Coconut Grove Arts Festival 2015: A mile of art, food and fun
by Sep Niakan | February 06, 2015
Come President’s Day weekend and the Coconut Grove Arts Festival is back wow you with fine art exhibits, high quality crafts, scrumptious cuisine and live entertainment, all set against the dazzling Biscayne Bay waterfront. Running along McFarlane Road, South Bayshore Drive and Pan American Drive, the CGAF treats you to a mile full of art of all forms and fun activities for all.
Celebrating its 52nd anniversary, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival of 2015 will showcase works from over 380 top artists and craftsmen from across the globe. Scheduled to coincide with President’s Day weekend from the 14th-16th of February, the fair boasts a spot in the Top 5 of America’s Best Art Fairs.
What began as a humble affair in 1963 with only a handful of artists, has now evolved into an extravaganza reeling in more than 120,000 art lovers and collectors to get inspired by painting, photography, watercolor, claywork, glass, fiber, sculpture, wood, digital art, printmaking & drawing, mixed media 2D, mixed media 3D as well as jewelry & metalwork.
This year’s festival will feature French-American painter Duaív as the official poster artist and welcome back the ‘New & Emerging Artist’ category, offering recognition to artists aged 18-29. The Music Showcase for 2015 promises to have a refreshing mix of upbeat local artists with the widely admired Zach Deputy, The Bright Light Social Hour and Beebs & Her Moneymakers in the spotlight.
The Culinary Pavilion has a delicious line-up of its own with live demonstrations and delectable fare put up by top chefs from successful restaurants and hotels around South Florida and includes Barefoot Bubbly 101, Super Foods for Super Families and a Student Chef Mystery Basket Competition. There are also a huge variety of international delights waiting to satiate your appetite in the Global Food Village at Myers Park.
Kids can look forward to entertainment of their own with events such as the “Happy Kids” Grove Arty Party offering free daily face painting, juggling, balloon origami, bounce houses, bungee trampolines and much more at Peacock Park. However, for grown-ups on the discerning side, an exclusive ticket to the Palette Breakfast at the Ritz-Carlton will give you access to first looks with the opportunity for a one-on-one with participating artists coupled with a private reception, exquisite meal, discounts and surprise perks.
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