Thursday, May 23, 2024

Artistic Mega Yacht Docks in West Palm

(Submitted photo)

Call it the warm before the cold front. Last night in West Palm Beach, ideal weather fostered a cozy evening on the SeaFair, the 228-foot mega yacht owned by art-fair magnates David and Lee Ann Lester. On board, invited guests sipped Champagne, noshed on generous appetizers such as Buffalo spring rolls and fig ‘n’ rosemary bites, and listened to a classical guitarist from Florida Atlantic University. Partiers divided their time between Deck 3, with its modern-art-bedecked walls, and the top deck, with stunning views of the Palm Beach skyline.

The boat’s home is normally Miami, but it docked at the waterfront at Clematis and Flagler yesterday to serve dual functions: as a special treat for patrons of Art Palm Beach, which celebrates its 19th year through Sunday at the nearby Palm Beach County Convention Center, and as an introduction to Art Boca Raton, the inaugural fair the Lesters are launching in our neck of the woods in March.

(Last night on the yacht)

Boca’s future art-fair visitors hobnobbed with Palm Beach’s current ones; I spotted Irvin Lippman, director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, and Heather Coltman, dean of FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, among the attendees. This is a appropriate, as both of these institutions will play a critical role in the success of Art Boca Raton. The fair will take place at the university’s Research Park March 18-21, at a special facility designed specifically for the fair. The Boca Museum, meanwhile, will host the Vernissage night March 17 as well as special lectures throughout the fair.

For more on the community-encompassing formation of Art Boca Raton, don’t miss our preview in the March issue of Boca Raton, complete with insights from the Lesters. And this weekend, Art Palm Beach continues with a lineup chockfull of rare film screenings, presentations and conversations with art-world luminaries. For the full schedule, visit

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