Coconut Grove Arts Festival 2/13-15/10

COCONUT GROVE ARTS FESTIVAL RETURNS FEBRUARY 13, 14, 15, 2010

The 47th annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida will showcase the works of 350 nationally recognized artists along the scenic streets of Coconut Grove.

Artists from over 35 U.S. states and Canada, were among the 1,230 applicants who submitted samples in mixed media, painting, photography, digital art, printmaking & drawing, watercolor, claywork, glass, fiber, jewelry & metalwork, sculpture and wood. Applicants included nearly 150 local artists.

“Our arts festival brings the most talented and creative artists from all over the world to Coconut Grove,” said Monty Trainer, president of the arts festival. “South Floridians have a great appreciation of the arts, and every year we are proud to welcome new artists who exhibit for the first time.”

Complementing the visual arts on display is the popular Culinary Pavilion which invites world-renowned chefs to prepare their famous dishes and explain their specialties. This year’s chefs will represent successful restaurants, hotels and authors from throughout South Florida.

Earlier this year, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival® presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida was named the top fine arts festival in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine. The Arts Festival was voted the best fine art show for the seventh year and remains the top fine art event in the history of the magazine’s 200 Best.

The 47th annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival® presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida will be held Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 13-15. Festival hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission to the Arts Festival is $10 per person, per day. Children 12 and under are free.

Residents of Coconut Grove in the 33133 zip code can enjoy the Festival at a special reduced admission of $5 (proof of residency required).

For more information on the Arts Festival, visit www.coconutgroveartsfestival.org. The Festival is produced by the Coconut Grove Art and Historical Association, Inc., a non-profit community organization under the direction of a board of directors and full-time staff. Proceeds from the annual event help to fund year-round arts programs.

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