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Art Month 2017 in West Palm Beach
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There’s definitely some good news for the arts in West Palm Beach. Maybe it’s the influence of CANVAS murals, or overflow from Miami’s mammoth art juggernaut or just the awareness of how art improves the quality of life in all areas. In what promises to be a major upgrade of art events, established fairs, newcomers and pop-ups will be taking West Palm by storm this month. What used to be a week has now expanded to almost the whole month as a major new fair – The Palm Beach Modern and Contemporary Fair, gets the jump on Art Palm Beach, while new fair Art Unleashed debuts and Art Synergy continues on.

Art Palm Beach

The Grand Dame of Fairs of the Palm Beaches, Art Palm Beach is focused on contemporary, emerging, and modern master works of art of the 20th and 21st centuries. What I love about going to this fair is seeing fairgoers dressed to the nines with pampered pooches and art advisors in tow –it’s a fashion show too. Over 75 international galleries will be exhibiting paintings, sculpture, as well as functional and innovative design in the spacious Convention center. There will be work by Picasso, De Kooning, Rauschenberg, Dali, Lichtenstein, Moore, Calder, Jeff Koons, and Warhol.

Art Palm Beach’s 20th Anniversary fair celebrations will be embellished with an exhibition of Manolo Valdes monumental sculptures installed on the entrance plaza of the Palm Beach County Convention Center Plaza. Valdes has been exhibited in over 85 major museums, currently his monumental sculptures are on public view at the Place Vendôme in central Paris through October. The exhibition will focus on many of the artists recent sculptures including; “ Flori”, “Ivy Dorada” , “Cabeza”, “Reina Mariana”  and “Cabeza con Mariposas Paleda” which was  recently shown at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. The artwork was inspired by a stroll he took in Central Park seeing a sunbathing man with butterflies swirling around his head.

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First View of Art Palm Beach is Wednesday, Jan 18, 6-10 pm. Public Fair Days are Thursday, Jan. 19th through Sunday, Jan. 22nd.

CONTINUUM WPB Arts

This is a pop up multi-media art fair downtown during Art Palm Beach Week exhibiting regional and emerging artists. The event is a two-week expo exploring innovative art programming for the community. Now in its fourth year, it will be located at CityPlace at the site that was formerly Brookstone at 700 South Rosemary Avenue Ste. 120.

Curator and founder Trina Slade-Burks states: “When the idea for CONTINUUM first came about, we would seek locations that were empty for long periods of time. Raphael Clemente of the Downtown Development Authority and his team would choose a spot that could eventually be activated by a potential business owner. Pop-ups bring an opportunity for this to happen. We are proud to say that CONTINUUM as brought those opportunities for leasing agreements because of these activations. Unfortunately, for our event presently, there are fewer opportunities in real estate for the needs of our event directly in the A&E District area due to rapid buying and leasing in the real estate market. Because of some of the new lease agreements happening in CityPlace, we were lucky enough to be able to occupy the former Brookstone location in the heart of CityPlace.”

ArtSynergy

ArtSynergy is a countywide movement to unify and promote the diverse culture of Palm Beach County’s vibrant arts community headed up by Roland Chang Barrero and Ilene Gruber Adams.  During Art Synergy Palm Beach Art Week 2017 they organize an exhibition booth held at Art Palm Beach and sponsor a variety of programs and events.

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Rick Newton at ArtSynergy

The ArtSynergy booth will exhibit top area artists including Dana Donaty, Mark W. Forman, Gary Kroman and Elle Schorr. They also provide listings of art and cultural events happening in Palm Beach and Martin County with a printed comprehensive Palm Beach Art Guide every year available throughout the tri-county area. The districts they work with are Antique Row, Artists Alley, Boynton Beach Art District, Lake Park and North Palm Beach Art District, Lake Worth Arts, Northwood Village, West Palm Beach, and Worth Ave.

Art Unleashed Fair

New this year with the Art Synergy group is the Art Unleashed Fair in the burgeoning Warehouse District south of Okeechobee Blvd. Unleashed happens January 21st from 7-Midnight with installation art, videos, dance, paintings and photography. Featured artists include Giannina Coppiano Dwin, Pavel Perez, Yury Darash, and Allison Kotzig.

