Watching paint dry may not sound like fun, but give it a try at a live art exhibit at the Delray Affair.
The 51st annual art festival — featuring more than 700 vendors in downtown Delray Beach from Friday through Sunday — has a centerpiece exhibit that creates an artists' workroom in the open air.
Big Easel Live Art, in front of the Delray Beach Center for the Arts, will showcase works-in-progress by noted painters, including William DeBilzan, Dana Donaty, Kim Fay and Cecilia Lueza.
"This is like a private pass into their studios," organizer Nancy Stewart-Franczak says. "You will see their works from conception to the finished piece. It's really interesting to see the rough sketches and what the finished murals look like.
"You can meet the artists and their works will be for sale."
The free festival, sponsored by the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, sets up along Atlantic Avenue near the Intracoastal Waterway. It will feature 700 vendors selling hand-crafted and fine art, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, apparel, housewares and more.
"The artists come from all over the country," Stewart-Franczak says. "We first started out as a small market called the Gladiola Festival in the 1950s, and it's blossomed into a huge art fair with four food courts and two wine and beer gardens featuring live music all weekend long."
Acts on the Old School Square stage will include Adam Fine and Daniel Liszewski on Friday, and Taylor Road, Jason Colannino and Warren Beck, among others, on Saturday and Sunday. There also will be rides, activities for kids and complimentary wine tastings.
Last year's event saw nearly 300,000 visitors, Stewart-Franczak says.
Download the festival's new mobile app, available at DelrayAffair.com/m, to search by artists and by category. You can also find links to their websites, see where they will be located, and check out food vendors, she says.
"Come out and shop, eat, drink, and enjoy the weekend."
The free Delray Affair is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday along Atlantic Avenue, from Swinton Avenue to the Intracoastal Waterway. 561-278-0424, DelrayAffair.com.