FAT Village's Art Walk Honors Day of the Dead

New Times Broward-Palm Beach Calendar Editor Mickie Centrone attends and details some of the finest -- and occasionally subpar -- events from a given week. On Tuesday, she stumbled upon the Day of the Dead Art Walk at FAT Village in Fort Lauderdale.

At a Mexican bar on Cinco de Mayo, I had a field day asking patrons why they were out celebrating on May 5th -- main answer: I dunno. It's Wednesday. To get drunk. And I didn't even find one drinker of Mexican descent. Not that that's a prerequisite to leave the house, but instantly, while I was inside a giant industrial warehouse this past Tuesday celebrating the Day of the Dead (Dia De Los Muertos), it was cool to see how curator Susan Hopper took an Aztec/Mexican/Brazilian/etc. holiday and turned it American. The art spoke for itself. It had to, because there weren't many people there to speak for it. There were some somber moments -- like the art work that showed every face of those who died in 9/11 (pictured below).

FAT -- which stands for Flagler Arts & Technology -- Village hosts free art walks every last Saturday of the month. The area is west of Andrews. Find the Fifth Street/First Avenue intersection and signs will take you everywhere else. These warehouses, which were once considered a part of the undeveloped area south of Sistrunk and north of Broward, are now pieces of a budding arts district. Some will be pictured below, so you'll see how unscary warehouse partying actually is.

For art walks and events during the approaching cool months, this giant warehouse, AKA the Party Loft, will be open. Cool note: The man who runs FAT Village, Doug McCraw, was pouring the cocktails at the margarita stand.
For art walks and events during the approaching cool months, this giant warehouse, AKA the Party Loft, will be open. Cool note: The man who runs FAT Village, Doug McCraw, was pouring the cocktails at the margarita stand.
Photo by Mickie Centrone
To represent America's departed, artist Billie Grace Lynn created this art work, which shows every face of those who lost their lives during 9/11.
To represent America's departed, artist Billie Grace Lynn created this art work, which shows every face of those who lost their lives during 9/11.
Photo by Mickie Centrone

A close-up. "Yeah this is very heavy stuff. This isn't just have fun and party," noted curator Susan Hopper.
A close-up. "Yeah this is very heavy stuff. This isn't just have fun and party," noted curator Susan Hopper.
Photo by Mickie Centrone
Across the street is the Puppet Network Design Studio. Jim Hammond's bread and butter is making puppets for live theater.
Across the street is the Puppet Network Design Studio. Jim Hammond's bread and butter is making puppets for live theater.
Photo by Mickie Centrone
How did he get into puppets? "I play with dolls. I've been playing with dolls my whole life." So it was natural.
How did he get into puppets? "I play with dolls. I've been playing with dolls my whole life." So it was natural.
Photo by Mickie Centrone
Then you walk over to another artist's studio. Trust me, this is fun and not scary.
Then you walk over to another artist's studio. Trust me, this is fun and not scary.
Photo by Mickie Centrone
Here's Tone live painting on the street, taking a Dew break.
Here's Tone live painting on the street, taking a Dew break.
Photo by Mickie Centrone
Dia de los Muertos tiles, anyone? Done by Tortuga Tile Works.
Dia de los Muertos tiles, anyone? Done by Tortuga Tile Works.
Photo by Mickie Centrone
"This is funny," said Hopper. "The devil disguised as the Marlboro Man."
"This is funny," said Hopper. "The devil disguised as the Marlboro Man."
Photo by Mickie Centrone
A puppeteer, sans puppet, with mask.
A puppeteer, sans puppet, with mask.
Photo by Mickie Centrone
And art walkers.
And art walkers.
Photo by Mickie Centrone

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