Dwin will be creating an installation hand poured with 500 ponds of salt. The title of the SALT installation is INFINITUM and it was inspired by a map of the Milky Way.  It alludes to the grandiose and indefinable universe and our impermanence, fragility and minute stature within it.  It will be about 84 inches wide, that commenced on January 3rd to be completed by January 21 and later washed away at a midnight performance.

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Dwin creating Salt art

At The Box Gallery, curator Rolando Chang Barrero brings together top curators and their choices of artists to keep an eye on. Curators are Bruce Helander, Paul Fisher, Jane Hart, Marisa J Pascucci, Lee Ann Lester, Debby Coles-Dobay, and Noor Blazekovic in a reception on January 20th at 811 Belvedere Road.

Artist Dana Donaty is showing at The Box and at Art Palm Beach and has a solo show coming up at Hollywood Art and Culture Center next year.

“My new work is moving in the direction towards sculpture and installation but in my new paintings there will be enough color to knock over a few water buffalo,” Donaty says. “The work will be so fresh they will still be soaking wet with paint. As far as economy and  the current art climate it’s hard to say, as an artist you never know but you have to be optimistic and just do your work.”

“I’m very happy ArtSynergy has taken off in a grand way,” says Chang Barrero. “Particularly this year at the new Art Unleashed in the burgeoning warehouse district we will have a major salt installation with 500 pounds of salt for a one time only exhibit. It will be washed away at the end of the show. With two major fairs downtown and multiple art events nearby, this art week will encapsulate why West Palm Beach has developed into such a major art scene. My exhibit Curators Choice at The Box Gallery celebrates the curators and artists that make all this happen.”

Follow WPB Magazine @visitwpb on Instagram for update information about what’s happening during this art month 2017 in West Palm Beach.

Past event this month…

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Fair

The new Palm Beach Modern and Contemporary Fair rolled into town on January 12th, a full week before Art Palm Beach. Produced by the group behind Art Miami and Art Southampton, the first ever Modern and Contemporary Fair opens with a VIP Preview on Thursday, January 12 with work from the 20th and 21st century and over 1,000 artists in a 65,000 square foot open pavilion at what is being called the Tent Site (825 S Dixie Hwy & Okeechobee Blvd.)

It was a buffet for art lovers and collectors with works from 50 top international galleries over the four days. In a savvy move, Palm Beach Modern and Contemporary partnered with the historic Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in the El Cid neighborhood, and served as a satellite venue with a special exhibit of artist Sophie Ryder’s monumental and small-scale works.

“I’m excited to bring a world class international modern and contemporary fair back to the City of West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County. As a resident of Palm Beach, and someone who is very plugged in culturally, there is a very new energy being built around the arts in the City of West Palm Beach,” said Nick Korniloff, director and partner for Art Miami Group. “We were honored the City of West Palm Beach selected the Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Fair to kick off the Art Fair season, and we are thrilled to partner with the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens to extend our reach in this important market. As the first Fair on the calendar during the height of Palm Beach’s collecting season, we are committed to launching and producing a carefully-curated, rich-in-content, quality new art fair, allowing collectors, institutions, curators and art advisors to buy with confidence.”

“By partnering with a renowned and beloved local cultural institution like the Gardens,” Korniloff continues “we not only extended the 65,000-square-foot pavilion space serving as our Fair’s downtown venue, but we also introduced new audiences to the Gardens and showcase new artists like British sculptor Sophie Ryder in a magical setting.”

The fair kicked off with Spotlight Luncheon in 2017: Evolution of an Artist presented by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion, where Bernie Taupin, better known as the rocketman who writes the lyrics for superstar performer Elton John, discussed his multi-layered career and evolution as an artist. Taupin’s works was also on exhibit and for sale at the luncheon.

The Popular Art Palm Beach in its 20 Edition, New Palm Beach Modern and Contemporary Fair, Art Unleashed, and Art Synergy all During Art Month 2017 in WPB.

Sandra-Schulman Sandra Schulman is an arts writer, music and film producer. Born in Miami, her work has appeared in Billboard, Variety, Rolling Stone, Ocean Drive, Country Music Magazine, The New York Daily News, News From Indian Country, and Entertainment Weekly. She was an entertainment columnist for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel for 8 years. She has authored three books on pop culture. She currently lives in West Palm Beach with her blue eyed whippet. Sandra Schulman’s column appears weekly. Contact her at sandraslink@gmail.com.