Art Boca Raton

When you tire of the sun and crowds of the Palm Beach International Boat Show this weekend, slide on down to Boca Raton for a dose of culture.

   Next Level Fairs, the same team behind Art Palm Beach, has launched Art Boca Raton. Taking place from March 18-21, Art Boca Raton will bring roughly 50 local, national, and international dealers to the International Pavilion of the Palm Beaches at the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University. The 65,000-square-foot exhibition hall will be packed with works from contemporary masters and emerging artists that span a variety of mediums.

   In recent years, Boca Raton has been forging a legacy of cultural significance in Florida and beyond. David and Lee Ann Lester, founders of Next Level Fairs, saw Boca as the natural next location for a significant fine art happening. “Boca Raton is the commercial center of Palm Beach County,” David Lester said in a statement. “Launching Art Boca Raton in this culturally and commercially thriving community with the partnership of the Boca Raton Museum of Art and other local institutions creates an entirely new cultural environment and experience for residents and visitors.”

   The fair kicks off on March 17 with the Art Boca Raton Vernissage, benefiting the Boca Raton Museum of Art School. Then, from March 18-21, the International Pavilion will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Single-day tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Student tickets are $8 in advance and $12 at the door. Multiday passes are also available for purchase.

   Art Boca Raton will also boast many additional events. The Art Forum series includes daily talks on everything from Jewish Futurism to the current state of the art market. Visitors can also attend live artist demonstrations on collage, fabric painting, and figure drawing, to name a few. And once the pavilion doors close, that doesn’t mean you have to go home. The Boca Raton Museum of Art will host special Art After Dark events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

   This is just a taste of what is sure to be a great addition to Palm Beach County’s art scene. For more information, visit

Happiness, Laura Donefer, available at Art Boca Raton through Habatat Galleries


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