2015-02-12 / Arts & Entertainment News

Arti Gras Turns 30

Festival marks 3 decades of bringing fine art to northern Palm Beach

In 1985, organizers from what is now the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce had a dream.

They would create a high-quality art festival and thousands would come.

About 150 artists set up at those early festivals, held at the North Palm Beach Country Club, drawing a few thousand people. In a time in which the area’s cultural institutions of any note were few, the festival introduced thousands of residents to a world of high-quality, carefully vetted art and fine crafts.

Over three decades, ArtiGras has grown to become THE draw for Northern Palm Beach County.

More than 85,000 people are expected to attend the three-day festival, set for Feb. 14-16, to see the work of 300 of the finest artists from across the country — including one who traveled from Hawaii.

Expect to see their finest work.

Maybe you’ll even be inspired to shop a little.


ArtiGras winds along the road behind The Gardens Mall in this aerial photo of the 1998 festival. 
COURTESY PHOTOS ArtiGras winds along the road behind The Gardens Mall in this aerial photo of the 1998 festival. COURTESY PHOTOS But one thing is for certain: You’ll probably join the masses in returning next year. ¦

— Scott Simmons



Crowds gather for entertainment at the 1990 ArtiGras. 
COURTESY PHOTO Crowds gather for entertainment at the 1990 ArtiGras. COURTESY PHOTO

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