As Delray Beach enjoys mild winter temps, her full-time residents come out of warm-weather dormancy and annual snow- birds bring their accents to the streets. Winter is why we live here, why we sweat through the summers and when the Arts thrive. This Season’s calendar offers an abundance of Arts activity, from Artists in the Park to Arts Garage performances, Gallery Walks and exhibition openings. Let’s begin our seasonal Arts enjoyment with lazy weekend mornings at the park. Artists in the Park is hosted by the Delray Art League. Through April, you will find small festival tents sharing time between Old School Square and Veteran’s Park (on Atlantic Avenue at the Intracoastal). You’ll see paintings and original prints by local artists, beautiful jewelry, and a few good stories. Don’t be shy in your curiosity; ask about the photography. Find out how the pieces were made, where the photos were taken and how long it took Breyhs Swan to create that pointillism portrait of Johnny Cash. The more you know, the more you will enjoy. That’s why you’re reading this article anyway, isn’t it? (Dates: Jan 28-29, Feb 11-12, Feb 18-19, Feb 25-26, Mar 24-24, Apr 7-8, Apr 28-29) Take your morning strolls through the parks to afternoons sifting through the galleries on and around Atlantic Ave. January is Art and Fashion Month, according to the Downtown Development Authority, and in case you haven’t noticed already, there have been a variety of events and displays over the past few weeks. Fashion on the Avenue will take place Thursday January 26, and will feature over 70 of Delray’s fashion boutiques on a runway spanning from Swinton to 6th. DeBilzan Gallery, will coincide its evening of Art and Fashion with the Atlantic Avenue event. Catered by Delray’s promising new restaurant, Union, DeBilzan’s Art and Fashion evening will present music by Drew Tucker and Matthew Farmer and give guests a little insight into what is really trending in the world around Delray. The day after, on Friday January 27, Hand’s will host David McEwen as he demonstrates Golden Open Acrylic Paints. Also in honor of Art and Fashion Month, Kevro’s doors are open for Delray crowds to enjoy its public art murals, gallery exhibits, art films and live music from Wednesday through Sunday.
Old School Square has a plethora of upcoming events and exhibitions, as well. The Cornell Museum of Art will host the exhibit “Diana Nicosia: The World of Color – Italy, Brazil, France and Kuwait” through April 15. The artist herself will appear at the venue on Wednesday, March 14 for “An American Painter in Vatican City,” a part of the museum lecture series. The Museum is also displaying “Burlini Studio of the Arts Group Exhibition,” a collection of pieces from local artists studying under Christopher J. Burlini, through February 8. Burlini will then return February 15 – April 15 as a solo exhibition, “BURLINI: Pop Pluralist.” The Crest Theatre is hosting “The Image: Poetic & Photographic Imagery” through Sunday, January 29. This unique col- laboration between School of Art and Photography and the Palm Beach Poetry Festival (Jan 16-21) will feature photography inspired by the festival entrees. The Theatre will also host “From Linton with Love” January 27-28 and the South Florida Symphony Orchestra Sunday, January 29. On February 2, Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play – “Blues, Jazz, Folk…The Legend Continues” will take the stage. Brian D’Arcy James will perform February 13-14 as part of the Broadway Cabaret Series, and the Tony Award-winning musical Brigadoon will enter- tain February 17-19. Also worth an evening of your time, the Delray Beach 3rd Friday Gallery Walk will be February 17. A complimentary trolley ride will take participants by Avalon Gallery, Forms Gallery, Ora Sorenson Gallery, William Debilzan Gallery, The Arts Arena Gallery and Blue Gallery, among others, for a wonderful evening of new exhibits, pieces, displays, wine and hors d’oeuvres. If you haven’t enjoyed an evening Gallery Walk yet, it’s time you try something new. Also new to the Arts arena of Delray Beach is the blossoming, soon to be flourishing, Artist’s Alley. Located behind NE 3rd Ave, just south of NE 4th/Lake Ida, an inconspicuous yet soon to be bustling group of artists are turning warehouses into studios. Ian Levinson, a ceramics sculptor and operator of Cloudhouse Pottery, is open for browsers and more than happy to show you his work. The Gallery Opening on Saturday, January 21 is only the beginning of his Delray Beach presence. Two doors down is Cacace Gallery, which features oil masterpieces by Vincent Cacace, a Delray Beach local who spent the past ten years on Atlantic. His Premier Exhibition on Thursday, January 19 proved the future success of the area, as guests were not only awed by his studio, his fellow presenters, James P. Kerr and Valerie Vescovi, but were excited by their first glimpses of what is to be Delray’s most intriguing collection of artists. So intriguing is the area, that Yugoslavian-born, and internationally respected sculptor, painter and creator, Vladimir Prodanovich, recently joined the Alley as a resident artist. You may not see Vladimir himself during your walk through the Alley, as he tends to be immersed in his work, but you will see his 15-foot murals outside his studio awaiting pickup and sculptures along the Alley and through Pineapple Grove. As any work in progress, there will be more on Artist’s Alley later.
And Arts Garage of course, will provide plenty of entertainment through the season. On Thursday, January 26, Arts Garage will present Ted Rosenthal – JAMS as part of the Jazz Project. Ian Maksin, Russian-born cellist and composer, will return to the venue for the Classical Explosion series Friday, January 27, with IAN and ANI. And as Arts Garage is expanding its repertoire to include theater, The Master Playwrights Series will host weekly play readings and lectures on Tuesday evenings in February. The first installment on February 7 will host Israel Horovitz, author of over 70 produced plays – many of which have been translated and produced into more than 30 languages. Now it’s your turn to explore and discov- er what you like, love and want to see more of. Walk through the festivals, graze through the galleries and go see a show.