Art Palm Beach Celebrates 19th Edition of International Fair

Lee Ann & David Lester, Mayor Geri Muoio

Lee Ann & David Lester, Mayor Geri Muoio

PALM BEACH – (December 31, 2015) – Art Palm Beach, the internationally renowned premiere mid-winter contemporary art fair on Florida’s Gold Coast, takes place January 20 – 24, 2016, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Celebrating its 19th year, Art Palm Beach is Palm Beach County’s longest running fair dedicated to contemporary, emerging, and modern master works of art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

“This year we have increased our number of exhibitors, exhibition space, on and off-site events with more than 8o international galleries exhibiting paintings, sculpture, photography, video, new technologies, performance art, and art installations offering collectors exposure to today’s emerging art trends,” says Lee Ann Lester, founder/organizer, Art Palm Beach.

For the 19th edition of Art Palm Beach, Lee Ann and David Lester, founders/organizers, have created new sections emphasizing emerging art, sculpture and works on paper. An inspiring schedule of educational lectures and forums are open to fair attendees. An onsite bookstore has been added as well as installation projects form Korea, Israel and the United States.


• International Sculpture Exhibition – Fernando Botero’s Donna Sdraiata (1995) Bronze – life-size – 55 1/8 x 47 ¼ x 142 ½ inches. Galeria el Museo (Bogota). Installation by Crackling Art Group and William Sweetlove, using recycled plastic byproducts they bring their environmental conservation message to international audiences, Ca’d’ Oro Gallery, Rome, New York, Miami. Solange Heilenkotter using Japanese and kinetic art traditions will exhibit new sculptural forms from a single piece of paper expanding over 6 feet wide creating a sense of motion in each work. ArtLabbe Gallery, Santiago, Chile.
• Emerging Art Exhibitions – Exploring 21st century painting Siebren Versteeg’s video “Departures” and works generated by manipulating computer language creating images of paintings and videos that exist exclusively from internet data space, Michael Jon Gallery, Miami. Australian artist Ry David Bradley using landscapes from online media manipulates the images onto suede using dyes and spray paint cast over the digital source. Bill Bradley Gallery, New York, Miami.\
• Street Artist – New works will be exhibited by Speedy Graphito one of the pioneers of the French Street Art Movement left his mark with his innovative style in the early 1980’s has continued to re-invent iconography of our times. Fabien Castanier Gallery, Los Angeles, Bogota.
• New Leipzig School- Exhibiting for the first time in Palm Beach will be the Leipzig-based artist Hans Aichinger dedicated to representational figural compositions characterized by minimalist background often developed out of the dark backdrop creating dynamic focus on the central figures. Maerzgalerie, Berlin, Leipzig.
• First annual poster competition in partnership with PureHoney Magazine, the A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Palm Beach State College and the competition was open to all students from both schools. The winners were selected by more than 33,000 votes and include Samantha Vassor from the A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, and Laura Rincon from Palm Beach State College.
• Community Brunch – Sunday, January 24, 2016 – 10:00 a.m. until Noon – free and open to the public at WhiteSpace The Mordes Collection.
• Art Week 2016 – 30+ ArtSynergy satellite exhibitions throughout the nine Palm Beach County Art Districts* including the 3rd Annual Palm Beach Art Exhibition at Art Palm Beach featuring 23 artists, curated by Rolando Chang Barrero. Jurors: Richard Beau-lieu, Debby Coles-Dobbay and Jane Harris.
• West Palm Beach Art & Entertainment District presents CONTINUUM WPB Arts, a pop-up gallery and performance space in partnership with Art Palm Beach and Art Synergy,
• The Bold Beauty Project – an innovative visual arts project showcasing women with disabilities. Through the photographers’ creative lens, the audience glimpses the beauty, strength and sensuality of these women who are not limited by their disabilities. Saturday, January 23 2:15 p.m. lecture featuring Robert Zuckerman (photographer), Shelly Baer, Bold Beauty Project Director and more.
• Jung UK Yang – A Man Without Words – Gallery SoSo (Seoul, Korea) – 34-year old multi-media artist – environment/installation of light, sound and motion from simple found objects.
• Ted Barr – Dreams – painting series –, mixed media Israeli artist, curator and teacher, Mr. Barr’s central themes explore deep space, human development, dreams, emotions and universal unity. Alessandro Berni Gallery, Perugia, Italy.

Fast Facts:
• 80 exhibitors – 50% are new this year
• 21 Countries including: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Korea, Nicaragua, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela.
• 20% additional exhibition space for a total of 100,000 square feet including two new pavilions, EDGE and Works on Paper and new floor plan.
• Ticket prices – $15 in advance, $20 at the door for one-day passes. Students $8 in advance, and $12 at the door. Multi-day passes $20/$25 and $10/$15 for students.
• First View/Collector’s Invitational by invitation only – January 20, 2016
• Complimentary shuttle service from the Hibiscus Garage at City Place to the Main North Convention Center Lobby – Valet Entrance. (Limited parking available at the PB Convention Center due to parking lot construction).
• Fair Hours:
Thursday. January 21 – Noon until 7:00 p.m.
Friday – January 22 – Noon to 9 p.m.
Saturday – January 23 – Noon to 7 p.m.
Sunday – January 24 – Noon until 6:00 p.m.
• Lecture Series complimentary with fair admission. Schedule available upon request or at
• Documentary Screenings include: Last Days of Vietnam from filmmaker Rory Kennedy, 1989 by Camilo Matiz, and Pilchuck: A Dance with Fire written by Gary Gibson and directed by John Forsen.
• Supporting Sponsors: and Amazon Art
• Event Sponsor: Books & Books, Miami
• Media Partners: Art Hive Magazine, Boca Magazine, Arte Al Dia, Sculpture, American Art Collector, Craft Arts International, Artpulse, Irreversible, PureHoney, ArtDistrict, and Le Grand Mag.
• Cultural Partners: Armory Art Center, Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, ArtSynergy Palm Beach County, Benzaiten Center, Downtown Development Authority of West Palm Beach, Lighthouse Center for the Arts, Palm Beach Photographic Center, among others. (Full list available on the website).

“Art Palm Beach is a strong, well-organized regional art fair providing a more relaxed and welcoming atmosphere while offering attendees great diversity and a global perspective,” says David Lester, founder/organizer, Art Palm Beach. “During the five-day fair, we will provide a unique cultural experience for residents and visitors to the Palm Beaches,” continues Lester.

For full schedule, additional information, and to purchase tickets please visit Next Level Fairs is the parent company for Art Palm Beach and Art Boca Raton, which will inaugurate its first fair March 18-21, 2016, in the Research Park on the campus of Florida Atlantic University Next Level Fairs curates sophisticated, event driven fairs attracting global attendance, supported by an international marketing and branding strategy in coordination with local museums, collectors and galleries. www.nextlevelfairs.comArt Palm Beach 2016 Logo.

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Editor’s Note: Hi-res images available upon request.

*Palm Beach County Art Districts: Antique Row, Artists Alley, Boynton Beach Art District, Lake Park and North Palm Beach Art District, Lake Worth Arts, Northwood Village, West Palm Beach and Worth Avenue.