Art In NYC: The 5th Annual Brooklyn Artist’s Ball To Honor Kiki Smith, Takashi Murakami and Jean-Michel Basquiat, April 15th at the Brooklyn Museum


Now in it’s fifth year, the Brooklyn Artist’s Ball is one of the pre-eminent events during the spring’s art calendar that honors visionary artists and art industry impresarios. Hosted by one of my favorite institutions, the Brooklyn Museum, this year’s program on April 15th will be honor retiring Museum Director Arnold L. Lehman along with acclaimed contemporary artists Kiki Smith, Takashi Murakami and Jean-Michel Basquiat.


The tables at the dinner are a main attraction, as each one features a unique installation from contemporary artists. This year’s table installations will be designed by Brooklyn-based artists Jen Catron & Paul Outlaw, FAILE, Fernando Mastrangelo, OLEK, Duke Riley, Situ Studio and Dustin Yellin

Following the ball will be the Dance Party (which I was fortunate to attend last year) in the Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Glass Pavilion. It will feature a Willy Wonka-esque dessert experience by FlourShop and performances by Brooklyn-based artists.

Tickets for the ball start at $1000, upwards of $100,000 which include a private dinner with Museum Director Arnold Lehman. Tickets for the Dance Party are $100 for non-members, and $75 for museum members. For more info, pleas visit www.brooklynmuseum.orgemail, or call (718) 501-6589.

*Photos courtesy of Liz Ligon

Art in NYC: Zach Hyman’s “Mythologies: Artifact From Lost & Found” On View Now @ YOTEL New York


The weather outside in NYC currently is quite frightful, so we constantly try our best to escape. Whether it be camping in at home with dinner, taking a trip to the movies, or immersing themselves in art, as a society, it is imperative to find a way to “escape”. Yotel New York brings us a tongue-in-cheek artistic escape in their newest installation, “Mythologies: Artifact From Lost & Found by artist Zach Hyman. The exhibit is a collection of 18 artifacts found in the hotel paired with cheeky fictional stories of the owners.

“Mythologies: Artifact From Lost & Found” is on view now at YOTEL New York, with the installation staying up until March.

‘FOUR’ at YOTEL New York

570 Tenth Avenue (at W. 42nd St.)

New York, NY 10036

*Photo courtesy of YOTEL / Zach Hyman

#ALifeInTheDayInMiami: Art + Beats at Sound.WAV at Aqua Art Miami Feat. Olivia Dope, MeLo-X y Mas!


In the first week of December of 2014, I was fortunate to head out to Miami for Miami Art Week with my colleagues at Audiophile PLUS. As a company, we curate music for art shows, Aqua Art Miami being our largest client to date. For this season, our musical soundscape was entitled Sound.WAV Miami, and the event was held in conjunction with B’LEVE BROWN Media, and The Life Files.


We were on set at the fair December 3-7, providing curated playlists for each day of the fair with special DJ sets in the evening.


The weather was absolutely gorgeous, giving the freezing temperatures that were occurring back home in New York City. We did have some spouts of rain during the evening, but the bright full moon let this slight downfall slide.


Our final day, which was a Sunday, was the most relaxed and included the most variety of music. Our first DJ of the afternoon was Isis Swabyboth a visual artist & DJ/producer whose soundscape is full of down-tempo and funky jams. You can check out her full set below.


My buddy and former SoundVision Miami act MeLo-X came out on the same afternoon to support with his girlfriend, visual artist & model Corey Washington. This was a particularly fun moment for me as I was able to unwind, dance, and act silly with my friends while Olivia Dope spun.


My gyal Olivia Dope was the headliner DJ on our final day, and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end out our musical run! She picked up where my monster Spotify playlist ended, which was in intense reggae vibes. She kept the vibes going with throwback Shabba and Maxi Priest, which transitioned into house music, which transitioned to us looking like a girl group dancing in perfect time to her jams.

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Art In NYC: Blick In Brooklyn Showcases The Works of Their Associates at ArtHelix in Bushwick


Here at A Life in the Day of Andrea, we love to highlight local art events in NYC and abroad, especially when the event has a cool initiative. For the first time ever, art supply giant Blick unveiled its first curated gallery exhibition, featuring works from their associate artists.


The exhibit, curated by Jackie Cantwell and Wilson Duggan, featured the art of thirty Blick Art Materials associate artists in a range of mediums and color patterns. I attended the opening night festivities in which all artists were present. The vibe was chill, and many of the works really spoke to me, specifically those that were a bit more colorful with pop culture references.


