The 53rd annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival® presented by the Terra Group will showcase the works of 360 nationally recognized artists along the scenic streets of Coconut Grove this Presidents Day Weekend, February 13-15.
Artists from across the United States, Argentina, Canada, Georgia and Hungary are among those representing the Arts Festival’s 13 main categories: 2D Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Digital Art, Printmaking & Drawing, Watercolor, Claywork, Glass, Fiber, Jewelry & Metalwork, 3D Mixed Media, Sculpture and Wood.
The Arts Festival’s “New & Emerging Artist” category has once again invited a few artists, between the ages of 18 and 29, to exhibit at their first outdoor, fine arts festival.
All 45 of last year’s award winners will also return to this year’s event, while nearly 23 percent of participants are brand new artists to the festival. On the local register, 83 artists are from Florida with 24 of these artists representing South Florida.
“Our arts festival brings the most talented and creative artists from all over the world to Coconut Grove,” said Monty Trainer, president of the arts festival. “South Floridians have a great appreciation of the arts, and every year we are proud to welcome new artists who exhibit for the first time.”
This year’s poster image, Grove Regatta, was created by Madeliene Abling and captures a bold, contemporary, evocative and graceful depiction of today’s Coconut Grove landscape.
Complementing the visual arts on display is the popular Culinary Pavilion which invites 12 world-renowned chefs to prepare their famous dishes and explain their specialties. Among the chefs expected are Chef Cindy Hutson, Chef Irie, Chef Paulette Bilsky and chefs from the Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami, the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Glass & Vine and the Miami Culinary Institute.
New Times CGAF Bands ScheduleMiami New Times will once again be providing three days of live entertainment at its main stage in Peacock Park. Among the headliners are Nth Power, The London Souls and Locus Por Juana.
Festival hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission to the Arts Festival is $15 per person, per day. Children 12 and under are free. Residents of Coconut Grove in the 33133 zip code can enjoy the Festival at a special reduced admission of $5 (proof of residency required).
The Festival is produced by the Coconut Grove Art and Historical Association, Inc., a non-profit community organization under the direction of a board of directors and full-time staff. Proceeds from the annual event help to fund year-round arts programs. The association also maintains the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery and presents special exhibitions throughout the year from its location at the Mayfair in the Grove.
For more information on the Arts Festival, daily event schedules or to purchase tickets for the Coconut Grove Arts Festival online, visit www.CGAF.com.
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