Lake Worth Art League hosted the Think Tank at 601 Lucerne Ave. Monday evening. Looking ahead to Art Palm Beach January 2014 only six months out.
Sometime back I printed an open letter from an artist on this blog and had that same letter read out loud during a City Hall Session so it would be on public record. It needed to be out for those who support the arts and are involved in the arts. Lake Worth is looking to position itself as an ART destination. Not an impossible task. Everyone was looking to LULA, with less than 20 listed artists. This came up again at this meeting. Their Logo is fabulous however when a artist was looking to relocate to Lake Worth he was unable to find LULA. He even went to the corner of Lucerne and Lake 🙂 at the Cultural Plaza. He now is beautifully situated in Boynton and has made a name for himself and his effective efforts there. A missed opportunity for us, however he recognizes as many of us in attendance, one person cannot do everything. The power of over 30 involved artists, art advocates with a track record showed up for this Think Tank. Five artists of Lake Worth have stepped up to be on the “team Lake Worth” to be led by Bonnie Willburn of the Art League. This was an impressive group meeting of artists who are in lead positions of their art organizations from all over Palm Beach County. Five (5) plausible satellites locations were identified for hosting and showcasing area artists, to the visiting collectors during Art Palm Beach 2014. Location mentioned are Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Norwood, West Palm Beach Armory Ctr. and Clematis via the DDA. This takes place during the hight of Tourist Season. Missing from this meeting was representation from the Palm Beach Cultural Council. Chamber of Commerce and Florida Department of Tourism. Those organizations have the where with all and funds required to showcase and utilize the talent that is more than willing. Team Lake Worth will meet at the South Shores Tavern next Monday 6:30 p.m. As City Mgr. Bornstein was heard saying “baby steps”. Baby steps have begun. Our Mayor also recently returned from Tenn. where she saw what the arts have done for them. South Shores Tavern this week installed over 50 pcs of art representing 8 working artist who will be painting on the premises from 6 – 10 p.m. Thurs – Sun. for the enjoyment of those dining there. A win win for the Artist, for South Shores Tavern. Lake Worth will see more of this during tourist season when this program will expand to seven days. Mgr. Karine Albano of South Shores herself a artist with ties to the N.Y. art scene loved the idea when it was presented to her by AnnaMaria Hunt. AnnaMaria also signed a contract with French House to showcase one artist per month, starting end of August. “Breakfast with the Artist” a successful art program she initiated in Coconut Grove. As this is about art, Norton Museum of Art is the closest to Lake Worth, so take advantage of these free times .