For residents of and visitors to the beautiful Palm Beaches, it often feels that the list of new events, exciting festivals and unique cultural showcases is never-ending! Truly, this happening corner of South Florida offers a little something for everyone, and if you’re an art enthusiast or an aspiring artist yourself, The Palm Beaches are where you want to be this winter and spring. Three distinct festivals (Art Palm Beach, Fotofusion, and The Delray Affair), bring new art and new artists into the spotlight and let visitors experience and appreciate the art in a whole new light, and in a truly gorgeous setting. Get ready to pick up a brush and pallet as we celebrate art this winter in beautiful South Florida.
Art Palm Beach:
For 22 years, Art Palm Beach has wowed The Treasure Coast, the state of Florida and the world with its incredible accumulation of artists and art lovers from across the globe. The longest-running mid-winter festival of its kind, this multi-day showcase includes art from dozens of different mediums, including painting, photography, sculpture, ceramic works, and even contemporary art instillations with video and mixed-media depictions. Though it’s held at the Palm Beach Convention Center, Art Palm Beach spills out into the surrounding area, taking the whole of downtown Palm Beach by swarm and creating a fury of energy and enthusiasm all the way from Clematis Street to the Norton Museum of Art. Local restaurants and espresso bars are as much participants in the event as the more than 70 artists and gallery owners present: visitors are invited to nosh on delectable apps or sip a delicate espresso while they peruse a host of both contemporary and 20th century masterpieces. Open from January 16th through the 20th, Art Palm Beach offers an opportunity to truly appreciate art in all of its manifestations.
Fotofusion offers a dedicated celebration of the truly exhilarating and enchanting world of photography. Hosted by the Palm Beach Photographic Centre, this 5-day event brings together more than 70 world-renowned photographers each year to teach skills courses, offer workshops, give lectures, and conduct panel discussions for the general public in an inviting and exciting way. The event is even kicked-off with a party! Come dance the night away as you celebrate the distinguished beauty of photographs from all over the world. The festival (which takes place from January 22nd to the 26th), ends with conferral of the coveted FOTOmentor Award: a prize celebrating the artist of the year who has most led the charge in promoting education and appreciation of photography as an art from. It’s a beautiful and engaging event that allows both residents and visitors of the Palm Beaches to truly experience and learn about photography in a whole new way.
The Delray Affair:
Even as winter concludes along the beautiful Treasure Coast, the art festivals just don’t stop! From April 12th to the 24th, head on down to Delray Beach for The Delray Affair, a 57-year-old tradition along Atlantic Avenue that celebrates both fine art AND crafts in a fun and funky way. For nearly two weeks, 12 blocks (from 2nd Avenue all the way to the Intracoastal Waterway) are blocked off to make way for hundreds of artists and artisans in an eclectic blend of fine art, funky local craftwork, and cool hand-made products from around the world. And after booths and shops close for the day, the party continues with Delray Affair After Dark, with pop-up galleries and art shows that spring to life as darkness falls on the Avenue. The Delray Affair is truly a unique, can’t-miss experience for anyone who loves art, loves crafts, or just wants to have fun! In the Palm Beaches, enjoying art and having a ball is just something we do: come join us!