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West Palm Beach’s Art Affair festival debuts at CityPlace

Yet another reason to count West Palm Beach as a cultural mecca, the inaugural Art Affair festival will bring 10 days of exhibits, sound and fashion to the downtown CityPlace plaza.

Perhaps the biggest stamp on the festival may come from artist Steed Taylor, whose “Genii Loci” is a mile-long street tattoo that will be painted along the spine of Rosemary Avenue, which runs through CityPlace. Meanwhile, opening-day festivities on Friday, April 6, include the opening of “Assemblage: An Organically Grown Exhibition,” an installation by New York’s Ioanna Pantazopoulou and Los Angeles’ Jennifer Steinkamp at Culture Lab (575 S. Rosemary Ave.). Noteworthy is Pantazopoulou’s “OASIS,” nine hammock sculptures arranged in a merry-go-round-style display.

Art Affair, which is programmed by the CityPlace district, will also feature the eighth annual Downtown West Palm Beach Arts Festival, showcasing 100-plus artist tents along Rosemary Avenue April 8-9. Other diversions: a series of 90-minute art tours that will start and end at the Hilton West Palm Beach April 7-8, 11-12 and 14-15; new murals on Hibiscus Street; and open-mike nights, yoga and painting classes.

When: Begins 11 a.m. Friday, April 6, and continues through 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15

Where: CityPlace, 700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach

­­­­­Cost: Many events are free, including the Downtown West Palm Beach Arts Festival, but check the full schedule at ArtAffairWPB.com.

Contact: 561-366-1000 or ArtAffairWPB.com

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