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NEW: West Palm’s art show expanding to Lake Worth this year


CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show , the nation’s largest outdoor museum show in West Palm Beach, is coming to Lake Worth next month, with 10 artists participating to transform downtown into a giant outdoor museum.

“We’re super excited to start with you this year,” Nicole Henry, the show’s founder and curator said Tuesday morning at a 25-minute news conference at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County’s office. “We’re trying to create a strong nucleus in the city of Lake Worth.”

The one-week show will be held Nov. 26-Dec. 2 from Lake Worth Beach to City Hall on N. Dixie Highway, Henry said.

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Blank walls will be re-imagined with colossal murals, art installations and interactive sculptures in high-profile locations downtown.

The theme this year will be unity.

“There’s so much division in the world, so I feel art is one of those things that can bring people together,” Henry said.

CANVAS will announce the artists and locations closer to the event.

Mayor Pam Triolo called the city an arts district, saying how it’s part of Lake Worth’s DNA.

“It’s the fiber of our very being,” Triolo said. “I talked to my husband about (the show) and he said, ‘What are you so excited about?’ I said, ‘This is big, really big!’ He still didn’t get it.”

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The city, the Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency and the Cultural Council have been working on bringing the event to Lake Worth the past seven months, Henry said.

“We know a lot people that work in the city, in the Cultural Council so it’s just been an ongoing conversation,” she said. “The idea is to expand throughout the entire country.”

Rena Blades, the Cultural Council’s president and CEO, said the show will help cultural tourism in the city.

“Cultural tourists spend more, they stay longer and they’re about to come in droves to Lake Worth in a way that we haven’t seen before,” Blades said. “CANVAS will bring eyeballs and people that will make it great for downtown. This event brands this destination in a really important, high-end way.”

The show debuted in West Palm Beach in 2015 and featured some 20 murals around the city, with a lineup of local and international artists whose works came to life in plain view. The works remain an attraction for bike tours and other visitors from downtown to Northwood Village.

Henry said the Lake Worth artwork will also remain after the show is over.

“It brings people in all year,” she said. “It will bring people in to eat at restaurants and shop at local shops.”



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