“Normal life,” a concept out of reach for months, continues its gradual emergence on the horizon. In the A&E world, this has meant a slow drip-drip of returning events, from socially distanced concerts, plays and comedy shows to beloved art events. The latter will be on vivid showcase this weekend, starting with tonight’s First Friday Art Walk in Delray Beach—the city’s second such event since re-launching the walks in November—in which eight downtown galleries will stay open until 9 p.m. to welcome masked patrons.
But the biggest news in the Palm Beach County art scene is that the 10th-annual Downtown West Palm Beach Art Festival will make its belated return to Rosemary Square on Saturday on Sunday. Postponed from its typical April slot on the cultural calendar, this signature art festival of the central Palm Beaches will feature a wide breadth of juried art from local and national artists, including colossal sculptures, paintings, jewelry, glass, photography, collage, mixed media and ceramics positioned on the refurbished cobblestones of Rosemary Square, with the artists on site to discuss their work and its inspiration. Since it’s a cash-and-carry (or swipe-and-carry) affair, the festival marks a great opportunity to snag one-of-a-kind gifts for the artsier people on your shopping list.
This being a plague year, promoter Howard Alan Events has instituted safety measures for attendance, as follows:
• All attendees are required to wear a mask while attending the Festival, with the exception of children aged 2 and under.
• Entrances and exits will be monitored for one-way traffic.
• Visitors should reserve a free time slot at ArtFestival.com.
• Social-distancing is required between artists and patrons, and patron groups.
• Patrons are asked to stay home if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19, awaiting test results for COVID-19, or show any symptoms of the virus.
• Guests are also asked to utilize hand-washing and sanitizing stations on a regular basis and avoid casual touching.
Some things will not change, i.e., leashed pets are welcome, and photo ops will be plentiful. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For information, call 561/746-6615.