After CANVAS outdoor show, there continues to “Be Art”

“Be Art” by Laura Kimpton
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The Canvas Outdoor Museum Show has furled its official events for the year but leaves behind a wealth of art downtown and in Northwood, including some that’s still in the works.

“Be Art,” the Laura Kimpton piece that invites viewers to connect with it, is almost done, with all five letters in place beside North Flagler Drive near the Darth Vader building. It’s partly hidden behind construction materials from the Flagler Memorial Bridge project, but you can sneak a peak by walking around the west side of the building.

At the Northwood container art farm, two views of the same container, front and back


There are too many good pieces to mention, but also be sure to check out the murals under the middle bridge, visible only from the sidewalk, or from the water. There are some nice pieces by South Florida artists, as well, in Northwood, painted on the sides of shipping containers.

The installers: Chief fabricator Jeff Schomberg, left, with Dion Allen, welding each letter of “Be Art” into position.


West Palm to add curfew hours for minors at Moonfest

How curfew violators will be dispatched.

With Moonfest coming up this weekend, Mayor Jeri Muoio is issuing an executive order to ban anyone under 18 years of age from downtown from 9 p.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Sunday.

The city curfew normally starts at 11 p.m. but the mayor’s order starts it two hours early during the festival, where alcohol is sold. The Police Department expects more than 30,000 people will attend, Moonfest, based on past years.

“Increasing restricted hours for minors during Moonfest will assist in promoting the
health, safety and general welfare of minors and will further allow the Police Department to focus its attention on the health, safety and welfare of the Moonfest participants and business patrons both at the event and in the surrounding downtown area beginning at an earlier hour,” according to Monday’s city commission agenda.

In addition, the city commission voted unanimously Monday to drop the regular curfew to 10 p.m. seven days a week rather than 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night. This will be in place as a pilot program for the next few months.

Clematis by night spotlights after-school programs



Prime Time Palm Beach County (Prime Time), a nonprofit that aims to foster high quality after-school programs,  will host its 12th Annual Lights On Afterschool Palm Beach County event with family-friendly activities at Clematis by Night on Oct. 20.

Families and children will gather to advocate for after-school programs and participate in fun and educational activities. Mayor Jeri Muoio will welcome guests and present a proclamation declaring Oct. 20 Lights On Afterschool Day.

The program, on the West Palm Beach waterfront, is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.



Cut-ups cut up Shakespeare, at PBAU performance this week


The Palm Beach Atlantic University Theatre Department will present The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 13-15, and 2 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Fern Street Theatre, 500 Fern St., West Palm Beach.

The comedy includes some serious subject matter and is recommended for ages 12 and up. Tickets are $15 general admission or two for $25. For information, contact Ticket Central at (561) 803-2970 or

Exhibit showcases South Florida’s female artists

Artist: Amber Tutwiler, Courtesy of The Box Gallery

Tomorrow, Saturday Sept. 24, The Box Gallery in West Palm Beach presents Florida Femme, an exhibit showcasing work of emerging female artists of South Florida.
The show opens with a reception at the gallery, at 811 Belvedere Road, from 6 to 10 p.m.
The Box Gallery on Saturday, September 24 from 6-10 p.m.
Florida Femme celebrates the work and contributions by professional female artists to the cultural vitality of South Florida’s contemporary art scene.
Participating Artists:
Ashley Cassens, Chelsie Hustad, Amber Tutwiler,Chelsie Hustad, Janet Gold, Kaillee Coleman, Lisa Stephens, Mori Haynes,Mumbi O’Brien,
Melodie Allegre, Tara Atefi, Sammi Mclean, and Vicki Siegel.

Demolition starts on Carefree Theater


[Update:  The city’s development services director, Rick Greene, said the proposal for the site is much bigger than West Palm’s land use code allows. “Staff is not allowing them to move forward,” Greene said Wednesday. “The project will have to be made smaller or the Code revised to allow them to go higher than what the current regulations allow.”]

A track hoe began crunching walls of the old Carefree Theatre on South Dixie Highway this week, as a developer seeks city approval for Carefree 6 @ Flamingo, a mixed-use project with an art-house cinema.

The building served as an entertainment venue for six decades but has been vacant since 2005.

Film producer and distributor Charles S. Cohen, who is a real estate developer, plans a project on the site, between Flamingo Drive and Cordova Road, that will include six theaters, luxury apartments, restaurants, shops and underground parking.


