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Thought-Provokers: Coral Gables

Miami has always had an artistic soul. The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community. Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive. Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around Coral Gables that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Grahame Ménage

Grahame was born and educated in the UK and earned his chops in theatre, with formal training coming from such prestigious institutions as Portsmouth College of Art and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. From there, he went on to create scenery for the Welsh National Opera and the National Theatre in London. He relocated to the US, to New Orleans in 2005, and has now settled into the vibrant city of Miami. Read more>>

Sean Karshis

While living in Miami Florida I began to sketch my own characters and storylines with the dream to encourage a more interactive approach to storytelling, drawing, and coloring for children. With my daughter by my side, I produced my first children’s coloring book, AdventureDraw. Read more>>

Pooka

It was a little difficult at the time to find a proper apprenticeship, but after two apprenticeships that fell through, I found the third one which was at Phat Joes Tattoo Parlour. I worked there for five years really finding my style and building clientele until working at Ocho Placas in 2012 where I decided to really focus on my passion for plants through my work. Read more>>

Katy Hirschfeld

A neighbor of mine taught me in her basement and most of what she taught me all those years ago are still the techniques I use and keep in mind to this day. My friends and family members used to be annoyed with me because during every movie I would be heard flipping through books or magazines and tearing and ripping compulsively. Read more>>

Herrera Baullosa

I learned how to read. I come from a family that, not being artists or writers, always loved literature and art in general. My parents and grandparents were reading aficionados. Under such influence, I started to read at the age of four. Fascinated with the stories I´ve been told, I started making up my own stories without even knowing how to write. I would then go and tell them to everyone who had enough patience to listen to this child who could not stop saying nonsenses! Once a teenager I wrote my first “experiments,” a novel that has been lost and my first poems. Read more>>

Lindsay Savin Shulman

We noticed that there were a decent number of events and publications that featured the best restaurants, bars and entertainment options in Miami. However, no one was really focusing on the people who truly are the backbone of Miami’s booming arts & entertainment industry. Read more>>

Nancy Reyna

I used to be a shy, introverted person, who avoided sharing much of herself. Today, I enjoy sharing my work and love talking with all the people who come to my booth at art fairs. My hope is to inspire others to notice nature and to experience the peace, beauty, and joy that are always all around us. Painting is my way of appreciating and sharing the beauty I see, and feel, in the world. Read more>>

Brittney Rae

I was born in Miami, raised by my grandma who is an actress, artist and all around baddass. I had a rough childhood and always turned to art. I ran 2 businesses in high school, both in photography. I went to college for that and business management. When I was 20, I started my third business, a modeling agency (Rae Model Management) — I managed 25 models. Did that for 2 years and It was an incredible experience, also a shit show, but overall, I learned a lot. I was showcasing my photography at multiple galleries and some of my work was featured in Wynwood’s (monthly) art walk. Read more>>

Lugufelo

I was born and raised in Venezuela, my name is Luis Guillermo Fernandez Lovera better known as “lugufelo” my artistic name, I came to the United States 20 years ago, escaping from a Latin American country full of political corruption and social instability. I was attracted to art since I was a child, my parents always encouraged me and my brothers into the music, painting and sculpting as important venues in an advanced community. I never formally studied art in school but I started sculpting wood at 16, and under my big brother tutelage I started working with acrylic while I was in college studying accounting, he was a great inspiration to me at that earlier stage of my life, I have been always influenced by nature and humanity. Read more>>

Evelyn Saavedra

I come from a family of doctors, engineers, and architects so you can imagine the shock when my mother realized I had a knack for singing, and even more so, when I started to delve into opera. According to my mother, when I was an infant, I use to have such a loud and shrill cry, that neighbors would often complain about being able to hear me from several blocks away. My mother, in an effort to remain calm and collected would often think “If only this loud, shrill voice could be used for something OTHER than crying!”…little did she know… Read more>>

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