48th Arts Festival returns to Coconut Grove, Feb. 19-21

By Melissa Nobles….

Even the young can appreciate the Coconut Grove Arts Festival.

The 48th annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival will showcase the works of 360 nationally recognized artists along the scenic streets of Coconut Grove, Feb.19-21.

The festival recently announced the list of artists selected to participate during Presidents’ Day Weekend. Artists from more than 35 U.S. states and Canada were among the 1,232 applicants who submitted samples in mixed media, painting, photography, digital art, printmaking and drawing, watercolor, claywork, glass, fiber, jewelry and metalwork, sculpture and wood. Applicants included 19 local artists from the Miami area and more than 100 from 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 artists who exhibit for the first time.”

Complementing the visual arts on display is the popular Culinary Pavilion, which invites world-renowned chefs to prepare their famous dishes and explain their specialties. This year’s chefs will represent successful restaurants and hotels from South Florida, including some nationally recognized authors.

Earlier this year, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival was named one of the top three fine arts festivals in the nation by Sunshine Artist magazine. The festival was voted one of the best fine art shows for the seventh year and remains the top fine art event in the history of the magazine’s 200 Best.

The 48th annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival will take place Presidents’ Day Weekend, Feb. 19-21. Festival hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission to the Arts Festival is $10 per person, per day. Children 12 and under are free.

Residents of Coconut Grove in the 33133 zip code can enjoy the festival for a reduced admission of $5 (proof of residency required).

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival is produced by the non-profit Coconut Grove Arts and Historical Association. Proceeds help fund year-round arts programs and benefit a building fund that will create a permanent home for the festival. The association also maintains the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery and presents special exhibitions throughout the year from its location at the Shoppes at Mayfair.

Since its inception in 1963, the association has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to students who attend fine arts programs in local schools.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the Coconut Grove Arts Festival online, visit online at www.CGAF.com.

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