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The Elephant Art Exhibit: Art, Performance & Outreach – opening

Posted on 14 July 2015 by Niki lopez

July 18 – August 8th 2015

The Elephant: Art + Performance + Community Outreach

Produced: Niki Lopez of Niki Art Studio, Alana DaCosta & at 1310 Gallery

Opening night: Saturday July 18, 2015
Location: 1310 Gallery, Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts

The Elephant  – art exhibition is a group arts exhibition featuring work that challenges both artist and viewer to consider their choices about what in our lives, should be revealed and what should be hidden.    We want the elephant out in the open so we can find release…

“The Elephant” as in ‘the elephant in the room’ is metaphorical idiom for an obvious truth that is either being ignored or going unaddressed. The idiomatic expression also applies to an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss, It is based on the idea that an elephant in a room would be impossible to overlook; thus, people in the room who pretend the elephant is not there have chosen to avoid dealing with the looming big issue.

Artists:

  • Niki Lopez
  • Alana DaCosta
  • Allison Kotzig
  • Rolando Chang Barrero
  • Judy Leeson Polstra
  • Sonia Baez-Hernandez
  • Dianne Rosenberg
  • Ian Barnes
  • Cesca Veo
  • Susan Buzzi
  • Rene Gordon
  • Geva Salerno

Opening night performance:

  • Chunky (Host & spoken word Poet)
  • Chaos Theory
  • Dawn Robinson
  • Tico Armand
  • Yoli Mayor
  • Rebecca Butterfly Vaughns
  • & more

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 About the producers: Niki Lopez is a multi-media artist.  Known for her vibrant color palate, Lopez’s often ‘other-worldly’ art has acheter viagra pfizer been exhibited across South Florida, New York, and California.  Lopez is also a Graphic Designer known for her community spirit and avant-garde art shows.  Niki is passionate about community & outreach.  Lopez has been an integral  part of the creation of the 1310 Gallery space located within the Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts, where residents create monthly art programs.  As Web Master, Niki created the community’s on-line presence, and is a contributor to the 1310 Gallery brand via Social Media.

A resident artist of Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts, Alana DaCosta is a creative rebel. Alana has not received any formal training in visual arts. However, she continues to think out of the box and uses many mediums to share her creative talents. An artist activist, vocalist, musician, and poet whose distinctive sound extends beyond boundaries as she blends neo-soul with reggae, jazz, and a drop of funk. Alana has performed throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. “My music and art will touch the minds, hearts and souls of people across the world, and will increase

one’s motivation for self-discovery, collective consciousness of one’s purpose, and the desire to live life freely, without regrets.” says Alana, who also has a M.S. in Mental Health Counseling and understands the healing power of the arts. With the drive and passion felt in her music and community art initiatives, there is no doubt, that Alana DaCosta is destined to leave her own mark in our world and make her artistic mission.

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Dates:

  • July 18th – Opening Night + Performance
  • July 25th – Drink & Draw More info TBA, Artwalk w/Free trolley service.
  • July 29th – Panel discussion #What’s Your Elephant.
  • August 5th- COMMUNITY OUTREACH -TBA
  • August 7th – Thou Art Women – LGBT Poetry Night

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Special Thanks to our Sponsors:

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Health Rush – http://www.myhealthrush.com

JLPR –  https://www.facebook.com/JLPRInc

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Images by Xio – https://www.facebook.com/X.meza.the.artist

Niki Lopez Creative – https://www.nikilopez.com

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Art Exhibit Opening: L’éléphant dans la Salle (The elephant in the room) July 19

Posted on 17 July 2014 by Niki lopez

Niki Lopez, Alana DaCosta & 1310 Gallery present:

L’éléphant dans la Salle

(The elephant in the room)

Featuring Provocative Art of the Unspoken.

