Get Ready for ArtsFest 2021
By Jackie Holfelder
For 34 years, February and ArtsFest have been synonymous in downtown Stuart and 2021 will be no exception.
In addition to many exhibits and features that will be in-person, the major fundraiser for the Arts Foundation of Martin County will also include an “ArtsFest at Home” component so attendees can enjoy artists and entertainment from the comfort and safety of their own homes.
Set for February 20-21 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., one of the most visible changes for the “live” portion of ArtsFest will be its new location.
The site is moving a little west on East Ocean to include the Gazebo and the Court House Cultural Center.
A stunning exhibit of works of the renowned Florida landscape photographer, Clyde Butcher, will be on display at the Court House Cultural Center. Entrance is included with your ArtsFest admission of $5 per person.
Safety protocols that include hand sanitizer stations, limits on attendance and a requirement for masks will be practiced.
Returning to ArtsFest 2021 is last year’s best of show artist, Luis Enrique Gutierrez, who will be joined by dozens of other artists both in person and online at “ArtsFest at Home.”
2021 will also bring the debut of Shakespeare to ArtsFest. A.C.T. Studio Theatre will present “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 20, which you can also enjoy with complete peace of mind as you watch ArtsFest at Home” from afar!
The ArtsFest committee, led by Neil Capozzi of Stuart Art Supply and Liz Bonan of Ross Earle Bonan Ensor, PA, encourages guests to bring a chair and plan to relax in front of the Gazebo Stage for entertainment on both days.
In addition to Shakespeare, look for a celebration of the world’s diversity.
This year, culinary arts will remain a vital “ingredient” of ArtsFest. In keeping with the Arts Council of Martin County’s goal to keep safety a top priority, enjoy it as part of “ArtsFest at Home” and take a peek in the kitchens of four top chefs.
There will even be a unique opportunity to be a part of art history, thanks to a partnership with Martin County’s Art in Public Places Program.
Try your hand at helping create a 4’ x 8’ glass mosaic mural featuring a beautiful loggerhead turtle. This hands-on participation project is being led by artist Brenda Leigh and will find a home at one of Martin County’s many natural spaces.
Ticket proceeds support the Arts Foundation of Martin County, a nonprofit organization, the mission of which is to support the cultural sector of Martin County and the Arts Council.
ArtsFest is both a fundraiser and a celebration of the arts. The arts and cultural community have been especially hard hit by COVID-19 and the Foundation rallied to provide relief grants to artists to help them survive.
Your donations help the non-profit to be the foundation for a vibrant arts community.
Presale tickets priced at just $5 per day are now available.
For details, visit www.artsfeststuart.org
Photos by Liz McKinley
Chef Aldo from Spritz City Bistro at CHOPPED 2020
Stuart, FL 34994