Delray Beach, the “village by the sea” in south Florida, is a magnet for art lovers with its treasure trove of galleries, museums, studios and playhouses. The city is located on the sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. The architecture of historical Delray buildings like the Colony Hotel and Old School Square lends the perfect backdrop for jazz festivals, craft fairs and shows that draw visitors and locals alike. Parking is available on Atlantic Avenue, Pineapple Grove and the parking facilities around town.
Old School Square is the National Historic Site situated just east of Swinton Avenue offers a variety of exhibits in the Cornell Museum and performances at the Crest Theater. The school buildings, built in the early 1900s, were saved from demolition by a group of local citizen and have become a magnet for those seeking exhibitions, workshops and lectures. Topics covered at Old School Square include quilts, cats and the art of John Lennon of the Beatles. The current exhibition presents pirates through the art of Don Maitz and will run through October 28. Old School Square is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm and Sunday from 1 pm – 4:30 pm. Admisison is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for students and $2 for children ages 4 – 12. Children under 3 are admitted free of charge. For further information call 561-243-7922.
For jazz lovers, Downtown Delray’s Arts Garage offers a sophisticated, cabaret atmosphere. Located on the first floor of a parking deck, the Arts Garage is a former warehouse that has become a cultural center with visual art, live musical and dramatic performances and film. Creative classes and workshops are offered. Visitors are invited to bring their own wine and cheese or other beverages and snacks to enjoy at the intimate, small table seating. Ticket prices vary according to the performance. The Arts Garage is located at 180 NE 1st Street. For further information, call 561-450-6357 or check out their website at email@example.com.
The Pineapple Grove arts district on NE 2nd Avenue off Atlantic Avenue is home to restaurants featuring high quality culinary arts, outdoor sculpture and clothing boutiques. Visitors can take the time to create their own beaded jewelry, visit a vintage clothing shop and dine at one of the trendy outdoor cafés. For those interested in mysteries, Murder on the Beach bookstore offers a wealth of novels and workshops. Pinapple Grove features events like the ArtWalk and lodging options including rental communities and hotels. The newest addition to Pineapple Grove is the 134 room Hyatt Hotel.