Coconut Grove Arts Festival accepting artist applications

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The Coconut Grove Arts Festival (CGAF), one of the largest and most prestigious fine art exhibitions in the United States, is accepting artist applications through Sept. 17.

The 57th edition of this signature event, which runs during Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 15-17, is a juried arts festival with noted artists and art educators reviewing the hundreds of submissions and selecting the artists who will exhibit their works in the 2020 event.

The award-winning arts festival features works in clay, watercolor, sculpture, painting, photography, jewelry and metalwork, fiber, mixed media, print making and drawing, glass and wood.

“The arts festival has helped to nurture young, aspiring artists during the years by providing them the opportunity to showcase their works,” said Monty Trainer, arts festival president.

“As a first-time participant I was honored and excited to exhibit my art at your festival,” said Diane Milks, a painter from Greer, SC. “I greatly enjoyed the energy of the crowd and had a terrific show.”

The Arts Festival is held along Miami’s scenic Biscayne Bay on the trendy streets of Coconut Grove, one of Miami’s most unique and historic neighborhoods. Coconut Grove has long been a hub of artistic talents, architecture and culture with its diverse residents and continuous waves of visitors.

The Arts Festival also judges the artwork in many categories during the three-day event with more than 40 of the participating artists being awarded over $45,000 in cash prizes.

Each year, the arts festival selects its official poster image from among the artists that are selected to participate. The prestigious group of previous poster artists includes such notable favorites as Guy Harvey, Maria Reyes Jones, Jacqueline Roch, Xavier Cortada, Clyde Butcher, Rick Garcia, Lisa Remeny, Alexander Mijares and Romero Britto.

Artists will again be able to meet and talk to potential art-buyers who attend the Arts Festival from throughout South Florida and around the world. Participating artists receive daily complimentary coffee, pastries and lunch and the festival provides booth sitting and 24-hour security to protect the safety of artists and their collections.

Interested artists may apply online at www.CGAF.com. There is an application fee of $55 and the submission deadline is Sept. 17.

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival will take place Presidents Day Weekend, Feb. 15, 16 and 17, 2020. For more information, visit www.CGAF.com.

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival is produced by the nonprofit, 501(c)(3), Coconut Grove Arts and Historical Association.

Proceeds help fund year-round arts programs. The association also maintains the Gallery @ CGAF and presents special exhibitions throughout the year from its location at the Mayfair in the Grove. Since its inception in 1963, the association has awarded hundreds of scholarships to students who attend fine arts programs in local schools. For more information, visit www.CGAF.com.


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