Wynwood sets up second art walk for serious buyers

Article by Ricardo Mor

Wynwood Art Walk, which takes place the second Saturday of every month, has become the victim of its own success. What started out as a quiet night for art patrons to visit galleries after hours has turned into a raucous block party that often has little to do with art after sundown.

In an effort to attract collectors who have been driven away by the now-hectic evening, Wynwood galleries are now collaborating on a new monthly event called Preview Thursdays, an after-hours event aimed squarely at art collectors and loyal art followers to be held on the second Thursday of every month.

Wynwood Art Walk began about 10 years ago, long before much of the neighborhood had been redeveloped. Gallerists wanted to create a gallery night similar to ones that happen monthly in other large art capitals, but in a neighborhood that was at the time still very much emerging.

“It first started really as a safety thing. There was a number of galleries in what was then a very desolate neighborhood. The idea was to coordinate the openings so that there would be a larger mass of people, and also so we could solicit the police and safety organizations in the area to have a presence in an organized way,” said Nina Johnson-Milewski, director of Gallery Diet.

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