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Art Fair of the Month: Coconut Grove Arts Festival

                                                            February 19-21
                360 nationally recognized artists along the scenic streets of Coconut Grove
The artists were chosen from over 1200 applicants and come from 35 states. "Our arts festival brings the most talented and creative artists from all over the world," says Monty Trainor, president of the arts festival. "South Floridians have a great appreciation for the arts, and every year we are proud to welcome new artists who exhibit for the first time."

The President's Day Weekend brings many people to south Florida from the Northeast, they throng the streets of The Grove and join the local population to enjoy this multicultural celebration.

2011 Fact Sheet

WHAT:     Celebrating its 48th anniversary in 2011, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival® is one of the nation's premier outdoor fine Arts Festivals. The Festival showcases the works of over 360 of the finest artists and craftsmen in the world. A signature event of the South Florida cultural calendar, the Arts Festival offers visitors the opportunity to meet with exhibiting artists, sample fine cuisine, enjoy live entertainment and take a walk through history
 
WHERE:   Coconut Grove, Florida. The Arts Festival's colorful mile-long path begins on McFarlane Road and runs down South Bayshore Drive offering picturesque views of Biscayne Bay.

HOURS:   10 a.m. - 6 p.m. all three days
     
ATTENDANCE:            
          Approximately 150,000 people are expected to attend
 
ADMISSION:           
          $10 per person per day.  Children 12 and under, Metrorail Golden Passport and Patriot Passport
          holders are free.
 
DISCOUNT TICKETS:            
           Residents of Coconut Grove in the 33133 zip code can enjoy the Festival for only $5 with a
           33133 pass (proof of residency required).
 
HISTORY:   The Coconut Grove Arts Festival originally started as a "clothes-line" art show featuring a dozen local artists.  Today, the festival is one the nation's most prestigious and annually attracts more than 150,000 attendees.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:   www.coconutgroveartsfest.com

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In South Florida and need another art fair February 19-21? Right around the corner from Coconut Grove you can find the St. Stephen's Art Show, and in Jupiter you'll enjoy the Arti Gras Fine Art Festival. Grab a friend and see it all. What a treat!

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Comment by Barry Bernstein on February 23, 2011 at 11:38am
I'm just covering all my bases.  As Marie Antoinette exclaimed: "Let them eat cake"
Comment by Nels Johnson on February 23, 2011 at 11:12am
But Barry how are you going to teleport yourself if you plan on going to Artigras?  Vis a vis your post on my Grove cake job.
Comment by Barry Bernstein on February 23, 2011 at 10:35am

I wouldn't believe any of the hype about the attendance figures.  I didn't think the show was as crowded as in years past.  And clearly, there wasn't as many serious quality buyers.  It was mostly young people who were there for the music and the popcorn.

 

WAIT.... I told myself I would not post anything about this years Grove show.  The highlight for me was staying with Gerri and meeting Matey, the dog.  I think all 400-500 artists that they will have for next years show should stay at the Wegner Resort. (Only kidding Gerri).  Actually, I want to publicly thank Gerri for letting me stay at her place, this year.  Hopefully, Gerri and Bob will let me stay there next year, too.

Comment by geri a. wegner on February 22, 2011 at 8:17am

http://www.examiner.com/travel-in-miami/2011-coconut-grove-arts-fes...

Another article and pictures including one of AFI'er Katherine Allen Coleman.

Comment by geri a. wegner on February 21, 2011 at 7:41pm
Connie, the cork chair was in the article in the Herald which was on the front page, not the business section.  I went back to the festival today and I am still trying to digest everything I saw.  On tv, attendance was quoted as 150,000 for the weekend with the artists that they spoke to saying the show was better than last year's.
Comment by Connie Mettler on February 21, 2011 at 5:54pm

You're going to enjoy this cute blog posting about the food at The Grove, from the Miami Food Blog: http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/shortorder/2011/02/food_fun_at_the_c...

It includes the chair made from corks that Geri mentioned in her post.

Comment by Connie Mettler on February 21, 2011 at 9:50am

Thanks, Bonny! I love the prints of Marina Terauds and we did feature her a few months ago so I'm with you on that one!

 

An update for the weekend from the Miami Herald's Business section: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/02/20/2077080_p2/miami-boat-art-sho..., lots of good information on the economics of the weekend for South Florida.

 

Comment by bonny hawley on February 19, 2011 at 8:00pm

Just got home back to  Naples after attending the first day of Coconut Grove.  The show has 398 artists this year and is huge.  Lots of great art, too much photography and jewelry, great sculpture and mixed media.  My favorite booth was the printmaking by Marina Terauds of Michigan.  The St. Stephens show was bigger than ever before with at least another 200 hundred booths and there was another showin the parking lot to the West of it.  So I saw alot of art today.  Music was good, weather was fabulous, lots of great art-- thousands of people were having a good time in Coconut Grove  Florida today.

Comment by geri a. wegner on February 19, 2011 at 6:41pm
Sorry, I hadn't read the article and didn't realize they were juried in.  Well, I am going to go and sort jelly beans by color so I can submit my pointillist art in next year's show.  Anyone know a good spray preservative that won't discolor my little candies?  Do I have to restring the candy necklace to make it my own?  Guess I do or I would be considered buy/sell.
Comment by geri a. wegner on February 19, 2011 at 6:34pm
Yep, it was with the art.  From the little I could see, they are beautiful cakes, think Ace of Cakes on the food network.  I prefer to think that while they were taking up a booth, it doesn't mean  that an artist  did not get into the festival because of their placement.   Their work would look beautiful on zapp if they followed all of Larry's suggestions.  I think that is the least of the problems.

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