By Eric Barton
Maybe you’re the type who goes to art galleries and mumbles criticisms under your breath. Or perhaps you post them in 140 characters or less for the world to see on Twitter.
Well, now’s your chance to be an art critic for real. The Fort Lauderdale gallery Girls’ Club this month will ask the public to critique its newest show with post-it notes that will be gathered later on and given to the artists.
It’s part of the fifth-annual Art Fallout, a citywide event that includes a dozen venues. About 400 attendees are expected to travel between downtown galleries, mainly on a shuttle bus. Participating spots include the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, FAT Village, and MAC Fine Art.
At Girls’ Club, organizers will hand out sticky notes color-coded to represent professional critics, kids, and members of the public. They’ll be judging art submitted to the Girls’ Club through a general call for art from veteran artists to novices.
“We really want to show that Fort Lauderdale is a hotbet for the arts,” says Sarah Michelle Rupert, gallery director of Girls’ Club. “There really is a lot of great art energy in town now.”
At the end of the night, the artists will show up to collect the criticisms, which often range from the encouraging to constructive criticisms. “We get a lot of giggles and a lot of surprised artists,” Rupert said. “It can often be a real learning experience for someone just starting out.”
And for you, perhaps those sticky notes begin a new career in art criticism.
The event runs from 5-9 p.m. Oct. 18. For more information, visit girlsclubcollection.org/art-fallout-2014 or call 954-828-9151.