Gotta Have That Funk

This Sunday the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood continues the city's tradition of throwing parties to attract folks to its redone downtown. The center's shindig is actually three events: the Fabulous Art and Funky Antiques Market in the east parking lot, an Artist and Artisan's Outdoor Market in the west parking lot, and a family open house in the Center itself.

"This is not going to be a flea market or a garage sale," event organizer Rick Davies declares. Davies, who owns Too Fabulous, an antiques and collectibles shop in downtown Hollywood, has persuaded 50 of his closest friends and colleagues from the semimonthly Lincoln Road show in Miami Beach to join him in Hollywood to display and sell their wares. "This is definitely "moving up to the East Side,'" he laughs. "You can expect good merchandise at reasonable prices, everything from Art Deco furniture to vintage glad rags, and definitely no reproductions and no "junque.'"

While antiques dealers from South Beach to Palm Beach and as far away as Maine and New York (who just happen to be snowbirds) set up at the Funky, the art and artisan fair will feature primarily local potters, clothing designers, jewelers, painters, and other creative but heretofore underexposed South Floridians. The concurrent green market will offer produce, cut flowers, and plants for sale.

As if all the funk and festivity in the parking lots weren't sufficient, the Center will throw open its doors for its first monthly free family day. The Center's docents will lead hourly tours of the current shows ("Graphicstudio: Art Stars in Hollywood" and "A Surreal Friendship: Photographic Collaboration" -- featuring artist Salvador Dalí and photojournalist Philippe Halsman), hands-on printmaking demonstrations, and a set of kiddy art activities put together by the new junior docents, who are art students from local universities.

The fun will recur the third Sunday of every month, but don't put off going to this first gala event thinking that you can catch it next month. The Funky will not only be different from all other fairs Hollywood has sponsored, each successive edition will be different from its predecessor.

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Tomi Curtis