This year, February 14th doesn’t just kick off cupid’s favorite holiday, it also kicks off the annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival. The festival is produced by the Coconut Grove Arts and Historical Association, Inc., a non-profit community organization and showcases the works of 360 internationally recognized artists who are selected from nearly 1,300 applicants. Jurors evaluate the artist’s work and displays to select participants in such categories as mixed media, painting, photography, digital art, printmaking & drawing, watercolor, clay work, glass, fiber, jewelry & metalwork, sculpture and wood.
This year, I’m excited that my friend and Brickell local, Courtney Einhorn, will be featuring her art at the 2015 festival! Her vibrant art is reflective of the her colorful and joyful personality. Born and raised in Miami, Courtney is strongly influenced by the city’s vibrant colors, which shines through in her paintings. Courtney’s purpose in her creations is to elicit an uplifting energy from the viewer. She feels blessed to trace her artistic talent to her grandfather, who was a mural painter in New York in the 1940s. Her work will be featured at booth number NE2.
The CGAF is regarded as America’s most popular outdoor fine arts exhibition, artists from more than 47 U.S. states and Canada represent over 1,000 applicants to submit their works to showcase at the festival. Twenty-seven local artists from the Miami area and more than 110 from Florida were also invited to showcase. My favorite part of the festival is the Culinary Pavilion, located in the heart of Meyers Park, which features demonstrations by noted chefs from many of South Florida’s finest hotels and restaurants. Among those participating include hometown Food Network champion Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, Island cuisine master Chef Irie and Private Chef to the celebrities Richard Ingraham.
Festival hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission to the Arts Festival is $15 per person, per day. Children 12 and under are free. So this weekend show your Valentine’s love to our local artists at the Coconut Grove Arts festival and while you are at it – pick me up a little something – because you know I am your favorite Valentine.