Catch the Red Eye

Some gallery shows are designed purely for hobnobbing. Others celebrate the wild successes of already world-famous artists (who’s work you could never dream to afford). Then there are those rare events, like tonight’s “Red Eye Art Show” at ArtServe (1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) that celebrate the future successes of prodigious talents who haven’t yet launched fully into their destined rock star trajectory. These creative types apply inspiration to all forms of art -- some focus on fashion or jewelry construction, others on painting or sculpture (both Letche-Vitrines Art Alliance and Gallery of the Unknown Artists are donating their walls’ space for the winning entries). Rouge wordsmiths, magicians of dubious intent, and everyone else who falls into the catch-all category of “open mic” are taking over an entire room (there’s recording studio time at stake). Not to be left out, local filmmakers are going reel to reel in competition – the winner will have his or her short shown at the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival. Also discover live interactive art, dip into fondue from the Melting Pot, and become hypnotized when gifted artist/exhibitionist Kapone Is Ill takes away the guess work by performing live, graffiti-style painting.

Now, remember, competition shows like this can expose local artists to a world of folks who might never have seen them otherwise (translation: after tonight the art might be more expensive, so get there early and buy, buy, buy.) “Red Eye” runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., but to participate in open mic you must sign up no later than 5:30 p.m. (sorry, kids!). It’s free to get in.

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Jamie Laughlin