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ArtPalmBeach prepares for 2014 event this week

21 Jan 2014 5:44 PM
ArtPalmBeach prepares for 2014 event this week

Likely due to its favorable year-round weather, scenic surroundings and miles of pristine coastline, many areas of Florida boast a vibrant community of artists, and have long been a revered destination for domestic explorers as well as world travelers. 

This week, in Palm Beach, the 17th annual ArtPalmBeach festival will be held, offering all the opportunity to view thought-provoking installations and masterful works of contemporary art submitted from 80 international galleries. From Friday, Jan. 24 through Monday, Jan. 27, those interested in experiencing a multitude of modern pieces firsthand will be given the chance to from within the Palm Beach County Convention Center on Okeechobee Boulevard. Considered to be one of the most influential art fairs held on Sunshine State's Gold Coast, attending this multi-day event promises to provide all with the opportunity to glimpse new high-end acquisitions.

Festival to feature works from hundreds of artists
Those looking to view works from both established and emerging artists, as well as gain insight into the current environment of the global art community, can benefit by making plans to visit this multi-day event in one of Florida's most affluent areas. 

With an emphasis placed on "going global" in today's society, the fair will include a selection of pieces from respected artists in places such as Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Iran and the Middle East. A show and exhibition curated by Soo Jung Hyun, "Searching for a Cow in the Forest," will present works from three Korean artists.

Special exhibits centered on the sculptural works of accomplished artists using traditional mediums - as well as materials like light, sound and video - will be featured. Additionally, French artist Michael Paysant will debut the world's first nano art lab exhibition. 

Myriad lectures to be held simultaneously
Throughout the weekend, local residents and faraway visitors alike will be encouraged to take a walk around Palm Beach, as part of the inaugural Art Synergy - a countywide gallery walk occurring in six historic art districts. Featuring open artist studios, gallery receptions, museum openings, performances, lectures and special architectural tours, this event has something for everyone.

During "ArtPalmBeach presents Baby Jane," Palm Beach native Jane Holzer will be publicly interviewed by artists and art historian Bruce Helander regarding her experiences as one of Andy Warhol's favorite muse and model. Accomplished sculptor Albert Paley - who is slated to receive the ArtPalmBeach Visionary Lifetime Achievement Award during the festival - will present a lecture about public art and the many ways it affects metropolitan areas. In a similar vein, the  FIU Frost Museum & Sculpture Park will offer an enlightening panel discussion on "Public Sculpture in Art & Culture," and the International Sculpture Center will present an artists panel titled "Kinetic Sculptures - Art in Motion."

Festivities to begin with opening ceremony, preview opportunity
Although the exhibition's official dates run from Jan. 24 to Jan. 27, individuals looking to get an advanced viewing of the highlighted pieces will be afforded the opportunity to do so on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 23. Between the hours of 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., art enthusiasts who received a special invitation from the coordination organization can enjoy attending the first view event. Afterward, those who purchased a multi-day pass in advance are invited to attend a collector's invitational, and get the inside track on some of ArtPalmBeach's most dazzling entries. 

With so many galleries participating, the number of featured works and installations from individual artists is likely too much for one to adequately view in one day. Those interested in attending ArtPalmBeach can secure their admission by calling 239-495-9834 or visiting the official event website online. One day passes are available for $15 in advance or $20 at the door, while multi-day passes can be purchased for $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Children under the age of 12 will be admitted for free when accompanied by an adult.