It's that time of year again in Miami:  the countdown to Art Basel Miami Beach / Design Miami.  One of my FAVORITE events is the Locust Projects Smash & Grab Fundraiser, on Saturday, October 27th from 6:30PM - 9:30PM at Locust Projects in the Design District.  It allows everyone an accessible way to own a great piece of art from local, national, and international artists.  Basically you pay $450 (which admits 2) for each raffle ticket, to win a piece of art from over 100 artists, graciously donated by themselves or galleries. (This includes the promised to be super duper afterparty at South Street)

The greatest thing about the way they do this is that everyone who purchases a raffle ticket is GUARANTEED to walk away with a piece.  Granted, the earlier your number is called, the better chance you have of winning the piece of your dreams, so here's to luck.  The catalog is online here so you can see the works beforehand. You can purchase your raffle tickets here. Keep in mind there are also general admission tickets that are only $50. Below are the ones Johnny Boy is hoping to take home:

Monica de Miguel
“Happiness is a Warm Gun,” 2012
Mixed media
12” x 8” x 2”
Courtesy of the artist


Randy Burman
“A Gathering of Angels,” 2012
Mixed media
12” x 9” x 24”
Courtesy of the artist


Sinisa Kukec
“Echo,” 2011
Wood, cardboard, resin
24 ½” x 18” x 2 ½”
Courtesy of Spinello Projects


Christy Gast
“Divining Rod and Spring,” 2012
Cotton, polyester, mirror, wire, gold leaf
33 ½” x 22 ½” x 16”
Courtesy of Gallery Diet

Side Note:  If you purchase a ticket before this Friday, there's a private preview at Locust Projects with a wine tasting and antipasto by Salumeria 104...yet another reason to purchase early 🙂