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Join us for the First Friday Art Walk on Oct. 7th, during Grove Week!

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 10:11am

Special Exhibits, Meet the Artists, Refreshments, Music

Delray Beach, FL (September 2016)… The October 7th First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Delray Beach features an evening of art, education and relaxation with the participation of 27 galleries and artists, special exhibits, offerings and promotions. This event is the main Friday night activity for GROVE WEEK (taking place October 3 - 8). Grove Week is a celebration of the arts & the diverse business mix within the Pineapple Grove Arts District & Artists Alley.

The First Friday Art Walk is a self-guided tour held on the first Friday of every month, from 6 - 9 p.m.  Stroll through art galleries and working studios, while you meet the talented, local artists that make-up this award-winning arts town. Navigate your way through the myriad styles of art in the Downtown Delray Beach Arts District: Artists Alley (337 NE 3rd Ave), Pineapple Grove (NE 2nd Avenue), Atlantic Avenue.  This is a FREE event (no ticket, pass, coupon required) – just show up and start wherever you'd like!

The Art Walk Brochure & Map is available at all participating galleries and studios, and online DowntownDelrayBeach.com/FirstFridayArtWalk, or phone the DDA at 561.243.1077.

 

Special Offers & Noteworthy News from our participating First Friday Art Walk galleries & studios:

Addison Gallery – 206 NE 2nd St (Pineapple Grove)

Opening night of "Journey", an exhibition of new works by John Schuyler celebrating what he is most known for; masterfully mixed pigments on a variety of surfaces, exploring texture and color harmony with a unique flow of energy that resonates in his works. Artist will be in attendance. Wine and Refreshments will be served.  561-278-5700

www.addisongallery.com

Amanda Johnson Studio – 337 NE 3rd Avenue (Artists Alley)

“Blood, Sweat & Glitter” Season Opening Party - All are welcome to come see what Amanda Johnson has been creating.  Blood, sweat and glitter is a brief and accurate description of her creative process this summer. Her studio is just that, a place for her to work, make a mess and experiment with new materials and techniques.

NEW:  Art by Paula - 337 NE 3rd Avenue (Artists Alley)

"There's a bit of artist in everyone, regardless of training or innate talent.” New to Artists Alley is the studio & gallery of artist Paula Epstein.  She is passionate about painting and works in watercolor, pastels and acrylics. For the evening enjoy wine, cheese, and 10% off purchased artwork.

Artists’ Guild Gallery, an auxiliary of the Boca Raton Museum of Art – 512 East Atlantic Avenue

Live entertainment inside of the gallery featuring saxophonist Luis Bonilla.

http://www.bocaguild.com/

Attila Konnyu Studio – 358 NE 4th St. (Artists Alley)

Showcasing new pieces of artwork.

Black Pearl Fine Art - 514 E. Atlantic Avenue

Wine will be offered as well as custom framing designs. Enjoy 20% off Art Books.

http://www.blackpearlfineart.com/

Blue Gallery – 600 East Atlantic Avenue

Celebrate the fall season at Blue Gallery with a complimentary Spiced Apple Cider Cocktail.  For the evening enjoy 10% off and a special gift on any art purchased. Featured artist, David Schluss, will be in attendance.
http://www.bluefineart.com/

Cacace Fine Art - 354 NE 4th Street, Suite D (Artists Alley)

Featuring a special exhibit of Vincent's new coastal New England paintings. http://www.cacaceart.com/

Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square - 51 N. Swinton Avenue

The Cornell Art Museum will feature Delray Beach artist, Barb Fernandez, who strives to delight the viewer with abstract assemblage utilizing unusual materials and found objects.  As a self-taught multimedia artist and painter, her primitive methods and use of cast off treasures create a unique vision of imagination. 

http://oldschoolsquare.org/events/first-friday-art-walk-6x6/  

Delray ART & Framing Center – 151 NE 2nd Avenue (Pineapple Grove)

The gallery’s artists will be in attendance to answer any questions that guests may have about their artwork.  