Without even knowing initially, all of my favorite pieces happened to be from young artists of color. This made me quite happy, as I personally know from experience how difficult it can be to have your work shown in the proper setting and light. This event served as the first gallery exhibit for many of the artists.


The painting above by Sara Jean-Baptise was one of my favorites, as the colors and shapes she used reminded me of one of my favorite childhood books,  The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. The woman portrayed is strong, and it appears that she is the heart of the city, in a way.


Being the Brooklyn girl that I am, it kind of goes without saying that my favorite piece was the painting above of Biggie by Felix Caballero. The iconic portrait of BIG in his Coogi sweater takes on a new light in this rendition. If you look closely, it almost appears that there is a halo around his head. So fitting.

Blick In Brooklyn is on view until December 21st at ArtHelix in Bushwick. Admission is gratis!

299 Meserole Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206 

[Tel: 917.664.6523]

Gallery Hours:
12PM – 6PM

*Photos courtesy of Blick

Art In MIA: Scope Miami Beach 2014 Kicks off Dec. 2nd w/ A Full Schedule of Art & Related Events

Now in its 14th year, SCOPE Miami Beach has solidified itself as one of the pre-eminent fairs for an international selection of contemporary art. Kicking off on Wednesday Dec. 2nd (for VIPs and press) and concluding on Sunday Dec. 7th, SCOPE has a full house of international art exhibitors, including The Dean Collection, a special exhibition of emerging artists curated by Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean, the Breeder Program, an emerging art incubator featuring Rush Arts Gallery (below), and Juxtapoz Presents, a select feature on SCOPE galleries, curated by the art publication.


Wed | Dec 03 | 11:00AM – 8:00PM
Thu | Dec 04 | 11:00AM – 8:00PM
Fri | Dec 05 | 11:00AM – 8:00PM
Sat | Dec 06 | 11:00AM – 8:00PM
Sun | Dec 07 | 11:00AM – 8:00PM

Attendees can purchase tickets here, starting at $20 for students, upward. In addition to a vast assortment of compelling artworks, SCOPE will be hosting a plethora of lounges for guests, including the Heineken House Live Art Pyramid. The pyramid will feature live works from artists:

Christina Angelina (Los Angeles), Dulk (Spain), Greg Gossel (Minneapolis), Greg Mike (Atlanta), Hueman (Los Angeles), Look The Weird (Austria), Woes (Hawaii), Tati Suarez (Miami), Taylor White (Raleigh), Derek Gores (NYC), Lauren Ys (Denver) and Sharktoof (LA).

Free for VIP cardholders
Platinum First View | Tue | $150
General VIP & Press | Tue | $100
Public | Wed – Sun | $30
Student | Wed – Sun | $20

Full schedule of lounges below.


Experience Art + Music at the VH1 Lounge, framed by views of Miami’s South Beach.

Location | Front Pavilion


Shokudō translates to “Cafeteria”, incorporating into their menu solid sushi favorites to playful mixing of seasonal produce with Asian flavors, as well as lite cafe fare. Enjoy the sea air and beach scene while you indulge.

Location | Front Pavilion


Complimentary LavAzza served daily from their sleek espresso lounge area, seamlessly continuing the Italian flavor within the neighboring FIAT booth.

Location | Mid Pavilion


Standing over 35ft tall, The Heineken House features 12 massive live art walls to be hand- painted live during SCOPE Miami Beach. The interior features a covered bar serving ice cold Heineken.

Location | Back Pavilion


Experience the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series while relaxing on the terrace with a cocktail, overlooking the ocean.
Location | H25


Enjoy the Red Bull Curates: Canvas Cooler Project and recharge with a Red Bull energy drink.
Location | E11

Power your collection in the Collectrium Charging Lounge! Offering a range of charging options and lounge seating, visit COLLECTRIUM to learn about digitizing & managing your art collection. Participate to our raffle to win a limited-edition print by photographer Barron Rachman; and discover the unique art scanning feature of the new SCOPE Art Show app.

Location | H05


910 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139


*Photos courtesy of SCOPE

FIAF Presents Art de Vivre: “The Art of Sex & Seduction” Event Series

FIAF, The French Institute located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, is a premiere destination for French language and cultural experiences. As part of their Art de Vivre series, the current program theme is “The Art of Sex & Seduction”, with events including talks, art exhibitions, and film. Check out the full program below. We will be reporting back with our faves!

