction.  But avoid Crime Ally if you can.

King’s Landing-Game of Thrones

For some medieval and fantasy flavor, the home of the iron throne is bright with regal events always taking place.  Then again, that is just for the royals, the citizens don’t always have the best time, but the throne rooms are beautiful and the architecture is a mash-up of European and Mediterranean.  Just be sure to avoid the battles and the psychotic rulers.


The concept of the underwater city is nothing new, but this 2007 videogame took it to a whole new level by putting an entire art-deco metropolis under the Atlantic Ocean.  The city may be haunted, but it is breathtakingly beautiful, and one look at its skyline is sure to fill you with awe.  And not just because a squid swims past a skyscraper.

Springfield-The Simpsons

Your typical American small city, located…well no one is quite sure where.  Springfield is the home of the Simpson family, and the assorted characters they come across in their lives.  Springfield is known for it’s nuclear power plant, which looms over everything-literally it’s the largest building on the skyline.

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