Ford Fine Art

Ford Fine Art will be hosting an off-site event at their private cigar club, located Downtown at 290 SE 2nd Avenue (1 block South of Kevro’s Art Bar). Tequila tasting & signature pieces of Latin American Art will be featured. http://fordfineart.com/

Ona Steele Studio – 337 NE 3rd Avenue (Artists Alley)

Ona Steele is back in town and ready to kick-off the season. Refreshments will be served.

Stacy Balmuth Studio - 337 NE 3rd Avenue (Artists Alley)

From realism to abstraction, Stacy captures the true character and emotion of the people portrayed in her paintings.  Come visit and kick off the fall season with wine and refreshments!

 

Full list of participating Art Walk Galleries:

Pineapple Grove: Addison Gallery, Gallery at Studio 5, Delray Art and Framing, Ford Fine Art, Jeff Whyman Studio

Artist Alley Studios: 4th Avenue Photography & Video, Amanda Johnson, Art by Paula, Attila Konnyu, Cacace Fine Art, Inc., Laszlo's Painting Studio, Ona Steele Studio, Stacy Balmuth, Magnus & Gordon Gallery,  Studio Romaine, Walker Romaine Gallery.

Atlantic Avenue: Artists' Guild Gallery, an auxiliary of the Boca Raton Museum of Art; Artworks by Lois Brezinski; Avalon Gallery; Black Pearl Fine Art; Blue Gallery; Cornell Art Museum; DeBilzan Gallery; Extreme Art International; Lidia Tohar Studio 101; Sundook Fine Art Gallery.

 

 

ABOUT DELRAY BEACH DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority mission is to enhance and stimulate balanced economic growth through position marketing activities that engage Downtown Businesses, residents and visitors, while creating a clean, safe, physical and experiential place to live, work and invest.  For more information, please visit downtowndelraybeach.com or phone 561.243.1077.

DDA Newsletter 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 2:18pm

5 Safety Tips for the South Florida Summer

Friday, August 5, 2016 - 5:50pm

The City of Delray Beach and the Downtown Development Authority are dedicated to keeping our city, and Downtown Delray, clean and safe. Keep safety top of mind by downloading the CodeRED Mobile Alert app. This app sends out the latest safety and weather alerts in your area using your phone or tablet’s GPS and your customized settings. In the throes of summer is it easy to forget the many basics that help to keep you, and your families safe. Read on to learn our top 5 tips for a safe summer in South Florida. 

  1. Stay Hydrated – The scorching Florida heat can quickly take its toll, especially on young children and senior citizens. Many times the recommended 8 glasses a day are just not enough. We suggest investing in a reusable water bottle that you can keep with you at all times. If you notice you have suddenly stopped sweating or begin to feel dizzy, drink water immediately and find a cool place to rest.
  2. Apply & Re-Apply Sunscreen & Bug Spray – It’s a great habit to apply Sunscreen each morning but many times it is easy to forget to reapply when enjoying the summer sun. Sunscreen protects you from the harmful UVA & UVB rays and decreases the development of skin cancer. Besides those pesky bites, mosquitoes can also carry harmful diseases. Residents and visitors are urged to apply bug spray regularly and avoid stagnant bodies of water.
  3. Use Designated Cross Walks & Rail Road Crossings – Even in summer, Atlantic Avenue is bustling. To ensure the safety of yourself and others, use only the designated cross walks and Rail Road crossings. When you are behind the wheel, do not speed and be cautious of pedestrians.
  4. Be Aware of Your Surroundings – A good rule of thumb is that if you SEE something, SAY something. Delray Beach PD can be found throughout the downtown and in case of suspicious activity be sure to call the Police Department non-emergency number at 561.243.7800. In the case of a life threatening emergency call 911. It is important to remember to park in a well lit area, remove all valuables from your vehicle and lock your car at all times.
  5. Make Your Hurricane Preparedness Plan – With the height of hurricane season in full effect, make sure you and your families have a plan for an incoming storm. Ensure you know the closest evacuation routes in your area and fill up your gas tank days before a storm is set to arrive. To guarantee you are not scrambling for last minute supplies, keep your pantry stocked with at least 1 gallon per day/per person for at least 3 to 5 days. Make sure your batteries, flashlights and candles are in a designated area where all family members can find them even in the event of a power outage.

