Art is in the Air in West Palm Beach

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West Palm Beach is bracing for an influx of artists and art lovers. Art Palm Beach is Palm Beach County’s answer to Art Basel. It’s the county’s biggest contemporary art fair – it runs January 17-21.

More than 85 international galleries will exhibit paintings, sculpture, photography and emerging art in a variety of exhibits.

Art Palm Beach is expected to attract serious art collectors, casual art fans and everyone in between. Art Palm Beach takes place right after Palm Modern + Contemporary (Jan. 11-15) with both happening at the Palm Beach County Conventional Center at 650 Okeechobee Boulevard near the city’s downtown area.

Nearby at The Box Gallery, Art Palm Beach kicks off early with two exhibitions starting on January 13, running through February 8. One is a 40-foot mural by artist Marzia Ellero Ransom titled Ars Musae. Ransom, who was born in Italy, earned her first degree in graphic design and photography then received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art from the University of West Florida(UWF). After earning a master’s degree in painting and photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, she moved back to Pensacola and is now an instructor at UWF.

The second presentation traces the life and work of the late artist/actor/musician Tomata du Plenty. Born David Xavier Harrigan, (May 28, 1948 – August 21, 2000) du Plenty was an artist who lived in South Florida for part of his career – painted people he admired, from historical figures to entertainers.

The traveling national exhibition is accompanied by panel discussions and video screenings that trace the life and work of the late artist who died in 2000.

“It’s a very exciting time,” says Rolando Chang Barrero, Curator of The Box Gallery. The Box Gallery is located at 811 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here. (

Chang Barrero is also the president of Art Synergy, a countywide movement of artists, businesses and civic leaders committed to unifying and promoting the diverse culture of Palm Beach County’s and South Florida’s vibrant arts community. 

“In this role, I have the privilege of introducing 12 superb works by South Florida’s best artists selected by jurors Jo Luria and Cynthia Gibbons including Laurent Dareau, Lee Andre, Brian Cattelle, Jacklyn Coyne, Nate Ditzler, Diane Lublinski, Lenore Robins, Barry Seidman, Chad Steve, Melissa Vlahos, Marilyn Walter and Tanya Witzel,” he said. “As added surprise, I’ve joined to talented emerging artists, Brian Cattelle and Chad Periman in an outdoor installation ‘The Solar Lawn Art Show’ at the entrance to Old School Square’s Cornell Museum for the Art Synergy Gala Fundraiser on January 20.”

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