411: Artsy Summer Soirées

Monsterrat Franco

Downtown Miami Security Building Launch

Two fabulous events took over the historic Downtown Security Building, drawing more than 400 lovers of art and fashion on Thursday, June 27. The Miami-based KIWI Arts Group inaugurated its new Project Space, expanding from Wynwood with this second location, opening with the public premiere of William John Kennedy: The Warhol Museum Edition portfolio. The collection of five photographs reveal a young Warhol on the cusp of fame and was created to raise funds for The Andy Warhol Museum. Eric Shiner, the museum’s director, states, “With this rare body of work, Kennedy has given us some of the most joyous and insightful images of Andy Warhol ever created.” Serving as a looking glass into pop culture, both past and present, the event also launched Perrier’s limited edition Warhol bottles, presented with the support of Herradura and Chambord vodka. William John Kennedy: The Warhol Museum Edition portfolio will be on view through August 23, 2013 at the KIWI Arts Group Project Space (117 NE 1st Avenue, Ground Floor). Project space hours are Wednesday – Saturday from noon to 6:00 p.m. or by appointment. For additional information, please visit www.kiwiartsgroup.com.

In a different space within the iconic building, CU-1 Gallery hosted the opening party for its inaugural exhibit Look At Me. Exhibiting artist Paul Solomons was on-site, along with artist and founder Roger Weber and fellow founders Stephan Goettlicher, Bernd Mueller, and Marc Schmidt. Guests admired the diverse and striking pieces. The thrills continued after we left the building, as projections of the pieces illuminated the building’s exterior, bringing life and excitement to downtown Miami.

Camila Osorio, Brooke Emrick, & Monica Ochaney at Kiwi

Celebrity Sightings:

Jennifer Lopez celebrated her Premios Juventud award and early birthday with Casper Smart, Pitbull, Benny Medina and DJ Irie at Wall Thursday night. JLO and 40 of her closest friends took over half of WALL and Pitbull helped her blow out the candles while enjoying Belvedere and Moët rose. It was quite the kick-off to WALL’s 4 year anniversary weekend.

Actress, Perry Reeves, in town for Miami Swim Week was spotted poolside at the James Royal Palm hotel enjoying and a few minutes of “down time” reading Magnolia before heading out to the shows and designer previews. Definitely in premiere shape for the rumored “Entourage 2″ that is slated to start filming, Reeves seemed excited to hit the town and happy that the sun finally came out in South Beach!

Last week, singer/songwriter, Jason Derulo was spotted kicking back at Hyde Beach spending time with friends and mingling with fans. He even posed for a few photos with the now famous silver duck, by the Hyde Beach swimming pool.

Miami’s mixology maven Cricket Nelson, won the USBG and Bombay Sapphire EAST “Most Imaginative Bartender ALL-STAR Competition,” which took place on Friday, July 19 in New Orleans. Six of the nation’s top bartenders from the, now global, “Most Imaginative Bartender Competition” – presented annually by Bombay Sapphire and GQ magazine — descended the House of Blues to demonstrate their imaginative cocktail skills, each creating an enthralling elixir showcasing the new BOMBAY SAPPHIRE East Gin. After a challenging head-to-head competition, Miami’s expert mixologist (and the competition’s FIRST EVER female winner) Nelson took home the GOLD MEDAL with her “Sapphire East Love Game” cocktail – a creative concoction including Earl Grey tea, rosebud syrup and fresh Thai basil.

American supermodel and John Legend’s fiancée, Chrissy Teigen was spotted at SLS Hotel South Beach this past Friday. In town for several appearances during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, Teigen enjoyed some downtime at the hotel with friends. After hanging out for a few hours at the property’s Hyde Beach, Chrissy decided to get in on the fun and jumped behind the bar to create a Watermelon Cucumber Margarita, a signature Hyde Beach cocktail, with one of the bartenders. Chrissy was in good spirits and was spotted later that day attending the Beach Bunny fashion show.

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