Event hashtags:  #lelephantartexhibit  #whatsyourelephant

JOIN US! Exhibit opens Saturday July 19, 2014 7pm-11pm

L’éléphant dans la Salle–  (The Elephant in the Room) is an idiom for an obvious truth that is either being ignored, or otherwise unaddressed. The purpose of this exhibit is to provide a safe  place for issues and topics that are normally hidden from public view. Through visual and performance art, the artists participating in this event  will share secrets and taboos, discussing openly to find solutions for our own individual and collective emancipation. Viewers are invited to enter the ‘Confessional’,  an interactive safe space installation to share their ‘elephant’.

L’elephant dans La Salle will be hosted by 2 of 1310 Gallery resident artist Niki Lopez (visual artist & designer), and Alana DaCosta, (singer/songwriter).

L’éléphant dans la Salle: Art + Performance + Community Outreach

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Visual Artists Include:

  • Beatrice McClelland
  • Louis Davis
  • Judy Leeson Polstra
  • Allison Kotzig
  • Kimberly Heise
  • Sonia Baez-Hernandez
  • T.J. Brow
  • Niki Lopez
  • Alana DaCosta
  • Omilani 
  • Klodi Lemoine
  • Gregory Dirr
  • Corbett Fogue
  • Michael D. Colanero (of Uncommon Gallery with photo series .. Breast Cancer Awareness Body Painting Project

Opening night performances include:

  • Chaos Theory
  • DJ Onestar
  • Alana DaCosta
  • Maru
  • Melissa ‘Moonchild’ Stokes
  • Profound Breadth
  • Chunky (2014 DaDa National Poetry Slam Team)

Dates:

  • Sat. 7/19 -7pm-11pm Opening reception
  • Thur. 7/24 –7pm- 9pm – Thou Art Woman LGBT & friends poetry night
  • Sat. 7/26 -7pm – 9pm – Dr. Sketchy South Florida (drink & draw)
  • Sat. 8/2 -10am-4pm Community Outreach Workshop, panel
  • Sat. 8/9– 7pm-10pm -Closing Reception & Open Mic hosted by Alana DaCosta

Click  for updates during this month long event

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Niki Lopez is a multi-media artist.  Known for her vibrant color palate, Lopez’s often ‘other-worldly’ art has been exhibited across South Florida, New York, and California.  Lopez is also a Graphic Designer known for her community spirit and avant-garde art shows.  Niki is passionate about community & outreach.  Lopez has been an integral  part of the creation of the 1310 Gallery space located within the Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts, where residents create monthly art programs.  As Web Master, Niki created the community’s on-line presence, and is a contributor to the 1310 Gallery brand via Social Media Alana DaCostais a singer/ songrwiter & activist… 1310 Gallery is an artist-run collective that offers over 2400 square feet of exhibition space split into 3 levels, and housed within ArtSpace’s live/work facility, Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts. 1310 Gallery rotates art exhibitions monthly and also hosts performances and workshops. The gallery is open by appointment in addition to the Opening & Closing receptions. Community Partner: Drag It Out-(501c3), 2014 DaDa National Poetry Slam Team , Boys & Girls Club, and private donors. For further information please call 305-975-6262. 1310 Gallery: 1310 SW 2nd Court, Fort Lauderdale FL 33312 – map 1310 Gallery recently recognized in the Broward New Times as “The Best of Art Gallery of 2013

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Thank You Sponsors & Contributors

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1310 Gallery: 1310 SW 2nd Court, Fort Lauderdale FL 33312

For more info: http://nikiartstudio.com/lelephantartexhibit

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About the producer: Niki Lopez is a multi-disciplined Visual Artist, an independent Graphic Designer, and resident member of the Sailboat Bend Artist Community. Graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Affiliations include: Spoken Soul Festival Alumna. About 1310 Gallery: A 37 unit live/work art community housing multi-disciplinary visual & performing artist.  The Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts hosts monthly shows every third Saturday of the month since 2008. bestof2013_2

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