Coconut Grove, normally Miami’s most laid-back neighborhood, becomes a frenzy of artistic activity during Presidents Day weekend on February 19-21, 2011, as the 48th annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival transforms McFarlane Road, Bayshore Drive, and Pan American Drive.
Along the festival’s mile-long route, attendees will find digital art, claywork, fiber, glass, jewelry and metalwork, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking and drawing, sculpture, watercolor, and wood. From among 1,232 applicants, juries selected 360 internationally recognized artists to exhibit their work.
Last year, Sunshine Artist Magazine named the Coconut Grove Arts Festival one of the top three fine arts festivals in the nation. It was voted one of the best fine art shows for the seventh year and remains the top fine art event in the history of the magazine’s 200 Best.
The poster artist for the 2011 festival is Guy Harvey, a Jamaica-born painter and marine biologist. His poster depicts various sport fish species and a sea turtle superimposed on a map of Coconut Grove.
Food events and vendors
Also part of the festival is the Culinary Pavilion Showcase at the Seminole boat ramp near Mary Street and South Bayshore Drive, where chefs and cookbook authors will demonstrate recipes and cooking techniques.
Along South Bayshore Drive, a wide variety of food options will be available at the Global Food Village. Elsewhere on the show route, pushcart vendors will offer easy-to-handle foods for strolling, such as arepas, fresh fruit smoothies, ice cream, lemonade, soft pretzels, and soy nuts.
Festival hours will be 10 AM to 6 PM daily. Admission is $10 per person, per day ($5 for Coconut Grove residents in the 33133 ZIP Code, with proof of residence). Children 12 and under are free, as are Metrorail Golden Passport and Patriot Passport holders.
Tickets are available at the Festival gates, online, and by phone at 877-724-2787.
If you come to Coconut Grove from other parts of the Miami area, ride Metrorail to the Douglas Road station and then take a shuttle bus. Miami-Dade Transit will operate the shuttles every 15 minutes between the station and the intersection of Grand Avenue and Mary Street, just a block from an arts festival entrance. The shuttles will run from 9 AM to 7 PM each day of the festival.
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