Click here to learn more about hurricane preparedness. 

Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week August 1 - 7, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 1:38pm

Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week

FACT SHEET

Delray Beach, FL - (as of July 12, 2016)

Event:                   Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week 2016

Who:                     The 1st annual Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week 2016 is produced by the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) in partnership with the Downtown Delray Beach restaurants and merchants. 

Purpose:              To showcase the diverse dining scene and wide-array of culinary experiences in Downtown Delray Beach during the summer season - a tropical and leisurely time of year in South Florida.

What:                   Downtown Delray Restaurant Week 2016 will feature special three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus and culinary experiences including wine & beer tasting/food pairing  dinners,  juicing/nutrition class, cocktail classes, chef demonstrations and more.  The week-long event provides locals and visitors an opportunity to sample Downtown restaurants and food/beverage merchants at special prices. 

When:                  Monday, August 1, 2016 through Sunday, August 7, 2016

Where:                Downtown Delray Beach restaurants and merchants throughout the DDA neighborhoods:  The SET (West Atlantic), Arts & Entertainment District, Pineapple Grove, SOFA, US1, Beachside. Location - Atlantic Avenue east from 1-95 to the Beach, and the surrounding neighborhoods of Pineapple Grove and The Sofa District.

How to Take part:            Diners simply select their choice from the list of participating restaurants and merchants.  Reservations are strongly encouraged and may be made directly through the restaurant/merchant. No passes, tickets or coupons required. 

Quote:                  Laura Simon, Executive Director, DDA

“The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) created Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week to highlight our award-winning restaurants within the Downtown district, while showcasing their culinary expertise & hospitality to both locals and visitors. The DDA is responsible for marketing the Downtown district and all of its neighborhoods including The Set (West Atlantic), Pineapple Grove Arts District, SOFA (South of Atlantic), Arts & Entertainment (the core of Atlantic Avenue), US1 and Beachside. All types of food and drink establishments from our cafes, juice bars, and pizza places to our casual and fine dining restaurants - encompass a significant portion (21%) of our Downtown business mix. The goal was to create a holistic dining program that all of our food establishments could participate in - and they've pulled out all the stops to make this event successful. We are thrilled to have partnered with Healthy Bellies - a program of the Delray Beach Achievement Center, founded by DADA Executive Chef Bruce Feingold - committed to educating under privileged children and families in Delray Beach on nutrition.”

Pricing:                   

Dine Out Deals:  $10 and under

Three-Course Prix Fixe Lunches: $20 & under per person

Three-Course Prix Fixe Dinners: $20 - $40 per person

Culinary Experiences & Events: prices vary by restaurant and merchant

*Pricing does not include tax or gratuity.

Restaurants & Food/Beverage Merchants:  Participants (AS OF JULY 13, 2016) include:  32 East, 50 Ocean, Atlantic Grille at The Seagate Hotel, Big Al's Steaks, Brule, Caffe Luna Rosa, Caffe Martier, CENA, City Oyster, DADA, Deck 84, Eat Market, Gary Rack’s Farmhouse Kitchen, Honey, Juice Buzz, Juice Papi, Luigi’s Coal Oven Pizza, Max's Harvest, Mellow Mushroom, Pizza Rustica, PRIME, Rack’s Fish House & Oyster Bar, Salt7, Smoke BBQ, The Office, The Old Arcade, Tryst, Vic & Angelo's and Windy City Pizza.

Culinary Experiences & Events:               

Pizza Making Class at Mellow Mushroom - Tuesday, August 2nd from 10-11 a.m. for $10 per guest

Family-oriented step-by-step instruction from one of their pizza pros. Space is limited.

Call (561) 330-3040 to RSVP.

 

Pizza Making Class at Mellow Mushroom  - Thursday, August 4th from 10-11 a.m. for $10 per guest

Family-oriented step-by-step instruction from one of their pizza pros. Space is limited.

