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Artigras: The Art World Right in Your Own Backyard

By Elisha Neubauer

Presidents' Day Weekend brings more than just history to Jupiter, Florida. Over the three day weekend, a unique blend of approximately three hundred artists and vendors flood the streets as the Artigras Fine Arts Festival comes to life. Presented by the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center and produced by the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, the festival benefits local school art programs and charities while supporting artisans from across the country.

Each artist and vendor is hand selected from over a thousand applications. A jury of community members peruses each application, choosing artists from each medium, including wood, glass, painting, and even fiber.

"One of the things I like about ArtiGras is that it is greatly supported by the local community," says photographer Christopher Doherty of Jupiter, who has exhibited at the festival three times. An artist demonstration stage allows guests to enjoy tutorials regarding each artist's individual skill and how they apply it to their work.

Another unique aspect of the festival is the Adult DIY area, hosted by the Resource Depot. Patrons are able to create their own wine glasses from recycled bottles. In addition, an Eco-Art GREEN Zone hosts artists who use recyclable materials.

Children will have the opportunity to explore the ArtiKids area. "Children of all ages can make clay creations, paint pictures and enjoy hours of playing in the fun area or buying art in the Tiny Treasures tent benefiting Quantum House," says Rebecca Seelig, PR Rep for Artigras.

An entertainment stage with live music, a concessions court with a wide variety of food offerings, a youth and adult competition gallery, and a children's art boutique where artist donations are available for children (no adults!) to purchase round out the options lining the streets of the Artigras Fine Art Festival.

Beginning its run in 1985, the Artigras Fine Art Festival has been exposing Jupiter, Florida to distinctive artistic stylings from across the country for thirty years. As the concept of the festival is to bring the arts to the communities of South Florida, ticket prices are affordable- only $8.00 in advance or $10.00 at the gate, with kids under twelve receiving free admittance.

This Presidents' Day weekend, immerse yourself in the arts by visiting one of South Florida's longest-running fine art festivals. Take a stroll through rows of traveling art exhibits, purchase a few pieces of one-of-a-kind artwork to hang on your own walls, and witness artists showing off their trade, all in one local place. Don't forget to bring the kiddos - they'll enjoy being able to create or purchase their own art at this charming and unique festival.

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