04 Apr New Art, Installations, and Demonstrations Coming To SunFest
While I passionately love the sounds of SunFest, I would be remiss if I did not discuss another beloved aspect of the festival: The art. The art district is my earliest memory of SunFest– I have flashes of being fastened into a stroller, looking up at the seemingly endless row of booths. My parents would stroll slowly by each vendor, looking at the intricate jewelry, paintings, and sculptures created by local vendors and artists. It was always beautiful, but out of reach for me.
But this year, something new and exciting is in store for festival attendees. After more than 30 years, SunFest will no longer feature a traditional juried fine art show. SunFest has unveiled plans for a new arts district– one that is more innovative, immersive, and affordable. With a lot of thoughtful consideration, the beautiful walkway between stages will evolve to feature live artist demonstrations, installations, and new products.
Attendees will be able to browse and shop more than 60 vendors, who will showcase upcycled goods, functional art, apparel, and bright prints. In addition to selling their gorgeous work, many vendors will also be offering on-site demonstrations and live events.
SunFest will also have some gorgeous, large-scale installations that are sure to cast some shade and sneak into your selfies, including:
- This year, the artist Béju will bring his colorful, intriguing, PVC sculptures to Flagler Drive. These giant, humanoid sculptures are unique to each site, and “engages the viewer to complete the piece by imaging its details such as facial expressions and hand gestures.”
- The Arc of Palm Beach County provides quality services, education, and advocacy for children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. This May, The Arc will have a booth with artwork for purchase that helps aid their fundraising efforts. They will also be contributing a massive, 8-foot-tall electric guitar–decorated with beautiful glass mosaic pieces.
- Mobile Murals will be on-site and provide attendees an opportunity to help paint an engaging, elongated mural.
- The Dreyfoos School of the Arts will also share a large-scale installation –and a fun photo booth– at SunFest.
- The Armory Arts Center will bring a giant, 8-foot-tall sea turtle to Flagler Drive, made partially from repurposed trash bags. The Center will also have their traveling pottery wheel– where attendees can play with clay (and learn a little instruction).
- The Florida Lottery remains a proud sponsor of the art district and will showcase the work of Courtney Einhorn, a talented young artist and Bright Futures recipient. Stop by their booth on Saturday and Sunday to see Einhorn paint on-site.
These are just a few new sights you can expect to catch this May. There is so much more in store.
Make sure you leave time to explore SunFest’s new art district! You’ll love what you hear, but this year will play to all of your senses.
I’ll see you soon!