“Can’t you just pretend like we can’t hear each other through the walls?” You may remember that line from the cult classic Office Space, and if you’re like lots of apartment-dwelling folks, you may relate very much to the sentiment. For many, any neighborly communication beyond a nod and “hello” is viewed as an invasion of privacy. Fortunately, there are some who are intent on counterbalancing this habitual craving for solitude. “Love Thy Neighbor: Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts Resident Artists Group Exhibition” (1310 Middle St., Fort Lauderdale) will feature deep creative communication in various forms — painting, photography, sculpture, music, writing, and more — from 27 inspired peeps who dwell in close proximity to one another in the artist community in downtown Fort Lauderdale. This will be the first resident-only show in more than two years.
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Included in the eclectic show will be work from painter Lisa Rockford, whose She-Monster series offers a modern look at powerful and controversial female figures from history and various mythologies; Diego Romero, whose visually engaging ink drawings contemplate confusion and conflict, both within the individual and the collective, global situation; and painter Christine Valez Stone, whose Picnic series provides respite from such difficulties in its various scenes centered on red-and-white-checkered blankets. Saturday’s opening reception will also feature music and performances from singer Dana Dellacamera of Nakedown and others. The show begins at 7 p.m. and is free. Bring three cans or boxes of nonperishable food to be entered into a raffle to win some artwork. Visit sailboatbendartists.com, or call 954-729-5794.
Sat., Feb. 18, 7 p.m., 2012