Baking History

Past-Forward at Wynwood’s True Artistic Pioneer

Image: High school students’ mural comissioned by the Bakehouse Art Complex in 1986, and one of the first examples of legal street art in Miami.

Image: High school students’ mural comissioned by the Bakehouse Art Complex in 1986, and one of the first examples of legal street art in Miami.

Audrey Love Gallery

On-View Feb 1 - April 17

On February 1st, 1987 a group of enthusiastic creatives cut a ribbon to inaugurate the first artist studios and workshops at the Bakehouse Art Complex. Also in attendance were the fiercely intrepid founders: Faith Atlass, Hélène Muller Pancoast, David Arthur and Natalie Nadel. Their vision was straight forward – they needed “a space to work and mingle without the threat of losing their shirts to landlords.” The former Art Deco bakery had been abandoned for a few years before they acquired the property in 1985 with the help of the City of Miami, Metro Dade County, Flowers Bakery and the County Council of Arts and Sciences. Since then, and with the invaluable input of many other community members, the Bakehouse has become a successful collective project that in return, has represented the visual arts in Wynwood long before it became fashionable.
The Bakehouse Art Complex was one of the first local organizations to embrace and legitimize street art when in 1986 it began commissioning local artists to paint graffiti and murals on its walls. Our early relationship with public art has a long legacy, which we proudly display in the gallery as one of many lasting, tangible impacts of our organization. Now entering its fourth decade and mindful of this pioneering legacy, the Bakehouse strives to find new forms of engagement with the community through public art. This spirit is present in Baking History with the inclusion of sketches, maquettes and photographs of past, present and future public art projects from current and former Bakehouse artists. The show’s timeline depicts relevant events in our history and other notable local, national and international moments and data that provide context.
Far from a finished product, this exhibition is part of an ongoing research project, and serves as an invitation to the community to help fill in our historical gaps. A book has been placed at the entrance of the gallery to capture written memories. Visitors are invited to share their stories of the Bakehouse and the bakery. An oral history program is also in the oven and will be launched soon. Ultimately, this celebration expands to all of the artists’ studios – or as it used to be, the “production floor” of the bakery - because though it no longer offers the famous Merita bread, affordable space for artists is an essential underpinning for every city reliant on the creative economy for long-run sustained growth.


Exhibition features works by Richard Medlock, Gabriel Delponte, Gary Moore, Robert McKnight, Xavier Cortada, Aurora Molina, Christian Bernard, Stephanie Jaffe Werner, Valeria Yamamoto and Troy Simmons. Along with an exhibition of water colors by Lester Pancoast. 

My wild oasis Journey to discover more A gift to myself

My wild oasis

Journey to discover more

A gift to myself

Wild Oasis: Jacqueline Roch

Paintings in Celebration of the National Park Service Centennial

Artist Talk and Demonstration
Tuesday, March 28
6 - 8 pm with wine and cheese
$30 Admission

Swenson Gallery

On-View  March 3 - April 24, 2017

This exhibition is the premiere of Jacqueline Roch’s ongoing project, Wild Oasis, inspired by an artist residency awarded to her commemorating the National Parks Service Centennial in 2016. These paintings in oil, pastel and acrylic capture very personal impressions of the landscapes of Big Cypress, Fort Jefferson, Biscayne and Everglades National Parks created during this coveted residency. While the vivid colors feel true to those in the wild, the compositions are not conventional frontal views of natural scenes; they rather place the viewer in the distinct environments, reminding us of snapshots. “Every visit to these parks is a unique, new experience regardless of how many times I have been there before. In this way, each painting holds my particular memory of that one moment while adding another layer of connection to the space and creating my own oasis.”

In the gallery, the viewer can also experience a raw-footage video of the artist’s multiple visits to the sites and inspiring haikus that accompany some of the works. Roch offers a sketchbook for the public to write their own pieces of literature in conjunction with the show. These multiple forms of sharing are a creative way to extend the impact of the parks which, surprisingly, are still unknown to many. They ultimately inscribe this artist’s name in the unique heritage of the Florida landscape.