7 Palm Beach County Art Havens Worth A Colorful Stroll
Dining, entertainment, art and shopping bring a beautiful blend to the busy boulevard.
A half-mile stretch of retail space anchored by trend-setting restaurants and dotted with high-end boutiques would not be complete without art. PGA Commons in Palm Beach Gardens has it—both outside and in. Shoppers can take in the complex’s expressive sculptures that bring butterflies and flowers to life as they stroll down shady brick walkways. And, a life-size chess board allows children to practice playing skills as they become the pieces. In addition to the sculptures are two top-notch art galleries: Onessimo Fine Art and Studio E Gallery. Onessimo Fine Art is located in PGA Commons East and has a showroom filled with fine art from old and modern masters. It has brought artists from around the world to South Florida for exhibitions and openings, and it offers one of the most-extensive selections of fine art in the region. Studio E Gallery in PGA Commons Central features an array of contemporary works in bronze, glass and mixed media from national and international artists. It is equipped with moveable walls, changing shape to complement new exhibitions. Stop by The Cooper for a fresh gourmet lunch, or grab a seat at Prosecco Cafe for a pick-me-up espresso. Expect to be aesthetically, gastronomically and stylistically pleased after savoring, sipping and shopping.
SoHo meets SoFla in Northwood Village, a funky, three-block neighborhood off U.S. Highway 1 in West Palm Beach where colorful murals hide dingy concrete, and art galleries appear around every corner.
The area offers monthly art walks through its shabby-chic streets, with stops at a consortium of retailers who welcome participants with a glass of wine and engage them by explaining what is hanging on the walls and who created it. The 1.5-hour guided tours take place at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. They begin with an introduction to the history of the village and its slow but sure ascendance as a viable and vibrant arts district. They follow this with visits to OSGS and Art House 429, among others. Sometimes, demonstrations take place, with the artists explaining their work. Other times, lectures are given on art-related topics. The walks are free, and everyone receives a goody bag. “The whole idea of the art walk for us as merchants is to bring in people who may not have experienced Northwood before,” says OSGS owner Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla. “They’re actually going to experience the entire village during the tour.” From 23rd Street to the south, 24th Street to the north and Northwood Road in between, an eclectic mix of local, national and international art—both emerging and established—awaits those on the tour or those exploring the Bohemian-esque environment on their own. A dozen or so murals, with more to come via the Northwood Village Mural Project, highlight the scene. Because many of the walks sell out, a third is planned for 11 a.m., attracting a lunch crowd to patronize trendy restaurants such as Café Centro, O-BO Restaurant Wine Bar and Relish. “We’re just trying to expand on what we’ve been doing,” Ortiz-Smykla says. “We’re trying to change things up.” Expect to be tempted to take home a painting, piece of pottery or sculpture, and encouraged to return to the ever-evolving hub of hipness.
Northwood Art Walk, 25th Street, 24th Street and Northwood Road, West Palm Beach / 561.506.4108
Antique Row Art & Design District
More than 40 antique shops, all within walking distance, charm those who venture down South Dixie Highway.
Great finds are in store in West Palm Beach, and word has gotten out. Architectural Digest, Art & Antiques and House Beautiful magazines have heralded the long block between Belvedere Road and Southern Boulevard as a top shopping destination for collectors. Antiquers from across the globe have trotted to Antique Row hunting for history. Inside stores with names like Iconic Snob Galeries, Out of Africa Art Shop and Sean Rush Atelier are pieces that date from the 17th to 20th centuries—many imbued with intrigue as to their origins. Decorative and fine arts crowd the walls, and vintage chairs, desks, lamps, loveseats and tables cover the floors. There is something for everyone—couture for the fashionista, fabric for the interior designer and jewelry for the style-maker. After shopping, visitors can relax at one of the row’s bistros, cafés or diners. Maison Carlos Restaurant is a popular choice for French and Italian cuisine. Expect to encounter some of the world’s most-coveted antiques, art and artifacts, and meet other aficionados.
Sailfish Marina Resort
Every Thursday night, the Sunset Celebration unfolds along the spacious sea wall overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach Shores.
Modeled after Key West’s nightly gathering of artisans and artists in Mallory Square, this sublime event encompasses all things tropical, including handmade sea glass jewelry, underwater photography and vivid watercolors to fresh conch fritters, grouper dogs and Orange Crush cocktails. The ritual begins at 6 p.m. with as many as 40 vendors selling one-of-a-kind items, each of which is individually designed. The 25-year-old family-friendly event has grown to attract visitors (1,000 during the off-season and 2,000 the rest of the year) shopping for authentic art. “It’s kind of cool that, once a week, 30 to 40 vendors are here, and they have their own special, unique items,” says Shannon Carnahan, the resort’s director of marketing and sales. “We don’t allow anything mass-produced.” Works originating from clay, leather, mixed media, silver and wood are among the artistic offerings. “The pieces that people bring are interesting to guests,” Carnahan says. “They can’t wait to come every Thursday. Everybody just kind of likes the vibe and how low-key and causal it is.” The ambience is enhanced by a singer strumming a six string, or steel-drum music. Guests are invited to browse through the Ship Store and its treasure trove of beach and boat accessories, clothing, footwear, gifts, home décor and more. They also can sit down for dinner at Sailfish Marina’s waterfront seafood restaurant. The Sunset Celebration has proved so popular that another version of it is offered during the week. Wiki Tiki Tuesday features between 15 and 20 of the celebration’s longest-running vendors. Valet parking is available for $5, and a free trolley service shuttles passengers from several locations. Expect to find a laid-back, local experience that brings the salt life of the Florida Keys to Singer Island.
