ArtiGras Gets Under Way in Waterfront Properties’ Golf-Course Community

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The three-day festival of fine art will add more fun to Presidents’ Day Weekend.

Abacoa will be the site of the ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival.

Owners of homes in Abacoa also will see their streets come alive during the Youth Art Competition, in which students from kindergarten through 12th grade will create their best works in an effort to win awards and prizes.

Produced by the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, the ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival will take place Feb. 16 through 18, 2013, in Abacoa.

The ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival has been ranked among the United States’ top 50 art shows, and it is expected to attract up to 100,000 attendees this year. The tree-lined streets of the neighborhood of Jupiter homes for sale will be covered with white tents, where more than 300 artists from across the country will display their finery. All of the artists are juried.

In addition to the extraordinary artwork on display, there will be an array of interactive art shows, artist demonstrations and a full schedule of live entertainment. Kicking off the entertainment at 11 a.m. Feb. 16 is a youth performance by the Atlantic Arts Academy, a theater north of The Loxahatchee Club that teaches dance, music and drama to students. Owners of homes in Abacoa also will see their streets come alive during the Youth Art Competition, in which students from kindergarten through 12th grade will create their best works in an effort to win awards and prizes.

The ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival is full of special attractions this year, including the ArtiKids Area, where aspiring artists can get their hands dirty at the pottery wheel, and the Eco-Art GREEN Zone, where all the art is made from recycled materials. The Eco-Art GREEN Zone will have the Guerilla ART Challenge at 11 a.m. each day of the festival, encouraging participants to show off their flair for creating something out of trash.

The Emerging Artists feature of the ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival is one of its signatures and showcases artists from the local community who are exhibiting their work in public for the first time in their careers. This year, there are 11 emerging artists whose mediums include jewelry, photography and oil.

Waterfront Properties and Club Communities’ Abacoa sales specialists know how much the ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival means to the community and to their clients. The Southeast Tourism Society has deemed it among the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” and Sunshine Artist Magazine has rated in among the top 50 shows in the nation.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 16 and 17, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 18. Parking is close, safe and easy. Tickets cost $12, and parking is free.

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