February 18 through 20, 2012.
The Coconut Grove Arts Festival returns this President’s Day weekend to inspire one’s imagination for visual, culinary and performing arts. The 49th annual three-day event brings the most talented and creative artists from all over the world to Coconut Grove, February 18 through 20, 2012. The arts festival’s colorful mile-long path begins on McFarlane Road and runs down South Bayshore Drive offering picturesque views of Biscayne Bay.
Considered the top fine art event in the history of Sunshine Artist Magazine’s 200 Best, artists from more than 43 states and Canada were among the more than 1,200 applicants that submitted samples in mixed media, painting, photography, digital art, printmaking & drawing, watercolor, claywork, glass, fiber, jewelry & metalwork, sculpture and wood. Applicants included 19 local artists from the Miami area and more than 100 from Florida.
“Our festival is truly a celebration of the arts, introducing top caliber masters of art in all mediums and genres,” said Monty Trainer, president of the Arts Festival. “Locals and visiting guests alike will appreciate the internationally celebrated visual, musical and culinary collections.”
Complementing the visual arts on display is the popular Culinary Pavilion which invites nationally renowned chefs to prepare their famous dishes and explain their specialties. This year’s chefs will represent successful restaurants and hotels from South Florida, including some nationally recognized authors. In addition, musicians will grace the Festival’s main stage located in Peacock Park
Residents of Coconut Grove in the 33133 zip code can enjoy the Festival for a reduced admission of $5 (proof of residency required).
Regular admission is $10 per person per day. Standard tickets are available at the Festival gates, as well as online at www.CGAF.com. Children 12 and under are free. All animals are prohibited except for certified animals assisting disabled guests.
The Coconut Grove Arts Festival is produced by the non-profit Coconut Grove Arts and Historical Association. Proceeds help fund year-round arts programs. The association also maintains the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery and presents special exhibitions throughout the year from its location at the Shoppes at Mayfair.
Since its inception in 1963, the association has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to students who attend fine arts programs in local schools. For more information or to purchase tickets for the Arts Festival online, visit www.CGAF.com.
Coconut Grove Arts Festival