Sailfish Marina Resort, 98 Lake Drive, Palm Beach Shores / 561.844.1724
The city defines the word edgy, and those who live amid its adventurous art scene are proud of such an identity.
The south-county municipality differs from the more well-groomed ones to the north because of an abundance of artists who color outside the lines. Their work is displayed in dozens of studios lining Lake and Lucerne avenues, including Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery, a co-op that emphasizes three-dimensional art, and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, a non-profit that’s most recent exhibit, “Made in Delray Beach,” focused on the things that give the 88-year-old city its flair. The Amazing Street Painting artists specialize in chalk designs that literally light up the asphalt in the downtown district during the annual Street Painting Festival. Art Link International is a family-owned gallery that deals Florida folk art from the legendary Highwaymen, modern pop art by Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, and everything in between. The Lake Worth Art League is an organization that furthers the study of art within its diverse membership and sponsors themed monthly exhibitions open to the public. Expect to have a new appreciation for a community that bills itself as being “at the intersection of form and function.”
Artists Association of Jupiter
Dual galleries cater to 15 local artists whose creations are celebrated at monthly charity events.
The association boasts glass etchers, graphic artists, illustrators, muralists, painters, photographers, potters, sculptors, watercolorists and wood turners. Such diversity draws art lovers to A Unique Art Gallery and Unique Glass Art on Center Street for festive wine-and-cheese receptions highlighted by artist talks, demonstrations, networking, photo opportunities and raffles that benefit a non-profit. Past beneficiaries have included Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, Equine Rescue & Adoption Foundation, Haitian Organization for Health Services, Hannah’s Home of South Florida and Jupiter Performing Arts Fund. The open houses take place the second Wednesday of each month at both galleries, where attendees can stroll between the galleries and buy an arm’s length of tickets for a chance to win a piece of art. The association was founded in 2010 as a collaborative effort to educate the community about and promote awareness of the artistic presence in the area. Expect to learn about the quality and quantity of work produced locally by imaginative and inspired residents who are influenced by the beauty of their surroundings.
The world-famous street known for its beautiful boutiques, high-end couture and Tiffany & Co. flagship store also has an interesting array of art galleries perfect for popping in on during a walk to the beach.
It runs three blocks from Cocoanut Row to the ocean. A seemingly short stroll, those who embark on it will find that time slips away as they explore places like Wally Findlay Galleries International, a 9,000-square-foot exhibition space that spans two floors and includes gorgeous works of French impressionism, abstract pieces from Pablo Picasso and a collection of contemporary art both American and European. The Silver Fund offers a little more interactivity in its showroom, where a dynamic assortment of 20th-century objets d’art attracts the eye. The store’s silver, sparkling from atop floor-to-ceiling glass shelves, juxtaposes its decorative arts, furniture and home goods that capture—tastefully—the ’60s and ’70s vibes. William R. Eubanks Interior Design welcomes visitors into a luscious lair of Asian porcelain, custom pillows, English antiques and exquisite tapestries. It also has framed oil paintings and period furniture. A handful of other galleries grace the strip, as well. According to Worth Avenue Association spokeswoman Kristen Noffsinger, the most artful part of the Palm Beach experience includes the fountains, murals and sculptures found along a series of quaint, Mediterranean-style vias. “What makes the avenue a lot more art-friendly than any other shopping district in the county is the fact that it has these courtyards,” Noffsinger says. On the west end of Worth Avenue, across from the Addison Mizner-designed Everglades Club, lies the renowned architect’s old apartment. Mizner erected a wrought-iron gate—still there today—leading to the apartment, on which he fashioned the face of a monkey in honor of his former pet. To the east, a stately clock tower created from coral rock overlooks the sand and sea. Expect to spend a better part of the day on the iconic street despite the fact it barely exceeds a half-mile.
256 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach / 561.659.6909
Fifteen Can’t-Miss Art Shows And Festivals This Season
Nov. 8-22 CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show; Downtown West Palm Beach; canvaswpb.org
Nov. 14-15 Art in the Gardens; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Downtown at the Gardens
Every Third Thursday Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, Gallery & School of Art; 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; lighthousearts.org
Dec. 4-5 A Celebration of the Life of Loet Vanderveen; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Native Visions Gallery, Jupiter; nativevisions.com
Dec. 4-7 Palm Beach Jewelry, Antiques, Design; Palm Beach County Convention Center; pbfallshow.com
Jan. 17-Feb. 14 The Art of Dr. Seuss; The Gardens Mall; tgmartofdrseuss.com
Jan. 21-24 ArtPalmBeach; Palm Beach County Convention Center; artpalmbeach.com
Feb. 4-8 American International Fine Art Fair; Noon to 7 p.m.; Palm Beach County Convention Center; aifaf.com
Feb. 11-16 Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show; Palm Beach County Convention Center; palmbeachshow.com
Feb. 13-15 ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival; Abacoa Town Center; artigras.org
Feb. 20-21 Lake Worth Street Painting Festival; 10 a.m.; Lake and Lucerne avenues, Lake Worth; streetpaintingfestivalinc.org
Feb. 26-28 Palm Beach Fine Craft Show; Palm Beach County Convention Center; craftsamericashows.com
March 10-13 Plein Air Festival; various locations in northern Palm Beach County; March 13 Wet-Painting Sales and Award Presentation; 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, Gallery & School of Art; lighthousearts.org/plein-air-festival.html
March 12-13 Art Fest by the Sea; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; A1A between Donald Ross and Marcinski roads, Jupiter; artfestival.com
May 1-3 SunFest’s Juried Fine Art & Craft Show; Flagler Avenue; sunfest.com/events/juried-fine-art-craft-show