Coming to the Abacoa Town Center this weekend in Jupiter is the 28th annual ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival. If you have attended this sunny, art festival in years past you know how much it has grown. Once a small, local show for homegrown artists, now a nationally acclaimed, fine art extravaganza!
This year, ArtiGras was ranked as #54 by the Sunshine Artist Magazine out of their “Top 100 List” of fine art festivals in the nation. ArtiGras attracted over 150,000 art collectors and art lovers to their recent events and this year they anticipate high numbers as well. ArtiGras is expecting to have 300 artists, 1,200 volunteers and 85,000 patrons spread out among 2.2 miles and 3 days of non-stop fun. The 300 fine artists are broken up into 14 different categories. They range from ceramics, sculpture, digital art, mixed media, painting, photography and more. No matter what style of art you enjoy there is sure to be something spectacular for you!
Some of the festivities to take place include live music ranging from pop, rock, country and jazz, local groups including gymnastics teams, theater performances and tons of unique vendors. Those at ArtiGras say, “You can’t have a great festival without great food!” and they’ve certainly got that covered. The food and beverage vendors range in a variety of styles from American to Asian, Latin to Italian. There is even a “Beer Garden” shaded by umbrellas, where can you sit and enjoy a cold beer and listen to the live music.
ArtiGras has also devoted many of its resources to making the festival a blast for kids. Youngsters love coming to ArtiGras for its plethora of events and activities designed just for them. The young artists of our area have their own gallery where they will compete with their art. These new artists, ranging from grades K-12, will submit their pieces and have them on display for all of the patrons to enjoy. Winners will be showcased on the main stage on February 18 and their schools will benefit as well. The winners will make their schools proud by earning them money for specialty, art supplies. Tiny Treasures Children’s Art Boutique is another exciting place for the kids. This area is a kid’s only tent, where no adults are allowed and kids can buy their own art pieces. The proceeds of this tent will go to Quantum House, a supportive home that helps families whose children are going through treatments for serious, medical conditions.
If you have not had the opportunity to visit an ArtiGras Festival, do not miss your chance this weekend! This event is fun for people of all ages. Tickets are available at the Gardens Mall Information Desk for $6 or can be purchased at the gate for $10 (children 12 and under are free).
For more information visit the ArtiGras official website.