“This is a blue wave shooting gallery.”
That’s the tagline of the Blue Wave art gallery in Miami, Florida.
Its owner, Chris Rau, is a longtime Miami art lover who grew up with blue waves and has been working to bring them back to Miami.
“It’s not a gimmick, it’s a way to capture that feeling of the blue wave, that feeling that we have as a city, of Miami as an artist community, and of Miami’s vibrant history and culture,” Rau says.
Rau’s gallery opened this year in an abandoned building in the downtown Miami area.
But the idea of a gallery in a former bank building is far from new.
“I grew up in the city of Miami, which was built by slaves,” he says.
“And I always wondered how I would be able to bring these things back to the city that I love.”
The Blue Wave shooting gallery takes the idea one step further.
“We’re bringing this art back to a city that’s been in limbo for a very long time,” Ravello says.
It’s a rare opportunity to bring art back into an area that is often neglected by local artists.
“To bring this back to that space, that’s the biggest piece of the puzzle.”
In a city with so many thriving galleries, it could be hard to find a room that is not packed.
The Blue Wave’s first gallery was in an old bank building in a busy area of Miami.
It was packed for most of the week and into the weekend, and Rau estimates that it took him nearly a year to get the space.
But it’s not just the size that makes the Blue Wash art gallery different.
It is also Rau’s art that has captured Miami’s attention.
“There’s a certain art form that’s so powerful that I’m going to get lost in it,” Raves says.
That’s why he took his art to a place that is so far from where it all began: Miami.
And while Miami is not the first city to embrace the art of blue waves, it is one of the first to capture the art’s true spirit.
“When I was in Miami growing up, there was no way I was going to have a blue waterfall shooting gallery,” Raver says.
Rau hopes to bring his art back with him to the Blue Waves in Miami and across the nation.
“My hope is that it’s going to be like a blue beach that people are going to come and enjoy and not be afraid to come in.”
The first Blue Wave Shooting Gallery is set to open on September 13 in Miami.
Stay tuned for updates and more about the exhibit.