Election Day, by Mary Page Evans, is shown in “Florida En Plein Air.”
Late last year, downtown West Palm Beach connected more than 20 cultural institutions in the city and in Palm Beach by designating them part of the new Arts and Entertainment District—and they were made all the more navigable with the addition of a special trolley line that stops at several of the venues. The orange line trolley runs Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., bringing patrons to places like the Flagler Museum, the Mandel Public Library/Palm Beach Photographic Centre and the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, as well as local hotels for area visitors.
To get your culture fill, we’ve curated a short itinerary of where to ride the trolley this month. Like the other lines, you don’t need a ticket for this complimentary ride—only a little arts enthusiasm. (561-833-8873, downtownwpb.com)
First Stop: Head to the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens (561-832-5328) to explore the gardens. This month, view the “Florida En Plein Air” exhibit, showcasing new works by expressionist painter Mary Page Evans through March 29. Stop by on a Wednesday for a guided tour at 11 a.m.—or, for an even more personalized experience, learn how to paint with Evans at ANSG on March 2 or March 16 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The class costs $25, and guests should bring their own supplies, including a mat or stool.
Second Stop: Take the trolley to the Norton Museum of Art (561-832-5196) and view the English countryside through the eyes of renowned artists in “Pastures Green: The British Passion for Landscape.” The pieces, on loan from the National Museum Wales, include works from the Industrial Revolution through today.
The Bard, by Thomas Jones, is part of the “Pastures Green” exhibit.
Third Stop: Cross the Royal Palm Bridge to the Society of the Four Arts (561-805-8562) for a stroll through the property or a brief arts education. This month, we recommend enrolling in the three-day “iPhoneography” class, held March 11-13 from noon to 4 p.m. Participants will learn everything about using an iPhone camera, including relevant apps, and get tools to develop a photographic eye.
Fourth Stop: Catch a matinee show in the district’s leading performance hall: the Kravis Center (561-832-7469). Top picks this month include Miami City Ballet performances on March 1 and from March 27-29, Anything Goes from March 10-15 and “Princess Grace: Her Movies, Her Men, Her Monaco”—a moderated discussion of Grace Kelly—on March 16.
Miami City Ballet dancers in “The Concert,” showing March 27-29 at the Kravis | photo by Alberto Oviedo
Fifth Stop: End the trolley tour with a drink and bite at Bistro Ten Zero One (561-833-1234), inside the West Palm Beach Marriott. We crave the brussels sprouts, flavored with bacon, caramelized shallots and a whiskey maple glaze, paired with the blackberry mojito.
Street Art: Northwood Village (561-822-1551) will look even more colorful this year with the addition of 13 metal art sculptures on display throughout the district. The modern pieces, on loan for a year, were created by the late David Hayes, who sculpted dozens of works over six decades. Visitors can’t miss the life-size installations outside establishments like Café Centro and the area’s 11 galleries—where even more art is waiting to be discovered.
One of David Hayes’ sculptures on display on the streets of Northwood Village.