Smash and Grab the MGFD Cart’s Last (Miami) Hurrah

It’s time to let Grand Cayman play with the MGFD food cart…  But before we send ‘er off on the cargo ship in November for some fun in the island sun, she’ll be parked outside our friendly neighborhood art cooperative, Locust Projects, on Saturday for its “Smash and Grab” Fall Fundraiser.

One part raffle, one part kickin’ party, the Locust Projects celebrates the 9th year of this annual event we support and like to think will make a smidge more irresistible this time around with wood oven roasted local eggplant with chickpea, cilantro, roasted tomato, and Greek yogurt (drool)  and BBQ white oak pastures beef tongue sandwich with mustard slaw (double drool.)
South Florida art collectors will vy for a chance to go home with their pick of over 115 artworks by local, national and international artists including Daniel Arsham, Justin Beal, Marie Lorenz, Jillian Mayer, Matthew Ronay, Ruben Ochoa, Agustina Woodgate, and our love monkeys at FriendsWithYou. The atmosphere will be electric as attendees compose their wish lists and anxiously wait for the raffle to begin. Locust Projects’ single largest fund-drive, fuels the organization’s innovative exhibitions and programs for the coming season.  Here’s how it works:

1. Every raffle ticket purchased for the event is guaranteed a piece of artwork. An Artwork Raffle Ticket (admits 2 for $450 or $425 Locust Projects Member) and General Admission ($50 per person) can be purchased online.

2. Work can be previewed from October 21-28 at the gallery–make your wish list early!

3. Tickets are drawn at random during the party, with the winner getting their choice of artwork (i.e, first called gets first pick, and so on.)

Locust Projects is located a street behind Michael’s Genuine in the Design District at 155 NE 38th Street, Suite #100, Miami, FL 33137.  Smash and Grab is Saturday, October 29 from 6:30-9:30pm.  The raffle will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.  Participants mingle among the artists, who love to watch the competitive excitement. The result is a fun way to place artwork into collections, connect with Miami’s art community, and support Locust Projects. Drinks will be provided by by Palm Bay, Mandarine Napoleon, Societe Perrier and Grolsch. Music will be by DJ Hottpants.

As a hallmark that makes it stand out from other art venues, Locust Projects embraces cutting-edge exhibitions and innovative installations. “The quality of the artwork we received this year truly demonstrates that artists and galleries recognize the importance of an organization such as Locust Projects in the community. We greatly appreciate their support and can, because of their generous donations, move into our 14th year stronger than ever! says Locust Projects Executive Director, Chana Sheldon. The “Smash and Grab” event is Locust Projects’ largest source of revenue for the year. The proceeds provide essential funding for exhibitions and programming.

Locust Projects is a not-for-profit exhibition space founded by three Miami artists in 1998 in order to provide contemporary visual artists the freedom to experiment with new ideas and methods without the limitations of conventional exhibition spaces. Artists are encouraged to create site-specific installations as an extension of their representative work, and Locust Projects offers them a vibrant Miami experience to develop their ideas. Locust Projects is committed to offering an approachable and inviting venue for the Miami and international art community to experience the work and meet the artists.

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