by Tara Monks The Pineapple Contributing Writer
THE ARTS AND YOU: A HOLIDAY GUIDE
Delray Beach Arts District is thriving. It has always been successful and will continue to draw crowds, thanks to the near-20 galleries situated on Atlantic Avenue. From the events and exhibits held at Old School Square to Ora Sorenson’s corner gallery, public art under the Atlantic Avenue Bridge and bronze sculptures found at Reyes Fine Arts & Antiques, residents and visitors can enjoy days of sifting through art from Swinton to the Atlantic Ocean. Begin your exploration of Delray Beach arts by taking part in a Gallery Walk, which occurs every third Friday night of the month, downtown Delray Beach, from 7 to 10pm. Gallery Walk participants are taken through Delray Beach venues that display international, classic and emerging artists; sculptures; glass and silk art; original works and limited edition prints. Many galleries open special holiday exhibits and hold special food and wine events to correlate with the walks. If you missed the last walk on December 16, the next will be held Friday, January 20, 2012. And don’t wait for the next tour to visit the galleries; each venue offers beautiful works to enjoy and special events to attend through the holiday season. Through December, Avalon on Atlantic will feature the works of Jay and Janet O’Rourke, master woodworkers known for turning exotic hardwoods into whimsical, beautiful and expertly crafted pieces. Works include vessels, boxes, sculptures and letter openers. The Artists’ Guild debuted its Tropical Holidays exhibit Thursday, December 15, a juried exhibition to feature original, fine art through the end of the year. The gallery will also invite guests to enjoy “Art & Literature,” a poetry reading on Thursday, Jan. 12.
Forms Gallery, a staple to the Delray Gallery Walks, always serves hors d’oeuvres, dishes or wine during the Gallery Walk for guests to enjoy as they browse. Right now, gallery pieces include decorative pieces made by established, professional woodturn- ers, sculptors and ceramics artists from the Southwest. Pieces include bowls with turquoise and malachite inlays, jewelry, fig- urines, paintings and steel. Performance Arts are also on the calendar for residents and visitors to enjoy. Old School Square will host Musical Moments on Ice December 16-18. The performance will bring music of the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s to the Crest Theater. From December 22 – 24, Steve Solomon’s My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m Home for the Holidays…The Therapy Continues will offer attendees comedic relief to the rigors of visiting family over the holidays. The Outdoor Pavilion of Old School Square will set its stage for Free Friday Night Concerts. On December 23, The People Upstairs (funk/reggae) will play. And on December 30, Across the Universe (a Beatles tribute) will entertain guests. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the onsite food trucks and cash bar.
Arts Garage, Delray’s newest venue for performing arts will also host Jazz Project: Eric Allison Quartet on Saturday, December 24 and cellist and composer, Ian Maksin Friday, December 30. Located in Pineapple Grove, Arts Garage offers an intimate venue for performances and exhibits. It’s eclectic mix of local, national and international performers and diverse array of cutting-edge, cultural events are widely applauded in the arts scene, and the venue is quickly gaining notoriety. In January, Arts Garage will host An Evening with Palm Beach Opera for its second appearance. On Sunday, January 8, 2012, the PBO will perform abridged versions of operatic works highlighting season shows as well as related repertoire. To top it off, the 23rd Annual Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts will be Saturday – Sunday, January 21- 22, 2012. Spanning from Swinton to A1A, this top-ranked festival seamlessly combines classical and contemporary. White tent tops will provide cover for jewelry, photography, glassworks, woodworks, paintings, sculptures and pottery, to name a few. For more information on performances, exhibits and arts in Delray Beach, stroll down the Avenue, take a detour through Pineapple Grove and wind your way around the side streets. There are many open doors to the arts in Delray. It’s just a matter of which door you choose. Tara Monks is a professional writer with a background in Creative Arts and Marketing. A Delray Beach resident, her writings cover Florida lifestyle and entertainment, as well as arts and travel. Contact Tara at firstname.lastname@example.org