Art Boca Raton 2016 attendeesThe second edition of Art Boca Raton Contemporary art fair from the organizers of Art Palm Beach – will showcase an impressive roster of international galleries exhibiting some of the very best modern, contemporary, emerging, and modern art from the 20th and 21st centuries. The inaugural 2016 edition was an overwhelming success with tremendous support from the community and a significant number of collectors eagerly welcoming this event to the city committed to enhancing and solidifying its already impressive cultural landscape.  The second edition promises to surpass the first, as the arts community of creatives and art lovers eagerly awaits it. The fair is sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of the City of Boca Raton, Research Park at FAU, and has a partnership with both the FAU Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton Museum of Art and the Boca Raton  Chamber.

Boca Raton Museum of Art Photo credit: Eduardo Chacon

The fair perfectly complements Boca Raton, a city that strives to provide its permanent and seasonal residents with an impressive array of cultural experiences ranging from concerts to exhibitions by world-renowned artists. Visitors to Boca Raton for the Fair will find themselves in a community flourishing with art, music, and the performing arts.

The Boca Museum of Art a cultural gem regarded as one of South Florida’s finest cultural institutions – boasts an illustrious list of masters in its permanent collection; including works by Andy Warhol, Arman, Degas, Matisse, Modigliani, and Picasso.  The current exhibition “Glasstress” direct from the recent Venice Biennale exhibition will feature  30 internationally renowned artists in collaboration with the international organization Glasstress, Venice and the master glass artisans of Berengo Studio, Murano.

Fair goers and exhibitors have the opportunity to visit a first-class international fair, as well as enjoy all of the cultural activities available in its immediate area. A fantastic selection of restaurant and high-end shops will perfectly round off the experience.

Art Boca Raton 2017 Opening Vernissage will benefit the Art Boca Raton Museum & Art School.  The opening gala preview of Art Boca Raton Contemporary Art Fair will benefit the Boca Raton Museum & Art School on March 15th, 6-10 pm.  Alexandra & Douglas Feurring have been named the Honorary Chairpersons and local philanthropic leaders Peg Anderson, & Stacey & Evan Packer will Chair the fund raising event “Art Boca Raton Vernissage”.  The VIP Preview will begin at 6 pm and continue until 10 pm. Over four hundred collectors and enthusiasts will gather for the fair preview cocktail party with musical entertainment, dinner by the bite and cocktails during the VIP fair preview. Fair enthusiasts will also be able to enjoy special fairgoers events “Art After Dark” each evening after the fair, music, appetizers, and featured artists exhibiting in the fair.

Art Boca Raton 2017 is presenting an impressive roster of international galleries. As always, Art Boca Raton focuses on quality, selecting at galleries representing modern masters, leading Contemporary artists, and new talented emerging artists to bring a robust selection of works to the Fair.

Habatat Galleries is exhibiting Vivian Wang, an American sculptor of Chinese descent who draws her inspiration from ancient Chinese and Japanese art. Her figures – seated in formal poses and elaborately dressed in Asian motifs and pattern garments depict the influence of her previous fashion designer career;  baring purposely antiqued surfaces.  Her use of glass components for the figures’ heads, hands and feet endow them with an almost intangible quality. The Asian features and other components – such as the inclusion of semi-precious stones endow the sculptures with a haunting appearance reminiscent of ancient Chines and Japanese works.

Baker-Sponder Gallery. Mauro Perucchetti’s “Jelly Baby Family”

Baker Sponder Gallery on a totally different slant is bringing to the fair Mauro Perucchetti’s “Jelly Baby Family.” A 21st century Pop artist, Mauro depicts the pulse of contemporary sculpture; addressing pressing societal issues. His subjects have included the Barbie, the global economy, and SexBaker-Sponder Galleryand the City. Dolly – the first donned animal, and the ongoing debate over the ethics of such practices, became “Jelly Babies” inspiration. Resembling the Pillsbury Doughboy, they pose as a metaphor for donned human beings.

Addressing another societal, cultural vein, Latin Art Core will bring the works of Cuban icon Amelia Pelaez alongside Karlos Perez, a young Cuban artist.  Cuban art plays an important part in the current global market, as the island that has was or so long disconnected from the United States is now more open for relations, and the plethora of amazing contemporary artist pours out of its womb into the high-end collectors market.

Opera Gallery will proudly include Masters such as Botero, Chagall, and Manolo Valdez; offering

LatinArt Core Gallery Amelia Pelaez Florero

visitors an eclectic mix to admire and acquire during their visit to the fair.

Other Museums in the area include the Boca Raton Children’s Museum – located in Singing Pines, one of the oldest preserved structures in the city – provides for the young and young-at-heart alike an interactive wonderland filled with exhibits designed to entice, stimulate and engage. While the Historical Society and Museum – one of only six Welcome Centers in Palm Beach County and registered in the National Registry of Historic Places – offers visitors the opportunity to witness the tangible link between the past and the present.

Boca Raton’s long standing history with the Arts can also be seen in the cities ‘Festival of the Art’ taking place in early March. A vital, impressive component to the city’s artistic landscape, The Eleventh Annual Festival of the Arts Boca runs from March 2-12, 2017.  Established in  2007 by The Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts, a non-profit organization, the Festival won numerous awards including the “Muse Award” from The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, “Best Festival” by Boca Magazine, and “Best Cultural Festival of 2014” from Palm Beach Illustrated. Promoting and enriching the Boca Raton North Broward, and Palm Beach County cultural arts and the residents’ quality of life – as conceived by its founders – it is considered a major success that has earned the attention of local and national press including CNN, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.
Visitors to Boca can also enjoy the city’s  Mizner Park Amphitheater – home to a wide spectrum of rotating art exhibitions – also hosts a wide variety of stage and shows throughout the year. Its amphitheater presenting and celebrating the finest local musicians including The Symphonia Boca Raton, and the Florida Youth Orchestra; as well as hosting well-known performers such as FUN, John Legend, and Steely Dan. Music-Lovers also have the Showtime Performing Arts Theater, a 125-seat two-story performance, and teaching facility offers a  comprehensive musical theater program for adults and children September through May. The theater also includes five instructional acting, dance music, and vocal recording studios.

Fair goers and exhibitors have the opportunity to visit a first-class international fair, as well as enjoy all of the cultural activities available in its immediate area. A fantastic selection of restaurant and high-end shops will perfectly round off the experience.


By Fatima Canovas