55th Annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival

The Miami New Times has it right–the Coconut Grove Arts Festival remains the single best way to spend President’s Day weekend in the City of Miami. Hundreds of artists have their work on display and most are available to discuss their inspirations, processes, and intent. There is artwork that should appeal to virtually every aesthetic. The painting styles on display include realism; surrealism; abstract; abstract expressionism; and more. Both figurative, abstract, and craft sculptors offer works in scale ranging from miniature to commercial, and there were several craftspeople offering functional fare. But After a Saturday debrief, MAB is in agreement that the mixed media works on display formed the most interesting body of work.

There were many visually appealing objects and works on display at the CGAF, but don’t expect to be intellectually challenged by either the substantive content or stylistic components of the submissions in the show. There are many fine art galleries in Miami for these purposes.

Below are some of the pieces that caught my eye (please forgive the shoddy reproductions and/or harsh glare).

Mixed Media

Amanda Outcalt


Tai Taeoalii


Suzy Scarborough


David Burton


Brad Ruppert


Yeins Gomez


Stephen Potts


Steven Ward


Signe and Genna Grushovenko


Ken Orton