Over 3,000 attend West End Art Fair

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With more than 3,000 visitors over two days, the second annual West End Art Fair created family fun and a showcase for many of Miami’s professional artists and artisans the weekend of Mar. 12-13.

Moved from an adjacent field to a traffic-free section of SW 158th Avenue, Commissioner Juan C. Zapata inaugurated the springtime event in 2015 as one of several to provide a focus on Kendall’s “West End” as a cultural and economic center of southwest Miami-Dade.

Numbers of tents and vendors “doubled” in 2016 according to a Zapata staff member, noting that free bicycle valet parking aided easy access. Artistic displays intermingled with astronomy and Wings Over Miami Air Museum exhibits, enlivened by music of John A. Ferguson High School and FIU jazz bands alongside children’s jewelry-making lessons, Lego sculpture, birdhouse construction and an expanded play area with climbing wall, spiced by varied menus of a half-dozen food trucks.

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