Palm Beach Atlantic Artists Collective, Dance
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Florida weather becomes increasingly unstable as we head toward hurricane season. Today a tornado touched down in Boynton Beach so I paid special attention to road conditions on my drive to “Artavox, A Celebration of Artists” that was held at The Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center in Boynton Beach late day today. I was told by a local resident that the event is typically located in a different part of Palm Beach County every year. It has been held at the Related Group Sales Pavilion in CityPlace in the middle of Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach and at Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society campus in Jupiter, Florida.

Local food vendors greeted guests with free samples in a cluster of small blue tents in front of the schoolhouse. I enjoyed some tasty miniature Jewish cinnamon and apricot rugela, spareribs, crab cakes and conch salad. Culligan provided bottled water.
In addition I was introduced to an exciting new music and food venue in Lake Worth. The Organic Music Cafe is an organic food, wine, and beer cafe with a wide variety of music. They told me they will be opening at 332 Dixie Highway SE corner of Dixie and 4th in Lake Worth. They are very busy creating a fabulous and fun look for the space that includes an outdoor dining area. The menu will include raw, vegan, vegetarian, organic meat and chicken dishes. There will be a good assortment of organic beers and wines as well. The entertainment will include Grammy winners, blues singers,ethnic dance and sound. There will be something for every ear. For more information call Joyce at 1-561-683-0625.

As I ate I listened to a poet, Dr. Jeff Morgan from a local university recite a poem about blue food and watched talented dancers and musicians perform and improvise with each other. The visual arts were represented by artist Sharon Koskoff who created a tableaux with manniquins and brightly colored drawings and paintings.Visitors were encouraged to interact with her art installation. In addition there was a slide presentation of local artists artwork at dusk.

Artavox is a social affair. I bumped into Kevin, the owner of trendy Kevro’s Art Bar in Delray Beach with his wife and several artists that have exhibited their art in his popular venue. Kevro’s offers up exceptional instrumental jazz, rock and blues bands, a performance art burlesque troupe called The Boudoir Beauties, comedy, art happenings, draw alongs, and anything else you can think of!

I also met Elayna Toby Singer, Administrator of Art In Public Places for Palm Beach County. I receive frequent e-mail listings of all of the worthwhile art projects her office promotes and supports. It should be called “Community Advocacy and Building Bridges Through Art”. This is the office that puts together shows for county buildings, the airport and organizations. They make art work in Palm Beach County!

I was introduced to artist La Fogg who paints Florida wildlife and pet portraits, wildlife photogrpher Tom Sylvester and Architect Robert G. Currie who renovated the schoolhouse and the bridge to the island.

I stayed til dusk to watch the artist’s slide show on a large screen but became distracted by the lack of definition afforded the work. Visual artists would have been better served by an indoor venue or a later time slot.That aside I enjoyed the relaxed environment created by the organizers, met interesting people and ate great food! What could be bad?!