If you haven’t been to the FAT Village art walk in a while, you might not recognize it. What was once a scrappy collection of art galleries in an industrial area of Fort Lauderdale has become something that looks a whole lot more like a metropolitan art event.
And that was perhaps no more evident during Saturday night’s art walk than at General Provision, the new rent-a-desk workspace that became a gallery for the night.
The show took on the weighty issue of net neutrality with works from a dozen artists, including Erick Arenas and Andre Ferriera. The space already seemed like a trendy East Village art gallery, with its reclaimed wood bar, two-tiered lounge area, and industrial materials everywhere. So it seemed a good fit for the thousand-or-so art walkers who stopped in for cupcakes and whiskey sours.
For co-owner Tim Hasse, the art walk was a coming-out party for the new work-share space. “This has just been so much work,” Hasse said. “Seeing all these people enjoying it, I don’t know, it’s something special.”
– Eric Barton
PHOTO: General Provision owners Tim Hasse and Charles Lawrence, behind the bar they built themselves.