The hyper-local art event of the season is moving to a new location in November.
“After coming out of self-isolation due to the pandemic, we are happy to announce that CONTINUUM is in its 9th year, and in person. The exhibit brings over 40 South Florida artists for the community to experience their talent,” says the organizers.
Continuum is produced by ATB Fine Art Group Inc. and Craig McInnis Studio. The requirement is that this year’s artists from 7 South Florida counties had to have participated in a previous CONTINUUM exhibition within the last 8 years to qualify.
CONTINUUM Palm Beach Art Fair is a pop-up multi-media art fair that only shows regional South Florida artists. This year the event will be at the Palm Beach Art, Antique, and Design Showroom in Lake Worth Beach, a central locale.
“When we first started, we were based out of West Palm because that’s where we lived and at the time that we first produced this in 2014 there was a mission for us to create some kind of energy in the downtown area,” says Trina Burks, of ATB Fine Art Group. “Since then, we’ve been focusing on the mission of the nonprofit that we’re part of, which is the No Starving Artist Foundation, which helps artists in the county.”
“In 2021, we were still in lockdown, but we still wanted to generate opportunities for artists to sell their work. And we did it online for a fundraiser. We chose to transition it to Palm Beach County Driven versus just West Palm Beach. This gave us an opportunity to do the events around the county versus just in the downtown area.”
As they are a pop up the mission was never to be in one place. The Palm Beach Art and Antique Design Showroom reached out to them to do something in May.
Trina says her partner husband Anthony Burks and Craig McInnis were nagging her to get Continuum back.
“We had stepped away because of Covid, so it was a cool opportunity to bring people back to the brand,” she says. “We will have two showrooms there. It’s a noted location. People know about it, it’s connected to interior designers and collectors, galleries, and museums. So, it was the next best step for what we’re trying to do.”
“We did a call to artists and the prerequisite was that they had to have participated in at least one of the shows before. It was very specific as to why we did that. We wanted to show that we’ve had some very talented artists over the years. It’s a smaller space than what we are accustomed to, so we had to limit it in some way. We’ve worked with over 600 artists over the years.”
There is no more official art week or art month in Palm Beach County. Continuum will be in November, Art Palm Beach in January under the newly acquired ownership of the LA Art Show, and the Palm Beach Modern and Contemporary Fair will be in March.
“But from our perspective, in terms of what we were doing, we were sandwiched between the Contemporary Show and Art Palm Beach when it was all in January. Our focus will now be on the artists, not the week,” Trina says. “We did a lot of soul searching into what businesses and organizations were really supporting artists during the pandemic. It was a whole teaching moment that allowed me to be able to connect with artists in a different capacity and get them to understand developing themselves as a true business and earning a living doing it.”
This venue gives CONTINUUM artists an opportunity to connect with true art collectors.
There will be four events during the month-long exhibition.
The official opening is Thursday, November 3 from 5 pm-8 pm. The grand opening features 39 artists and 4 guest artists. This event is open to the public.
Artist Lunch and Lecture-Friday, November 4 from 11 am-2 pm. There are two speakers for this artist’s business development lecture, Nickie Hennevelt with Tiny Doors WPB and Jessica Ransom with The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County.
VIP Artist Awards Night will be Friday, November 11 from 6 pm-9 pm. As a celebration of greatness, the VIP Artist Awards night will also be a fundraising event for the No More Starving Artists Foundation.
The exhibition runs from November 3rd to 30th. For more information including dates and ticket sales, visit CONTINUUM PB Art Fair.