Red Eye of the storm

ArtServe's own smash-up of graffiti and gallery art, the showcase known as Red Eye, returns with a piece that may add shock value to Saturday night's party.

Along with multi-media pieces from graffiti artists Abstrk and Miguel Paredes, 3-D artist Donna Haynes and 60 others comes an installation that references a controversial figure in the news: Trayvon Martin.

The piece "Shadows of Suburbia," by Fort Lauderdale metal welder Torche, will depict a chalk outline of the dead Sanford teen (hoodie included), from which will sprout several metal skyscrapers designed to symbolize urban decay. The artwork joins about 110 others during the Red Eye event, which will have live bands Future Dinosaur, Speaking Volumes and Corey James Bost, along with a spoken-word performance operated by Renda Writer.

Along ArtServe's Sunrise Boulevard-facing lawn, local graffiti artists will tag up canvases while Paredes will custom-paint the dashboard of a Fiat car. The short-film festival "Red Shorts" will screen inside, while designer Sharon Ali debuts an avante-garde fashion show.


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And if that isn't enough for Red Eye's adoring visitors to do (people have major food truck decisions to make, for crying out loud!), Saturday's crowd will be tasked with crowning this year's People's Choice artist.

The Red Eye reception takes place 6-10 p.m. Saturday at ArtServe, 1350 Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. $7-$10 ($35-$50 for the VIP lanyard). 954-462-8190 or go to ArtServe.org.