West Palm 'Canvas' art event aims to draw visitors from Art Basel

For years, Art Basel has put a spotlight on Miami Beach, drawing http://precisiondoor.net/garagedoor-repair the best of the international art community to the city each winter.

Now West Palm Beach gallery operator Nicole Henry has organized what she calls an outdoor version of Art Basel, Canvas, to serve as an opener and draw some of the tens of thousands of Art Basel visitors up for a new experience. Theres nothing like it anywhere in the world, she said.

The event, to run from Nov. 8 to 22, will feature 20 murals on selected West Palm buildings, sculptures, installations and video art. Therell be a series of custom garage doors receptions on yachts and a New York City-style fashion show in the graffiti garden behind Henrys gallery at 501 Fern St.

An early launch party and art auction is scheduled for Oct. 10 to raise money for the nonprofit event, at a location to be announced.

Henry says shes bringing in well-known national and international artists to paint murals and create installations. The out-sized murals will be painted on condo towers, a hotel, a city garage and the Royal Park Bridge.

The artists include 2Alas; Bik-Ismo; Cheryl Maeder; David Walker; Eduardo Kobra; Faith67; Jean-Luc Moerman; Jeremy Penn; Jos Bedia; Kai; Katja Loher; Lonac; Michael Dweck; Registered Artist; ROA; Ron English; Sean Yoro (a.k.a. Hula); and Zeus.

Local talent will participate, as well. Seven local artists will participate in a Canvas event in the citys Northwood neighborhood Nov. 13, where theyll each paint a garage door.

A special app will be available for the public to vote for their favorite works of art, and also to help guide visitors from installation to installation. Palm Beach Atlantic University students will serve as docents.

Its a culmination of my experiences around the world, Henry said.

I wanted to bring an art experience to our area, Henry said. It was important to me that it would be a free event and wouldnt be confined by walls. The idea behind Canvas is to captivate the imagination and ignite both ideas and inspiration by bringing public garage door spring replacement cost art to the forefront of our collective consciousness here in West Palm Beach.

During the first week of Canvas, artists will be creating their works and the public will be free to watch. Therell also be a program where children will be able to help the artists fill in sections of the murals. People get to see the artists create in real time and can see their techniques, Henry said.

Henry, whose nonprofit Canvas Art Charities has been raising money to stage the event, said shes hoping it will become an annual affair in West Palm Beach. Hopefully it will be the beginning of a big push toward art in our community.

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