CANVAS 2016 ribbon cutting ceremony

CANVAS, the nation’s largest outdoor museum show, opened Friday, November 11 in beautiful Downtown West Palm Beach. Present at the ribbon cutting ceremony were gallerist Nicole Henry whose has had the creative vision of CANVAS, West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, Raphael Clemente, Executive Director of West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, Christopher Roog, Director of Economic Development for the City of West Palm Beach, residents of Downtown WPB and some of the artists who will leave a dramatic impression in our Waterfront during this year’s CANVAS show.

More than 20 acclaimed artists from around the world have assembled in Downtown West Palm Beach to transform five acres of the city’s streets and the green space along scenic Flagler Dr. into a world-class outdoor museum. Vacant, city-owned lots will be transformed into imaginative, interactive, art-filled parks.

The four parks – Kids Art Park, Chamber Park, Installation Park, and Museum Park – will feature monumental shipping containers and art installations, interactive sculptures, a creative playground, pop-up shops and more.

The inaugural CANVAS show in November 2015 was a success. The enormous murals painted on public and private buildings and the installations created all over downtown West Palm Beach were very well received by locals and visitors alike. They have become part of the identity of our City and a cultural trend that defines us.

“CANVAS is leaving a permanent footprint this year for visitors to enjoy year-round. It’s very exciting to bring this caliber of public art to the heart of Downtown West Palm Beach to define our thriving Arts and Entertainment District,” said CANVAS founder and curator, Nicole Henry.

The theme of this year’s show is “Connection,” and the artworks will reflect what connection means to an artist and to the creative experience. The impressive lineup of CANVAS artists include Amanda Valdes; Astro; Case Maclaim; Greg Mike; Griffin Loop; HEC One Love; Hoxxoh; Hula; HYBYCOZO;Laura Kimpton; Lonac; Lori Pratico; PichiAvo; Pipsqueak was here!!!; Sipros; WRDSMTH; and Zeus.

Near the area on N. Flagler Drive where the ribbon cutting ceremony took place, artists Pichi & Avo from Spain started to paint their spectacular mural on a shipping container facing the Waterfront. Looks like it will be a stunning display of colorful contemporary urban art. The duo is recognized for their ability to ignite relationships between art, sculpture, architecture, space and social contexts.

Photos of the mural in progress by Pichi & Avo…

Besides 14-ft laser-cut sculpture installations and eye-popping murals on 40-ft monumental shipping containers, other highlights include an outdoor classroom and an art-inspired playground.

“CANVAS is encouraging residents to interact and connect with their surroundings and their community, while dynamically activating underutilized areas of the city,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio.

There’s a series of free and ticketed events during CANVAS, including workshops, days for kids, a local showdown featuring 7 local artists taking place in our Bohemian district of Northwood Village and other events more that can be found here.

CANVAS WPB 2016 kicked off after a ribbon cutting ceremony at 401 N. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. CANVAS will Happen Nov 11 to 20. Learn more About it.