If you’ve been following Sketchy Miami closely, you know that we love the Bakehouse Art Complex. It was the site of Sketchy Party #2, back on August 12, and some of the coolest portraits in the Sketchy Miami catalog have been done by BAC artists (see this one, this one, this one, and this one).
On Friday, November 11, the Bakehouse is hosting its annual Lucky You! art raffle and fundraiser. There will be live music, food, cocktails, and a raffle of more than 70 original artworks by the BAC’s resident artists. All proceeds will support the Bakehouse’s programming, events, and its mission to give Miami artists an opportunity to pursue their practice.
You can peruse the invitation below for all the event particulars (click on it to visit the BAC’s Lucky You! webpage). It’s going to be a great night and an amazing opportunity to take home original work by some super talented artists. Admission costs $45 ($50 at the door), BUT we’ve got two free tickets to give away. To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post. We will choose a winner at random and make the announcement on Friday morning on the Sketchy Miami Facebook page. Good luck!
We are happy to announce that Raffa & Rainer will be playing live at the Sketchy Pink Party at The Betsy-South Beach on Sunday, Oct. 23. Check out the video to listen to “Bird” and get a feel for the roof deck setting. To learn more about the party, visit www.sketchymiami.com/pink-party. You can also RSVP on the Sketchy Miami Facebook page.
Before I get into the details, here is the view from the roof deck of The Betsy-South Beach.
In the evening of Sunday, October 23, we will be hosting the Sketchy Pink Party atop that very roof deck to raise money for breast cancer research. There will be live art, music by Raffa & Rainer, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres (mini Cuban sandwiches!) catered by BLT Steak, the Betsy’s stellar in-house eatery.
Five local artists will be on hand to sketch guests’ portraits. For a minimum donation of $30, we will mount your Sketchy in a stylish pink frame, courtesy of Pearl Art Supplies.
Admission to the fundraiser costs $20 at the door. In the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, all proceeds from the fundraiser will support breast cancer research at the University of Miami’s Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute at Sylvester.
To RSVP, visit the Facebook event page.
Thanks to everyone who has taken part in Sketchy Pink so far. The fundraiser is going to be a lot of fun and do a lot of good. We hope to see all of you there! Here’s the skinny:
What: Sketchy Pink Fundraiser
Where: The Betsy-South Beach
When: Sunday, Oct. 23
Time: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Perks: All proceeds benefit breast cancer research; all guests get a free glass of Grolsch; catering by BLT Steak; Sketchy times with local artists
If you’re not familiar with Raffa & Rainer, the evening’s musical entertainment, check out this video featuring their amazing song, “Bird”.
Finally, here is the official event flyer for your re-posting pleasure (click for a high-res version).
Thank you to our Sketchy Pink partner, Know Cancer (knowcancer.com), and to all of our sponsors: Grolsch, Pearl Art Supplies, and The Betsy-South Beach.
What is Sketchy Pink?
Sketchy Pink is an initiative designed to help fight breast cancer. All of the portraits in the Sketchy Pink series are of people who have been affected by the disease in one way or another. To learn more about Sketchy Pink, visit sketchymiami.com/pink.
If you’ve been paying attention to sketchymiami.com throughout September, you know the name B M de Varona by now. With 24 posted portraits, the Puerto-Rico born, Cuban artist has submitted more Sketchys than anyone else. While she has been a consistent contributor to the site since its launch in late June, BMD decided to step up her game in September by doing a Sketchy every day of the month.
With October mere days away, now is as good a time as any to take a look back on her prolific month. Below you will find a selection of her Sketchys spliced with Q&A.
If you check out BMD’s artist page, you will notice that there isn’t a post for every day of the month. That’s not because she skipped a day — it’s because we couldn’t keep up with her! Not to worry: We will post every last one of her September Sketchys before long. In the meantime, enjoy the fruits — or should I say “eggs”? — of her loving labor.
What is your personal and artistic background?
BMD: Well, I’m 38, born in Puerto Rico and of Cuban descent… I did go to art school, though briefly. I attended what used to be International Fine Arts College (IFAC) for a few semesters and MDCC Kendall Campus, where I studied Art and Art Education for about a year. For the most part, I’m self taught.
Thank you to everyone who came to our first Sketchy Workshop at Lester’s Wednesday night. We were just about sold out (one seat off!) and the energy in the room was fantastic. Compared to the frenzy of our parties, where many hundreds of people turn out, the workshop vibe was calm and intimate. It was awesome to see everyone drawing all night, some of whom hadn’t picked up a colored pencil in years.
We also want to thank artist JeanPaul Mallozzi, who led the workshop, for sharing his prodigious talent and skill; Pearl for providing everyone who attended with a beautiful set of art supplies; Lester’s for hosting us and discounting the bar all night; and Joey’s for dishing out their All-City gourmet pizza. (Check out our video, “Throwing Pizza With Chef Ivo”, to see how the magic happens.)
This was the first of many Sketchy Workshops, so stay tuned! Until next time, you can click on the image below to see all of our photos from the workshop on the Sketchy Miami Facebook page.
Also, make sure to check out the CBS4 report on Sketchy Miami and artist JeanPaul Mallozzi.
We are excited to announce our first Sketchy Workshop, to be held at Lester’s cafe in Wynwood on Wednesday, September 21 (SOON!) from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The beginner-friendly workshop will include two hours of instruction in portrait drawing by artist JeanPaul Mallozzi, a painter and illustrator in residence at the Bakehouse Art Complex who you may have met at Sketchy Party #2.
While the main purpose of the workshop is to sharpen your drawing skills, it is also an opportunity to wind down in the middle of the week with a group of good people. To keep things casual, everyone who attends will get a free glass of wine and two slices of Joey’s perfect pizza. After the two-hour drawing lesson, you are welcome to hang out with us at Lester’s, which will be offering a 15% discount on drinks all night.
As for art supplies, our friends at Pearl South Miami have you covered. You don’t have to bring anything but a working hand, and you get to take the supplies home.
The workshop costs $30 for one person to attend ($45 for two) and will be capped at 30 seats. To secure a spot, buy your ticket using the PayPal button below.
For those of you who didn’t meet JeanPaul at Sketchy Party #2, we recently paid him a visit, video camera in tow, in his BAC studio. Here you will see him do magical things with a pencil.
And that’s why we enlisted him to head a drawing workshop. Now here’s everything I said above boiled down to the essentials.
What: Sketchy Workshop #1 with JeanPaul Mallozzi
Where: Lester’s (2519 N.W. Second Avenue, Miami, 33127)
When: Wednesday, September 21
Time: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Perks: Free glass of wine; two slices of Joey’s pizza; 15% off all drinks; art-supply package to take home
If you have any questions about the workshop, email us at sketchy [at] sketchymiami [dot] com.