Call (561) 330-3040 to RSVP.

 

Old Forrester sponsored Tasting/Cocktail Class followed by a Bourbon Happy Hour at The Old Arcade  - Thursday, August 4th at 6 p.m. for $25 per person followed by happy hour from 7 - 9 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to make one cocktail, sample four bourbons, and receive one complimentary drink during happy hour from 7 - 9 p.m.

Call (561) 450-6169 to RSVP. 

 

Complimentary Wine Tasting at Eat Market - Thursday, August 4th at 6:30 p.m.

A complimentary sampling of wines and light bites will be provided.

Click here to RSVP.

 

Craft Cocktail Class at Honey - Thursday, August 4th at 7 p.m. for $30 per guest

Price includes two craft cocktails, snacks & a shrub to take home.

Call (561) 270-7187 to RSVP.

 

Four-Course Dinner & Beer Pairing with Barrel of Monks at Tryst - Thursday, August 4th at 7 p.m. for $85 per guest (price includes tax & gratuity)

Four-course dinner and beer pairing menu available online.

Call 561-921-0201 to RSVP.

 

Sushi Rolling Class Paired with Saki at Prime - Thursday, August 4th at 7 p.m. for $34.95 per guest

Guests will also enjoy 1/2 priced sushi all day & night at Prime on Thursday August 4th.

Call (561) 865-5845 to RSVP.

 

Juicing Class at Juice Papi - Friday, August 5th, 3 - 4 p.m. for $15 per guest

Includes: How to incorporate juicing into your lifestyle, the nutritional benefits of juicing, learn to make 3 new juices with sampling, juice recipes, and FREE Juice Papi Apron.

Call (561) 779-0014 to RSVP.

 

Craft Cocktail Class for Entertaining at Max's Harvest - Friday, August 5th 4-5 p.m. for $25 per guest

Call (561) 381-9970 to RSVP.

 

Wine Tasting & Education Class at Prime - Friday, August 5th at 7 p.m. for $39 per guest

A sommelier will be present for an educational wine class.

Call (561) 865-5845 to RSVP.

 

Whiskey 101 Class at 32 East - Sunday, August 7th at 4 p.m. for $25 per guest

Space is very limited and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Call (561) 276-7868 to RSVP.

 

*Reservations may be made directly through the restaurant or merchant.

 

Charitable Partner:               Healthy Bellies, a program of the Delray Beach Achievement Center, was founded by DADA Executive Chef Bruce Feingold and his wife, Amanda. Healthy Bellies is committed to community outreach and education focusing on nutrition for under privileged children and families in Delray Beach.

Sponsors:            Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week sponsors are: Gold (media) – LivingFLA.com; Silver – VUP Media; Bronze - Atlantic One; Media - Delray Newspaper.

Information:      Please visit http://downtowndelraybeach.com/restaurantweek  www.facebook.com/DelrayDDA or phone 561.243.1077.

 

ABOUT DELRAY BEACH DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority mission is to enhance and stimulate balanced economic growth through position marketing activities that engage Downtown Businesses, residents and visitors, while creating a clean, safe, physical and experiential place to live, work and invest.  For more information, please visit downtowndelraybeach.com or phone 561.243.1077.

ALL ABOARD FLORIDA TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE ATLANTIC AVENUE GRADE CROSSING IN DELRAY BEACH

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 1:08pm

ALL ABOARD FLORIDA TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE ATLANTIC AVENUE GRADE CROSSING IN DELRAY BEACH

What: Crews working for All Aboard Florida will temporarily close the following intersection to perform construction improvements necessary for the introduction of the Brightline passenger rail service.

Where: Atlantic Avenue and the Florida East Coast Railway

When: Sunday, July 17, 7 a.m., through Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m. (extended through Friday, July 22 at 6 p.m.)

For more information on the future road closures and a map of traffic detours in the area, please visit http://allaboardflorida.com/construction/grade-crossings.

All Aboard Florida is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service commercial real estate, transportation, and infrastructure companies, and the corporate parent company of Brightline and MiamiCentral.

Click here to view Detour Map.