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things are heating up I’ve been calling The Palm Beaches home for almost 30 years now. When my cat and I first arrived, all those many memories ago, the pace of life here slowed considerably during the summer months. As the days grew longer and the snowbirds headed north, area theaters went dark, certain shops and restaurants closed and traffic flowed freely – at least until the first frost sent seasonal residents rushing back to our sunny shores.
Breast Center in Jupiter, which is the subject of “Healing Arts” on page 54.
Those days are a distant memory now. Palm Beach County’s cultural calendar is brimming with performances, exhibitions, classes, camps, concerts, festivals, workshops, openings, lectures, lunches and so much more on a year-round basis.
As we continue to move forward toward the long, notso-lazy days of summer, our cultural community has even more to celebrate. Palm Beach County’s theaters made a fabulously strong showing in the South Florida Carbonell Awards (see page 82). The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is expanding (page 78). The Norton Museum of Art is embarking on an exciting transformation (page 22).
You’ll find ample evidence of the many and varied pleasures of the spring and summer seasons in The Palm Beaches as you immerse yourself in this issue of
art&culture! In “Driven to Distraction” on page 66, veteran travel writer Thomas Swick takes us on a road trip that leads to some of the area’s lesser-known cultural attractions – and offers suggestions for additional summer explorations. Contributor Elaine Viets takes a walk on Palm Beach County’s wild side and wades into some murky waters to take us on an adventure of a different sort in “Go Gators!” on page 50. Our “Upfront” section – beginning on page 21 – will point you toward an entertaining array of summer exhibitions and shows. If you’re in the mood for music, turn to page 31, where we point you toward some cool tunes in “Most Wanted.” We couldn’t possibly fit all the summer offerings in, but the calendar on page 40 offers up a tempting taste of what’s in store in the weeks and months ahead.
The Muse Awards celebrate the artists, administrators, patrons and organizations that make the cultural life of our community the envy of many. This year’s ceremony and recipients are profiled in “‘Everything Old Is New Again’” on page 60.
As Ben Vereen says, “Our future is so bright, we have to wear shades!” The actor, singer, dancer and Broadway veteran was expressing support for the arts in The Palm Beaches as part of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County’s Shades of Culture campaign. And he’s not the only one to “See the Arts through a Different Lens.” To find out more about this exciting movement – and the celebrities who have embraced it – turn to “Seeing Is Believing” on page 42. I am proud to be among the hundreds of local arts supporters who have joined the Shades of Culture campaign. Being in such good company – and having the opportunity to admire the work of abstract expressionist painter Alyssa di Edwardo, which was on display at the Cultural Council’s headquarters in Lake Worth – definitely gave me reason to smile. I hope this issue of
art&culture will do the same for you! Imagine!
The talented artists who live and work in Palm Beach County also stay busy throughout the year. Scott Eyman introduces us to one of them, sculptor Alexander Krivosheiw, in our “Portrait” on page 34. The work of many others is on display at the Margaret W. Niedland
Christina Wood, Managing Editor Passport Publications & Media Corporation