Art Basel & Scope Art Show, Miami

Art Basel, Wynwood Walls, Scope Art show

Austin was cold and rainy the moment I stepped onto the plane headed to Miami, but I was grinning from ear to ear. Freedom to explore the possibilities. I made it to Miami in the afternoon. The air was warm, humid, and windy. I decided to rent a car and one of my favorite moments was driving by myself on the highway, taking in the views: palms, high rises, curved lines. I was meeting up with several friends, all artists.

First stop was E.R. and Kazilla’s event near Wynwood. Everyone had been working on their murals at the huge warehouse and it looked awesome. I met some new artists and had a badass vegan taco from a local food truck (watch out Austin). Every morning our group ate at the same Cuban grocery / cafe and gorged on plantains, yucca, chicken soup, and Cuban cafe con leche (which is the bomb). We’d take our time to enjoy a meal over conversation, mostly centered around Art.

 Over the next few days our group explored Wynwood Arts District, which totally blew us away. I can’t even tell you how many murals there were by SO many artists from around the world. Pop up events were in abundance, making it difficult to choose from. We opted to check out Scope Art Show in Miami Beach, a paid event (many are free), but us gals lucked out when someone handed us a VIP pass as we walked in. Scope was super impressive and I left very inspired. Afterwards we explored a famous Cuban bar and dance club that looked like Christmas in Vegas on steroids. For dinner we walked to a local Miami Beach fave serving traditional Cuban. We sung happy birthday to Liza Fishbone and the whole restaurant chimed in. Pure bliss.

It was really wonderful to travel with other supportive artists. We often discussed our wants, needs and dreams in the art world. We’re ready to make shit happen. Thanks Art Basel for the inspiration and see you next year!

Artists: Nanu Berks, Jomau, Kristin Freeman XO, Jmuzacz, Liza Fishbone, Helena Martin, Chelsea Maria, Chalk Riot, Kiptoe