University of Miami's Beaux Arts Festival This Weekend

Somewhere on the road to artistic maturity a chasm developed in Miami's fine art offerings. You have Art Basel and its galaxy of satellite fairs for the upper echelon connoisseurs--the real nose lifters. And then there are the weekend art warriors who think getting blitzed at mainstream art festivals like the Coconut Grove Art Fair qualify them to wax poetic on Andy Warhol or Jackson Pollock.

All or nothing. That's Miami for you. But wouldn't it be great if there were an art fair with some great work, both from established and up and coming artist, in an environment that was cool without trying so hard? Oh, that's right, we have that already. And believe it or not, the Beaux Arts' Festival of Art is celebrating its 60th anniversary making it among the longest art fairs in the city and state.

This year's event of the region's oldest juried fine art show boasts

over 240 artists from 30 states, Canada, and Israel and working in 10

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distinct mediums. Part of what helps keep the quality of art up at Beaux

is simple--the green. And we don't mean the lush university campus

setting for the festival, although that's a nice bonus. We're talking

about the $20,000 in cash awards for the artists. Not that they're in it

for the scratch, but it doesn't hurt either. Looking to see if you can

spot some great local artist of the future. Check out the popular

Student Artist Showcase, featuring art from students all over the

county. Fernando Ramos, an 11th grader, won this year's Best in Show.

As always, part of the fun of the Beaux -we mean besides checking out

the traveling artist that show their stuff--is getting in free toe the

Lowe Art Museum and checking out their current exhibitions, including

Frank Paulin's photos and Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of

African American Art.

Finally, it wouldn't be festival without live music and other

entertainment, some options at the Art Park for those brat kids you

might be lugging around, and of course something to stuff your face

with. Take some comfy shoes for walking and check out a festival map

here.

The Beaux Arts' Festival of Art takes place Saturday and Sunday (January

8 and 9) on the grounds of the University of Miami near the Lowe Art

Museum. The festival is free and open each day from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit

/www.beauxartsmiami.org or call 305-668-8499 for more information.


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