Imagine, if you will, a world where Wynwood isn’t Miami’s trendiest neighborhood, a time when beatdown factories and warehouses stood in place of funky art galleries, and Second Saturdays weren’t packed with the see-and-be-seen set — they were pretty much the same as the month’s first and third Saturdays.

Yes friends, there was a time when Wynwood was a hardscrabble ‘hood, and it took outstanding vision to see it as anything but. Thankfully, vision is something folks in Miami seem to possess in spades. In 1986, a group of artists determined that they would find and create an artist collective, and they opted to do so in the thick of Wynwood — void though it may have been of a creative set at the time.

 

These visionaries transformed an abandoned bakery from the 1920s and so the Bakehouse Art Complex (BAC) was born.

Today, BAC serves as a vibrant, affordable studio space for emerging artists of every imaginable medium, as well as a community center, rich with art classes, performances, and exhibitions.

The kicker, alas, is that far too many locals are completely unaware of its existence. And we want to change that.

 

On a recent Friday night in October, we went to the opening of the La Tauramaquia exhibit, featuring a striking collection of Picasso’s 26 aquatint etchings which detail the passionate, at times distressing, art of the bullfight. Though the exhibit was temporary, the dedication to art and the curation that bringing it to life entailed highlight BAC’s mission and commitment to the arts.