Love, Sex & Dating in the Digital Age

Panel Discussion with Helen Fisher, Daniel Jones, and Harry Reis

Moderated by Erica Lumière

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
7pm  | FIAF, Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022

FIAF Members $20
Non-Members $25

Visual Arts 
Jean-Daniel Lorieux 
Seducing the Lens

Thursday, October 30–Saturday, December 6, 2014
FIAF Gallery

CinéSalon • Nov/Dec 2014 
The Art of Sex and Seduction

Swimming Pool
Tue, Nov 18 at 4 & 7:30pm

Guest speaker:
7:30pm: Ry Russo-Young, American filmmaker and actress

View Info  •  Buy Tickets

Stranger by the Lake
Tue, Dec 2 at 4 & 7:30pm

Guest speaker:
7:30pm: Alan Brown, writer and film director

View Info  •  Buy Tickets

The Last Mistress
Tue, Dec 9 at 4 & 7:30pm

Guest speaker:
7:30pm: Melissa Anderson, film critic

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The Man Who Loved Women
Tue, Dec 16 at 4 & 7:30pm

Guest Speaker:
7:30pm: Laura Kipnis

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Art In NYC: Andy Warhol, “At Face Value” @ Pop Gallery 11/10

Being lovers of contemporary art, we make it our duty to experience art as much as possible. Thankfully, living in New York City, we are privy to some of the most sought-after collections in the industry, one being that of the incomparable, Andy Warhol. SoHo’s Pop International Gallery  is home to one of the most extensive Andy Warhol collections, and guests will be able to experience it all starting Monday, November 10th at it’s opening.

This wonderful print exhibit is both an art collector’s dream and an art history lesson. POP International is thrilled to be working with the Revolver Gallery to be able to bring this timeless and wonderful body of art to New York City, from where it emanated, and where in essence and in many ways, it still belongs. ~ Jeff Jaffe (Founder/owner Pop International Galleries.)

To attend the opening, please RSVP here: Works will be on view until January 10th. Definitely not to be missed!

Opening Reception
Monday, November 10th, 2014
7pm to 9pm

Pop International Galleries, SoHo
473 West Broadway
New York, NY 10012


*Photos courtesy of Pop Gallery

Amy Collado Realizes her Tribute To NYC’s New Golden Era With #BornTooLate

I love New York City stories. I especially love those raw and gritty stories that are sometimes overlooked on a mass scale. It is especially meaningful to me when these stories are brought to light through the work of my peers and colleagues who also, happen to be New York City natives. #BornTooLate happens to be one of those stories.

Curated by Amy Collado, #BornTooLate is a collection of photographs, music, and jewelry installations that capture the essence of New York City’s new Golden Area, between the years of 1975 to 1985. The three-day exhibition was held earlier this month in a former bodega in Manhattan’s Alphabet City/East Village neighborhood.

Botánica NY installation

Upon entering the space, you felt immediately transformed into NYC of yesteryear. ’70s-inspired gold jewelry and eyewear from Botánica NY was showcased in the window, a playlist of everything from Hector Lavoe, to Donna Summer, to the Freestyle greats played in the background, and wine was served out of “We Are Happy To Serve You” disposable coffee cups.

The Brooklyn Four photo installation

The highlight of the exhibition was the photo installation of The Brooklyn Four, a crew based in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn, which included some members of Amy’s family. It was interesting to see these photos in a grouping, as they embodied both the highs and lows of life in the inner-city during that time. Friendship, family, love, violence, and indecision were all showcased in this tight vignette. I found it to be particularly brave of Amy to showcase these photos as it is hard at times to get over the mistakes of our family members in the past.

Another highlight of the exhibition was the painting above by BK The Artist. We see the hand of an elder holding that of a child; a reminder to us to respect our elders, and uphold their legacy.

I really enjoyed the exhibition as I believe it totally embodied the spirit of the time in an honest way. I was also quite happy to see the project come to life after initially speaking about it with Amy. It’s always great to see your friends realize their goals.

I’ll toast to that.

*Photos by Andrea K. Castillo

#MANday Watch: Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace, Presented by PBS

Kehinde Wiley is one of the most prominent portrait painters of our generation, focusing his work on the African-American male. We see his works in art institutions throughout New York City, and the world, and in his recent PBS Arts presentation, we see the road to one of his most recent exhibitions, An Economy of Grace, which was held at New York’s Sean Kelly Gallery.

The exhibition was Wiley’s first using Black women as subjects; exploring sexuality and beauty in the 21st century. You may view the entire special over at PBS Video.

