Every third Thursday, artists open their gallery doors and invite the public to experience a taste of art. Integrating fun, food, and art with the warm summer breeze of a Florida evening, Artists Alley has created an event unique to the Delray Beach area. Delray Beach is home to a handful of talented local artists who have decided to move away from shopping centers, and display their work in a warehouse. Vincent Cacace is the mastermind behind this idea, choosing Delray Beach as his muse after searching in countless areas for a new place to call home for his artwork. “Nothing else had the right feel”, says Maggie Milstead, who works closely with Cacace Gallery. “Since we signed lease in July 2011, there are now 12 working studios and a waiting list of 20+.”
Located in Pineapple Grove, a new and upcoming area of Delray Beach, Artists Alley has created a name for itself. The third Thursday of every month, people come from all areas of South Florida to experience art more closely than they could walking through a typical gallery. Patrons stroll through the galleries, getting the chance to meet the artists and have conversations with them, allowing buyers to see behind the art before purchasing. Each gallery has something to give, whether it be food or wine, to invite guests in and make them feel more at home. This behind the scenes look shows the importance of local artists and the work they do. Often, local artists are pushed to the wayside and in many communities, people have lost touch with the talent that is present right down the street. Artists Alley and the open gallery strolls they put on every third Thursday brings the community of Delray, as well as neighboring communities, back to their roots and helps local artists gain credibility with their neighbors and with the art community.
WHEN: Third Thursday of every month.
Pineapple Grove Arts District
354 NE 4th St.
Delray Beach, FL 33444