STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL - FEBRUARY 23 & 24, 2019
A SOUTH FLORIDA SIGNATURE EVENT! Join the tens of thousands of art lovers who will attend the Annual Festival over the weekend. With more than 600 artists on the pavement, music on the mainstage, restaurants, shops, festival food court and bistro, you’re sure to get caught up with the excitement.
ADMISSION IS FREE. Since its creation in 1995 by a small group of Lake Worth residents led by Erin Allen and Maryanne Webber, the Street Painting Festival has grown into the most highly anticipated free cultural event in South Florida. Modeled after I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival in Santa Barbara, California, the art of street painting has attracted onlookers since the 16th century, when crowds would gather to watch as itinerant artists created masterworks on the cobblestones. Now in its third decade, the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival attracts 100,000 visiters each year. Presented each February with the support of sponsors, artists and volunteers, the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival claims bragging rights as the largest free festival of its kind in the world. Watch as over 600 artists converge, using chalk as their brush and the pavement as canvas, to turn the downtown streets of Lake Worth into a temporary gallery of art, creating a diverse variety of large scale traditional, contemporary and 3D illusionist paintings on the street.
For over 20 years Maryanne Webber has served with passion and dedication as volunteer chairperson and artist coordinator on the Street Painting Festival committee. In business in downtown Lake Worth for nearly 30 years, she closed her retail gallery in September, 2014. She now serves as Executive Director of the Street Painting Festival alongside Nadine Burns, Event Producer and Coordinator. Nadine is a former Lake Worth City Commissioner who served two terms and was event coordinator for the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. The Street Painting Festival and its committee work in partnership with the City of Lake Worth, the Community Redevelopment Agency and the LULA Arts District, creating an event that today serves as an inspiration and model for similar events throughout the United States and abroad.
Lake Worth Block Party
Music | Food | Fun
First Fridays of the Month | 6pm - 10pm
Cultural Plaza | 414 Lake Avenue
Enjoy a family-friendly evening out on the town in Lake Worth at the Cultural Plaza downtown. There will be live music for the family to boogie and wind down after a long week at work. Have dinner together at one of the restaurants nearby or from one of the many food trucks on the seen. Take a stroll through the arts displays and galleries nearby or shop for specialty items. Check out Palm Beach Post article for more information on this event!
601 Lake Avenue - Free Admission - Tues-Sat | 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday
At the Cultural Council's home in downtown Lake Worth, 2,500 square feet of flexible gallery space showcases ongoing temporary exhibitions focused on art made in or unique to Palm Beach County. The exhibitions educate the public about art and artists, and provide exposure to artists in Palm Beach County so they can be more successful. The gallery features long exhibitions and each month will also showcase additional, one-person exhibitions.
X Marks the Spot
November 16 through February 2
Graffiti isn’t a new concept in the artistic world. Its various manifestations in the past include inscribed obscenities in ancient stone, “Kilroy was here” doodles in World War II and the many colorful, spray-painted images that decorated public places in the 1980s. Then, graffiti was considered an unwelcome form of vandalism. Now with the evolution of graffiti as mural art (à la Banksy), these lines have become blurred, and the people behind the work have transformed from “misguided youths” to professional artists. This exhibition showcases the talents of 16 local artists (emerging to professional) and focuses on the many styles and maturation of graffiti and mural art.