Mali Parkerson & Valentina Garcia Tell us About Preview Thursdays
Mali Parkerson & Valentina Garcia
Article by Kristen Lacayo
m+V ART is Miami’s most recent arrival to the Wynwood art scene. Founded by Valentina Garcia and Mali Parkerson, two art entrepreneurs with a passion for fine art and a combined experience of over 15 years in the international art world. Headquartered in the iconic Wynwood Building, m+v ART strives to assist collectors in building their collections, as well as managing the careers of artists, as well as launching their own gallery, a life long dream for both.
Mali and Valentina were the drivers behind Preview Thursdays. It all started when Art Walk was giving Wynwood’s galleries and businesses mixed feelings. The young Art Walk crowd cares more about the entertainment than the art, and this wasn’t positive for businesses in the neighborhood. Mali and Valentina amongst other galleries wanted to bring Art Walk back to it’s core essence, and decided to try out Preview Thursdays.
Preview Thursdays takes place on the 2nd Thursday of every month. Over 40 of the galleries participate, in where the galleries extend their hours until at least 9 p.m. Giving the serious art buyers a more relaxed ambiance.
The next Preview Thursday will be taking place on a Monday, December 2nd. Since it is Art Basel month, Art Basel kick off day lands on a Thursday, and they didn’t want to take away from Preview Thursdays.
A few exciting things are happening; there will be a map with all the participating galleries, and cart transportation. Don’t know your way around Wynwood? No need to worry, a cart will be moving people around to the gallery stops, and will be coming by every 15 minutes.
Inside the Wynwood Building, about 10 businesses and galleries are coming together and making one big event. With bites to eat from Wynwood’s very own Wynwood Kitchen and Bar, and Joey’s. Also, enjoy the art with complimentary cocktails being provided by Tanduay Rum of the Philippines. It will be a nice kick start to Art Basel week! So definitely mark this one in your calendars. A big thanks to Mali and Valentina for making this all possible, enjoyable, and convenient for not only the galleries but for the aesthetics.