Burst of Color and Culture in Downtown West Palm Beach

Downtown West Palm Beach has always been a little more colorful than the average city, but lately local artists are literally painting the town red – and a spectrum of other colors too. Clematis District art

Public art projects like the massive, al fresco murals by Eddie Mendieta are beautifying the Clematis District. The wall outside Macy’s at CityPlace showcases up-and-coming talent through photography and other art forms selected by Eg2 art gallery, a showcase for Palm Beach County’s most artistic students. Downtown West Palm Beach’s newest galleries are also making a splash, with Kenneth Plasket Gallery offering originals by the art world’s most famed players like Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg, and Lois Brezinski Artworksfeaturing tropical prints to suit the Florida lifestyle.

Visitors looking to fit in some extra culture this weekend should check out the third annual CityPlace Art Festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 31 and Sunday, Apr. 1. With specially selected glass pieces, ceramics, paintings, jewelry, life-size sculptures and more that range from $25 to $20,000, the Howard Alan production offers something for both browsing beginners and experienced collectors. It’s free and well worth the visit. We found this quirky little table here last year, and added it to our office lobby. Go to cityplace.com for a sneak peek.CityPlace Art Fair table

The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority plans to launch “Glass Front Gallery” exhibitions with the County Cultural Council of Palm Beach County this Spring. The Downtown “collective” will display two-dimensional art, sculpture and installations by local artists and groups in storefront windows throughout the Clematis District. The street-side art will be unveiled in May; stay tuned for more details at wpbgo.com.


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