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Art, drama and music to mix on Miami Lakes’ Main Street

Local artists will be on display at The Weekender, a free cultural event on Miami Lake’s Main Street.

BY RODOLFO ROMAN
Special to the Miami Herald
Computer graphic designer Carlos Hugo is looking forward to his retirement — but he doesn’t plan on relaxing or traveling. Instead, he said, he will focus on his love of art.

“Art is my life,” said Hugo, who is also a painter.

Hugo, a Hialeah resident, will be one of many artists showcasing their work at The Weekender, a free cultural event taking place at Miami Lake’s Main Street town center, 6709 Main St., from 7 to 11 p.m. Aug. 27 and 28.

“It is great when people recognize and critique your work,” said Hugo, who started painting at an early age. His paintings are inspired by dreams and emotions.

. “The people feel something about it.”

The event is in an effort to boost adult patrons to Main Street, said Chanel Prada, public relations director.

“A cultural stimulation is just what is missing to enhance the area and promote the unique boutiques, stylish residences and dining variety that Miami Lakes has to offer,” she wrote in an e-mail.

A makeshift gallery will take over a former clothing store located next to the COBB Movie Theater. The 6,000 square feet of open space will feature about 20 local artists. There will also be an open-mic session featuring drama recitals, poetry and music.

Renda Writer, chief editor of WeMerge magazine, will be hosting the open-mic session. Complimentary appetizers from Alibi Restaurant, Martini Bar and Costco, along with beverages, will be provided.

Conga Breeze, a South Florida duo whose music mixes pop, Latin and blues, will perform. Face painters and sketch artists will also be on hand for the youngsters.

Suzana De Paola, Main Street property manager for the Graham Companies — and herself an artist — said the event is motivational.

“This event is an inspiration to me as I feel great joy to share such beauty that is art with the local community as well as to see my fellow artists emerge,” she said.

De Paola said Main Street is planning to host the event every last weekend of the month.

Artists can exhibit their work for free, but space is limitted and exhibitors must be previously approved. Open-mic performers should arrive before the event in order to sign up to participate. For more information, contact Chanel Prada at 786-499-9247.

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