White tents return to Mizner Park this weekend for the Boca Raton Museum of Art’s 33rd Annual Art Festival. The juried outdoor festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Feb. 2 and 3. New this year are food trucks in the amphitheater adjoining the museum and a café in the sculpture garden. Museum admission is free for festival goers.
Art and craft lovers and lookers will find 175 tents with artists and crafters displaying and selling their work around the park. On view will be painting, sculpture, jewelry, fiber art, photography, ceramics, pottery, wood and metal art, art glass, graphic design, crafts and mixed media.
“We have artists come in throughout the United States and Canada,” said museum special events manager Mary Beth Harris. Some 375 artists applied to take part in the festival. Invitations were extended to 200 and 175 accepted after the juried process, she said. Some 75 percent are returning artists who have a following. “We try to put them in the same space,” so they’re easy to find, she said. “One nice thing about the festival is our patrons are shoppers.”
Lippman hopes the “Imagining Florida” exhibit on view with works by famous artists will attract attention. “People can walk around the building at their leisure,” with new access and sculpture on the Federal Highway side, he added. “Now we have a promenade.”
By Marci Shatzman