Broad Avenue is the site of a burgeoning art scene, featuring an eclectic mix of fine arts, metal works, crafts, and junkyard sculptures. And this Friday, July 23, is the perfect time to witness the surge of talent, at the inaugural Broad Avenue Summer Art Jam. The festivities are free and open to the public and will last from 6 to 9 p.m. all along Broad between Collins and Hollywood.
Although the district has had art festivals in the past, this is the first event with music and dance workshops as well. Collage Dance Collective, a contemporary dance group, will be giving live demonstrations and teaching attendees some basic dance moves— you know, like this:
- Tiffany Glen, principal dancer and choreographer, Collage Dance Collective
Just kidding. The dance moves will be a tad less advanced, and appropriate for all ages. Plus, there will be a ton of participation opportunities at the Junk Jam Session, where the Junk Jam Team, led by local musician James Sexton, will play a percussion-based sculpture. The sculpture, including an oversized xylophone and trashcan drums, was crafted by this summer's Junkyard campers and is comprised of 100 percent recycled materials. (For more information on the Junkyard Camp for Kids, check out Mary Cashiola’s coverage here
Galleries along Broad will be open to the public, as well as studios that are typically closed for private use. T Clifton Art gallery will continue the theme of music and movement from the junk band and dance group with sculptures from South Florida artist, Todd Babb, and paintings by Antigua artist, Gilly Gobinet. “We’ve selected them particularly because we’ve created our whole exhibit around rhythm,” says Pat Brown of T Clifton. “Todd has specifically created a series of sculptures around musicians to go with his sculptures centered on ballet and movement. Gilly has done watercolors on various forms of dance, from ballet to cancan and flamenco.”
- Todd Babb, Blowin' in the Wind
Other open galleries include Odessa, Splash Creative, and Material. Exotic Bowls, a studio and gallery featuring the woodwork of Bernie Thomas, will celebrate its grand opening on Friday. MetalWorks and Archicast, ordinarily closed artist studios, will showcase the hand-forged iron works of Jerry Couillard. Dan Spector will also be giving giving instruction on lifecasting— the process of creating a three dimensional copy of a living human body. The work of three photographers (Lori Butler, Alan Peeler and Thomas Tidwell) will be on display at Wilmot Originals, and Perry Melloh will be at 494 Studio, using his photography expertise and a green screen to get participants involved in the art action. Also check out Theresa White’s live glass-blowing demonstration at Studio 1688.
- Catherine Clubb-Brown at Splash Creative
“We want to continue to bring attention to the growing efforts on Broad Avenue and our expanding genre of art,” says Brown. “We are blown away at the continued interest and support we’re getting. It's very organic and exciting. Particularly something that's in the inner city and can represent the diversity of that neighborhood, but have great access for everybody in the city."
Broad Avenue Summer Art Jam, Historic Broad Avenue Arts District, 323-ARTS, broadavearts.com