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Swerve in These Art Roads

Drive through the roads of FAT Village and you may take in a condo building, maybe even a storefront. Now stroll through them and you'll see that those industrial warehouses that were once considered a part of the undeveloped area south of Sistrunk/Sunrise are now pieces of a budding arts/science district. Name spelled out: Flagler Arts and Technology Village has this terrain: the streets west of Andrews Avenue, up until two blocks west of the FEC railroad tracks, with the north and south borders being NW Sixth Avenue and NW Fourth Avenue, respectively. That space is now occupied with artists studios, theaters, a puppet workshop (among other workshops), businesses, and one gallery space. And on every last Saturday of the month, FAT Village hosts a free Art Walk from 7 to 10 p.m. where art junkies can stroll through all these places and check out the art as well as see a play and take in a puppet show on the side of the street. For Art Walk info, call Alex Benitez at 954-305-6608.

But something makes this Saturday even more special for arts peeps -- FAT Village's one gallery space, Gallery 101, will host an open-themed, juried art show for its first anniversary. For "Arts Out Loud," every artist had the opportunity to submit up to three pieces of work for a fee. As for any gambling (wo)man, the possible payout was too much to resist: First prize gets $250 and a two-week feature exhibit, second prize gets $100 and a free wall for two months, and third gets a free wall for one month, all at Gallery 101. For the anniversary, there will be live painting and music and a winetasting, and food will be provided by Brew La La (the new coffee shop on the bottom floor of Avenue Lofts) as well as by the Melting Pot and caterers Chef by Distinction. The art show runs from 7 to 11 p.m. at Gallery 101 (501 N. Andrews Ave., Ste. 103, Fort Lauderdale). Artwork will be on display until September 10. Call 954-882-1861, or visit thegallery101.net.
Sat., Aug. 28, 7 p.m., 2010

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