Initial strike to the Carefree.

Track hoe about to wail away at the west wall of the vacant Carefree Theatre.



Top local mural artists picked for Canvas outdoor art show

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For last year’s CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show, Sean Yoro created a mural on the underside of the Royal Park Bridge. (Joe Capozzi / The Palm Beach Post)

CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show has selected eight artists to participate in the 2016 Local Showdown Nov. 11 in Northwood Village

The Showdown is part of the ten-day CANVAS Outdoor Show that runs through Nov. 20. The winner will receive a position in the CANVAS 2017 artist lineup.

Applicants residing in Palm Beach, Martin, Broward or Miami-Dade county were required to submit work that was unique and suitable for public viewing. The applications were reviewed by a hand-picked selection committee comprised of business leaders and professionals from the area.

The seven selected artists will execute their designs on 20-foot-long shipping containers on 25th Street, in Northwood Village, from Nov. 4 to Nov. 11. Once the murals are completed, the public will have the chance to vote for their favorite CANVAS Local Showdown mural using the official CANVAS Art app, until Nov. 20. The winner will be announced at the closing of CANVAS.

“The goal of CANVAS is to captivate the imagination and enrich public space with art through various mediums,” Nicole Henry, the downtown gallery owner who founded CANVAS said. “During CANVAS Local Showdown, we are bringing people to historic Northwood Village to highlight and promote its artistic and cultural dimensions while beautifying public spaces to further enrich our community.”

The artists participating in this year’s CANVAS Local Showdown include:

  • Jhonattan Arango, Palm Beach County
  • Ron Burkhardt, Palm Beach County
  • Jennifer Chaparro, Martin County
  • Cheryl Maeder and Marilyn Walter, Palm Beach County
  • Eduardo Mendieta, Palm Beach County
  • Ruben Ubiera, Miami-Dade County
  • Luis Valle, Miami-Dade County

CANVAS Local Showdown was created to draw attention to one of the oldest and truly art-centric neighborhoods in West Palm Beach through a central theme of “connection.” The murals will depict the connection theme by illustrating what that means to an artist and to the world that experiences art. CANVAS Local Showdown is sponsored by West Palm Beach Art in Public Places (AiPP), the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and CANVAS Art Charities.

A series of events will take place between now and the launch of CANVAS 2016 including an Art Gala on Oct. 22 at Graffiti Garden Warehouse, 501 Fern St. Proceeds from the gala will support CANVAS Art Charities. Visit for updates.

Vintage motorcycle event downtown tonight



O’Shea’s Irish Pub will host a Vintage Motorcycle Show this evening, from 6 to 10 p.m.

There’s a growing trend of Millennials, Yuppies and Baby Boomers, of restoring bikes from the 60’s and 70’s and in many cases converting them to Cafe Cruisers.

The 60-70 period of motorcycling in the U.S. is not represented by Harley-Davidson type bikes. This era was dominated by Hondas and to a lesser degree Triumphs and BSA’s from Britain.



In attendance will be David Plotkin, a motorcycle historian and vintage bike collector whose personal collection extends back to motorcycles used during World War II.


Ladies night out…at science museum? Why not experiment!


The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is hosting a ladies night out on Aug. 19, from 6-9 p.m.

The evening will include:

  • Cocktail concoctions
  • Bath Fizz & UV Nail Polish labs
  • Liquid Nitrogen Rumchata Fireball Ice Cream
  • High Heel science demonstrations
  • Food and wine samples
  • DJ, silent auction and giveaways

The museum is at 4801 Dreher Trail North. Admission is $7 in advance and $10 day of the event. 21 and older. Purchase tickets at or 561-832-1988.

Northwood gets Florida Main Street designation


This, from West Palm Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency:

Northwood Village has been designated a Florida Main Street by the Florida Division of Historical Resources, the agency that preserves and promotes Florida’s historical, archaeological and folk culture resources.  The Main Street designation and program focuses on economic development in the context of historic preservation.

While concentrating on revitalizing Northwood Village’s historic commercial center, the program will seek to enhance the economic vitality, quality of life, and civic pride of the community, and encourage citizen participation in shaping its future.

The CRA will provide $150,000 over three years to the Northwood Village Main Street program to help renew and revitalize this community center, one of the city’s oldest historic neighborhoods.