60s psychedelic vibe at Wolfson
By Monique Dos Anjos
The Wallflower Gallery, located in the core of downtown Miami, features original Miami talent, showcasing art in a unique style.
Outside the gallery is a surrealistic mural with three heads meshed together, that isn’t too hard to miss. Enter the threshold and go up the staircase and you feel like your in a scene from Alice in Wonderland.
The usage of color ranges from purple to green, and the lighting of incents inspires an indie vibe that will make you feel like you’re living in the psychedelic ‘60s.
Stocked with a coffee bar, two “bizarre” stores, art galleries, library and a stage, there is always something to do at the Wallflower.
“We’re just here to present the arts,” said C.D. Flash, president of The Wallflower Gallery.
The gallery is a local art experience with music genres of all sorts like: psychedelic, heavy metal, folk, classical and jazz. It also features art that showcases solely Miami talent.
The Wallflower Gallery was first started by David Haskin and has been around for 12 years.
Two years later, Flash joined the Wallflower gang. He took over management five years ago. For Flash, it is more than a full-time job.
“Full-time is 40 hours a week; I work 40 in two days,” Flash said.
The Wallflower Gallery also works with community organizations, such as American Civil Liberties Union, Florida Normal, and Tobacco Road, which is involved with Medical Marijuana Concert.
It is designed to be accessible to everyone. Some might say that the Wallflower reminds them of the ‘60s, a beatnik club, or even New York.
“Everyone that comes together is very respectful of other people’s art,” said Flash.
There are visual arts that are displayed in the main gallery and in the two “bizarre” rooms. A “bizarre” room is a title for the unique art shown in the rooms, such as African drums and dream catchers. Their library features writers that are originally from Miami and their store includes post-cards and mouse pads to make the featured art available to all at an affordable price.
“We’re trying to provide a platform for independent artists to be able to build recognition for what they are doing,” Flash said.
Some students from The New World School of the Arts at the Wolfson Campus have performed at The Wallflower Gallery, such as The Humdrums and Danielle Steele.
The Wallflower Gallery also features Ploppy’s Podium Poetry Night on Fridays, a free event which showcases poetry, spoken word or social commentary.
For every show, Flash does a live recording and gives a copy of the video and music to the artist that performed.
“All shows are archived and recorded live going far back as 10 years with VHS,” Flash said. They started recording with DVDs in 2004.
The main goal for this venue is to stay true to the arts and allow everyone an opportunity to express their talents.
“If you spend time here you’ll see things you didn’t think you’d see,” said Flash. “Underground is more trendy; our goal is to stay true to the arts.”
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