Artvolution

From New York to the Bahamas, creative types face the quandary: “How the hell do I find the people who want my cool art?” Like any type of evolutionary dilemma, adaptation to the new environment is needed, and with that, SAM (Support the Arts Movement) was formed. Tied together by a string of emails and screen names, the internet-based nonprofit has about 20 serious members and is quickly gaining more with interactive events like today’s art-show-cum-competition, Art Wars. SAM removes all of the typically stuffy pretenses associated with art shows so that viewers, curious prospective buyers, and artists of all mediums can connect on a casual level. Gallery walls are removed and replaced with trees and open space at Pavilion 9 in TY Park (3300 N. Park Rd., Hollywood), so don’t be surprised if the piece you fall in love with is fashioned on a Banyan. As for the “War” in Art Wars, expect a battle for bragging rights through brush strokes, when seven artists have to paint their interpretation of the same topic live, with a limited time frame. The audience will be judging, so be prepared to hear yourself shouting things you never thought would come out of your mouth, like “Yeah Steve! Go for the abstract watercolors to express your inner turmoil about corporate conglomerates! Awright!” All artists can attend and show work; they don’t have to belong to SAM. There’s free food with a tiny donation and plenty of great underground art to go around, so show up, buy something fabulous and inexpensive, then brag to everyone you know about your new “collection.” This event runs from 12 to 7 p.m. There’s a suggested $5 donation. Call Linx at 786-399-9472 for information.
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Jamie Laughlin