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There’s always some new and fun to do in Northwood Village. Charging into Spring, the trendy and art-centric village in West Palm Beach has announced a new event called Art Night Out.  The event will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the last Friday of each month, starting on March 25th on Northwood Road just north of downtown West Palm Beach.  Visitors, residents, kids and dogs can enjoy local art and craft vendors from all over South Florida, do some major shopping at the unique boutiques and galleries that will be open late, enjoy the street-side artists, the danceable live music on the street, and special events throughout the year.

The newly created Art Night Out will replace the Art & Wine Promenade that was a popular feature each month in the Village.  Art Night Out will now focus on local artists and merchants, and inviting everyone to explore the creative lifestyle and unique offerings of this charming and historic neighborhood. Those looking for something out of the ordinary can experience an inspired evening in Northwood Village with impressive restaurants like Table 427, Relish, Malakor Thai and Harold’s Coffee. There’s distinctive shopping at Moonlight Radiance Soaps, Olivias Special Teas, ArtHouse 429, and a wide array of art and street murals by top local artists like Amanda Valdez in a laid back and hip atmosphere.

“Art Night Out came to us from the Northwood Village Merchants Association.  They are spearheading the efforts to promote the Village as an art and cultural destination and bring more focus to the renowned art community in the area,” said Jon Ward, West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Executive Director. “We are happy to support them in this effort to showcase Northwood Village as the creative hub of our city.”

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Best of all there is free street parking located throughout Northwood Village and guests can also take the blue line trolley from the West Palm Beach Mandel Public Library or Palm Beach Outlets until 10:00 p.m.

If you want a more curated experience, stroll through historic Northwood Village in a free Historic Guided Tour, taking place the second Saturday of every month. First guided tour starts at 6:00 p.m., second guided tour starts at 7:30 p.m. The guided tour leads you to the best spots in town and gives the history and story behind each gallery, restaurant, garden, antique shop, mural and ice cream store. But better sign up early as space is limited to 20 people per tour. Call 561-506-4108 for reservations.

Adding to the healthy vibe is the free yoga at OM Yoga every Friday at 6 p.m. This fun instructive class introduces novices and seasoned yogis alike to this ancient practice that is part exercise and part spirituality. The classical techniques of Yoga date back more than 5,000 years. In ancient times, the desire for greater personal freedom, health and long life, and heightened self-understanding gave birth to this system of physical and mental exercise which has since spread throughout the world. The word Yoga means “to join or yoke together,” and it brings the body and mind together into one harmonious experience.

The “Yoga Gangsters” at Om Yoga say “We are committed to sharing the wisdom of yoga and strength training in a safe and nurturing atmosphere in order to bring greater health, happiness and well-being into the lives of those in our community. We strive to impart this knowledge in the spirit of healing, love, transformation, and service. We share a vision of higher states of consciousness and embrace the path of self-realization.”

In addition to the free Friday class, they also conduct free Malas & Mantras Workshops, where participants can learn the meaning, purpose and use of Meditation Malas. All of the Handmade Malas will be available for purchase from Seeds of Change Malas at the day of the event. Bring a friend, have some Kambucha, sit a while and shop at the store inside the Yoga studio 410 Northwood Road.

The most happening gallery in the hood has to be ArtHouse 429, whose group shows and blow-out openings always bring out an exceptional crowd of artists and art lovers.

Art-by-Sara-Ann-Gallagher
Art by Sara Ann Gallagher

Their newest show is I Believe in You: A solo Exhibitions of Paintings by Sara Ann Gallagher that opens Thursday, March 24th from 5 p.m. to 8 p. m. Of the show Gallagher says: “I feel that what’s really inside of us is hidden by our outer appearance.
We create a boundary much like being inside of a glass box where everyone can see you, but not get past the walls surrounding to see what’s inside. Our disguises allow us to surrender only what we feel must be revealed. The communication becomes distorted into an imaginary life and the true feelings, thoughts, happiness and even pain is never really fully experienced. Passion, love and sex are also misinterpreted. Our own ‘canvas’ then remains unfinished because the truth is so hard to come by.”

How this is interpreted in her work seems to be a combination of her graphic skills with the characters in the paintings living in a punk pastiche mashup where words and symbols intertwine with limbs and thought balloons. Wild colors and striking narratives fill in the rest.

Gallagher is currently living in North Palm Beach. She grew up in North Carolina where her love of the arts first began. She has been selling art from the early age of 12, and has now sold hundreds of paintings – including to celebrities such as Ethan Hawke. Gallagher has exhibited over the country, including New York City, North Carolina, Kansas City, Florida and Washington DC. She studied at the College Of Design at North Carolina State University and then transferred to the School of Visual Arts in NYC to finish her Fine Arts degree.

Adding to the street fair fun of Northwood Village is now the Northwood Village Food Truck Roll-In, happening the third Wednesday of the month where dozens of trucks filled with all kinds of barbecue, fried, frozen and frosty treats roll into the streets for a tantalizing night out of tastings.

For more information about Northwood Village or Art Night Out, visit www.northwoodvillage.com or call 561-822-1550 for details.

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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.