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Pineapple Grove Arts District

October 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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The Pineapple Fine Arts District, located in the heart of downtown Delray Beach, is a unique day trip destination in an area filled with shops, museums, parks, and beaches. Transient docking is available at the marina at Veterans Park and at City Marina, although residents fill many of the spaces at City Marina. To inquire about docking at either location, call 561-243-7252.

The Pineapple Grove Arts District is a short walk from Veterans Park and a bit longer walk from City Marina. If you need a lift, call 561-702-8519 for a golf cart to take you to any location downtown, including the arts district.

pineapple grove 2Once you pass beneath the colorful pineapple-shaped arch that marks the start of the district, you’ll find plenty to see and do. The Arts Garage, located in an old parking facility, is one of Palm Beach County’s most prominent cultural centers. It hosts live musical performances throughout the year, has a full season of plays and musicals, and is home to a number of rotating art exhibits. Some of its most unique offerings can be found at Arts Garage Radio Theater. This stage series adapts scripts that premiered during radio’s heyday of live performances — complete with sound effects and commercial spots similar to the ones heard during the 1920s and 1930s.

Stroll just a few blocks away and you’ll find another outstanding entertainment hub: the Delray Center for Performing Arts at Old School Square. Much like the Arts Garage, this facility is home to a number of venues offering year-round entertainment for audiences of all ages. These include the beautiful Crest Theater, which is home to professional theater productions, national touring shows, and a number of music and dance performances as well as a Broadway Cabaret series and a lecture series. The Center’s outdoor venue, the Pavillion, is home to the Free Friday Concert Series and is a popular venue for many of downtown Delray Beach’s year-round outdoor festivals. If you’d appreciate some quiet time to look at art, visit the Cornell Museum of Art, which is also part of the Center. Recently restored, this former elementary school building is now home to several rotating art exhibits and a children’s interactive gallery.

A further walk will take you to Artists Alley, a converted warehouse that’s home to a number of local potters, painters, sculptors, and other artists offering their work for sale. Saturday is a great time to visit this building, a landmark around town because of its colorful exterior, as most studios are open from noon to 5:00 pm. If this isn’t enough to get your art fix, the district is also home to a number of trendy galleries specializing not just in paintings but in jewelry, pottery, and sculpture, as well. One gallery, Ford Fine Art at 260 NE 5th Avenue, particularly stands out because of its focus on both classic and contemporary Latin American artists.

By JoSelle Vanderhooft

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