Boca Fine Art Show Attracts Artists from Around the Country
By: Michael Demyan
The eighth annual Boca Fine Art Show was held over the weekend on January 28 and 29 in Boca Raton, which featured handmade art from numerous artists.
The Hot Works sponsored event, which was voted as one of the best art fairs in the country, was held in Sanborn Square Park and on Federal Highway at Palmetto Park Road. The weather on Saturday allowed for large crowds and even though it rained on Sunday, people still came out to buy some of the featured art.
There were 150 artists in attendance to sell their creations, featuring work such as photography, paintings, sculptures and jewelry.
Robin Markowitz, the executive director for the Bethesda Row Arts Festival in Maryland, judged the participants and awarded Professional Artist Awards to 17 people, who traveled from 11 different states. Each artist was judged on technique, originality, booth appearance and execution.
The awards were given to the winners on Saturday by a five member “Prize Patrol” team, which included Markowitz and Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie. Other members of the team were Robert Weinroth, Scott Singer and Patty Narozny, the executive producer of the event.
The top two best in show recipients were Robert Alan Hyde of Washington, Mass. and Reza Pishgahi of Bloomington, Ind. They were awarded a $500 prize and a ribbon to display for the rest of the weekend.
Five other artists were awarded $100 and an Award of Excellence, while 10 others were given an Award of Distinction.
Professional artists were not the only ones receiving awards during the art show. Students from 11 different schools participated in the Budding Artist Competition sponsored by Institute for the Arts and Education. The contest was open to children in grades 6-12 and awarded nine prizes worth a total of $390.
Even though it is still a year away, the Boca Fine Art Show has announced the dates for their ninth annual event, which will be held on January 27 and 28, 2018.