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Local artists plan “art train” trip on Brightline’s route

Celebrated collage artist Bruce Helander will join a group of arts enthusiasts on board a southbound Brightline train on Saturday for a trip to the NSU Art Museum in Ft. Lauderdale.

Helander said he decided to plan the “art train” trip after hearing from several friends who wanted to see the museum’s current exhibit but didn’t want to drive to Fort Laurderdale. He hopes the train ride will be the first of many for Palm Beach County arts lovers who want to visit cultural attractions in downtown Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

“The one thing that people don’t seem to realize is that the Ft. Lauderdale museum is one of the greatest museums in America,” Helander said.

Although the train ride is not being organized by Brightline, the company said its express service makes it easy for residents to visit downtown cultural attractions.

“Brightline is a new way to connect residents and visitors with cultural destinations,” a Brightline spokesperson said. “…The introduction of Brightline makes activities such as these more accessible while providing an exceptional travel experience.”

Helander said the group plans to gather at Brightline’s downtown West Palm Beach station Saturday morning, and ride the 11 a.m. train south to Fort Lauderdale. The NSU Art Museum is located about a half a mile from Brightline’s Ft. Lauderdale stop.

The group plans to view the work of contemporary artist Frank Stella, who is exhibiting over 300 paintings and sculpture at the museum. Helander is also scheduled to give a lecture at 2 p.m. on his latest book, “Chihuly: An Artist Collects.”

Brightline launched introductory service between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale this month. Train tickets are $10 each way for a seat in one of Brightline’s Smart Service cars. One-way tickets for a Select Service seat cost $15.

Brightline offers a 50 percent discount on tickets for children 12 and under. Seniors, active military and veterans receive a 10 percent discount.

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