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{upfront} BRILLIANT


An illuminating exhibit is on display this summer at the Cornell Art Museum on the campus of Old School Square in downtown Delray Beach. Lit, which can be seen through Aug. 28, showcases the work of artists who have used light to bring their creative vision to life. London-born artist Chris Bracey, whose creations are found in multiple public collections as well as the private collections of Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, David LaChapelle and others, is among the 16 contemporary artists featured in the show. He worked with neon and

To prepare for its transformative construction project, the Norton Museum of Art will be closed from May 30 through July 4. When it reopens, admission to the West Palm Beach museum will be free through December 2018 – the expected duration of construction. The doors that open on July 5 will be on the east side of the building, where the original 1941 entrance will once again welcome guests. (Easy access from the parking lot across from the museum on the west side of Dixie Highway will be provided via a free shuttle service.) Highlights from the museum’s American, Chinese, contemporary, European and photography collections will be on view in the east galleries while construction proceeds on the west side of the building. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a variety of engaging programs – including the popular Art After Dark on Thursdays.


lights for more than 30 years. Then there’s Jason Myers, who has taught printmaking, painting and drawing at American University in Washington, D.C.; his most recent work juxtaposes traditional notions of a painterly brushstroke with microcomputer technology. Alex Trimino, a Miamibased visual artist, creates illuminated fiber-based sculptures and installations that combine old things, old ways and new technologies as she reflects on how we connect to reality today. Along with the other artists featured in Lit, they prove that art has the potential to light up our lives.


SUPPLY AND DEMANDS While Abraham Lincoln occupied the White House, Floridians were supplying the Confederacy with vital supplies, ranging from salt and beef cattle to a variety of goods smuggled past Union blockades. Their stories – and those of countless others caught up in the struggle – are featured in By Land and Sea: Florida in the Civil War, a special exhibition on display through July 2 at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum in West Palm Beach. The exhibition, presented by the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, explores life in Florida during both the Civil War and Reconstruction. Special attention is paid to naval activity in the state’s coastal waters, agricultural contributions and daily life in the Sunshine State – for Confederates, Union sympathizers and former slaves. Capehart Photography

Chris Bracey, Artificial, neon lettering on hand-painted board