#AlifeinthedayinBelize: Art & Sweets In San Pedro Town

Last night I dreamt of San Pedro….

Does that little tune by Madonna sound familiar? Did you know she was referring to San Pedro town in the beautiful land of Belize in “La Isla Bonita”? Well if you don’t know, now you know. In staying true to the beauty of San Pedro (aside from its gorgeous beaches and resorts), I wanted to share with you some local gems that are both creative and sweet.

Belizean Melody Art Gallery as seen from the street

As San Pedro is such a huge tourist destination, catering mainly to the tastes of North American visitors, it is easy to get caught up in the hype; the shoreside karaoke joints, restaurants, hair braiding, etc. Having visited numerous times, and no longer considering myself a tourist, I have discovered that the beauty of San Pedro is deeper in town, starting as close as a few streets away from the sea.

Being a lover and consumer of art, I always make it my duty to purchase artwork/crafts from local Belizean artisans on all of my trips. I’m reminded of such by my grandfather’s late wife, Miss Shirley, who always told me to “support your Belizean brothers and sisters”. Staying true to these words, I stumbled across the Belizean Melody Art Gallery on Barrier Reef Drive while perusing the streets with my mother, and decided to stop in.

A bevy of works inside Belizean Melody

Once stepping through the threshold, I was transformed in a space filled with artwork solely from local artists, which was refreshing. There were reminders around the space that mentioned that none of the artwork/souvenirs were made in China. Kind of cheeky, huh? Mom and I sifted through the pieces and ended up in a corner that housed homemade spice blends and freshwater pearl rings.

Mom near the spice blends

It was in this corner that we decided on our purchases. My mother got two spice blends to bring back home, and we both purchased delicate, freshwater pearl rings. You can see mine in the photo below.

My freshwater pearl ring

After admiring the local art and chatting with the sales associate at the gallery, it was time for ice cream, because it’s always time for ice cream! Directly across the street was the famous Manelly’s Homemade Ice Cream, a San Pedro staple since 1985.

Signage for Manelly’s

As this was a repeat trip to Manelly’s, I wanted to try a new flavor. The ice cream joint sells Belizean favorites in Soursop (Guanabana), Craboo, Strawberry, Mango and more, but on this day I wanted to try the Belizean Fudge flavor. Belizean Fudge refers to a dessert made with sweetened condensed milk, sugar, and butter, that is often mixed with nuts or raisins. The ice cream flavor was vanilla with generous chunks of peanut fudge throughout.

My Belizean Fudge ice cream cone

Disclaimer: this cone is EXTREMELY sweet, but it was such a treat. I’m really picky when it comes to fudge, but to have a great piece of fudge with peanuts (my favorite) in this cone was a delight! Can you sense my happiness whilst writing this? I hope it radiates throughout the computer screen. Along with ice cream cones and cups, Manelly’s sells fruit paletas, milk shakes, and waffle cones.

Full menu at Manelly’s

The ice cream really perked me up, and prepared me for the rest of my exploring that day. This is just the beginning of my series on Belize. Look out for more posts covering different locales and spots in the country!


*Photos by Andrea K. Castillo

Event: Target First Saturdays @ the Brooklyn Museum 7/5, with Music by Nina Sky

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Target First Saturdays returns to Brooklyn Museum for July, with a full line-up of interactive hands-on art, talks, film, and music performances! Check out the full line-up below, including a screening of Do The Right Thing, and a musical performance by Nina Sky.

Visit Ai Weiwei: According to What? at the discounted admission price of $10 (regularly $15) during Target First Saturday.


4:30 p.m.

Add your mark to sidewalk chalk drawings led by The City Kids, and hula hoop away with members of Hula Nation.


5 p.m.

Matuto fuses Afro-Brazilian beats with folk and bluegrass.


6 p.m.

Curious tales from Brooklyn’s history are told by a local historian. Free tickets (25) at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.


6 p.m.

Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989, 120 min.). On the hottest day of the year, on a street in Bed-Stuy, racial and social tensions meet head-on, with tragic consequences. Free tickets (310) at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.

Hands-On Art

6:30–8:30 p.m.

Sketch from a live model to learn the art of figure drawing. Free tickets (330) at the Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m.

Interactive Talk

7 p.m.

Filmmakers Paul Trillo and Landon Van Soest discuss their Brooklyn in 3,000 Stills project. Bring your smartphone and contribute to a crowd-sourced portrait of Brooklyn. Free tickets (25) at the Visitor Center at 6 p.m.

Talk and Music

7 p.m.

