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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

It's arts festival season

Congratulations to Bobbi Headder, the Gifford Lane Art Stroll Committee has selected her pastel "Kampong Gate" (left) as the winner of their 4th annual poster artist contest. This was the most popular year of the contest with submissions from 10 artists.

The Gifford Lane Art Stroll is Sunday, March 2, 2014.

Speaking of art, coming up fast is the Coconut Grove Arts Festival and the St. Stephan's Art Fair. Those posters will be unveiled soon.

Also speaking of art, went to the Art Deco Festival in South Beach this weekend as well as the Beaux Arts Festival in Coral Gables at UM. I still find the Art Deco Festival to be a mere shadow of itself from former years. It's just really not art deco. The only thing deco there are the buildings, which are there 365 days a year anyway. They are all mostly blocked by big tents that bring the restaurants out to the street. It's all about flea market items being sold and food being sold, from the restaurants. Gone is most of the fair food like gyros and ears of corn. They sell only what the restaurants across the street don't sell, which are things like ice cream and arepas. Not very deco at all.
The Beaux Arts Festival is really an incredible event. It's free to enter, there's plenty of free parking and it's just a magnificent setting. One friend said that he didn't like the circuitous, wavy lanes where the art is exhibited, but that's the charm; you wind around the area under shade trees and you don't know what's at the next turn. I ran into so many Grovites there. The weather was perfect, about 65 and sunny and it really is a great event each year.

Hopefully our own Coconut Grove Arts Festival will enjoy 65 degree weather, too this year. The Grove Arts Festival is February 15, 16 and 17.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You might like the surprise of finding a new artist around a corner but the lack of logical tent placement makes it difficult to make sure you see every artist and can find them again if you need to.

Artists don't care for it for that reason also.

That being said, after falling badly a few years ago, Beaux Arts is back with high quality artists. It was a wonderful show.

January 22, 2014 3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have attended the grove arts fest for many, many years, and I have to say, the Beaux Arts Fest was far more enjoyable than the grove has been for the last 8 or more years at least. The layout was great, there was room to move, it was well organized. The whole family thoroughly enjoyed as I think everyone there did. Oh, and it was all free, with free parking. And there were trees and wide paths. Instead of being trampled, rushed, bumped, spilled on, and paying a handsome sum in parking and entry fees, this was quite a pleasure.

January 23, 2014 1:07 PM  

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