Cultural Conversation: Delray’s Art Walk

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Staff report
You can catch a glimpse at what an artist at work looks like once a month in Delray Beach.
First Friday Art Walks allow strollers to check out about 30 art galleries and studios that call different parts of the Delray home.
The free, self-guided walking or trolley tour allows you to explore the galleries and studios along Atlantic Avenue, Pineapple Grove and Artists Alley.
“It’s an opportunity for people to visit downtown and really experience the arts and cultural scene while getting a chance to interact with gallery owners,” said Downtown Development Authority Program Marketing Coordinator Alex Farnsworth. “You can get an insider perspective.”
The artists sometimes offer patrons wine and cheese, feature a new exhibit or have a live demonstration going on.
“There is so much arts and culture in Delray and we just want to bring attention to it,” she said.
The program has been around for years, but it lagged for a while. The DDA helped it get started up again in 2013. The event takes place the first Friday of every month and it runs year round.
“We are encouraging the artists to add something unique to each art walk so it gives people a reason to come to every art walk.”
Amanda Johnson of Amanda Johnson Studio in Artists Alley said the art walk exposes her and her work to people who wouldn’t necessarily see her or her work.
“I am always changing my space,” she said. “You will never see the same thing twice.”
She said the art walk helps provide exposure to her studio, which she describes as small, but powerful.
“I am known for my color,” she said, adding she works with glitter, feathers and turning her paintings into textiles.
She is also known for her nudes. Some people who have popped in during an art walk have even requested their own personal sessions.
“I do really sexy, but tasteful fabulous nudes,” she said.
During a recent art walk she selected another gallery to show off her black and white collection of nudes.
“I just needed a space that wasn’t just glitter,” she said.
Rami Rotkopf owner of Blue Gallery on Atlantic Avenue represents 15 artists that are shown in the gallery. They feature original paintings and limited editions.
“We like to welcome the community and be a part of the community,” he said. “We like to be a part of the downtown Delray scene.”
They have recently expanded to a second gallery on 614 E. Atlantic Ave. where they will feature more contemporary pieces in a 5,000-square-foot-gallery.
In case you want to participate in the next art walk:
Full list of participating Art Walk Galleries:
Pineapple Grove Arts District: Addison Gallery, A-Z Picture Framing & Gallery, Gallery at Studio 5, Delray Art and Framing, Ford Fine Art, Jeff Whyman Studio, Janet Siegel Rogers Studio, The mAe, VT Studios Delray
Artist Alley Studios: 4th Avenue Photography & Video, Amanda Johnson, Art by Paula, Attila Konnyu, Cacace Fine Art, Inc., Laszlo’s Painting Studio, Ona Steele Studio, Stacy Balmuth, Studio Romaine, Magnus & Gordon Gallery
Atlantic Avenue: Artists’ Guild Gallery, an auxiliary of the Boca Raton Museum of Art; Artworks by Lois Brezinski; Avalon Gallery; Black Pearl Fine Art; Blue Gallery; Cornell Art Museum; DeBilzan Gallery; Extreme Art International; Lidia Tohar Studio 101; Sundook Fine Art Gallery
Special offers
Art by Paula – Artists Alley – 337 NE 3rd Avenue
For the evening, enjoy wine, cheese and pick-ups, and new acrylic and abstract artwork will be shown. Comfortable chairs will be available outside to sit and relax.
A-Z Picture Framing & Gallery – Pineapple Grove Arts District – 275 NE 2nd Ave
Cordially invites you and your friends to a meet and greet with artist Karen Provence.
View her paintings, enjoy complimentary wine & light refreshments, and enter to win an original painting by the artist.
Black Pearl Fine Art – 514 E Atlantic Ave. – www.blackpearlfineart.com
Wine and cheese will be offered, as well as 35% off custom framing and 20% off selected framed art.
Blue Gallery – 600 E Atlantic Ave -http://www.bluefineart.com/
Enjoy 15% off art purchased during the February 3rd Art Walk.
DeBilzan Gallery – 38 E Atlantic Ave. – www.debilzangallery.com
Rare appearance by Artist William DeBilzan doing a Live Painting presentation of a brand new original piece from 7 – 11 p.m. The live painting will take place in the Gallery with the participation of several musical guests. At the conclusion, we will auction off the painting. Please be present to place your secret bid. In addition, all Prints and Giclees will be 25% off, and can be signed by the artist on location. A new promotion for Valentine’s Day: DeBilzan, Artist of Love and Life, will be unveiled to attendees that evening.
Cacace Fine Art, Inc. – Artists Alley – 354 NE 4th Street, Suite D – www.cacaceart.com
Meet the artists: Vincent J. Cacace will be showing his new oil paintings of Maine and Cape Cod; James P. Kerr will be showing new coastal scenes from N.C. to the Tropics; Bernard Franz will be showing his Raven Bronzes; and Alene Egol will be showing her one of kind Jewelry.
Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square – 51 N Swinton Ave. – www.oldschoolsquare.org
In honor of Black History Month, the Cornell Art Museum is featuring some Highwaymen works of art from the Museum Permanent Collection in conjunction with works created in the highwaymen style by Milagro Center Students.  As always, the Who is Joan Quinn:  A Life in Portraits and Fifteen Minutes will be open along with their Museum Store.  Refreshments will be served at the wine & cheese reception.
The mAe (NEW) – Pineapple Grove Arts District – 170 NE 2nd Ave.
Walker Romaine Gallery recently merged with The mAe and relocated to 170 NE 2nd Ave in the Pineapple Grove Arts District in January.  The mAe will continue to carry the work of mid-career and emerging artists curated by The Walker Romaine Gallery, in addition to new artists working in South Florida and nationwide.  Focused on “the fine art of living with art”, The mAe will provide a full range of art services to collectors “in the middle” wishing to begin or develop their fine art collections.  The mAe’s art services manager, Margaret Walker Milstead, who brings over 35 years of experience in gallery management, art consultation and framing, will manage The mAe’s art placement consultation, curating, installation and framing business. Artist Janet Siegel Rogers, an award winning colorist, will be featured at The mAe for the February 3rd First Friday Art Walk
Lidia Tohar Studio 101 – Atlantic Avenue – 12 SE 1st Ave. #101 – www.lidiatohar.com
Light tapas-style hors d’oeuvres and wine along with 10% off artwork and merchandise purchased during the Art Walk.