Michael July on his book Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair. Co-hosted by Malik Yoba, and Michaela angela Davis. Anu Prestonia of Khamit Kinks leads a natural-hair show. Book signing follows.


7 p.m.

In his only NYC-area summer show, Blitz the Ambassador blends African popular sounds, vintage soul, and hard-hitting beats and lyrics. Opening set by DJ Ushka and DJ Beto (iBomba) at 6:30 p.m.


8 p.m.

Erica Watson hosts a showcase of hilarious female comedians. Free tickets (310) at the Visitor Center at 7 p.m.


9 p.m.

Remember “Move Ya Body”? R&B duo Nina Sky performs their biggest hits.

Event: Live At Lyons Wier, “The B-613 Mix” w/ DJ Olivia Dope, June 19th at Lyons Wier Gallery

For this week’s installment of Live At Lyons Wier, we’ve got a special treat! My homegirl DJ Olivia Dope will be spinning 90’s jams for “The B-613 Mix” (Scandal reference anyone?). Along with jammy jams from Miss Dope, there will be a live soul/r&b performance by Mattie Safer.

The evening also hosts the opening of the “Voyeur” group exhibition, curated by Dina Brodsky. The event takes place Thursday, June 19th from 6-9 PM. Not to be missed!

Check out the video re-cap below of last week’s “Live At Lyons Wier” event, featuring “The Slique Mix” by DJ Lighthouse.

ART IN NYC: The Eastmen Collective & Quiet Lunch Magazine Present “Barbaric | YAWP” at Lyons Wier Gallery, June 14 – 17

The Eastmen Collective & Quiet Lunch Magazine present “Barbaric | YAWP”, a pop-up art series featuring the works of  Newark-based artist, Boris Bernard. Bernard is a young artist whose work can mainly be defined as “street art”, with strong pop culture and satirical references. “Barbaric | YAWP” will be on view at Lyons Wier Gallery for four days; full schedule below.

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 14th 3PM – 9 PM

Private Reception: Sunday, June 15th 3 PM – 9 PM

Special Performance: Monday, June 16th 7 PM

Closing Reception: Tuesday, June 17th 6 PM – 9 PM, with live silk screening session


Check out the re-cap of their last pop-up exhibition at Lyons Wier Gallery, “Saving Face”, featuring the artwork of Derek Weisberg.

Event: Live At Lyons Wier, “The Slique Mix” w/ DJ Lighthouse, June 12th at Lyons Wier Gallery

Music and art are two of my greatest loves, and it tickles my heart when they join together. In the past year I have been fortunate to work with the folks at Lyons Wier Gallery, Lyons Wier Music, and Audiophile PLUS to join these elements, one of our largest so far being the music programming for Aqua Art Miami back in December.

All of these parties, with the addition of The Eastmen Collective, have come together to host a weekly soundscape on Thursday evening at the gallery entitled, “Live At Lyons Wier”. Launched last week, the event hosts a new DJ each week with a unique sound, to be the backdrop of the evening, where people mingle, take in art, and even shake a tail-feather if they feel like it!

If you are in NYC this evening, I strongly suggest you come by and jam with us and DJ Light House from 7-10 PM. All info on the flyer above. Check out the re-cap video below of last week’s event.

“Architectonic” Brings A British Sensibility to Manhattan’s Lower East Side at Site 109, On View Until June 1st

The details
The details

Presented by The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, “Architectonic”, a collaborative show between painter Andy Burgess and photographer Tom Leighton, opened to the public on May 1st at Site 109 in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood. The Cynthia Corbett Gallery is based in London and represents both artists whom are both from London as well.

An attendee viewing the works of Andy Burgess
An attendee viewing the works of Andy Burgess

Both artists have a strong theme of architecture in their works; Burgess painting many residential homes of the American Southwest, and Leighton combining photographs of famous sites and buildings from his world travels to create breathtaking images. Both Burgess and Leighton were present for the opening on May 1st.

A guest in front of works by Tom Leighton.
A guest in front of works by Tom Leighton.

It was lovely to meet both artists and chat in person about their inspirations. I was surprised to learn from Tom Leighton how much time goes into one of his works. For example, the piece in the photo above requires hundreds of layers in Photoshop, layering elements from various photographs including buildings, people, and nature elements to achieve the finished product.

Many thanks to Allen/Cooper for inviting me to this evening of great art. “Architectonic” is on view at Site 109 until June 1st. For more information, including gallery hours, please visit their official website.


*Photos by Andrea K. Castillo