February 13-15, 2016
What: ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival, celebrating its 31st anniversary in 2016, is the premier fine art festival of the Palm Beaches. Ranked as one of the top 50 art shows in the United States, ArtiGras showcases a unique juried exhibition of 300 fine artists from all over the country. The three-day event also features interactive art exhibits, live music, and demonstrations that provide an arts experience like no other in South Florida. ArtiGras is produced by the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and benefits over 60 school art programs and non-profit organizations.
Date: February 13-15, 2016, Presidents’ Day Weekend
Festival Hours: Saturday, Feb. 13: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 14: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Monday, Feb.15: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Downtown Abacoa at Central Boulevard just north of Donald Ross Road in Jupiter, Fla.
Road Closure:Central Boulevard between Fredrick Small Circle and Main Street Circle; University Boulevard between Main Street and Central Boulevard; Wednesday February 10, 2016 at 6:00 a.m. to Tuesday February 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Attendance: 85,000 people are anticipated over a three-day period.
Admission: $10 – One-day Advance ticket, $12 per day – at the gate, children 12 and under free. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Roger Dean Stadium, The Gardens Mall, the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and online at www.artigras.org.
Free Parking: Parking is close, safe and easy. There are parking areas designated near Roger Dean Stadium, FAU, Dwyer High School and Jupiter Middle School. Shuttle buses are available to bring attendees to the gates.
Saturday, February 13
10-10:45 a.m. Osceola Creek Jazz Band
11-11:45 a.m. Keep Flippin’
12-12:45 p.m. Youth Art Ceremony
1:00-3:00 p.m. String Theory Band (Rock,Reggae,Classic Pop)
3:30-6:00 p.m. Samantha Russell Band (Country)
Sunday, February 14
10-10:30 a.m. Acreage Martial Arts Academy
10:30-10:45 a.m. Just Dance
11:15-12:45 a.m. School of Rock
1:15-3:00 p.m. Mark Telesca Band (Blues)
3:30-6:00 p.m. Moska Project (Reggae,Funk,Latin)
Monday, February 15
10-11 a.m. Maltz JupiterTheatre Youth Touring Company
11:30-12 p.m. Third Row Center (Acapella)
12-2 p.m. Jimmy Stowe and the Stowaways (Tropical Rock tunes)
2:30-5 p.m. Tim Charron (Country Rock)
ArtiKids Area: The ArtiKids area is a place where children will get their hands dirty and experience the art. Children can help build a sculpture or make a piece of art from recycled materials to take home. It is a place where children can expand their mind and their art.
Artist Demonstration Stage: Various participating artists from around the country will demonstrate their art technique. Attendees are invited to watch and ask questions of our resident experts. Look for schedule of artists in the festival program.
Charitable Affiliations: Schools and local charities benefit from ArtiGras. The 2016 beneficiaries include the Kiwanis Club of Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens, Resource Depot, Quantum House, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, Clinics Can Help, Cros Ministries, Palm Beach County Food Bank and 60 local and private schools.
King Arthur Flour’s Bake Truck: The King Arthur Flour’s Bake Truck will be making an appearance at ArtiGras this year. Equipped just like a standard food truck, but with a rolling pin for its bumper and a spatula on its roof, the Bake Truck is part of King Arthur Flour’s Bake for Good initiative. Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies will be handed out, and for every dollar donated to Palm Beach County Food Bank, King Arthur Flour will match the donation.
Fine Arts Area: Showcases the talents of 300 national, regional and local fine artists. The show is noted for strong art sales and is rated “one of the top 50 shows in the nation” by Sunshine Artist Magazine. All artists are required to be present during the show. This allows the guests to meet and get to know the artists. Artists compete for more than $17,000 in prize and purchase awards money in the areas of ceramics, digital art, drawing/graphics/print making, emerging artists, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and wood.
Garden Art Area: Offers fine handmade craft items created with the backyard garden in mind. Patrons will find unique items to useful homes and garden accessories. The selection is varied including wood, glass, sculptures, fountains and furnishings.
Emerging Artists: This area of the festival will feature 12 fabulous artists from the Palm Beach area who are exhibiting in an outdoor art festival for the first time. These artists have been through a vigorous training program with ArtiGras event staff and other artist experts over the past six months. Patrons will be able to enjoy and purchase art that has been created in their “own backyard.”
Music at the Main Stage: Varied musical entertainment will be featured throughout the day including jazz, R&B, and island music. The stage will be located near the Food Court location at University and Central Blvd.
Tiny Treasures: Children ages 3 – 13 are invited to enter this exclusive “kids only” gallery where they can purchase artwork donated by the exhibiting artists. Children and their families can then visit and meet the artists on site. It is a perfect introduction to the arts for these future art patrons. All proceeds directly benefit the Quantum House.
Youth Art Competition: Local public and private schools, grades K-12, are invited to create art works and compete for money for their school’s art department. Approximately one hundred finalists in this countywide competition will be on display at ArtiGras. The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday afternoon and the finalists will be on display the entire weekend. The talent of these young people will amaze you!
Information: For more information, visit the ArtiGras web site at www.artigras.org, e-mail information requests to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce at (561) 746-7111.
Q&A with Beth Kigel
Beth Kigel is President and CEO of the Northern Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce.