Posted in July 2011

Our producer produces: an exhibition


Last Sunday’s Miami Herald

Wet Heat Project’s founding partner and Exec Producer Grela Orihuela has a CV packed with producing every manner of event and media: music concerts, new technology presentations, global corporate meetings, feature films and TV, art exhibitions, and of course WHP’s diverse art documentary media and events.

So when her friend Julian Navarro, Director of Praxis Gallery Miami, asked Grela to stage something at the gallery for the summer, she immediately imagined a space that brought viewers into physical, close-up contact with artwork, an immersive environment to spark more personal encounters with an artist’s ideas, objects, textures and forms.


View of the Dining Room section of “Home: Dream Home” at Praxis Miami. Left-right: “Mural” by BOOKSIII Bischoff, “Spatially Constructed Dining Room Table” set by Emmett Moore, “New Crop Squareberry” platter by Brian Burkhardt, and “Where My Eyes Meet You” by Bert Rodriguez.

In short order (within 6 weeks) she produced a “dream” collection of art manifested as a functional living space, with participation from many of Miami’s most notable galleries and their artists. On July’s Gallery Walk evening, “Home: Dream Home” opened the doors to Grela’s tightly-integrated concept exhibition of 32 artists (all but two are Miami-based). See details at the following links:

Sunday edition of the Miami Herald here.

Artlurker writer Melissa Diaz article here.

New Times here.

MAG here.

Knight Arts blog here.

Flavorpill here.

What’s Up, Miami? blog here.


At the Core Club

See pics below from the invitation-only New York premier of our film “making sh*t up” at the renowned Core Club on May 11, attended by many of the film’s participants and its featured subject, artist Bert Rodriguez.


Artist Bert Rodriguez, art adviser Stephanie Walczak (Core member host), and Wet Heat Project producer Grela Orihuela


Grela Orihuela and New York Magazine Senior Art Critic Jerry Saltz


Grela Orihuela and artist Marina Abramovic


Wet Heat Project Director Bill Bilowit, collector and screening sponsor Lisa Schweitzer, artist Bert Rodriguez


Helen Allen (co-founder Emerge art fair and founder of PULSE art fair), Silas Smith, and independent curator Omar Lopez Chahoud


Miguel Sirgado (Entertainment Editor of People en Español), artist Consuelo Castañeda, critic Jerry Saltz


Michael Sellinger (founder of art consultancy Cottelston Advisors) and artist Sandra Bermudez

The next screenings of “making sh*t up” are coming this Fall with a repeat performance at the Miami Beach Cinematheque, and at a special venue in Los Angeles. Details soon…