"Red Eye" at ArtServe: Where Creative Forces Run Free

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 Friday, she went to the "Red Eye" event at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale.

One guy in a red flannel is ranting at ArtServe's art/music/fashion party called "Red Eye." "South Florida needs a union for artists and hospitality services," says Alex. "Artists are not treated properly in South Florida. Just because you don't have a million dollars in your pocket doesn't mean you should be treated like a piece of shit... like your mind does not work. We should be respected. We might work differently, but we're not stupid." Amen, Alex. Wish I knew what caused this outcry of passion, but you wouldn't let me intervene... once.

But I'll tell you this now, Alex, because this is the only time you'll let me: I love it when a mixed-age crowd of artists who at first glance appear to be conservative turn out to be quite the opposite.

Graffiti artist Heps Fury made this on spot: $300. Sold. He also had a place sectioned off in front of his painting to break dance.
Graffiti artist Heps Fury made this on spot: $300. Sold. He also had a place sectioned off in front of his painting to break dance.
Photo by Ricardo Tejeda
This is artist Wendi White and her painting "New Day." Her inspiration? "Everyone needs a new day when you're going through a storm and upset... like going through the fire and coming out the other side."
This is artist Wendi White and her painting "New Day." Her inspiration? "Everyone needs a new day when you're going through a storm and upset... like going through the fire and coming out the other side."
Photo by Ricardo Tejeda
There was one fatality this night: Mario McDonald's painting dropped during the hanging process.
There was one fatality this night: Mario McDonald's painting dropped during the hanging process.
Photo by Ricardo Tejeda
Keith Clark's Damaged Goods
Keith Clark's Damaged Goods
Photo by Ricardo Tejeda
I asked Timothy Leistner to describe his artwork: "My life is diverse, and my art is diverse. Extremely... always criticized because I don't have one body of work. People like to see artists have one style. "
I asked Timothy Leistner to describe his artwork: "My life is diverse, and my art is diverse. Extremely... always criticized because I don't have one body of work. People like to see artists have one style. "
Photo by Ricardo Tejeda
Backyard (pictured left) by Lori Pratico (pictured in the middle). That's Bowie on the right.
Backyard (pictured left) by Lori Pratico (pictured in the middle). That's Bowie on the right.
Photo by Ricardo Tejeda
Ana didn't want to hurt any birds because of her soda habit, so she thought to herself, "Wait a minute... that damn plastic, let's do something with it." I'm going to an art show, she thought, I might as well make a bracelet out of it.
Ana didn't want to hurt any birds because of her soda habit, so she thought to herself, "Wait a minute... that damn plastic, let's do something with it." I'm going to an art show, she thought, I might as well make a bracelet out of it.
Photo by Ricardo Tejeda
And there happened to be some human mannequins who also sported clothes made out of recycled items such as newspaper, tissue, and leaves present as well.
And there happened to be some human mannequins who also sported clothes made out of recycled items such as newspaper, tissue, and leaves present as well.
Photo by Ricardo Tejeda
Andrew's description of his craft? "Modern art to tell today. My art is alive."
Andrew's description of his craft? "Modern art to tell today. My art is alive."
Photo by Ricardo Tejeda

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