EXPERIENCE SOFI goes above and beyond the dining experience. Many of our participating restaurants’ private EXPERIENCE SOFI lounges will welcome featured guests to enhance your South of Fifth experience! Meet and greet with our featured artists, authors, TV personalities and more – all of whom call #SoFi home.
David Le Batard, better known in the art world as Lebo, is recognized for working in a wide spectrum of creative mediums including murals, paintings and sculptures. Born to Cuban immigrant parents and raised in South Florida, Lebo has become one of the most well-respected muralists in Miami. With a showroom in Wynwood and a studio in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood, Lebo’s art can be found all over the world, in private collections and in corporate partnerships including Norwegian Cruise Lines, Lulu Lemon, Harley Davidson, Audi, Google, Microsoft, Redbull, Ketel One, Bacardi and Ferrari.
GERALD POSNER: AUTHOR
Gerald Posner, NY TImes bestselling author of a dozen books, last year a national bestseller about money and the Vatican – ‘God’s Bankers’ – and now working on a massive investigation of Big Pharma for Simon & Schuster. One of 3 co-founders in 2007 of the South of Fifth Neighborhood Association (SOFNA).
TRISHA POSNER: AUTHOR
Trisha Posner, writer and artist, involved in everything from women’s health to pop digital art to history. Finishing a book ‘The Pharmacist of Auschwitz’ about a Nazi who almost got away, to be published early next year by Crux, a British publisher. Long time South of Fifth resident and community activist.
MISSY BABICKA: LIFESTYLE BLOGGER
BeautyBodyBaby is a lifestyle blog focused on inspiring and educating women and men on “Beauty, Body, and Baby”. Founder, Missy Babicka is an Extension Expert, Master Stylist, Fitness Fanatic, and Miami Mommy. Videos and images vividly paint the picture as Missy informs her audience on her life as a working mom creating beauty inside and out.
Renowned contemporary artist Patrick Willard, aka W4, creates one-of-a-kind contemporary art collages from his unique collection of rare rock concert tickets, backstage passes & VIP laminates, which collectively trace the arc of a lifetime spent traveling the world as a legendary music journalist & TV personality. The artist fashions his music and concert memorabilia into rock n’ roll inspired collage designs such as guitars, motorcycles, shoes, hearts, skulls and more.
Precise movement that relinquishes control of the outcome is the element of surprise that enables Raines’ unique results. To be able to evoke an entirely new image from a logo that we see on a daily basis is remarkable. To be able to maintain the authenticity of a brand while abstracting it on a particle level is phenomenal. Although there have been many developments of splatter style in modern painting, Raines is the master of utilizing the established symbolism of an emblem to evoke a fresh, yet classic perspective.
“I draw inspiration from images both past and present, light and dark, sometimes combining the two in hopes of creating an imperfect symmetry. My goal is to take the seemingly unimaginable and make it a visual reality by blurring the lines between the real and surreal, creating a story where final interpretation is open to multiple realizations. There are a number of different paths in my work… which one is ultimately chosen is left for you to decide”. – Jason Brueck
Ari Azzopardi is a mixed-media artist who currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida with a BFA in painting and sculpture. Her work is approached by a creative execution driven by process and spontaneity; focused on form, color, and energy. Informed with an intuitive sense of color and space, she then establishes the direction of each piece, layer by layer until the work feels grounded with a sense of fluidity. Color is a very important component in her works as it has the ability to evoke feelings of something transcendent or suggest a transcendent space.
WILLIAMS MCCALL GALLERY
The Williams McCall Gallery is the first fine art gallery located in the trendy South of Fifth neighborhood of South Beach and has become a “must visit” destination for art lovers and collectors.
The stylishly minimalist gallery represents a diverse roster of local and international artists creating contemporary paintings, works on paper, fine art photography, encaustic collage and sculpture.
There is a unique mix of emerging, mid-career, and established artists. Several of the artists have a strong Provincetown, Massachusetts connection – the oldest, largest, and continuous art colony in America.
The Gallery bridges various artist communities and provides its artists greater exposure in new markets. We promote the rich variety of talent found in the US and around the world.