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

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)


  • 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

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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




Thank You Sponsors & Contributors

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

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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

GREEN. The Color, The Lifestyle Art Exhibition

Fresh and innovative look at sustainability, global causes, and the human footprint.

Please join us in experiencing artworks and illustrations that depict environmental concepts, the unique redesign and the repurposing of materials and media to promote greener living and preservation.


  • TJ Ahern
  • Grimanesa Amoros
  • Sonia Baez-Hernandez
  • T.J. Brown
  • Fania Five
  • Asanyah Davidson
  • Craig Denis
  • Jane Hotchiss
  • Lea Nickless
  • Claudia Polzer
  • Oliver Sanchez
  • Onajide Shabaka
  • Yudelka Tavera
  • Alex Trimino
  • Tom Virgin


DJ Onestar


  • Dana Dellacamera
  • Denise Losa
  • Jonathan Doda
  • Oscar Fuentes

ECO-Bar Design by Boom Factory

**All plants, produce and productions will be on sale.
Come support your local farmer’s market and artists!**

FaniaFive Creative Studio

Tropics Natural Infusions

Zen Bartending

Yellow Green Farmer’s Market

Other activities:

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You Are What You Eat: Art Exhibition and Fundraiser

Fort Lauderdale, FL ‐November 21, 2012 ‐ Exhibit and fundraiser will offer a brief calm after the storm that is Art Basel. This health‐conscious showcase will be held in the artistic lofts/gallery located in Sailboat Bend on Saturday, December 15th, 2012 from 7‐ 11pm. Art lovers and healthy living enthusiasts will enjoy an evening of art and camaraderie with reflections on the pressing need to educate our society about the degenerative Sickle Cell disease and the devastating impact it has on society. This entertaining and informative event is the result of collaboration between Sailboat Bend resident artist Yudelka Tavera and T.J. Brown, founder of the Sickle Cell Natural Wellness Group Inc. The installations and artworks on display will be aesthetic depictions illustrating how vital it is to general wellbeing to maintain a healthy lifestyle by consuming natural foods and participating in “greener” practices.

‘Lull’ a sub‐theme within the highlight of the evening will be a separate showcase within this exhibition presented by Thought Coalition. Artworks within this realm will be expressing the healing process with the body at rest or in motion to symbolize both physical and/or emotional recovery.

The evening promises a visually delicious smorgasbord of sounds and sensations that will appeal to multiple palettes. Spoken word poetry, live musical performances by the Astrokats and Montage, mural painting, fashion and a raw drink refreshment bar to wash it all down.

About the Curators:

Yudelka Tavera is a mixed media artist and visual arts instructor raised in New York City. The message she delivers as an artist is the manifestation of global awareness regarding environmental concerns and sociocultural issues. Her artwork is typically a body that stylistically focuses on the colors, textures, shapes, and formations of the earth’s prominent elements abstractly. Although initially non‐representational there is often a nod at movement, the female form and the usage or depiction of energy both in the literal and imaginative cognizance.




T.J. Brown is a 24 year‐old sickle cell survivor who was told he wouldn’t live past the age of fourteen. In 2010, he founded the Sickle Cell Natural Wellness Group Inc. (501c3) a non‐profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of sickle cell patients and educating the community to make positive healthy lifestyle changes. Through the knowledge of nutrition and a natural holistic approach he has been able to overcome the odds and make a difference so that the word “death” doesn’t immediately follow the diagnosis.

*Sickle Cell affects over 200,000 people in America and millions around the world.

Symptoms include pain, difficulty breathing, low blood count, weakness, strokes, ulcers, bone and organ loss amongst other complications. The life expectancy for people living with this disease is 40, however the majority of those with the disease die before the age of 25.


Yudelka Tavera
1310 SW 2nd Court
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

20% of sales and proceeds will benetit SCNWG.

* Live Music, Mural & Fashion

*Spoken Word Poetry Showcase
*Raw Drink/Smoothie Bar
*Vegan Aperitif Tasting


  • The AstroKats
  • Montage


  • Asanyah Davidson
  • Ashley Queen of Swords
  • Atlas
  • Ben Pachter
  • Brandy Somers
  • Chase Vreeland
  • Claudio Camilucci
  • Craig Denis
  • Darien Dirr
  • Don Pablo Pedro
  • Francis Marquez
  • Gregory Dirr
  • George Retkes
  • Harold Alpha Numerix
  • Jah Linx
  • Jasmine Bailey
  • Jennifer Kosharek
  • Jysikka Ryan
  • Kasey Lou Lindley
  • Lester Jack Gessley III
  • Michelle Feigay
  • Niki Lopez
  • Nikki Detourbutterfly Saraiva
  • Paul McEnery
  • Quick the Poet
  • Renda Writer
  • Rodney Fernandez
  • Sandra Lefever
  • Saori (Cheryl) Murphy
  • Sean Matheson
  • Shane Watt
  • Sonia Baez-Hernandez
  • Sooky Kim
  • T.J. Brown
  • Victoria Topor
  • Yanuary Navarro
  • Yudelka Tavera

20% of sales and proceeds will benetit SCNWG.

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1310 Gallery Show December 2012