Artserve's RedEYE 2013 Returns Saturday With Street Art and Street Food

ReEYE at Artserve is one of the biggest art events of the year in Fort Lauderdale - perhaps the biggest.

Now in its eigth year, the annual event takes underground street art and brings it up into the light and off the street. In addition to the traditional 2D art there will be live performance art, bands, indie films, comics, fashion, and - perhaps most important to fans of Clean Plate Charlie - food trucks.

After all, what could go better with urban street art than gourmet street food?

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Food trucks will be on hand to keep the expected crowds of art lovers happily fed. Friar Tucks will be serving up their cheeseburgers, Veggie Xpress serves up an all vegan menu, Frankie Gourmet Dogs also has options for the veggie lovers but - no worries - they also serve 100 percent beef dogs, and the Miami-based gelatto truck Dolci Peccati will be dishing out dessert.

According to the staff at Artserve, about 1,500 people are expected to be in attendance.

"With record crowds expected, ticket lines can be long and we urge people to purchase tickets in advance online to avoid the wait and save almost 30 percent," said ArtServe President & CEO, Jaye Abbate. "Advance tickets at just $7 each, which also includes one complimentary drink ticket at the Red Eye After Party at Rock Bar."

At this late date, tickets can no longer be purchased online, but you can still get the discounted advance rate at Artserve through Friday, July 19. The day of the event, general admission is $10.

In addition, a limited number of VIP tickets are available which provide access to the VIP Lounge Area serving up signature cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, as well as special parking accommodations - and as popular as RedEYE is, special parking privileges are something to consider.

No matter how you get there or where you park, the art RedEYE has to offer is worth it. You won't find anything like what you'll see here in any other gallery.

"Forget that nervous little adjective: 'edgy,' said Byron Swart, Managing Director of ArtServe and the event's founder and mastermind. "RedEYE is a spinoff of the Warhol world. It's almost overstimulation of the eye. As you walk through the spaces you confront so much that you're often not sure if you're a viewer or part of the installation. You're constantly rubbing your eyes, taking a closer look, and experiencing something new and interesting. This is not your grandmother's art exhibit."

RedEYE 2013 is Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. After the initial event, the RedEYE exhibit will continue to be on display through August 15. Artserve is located at 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Admission is $7 through July 19 or $10 at the door. VIP, if available, is $50. Call 954-462-8190, or visit artserve.org.

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