With a long history of working and showing in Florida, Karen Rifas shows no signs of slowing down in her continuous creative giving to the community. On Saturday, September 21st, Rifas will show Works on Paper at the Arevalo Gallery in the Design District. For years, Rifas was represented by Bernice Steinbaum at her eponymous gallery in Midtown. Her most recognizable work (with Steinbaum) consisted of installations where small leaves were seemingly suspended in mid-air by a series of taut wires pierced through walls and floors. On a larger scale, Rifas engages poetry and language in linear shapes, revealing multiple possibilities in something as (not quite so) simple as a drawn line.

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The visual arts are a single muscle working inside the creative body of Miami as a city; interactive dance, performance and theater are also vital organs needing consistent attention and nourishment. One such as the Miami Light Project, an innovative incubator for live performance, film production and youth education stationed. Since 1989, this creative muscle has flexed time and again in the interests of fostering new local and global talent.

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Not a stone's throw from the northern borders of the Miami Design District, in the neighborhood of Morningside, live Dan and Kathryn Mikesell with their two children, Galt and Skye. They seem like an ordinary, well-to-do local family, except this family has helped build the backbone of Miami's contemporary art community. Holding membership at every major non-profit institution in the city (Locust Projects, Cannonball, MOCA North Miami and the forthcoming Pérez Art Museum Miami), and face time with major commercial galleries not only in Miami but worldwide, the Mikesells are certainly one of Miami's own Medicis.

Jackson Pollock, Jean Tinguely, Marcel Duchamp and Bruce Nauman would all be proud. In some significant way, each of these pioneering individuals have broken the boundaries for what art should look like, how it can and should be produced, who may see it, and how long it is meant to exist. As a kind of love letter to these innovators, Miami-based artists Justin H. Long and Robert 'Meatball' Lorie (known collectively as Funner Projects) staged a single engagement at Locust Projects on Friday, August 16th.

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Within the swirling winds of emerging contemporary art in Miami, a stable shelter of prints, editions and neo-Pop art is not just a relief, it's a necessity. French gallerist Bernard Markowicz has filled that need within the Design District, in the form of a 1,000 square-foot space which offers both original and reproduced works from over thirty internationally-recognized practitioners.

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