Life Is Art and Soul Of Miami present the River Of Art Pop-Up Art-in-Public-Places Exhibition and Social Mixer Tuesday, July 21, 6:30pm-9:30pm at the Bahama Breeze Kendall 12395 SW 88th St, Miami, FL 33186

Visual Artists: Felipe Rodriguez Castillo, David Martins, Vera Arias
Charities: Badges of Courage

Bringing people and art together, the River Of Art is an exciting evening of business networking featuring an interesting art show, excellent music, delicious cuisine tastings and refreshing beverages. The River Of Art is a monthly gathering place of Miami’s good people, innovators, creators, entrepreneurs, changemakers, activists, and artists. Premiere Sponsor: Spectrum Miami
Partners: Fabulous Miami – YOMiami – SocialMedia305 – Catalyst Miami – InTheLoop305 – Arts & Business Council – Bakehouse Art Complex – Association of Fundraising Professionals – Social Media Club South Florida – The New Tropic
With support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Life Is Art brings the community together at our River Of Art pop-up art-in-public-places show to socialize through the power of the arts with the goal of exposing new artists, introducing new people to art appreciation, providing an inspiring space to make new connections, showcasing local businesses and charities, while providing a fun break during the work week.

About Felipe Rodriguez Castillo
Born in Bogota, Colombia, Felipe RC is graphic designer schooled in different audiovisual and design art academies in Paris, France.For the past 2 years Felipe has lived in south florida, gravitating to the vibrant Wynwood scene. Felipe is an active participant in the artisan community, showcasing work in the art walk street market he helps put in place every month. Graphic designer by day to make ends meet, Felipe started experimenting with fractal inspired patterns in video and photography in 2012. The work continues to change and grow throughout time. Starting off as simple patterns, the evolution and refinement of the process and ideas behind the project, took this pictures into a more metaphysical and surreal territory.

About David Martins
I am a local Miami artist . My paintings and drawings are influenced by my studies as an Anthropology major at FIU. My paintings are done with vibrant colors. I use mostly acrylic. I have created many different styles and a wide variety in my sets. I have done different types of art events in the Miami area including RAW Miami (3 shows), Congress Hotel South Beach (Art Basel Week), Coral Gables Art Festival, Art on the Plaza, Lucid Gallery Grand Opening, and I have exhibited previously for River of Art ( Cocktail Collections).

About Vera Arias
Vera Lucia Arias is a Miami based artist, graphic designer and bicycle advocate. Growing up in the slum neighborhoods of Miami with two parents who had a keen interest in crafts and carpentry, she was destined to vein the arts. At the age of 5 she got a jolt of inspiration while watching her cousin fix his bicycle. Simultaneously, Vera was developing her love of bicycles and sculptureduring her studies at the prestigious School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. As a daily commuter on a bicycleshe began to understand the meaning of sustainability, quality of life and howit all tied up together in the way she makes her art. She understood how integrated Upcycling wasto her art making process. Through sculpture she is able to manipulate oldrusted bicycle parts and turn them into functional objects. As part of herlatest series of work she turned bicycle chain rings into dream catchers anddeveloped a functional faucet made of an old rear cassette from a bicycle andan adapter that hooks onto a faucet.

About Badges of Courage Foundation
Badges of Courage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded by Macarena Zilveti in 2010. Her great-grandmother, grandmother, mother and aun had breast cancer and were all survivors. After her mother had a radical mastectomy, Macarena knew she had to do something to help others afflicted with this terrible disease. The Badges of Courage™ were created to help raise funds and to pay tribute to these strong and courageous women. The foundation provides patients who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer and in treatment, with basic living expenses such as mortgage and rent payments, child care payments, utilities, food, medical insurance premiums, and other life necessities. Our goal is to give these women tranquility and hope at a time when they need it most— when they are faced with breast cancer.

About Bahama Breeze Kendall
At Bahama Breeze, you can enjoy great food, tropical cocktails, & music in an island setting. Follow for a Caribbean escape! Bahama Breeze is known for fresh, delicious seafood, distinctive chicken dishes and flame-grilled steaks, accompanied by refreshing, hand-crafted tropical drinks including Legendary Island Cocktails – authentic custom-made drinks sourced from world-famous locales and created with the same techniques and ingredients that made them famous. Popular menu items include Jerk Chicken Pasta, Coconut Shrimp, Baby Back Ribs and the Island Hopper. All Bahama Breeze locations are open for lunch and dinner daily, from 11 a.m. until late, and offer call-ahead seating.

About the River Of Art Program
The River Of Art is a monthly business networker and art showcase combined. We provide more than just a platform for professionals to get together, discuss business strategies and make connections, we create synergies to help promote business by including an amazing art show of local talent!

About Life Is Art
Life Is Art is a Florida-based 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to creating positive change in the community with the arts and culture through events and education. We give South Florida artists and civic leaders the tools to thrive and grow, while enhancing the lives of those living in our area.

About Soul Of Miami
The Soul Of Miami has become one of the most popular local community sites in south Florida. It includes an extensive calendar, listing all sorts of happenings from all over the area: charity, arts, happy hours, concerts, networkers, nightlife, fairs, festivals and so much more. Tens of thousands of active south Floridians visiting the site every month.

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