The Inaugural First Friday Art Walk Promises a New Downtown Miami Cultural Experience

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Miami, FL – March 25, 2013 – International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE), founders of Art Miami (1991) and organizers of the Miami International Art Fair (MIA), in collaboration with the arts and culture community of Downtown Miami, are pleased to announce the inaugural Downtown Miami “First Friday” Art Walk on Friday, April 5th from 6-10pm. This new cultural initiative shines a light on the growing art community and collector market in Downtown Miami, bringing together non-profit arts organizations and local galleries for special exhibitions, artists open studios, tours, exclusive openings, artist performances and an international contemporary art fair, MIA Encore, aboard SeaFair at Bayfront. The Art Walk will be held the first Friday of every month January – June and October – December. The September Art Walk will be held in conjunction with DWNTWN Art Days, Sept. 20-22.

The “First Friday” Art Walk will showcase over 150 exhibiting artists in fifteen venues, offering an array of art experiences that will reflect multiple mediums, styles, and trends in the art world. Participating organizations include:

MDC Museum of Art
Dimensions Variable
Bas Fisher Invitational
TM Sisters
Turn-Based Press Studio
Artisan Lounge, 26 Artists Studios
Etra Fine Art/Wine Bar
Nina Torres Fine Art
Eleazar Delgado Studio
Giants in the City, Presented by IRREVERSIBLE
Ocean Bank Art Space
Sculpture in the Park at Bayfront
McCormick Place, 7 Artists Studios
MIA Encore –at SeaFair, 28 International Galleries
Art in Public Places

All participating organizations are conveniently located within two blocks of the Miami Trolley line and Metromover. Parking will be available at each venue. Exhibition admission and trolley transportation will be complimentary.

The “First Friday” Art Walk coincides with the debut of the MIA Encore fair, April 5th – 7th, a new series of fairs launched by IFAE this spring following a highly successful MIA fair in January. Each MIA Encore show will gather a carefully selected array of 28 international dealers presenting both established contemporary and emerging artists. Works will be composed of contemporary, cutting-edge art of all media including photography, painting, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, installation and video. Admission to MIA Encore will be complimentary for the duration of First Friday hours from 6-10pm.

For more information on First Friday visit http://www.expoships.com/firstfridays/ or call 239.949.5411.

“Downtown is Hot Again” – Wall Street Journal:

Downtown Miami is home to Miami’s most renowned arts and culture institutions and organizations. Its urban landscape is undergoing a dramatic growth and change. Over 200,000 commuters work and a record 72,000 reside in downtown. This population of commuters and residents is projected to double in the next few years. The average age is 36 years old and reported average annual income is over $101,000. Nineteen new condo towers are now being planned in addition to Swire’s Brickell City Centre – 4.6 million square feet of mixed use residential, commercial, hotel and a 650,000 sq. ft. shopping center operated by Bal Harbor Shops are now under construction. Miami World Resort will replace the Miami Herald headquarters with Miami’s largest resort, convention center, luxury shopping, marina and lagoon. Miami is a thriving global financial capital and is undergoing a cultural renaissance.

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