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    This year's Beaux Arts Festival of Art featured works in ten media.

    This year’s Beaux Arts Festival of Art featured works in ten media.

    Art in all shapes and colors was on display and up for sale at the 62nd Annual Beaux Arts Festival of Art, held on the grounds of the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus January 19-20. One of the region’s most popular outdoor art exhibitions and a South Florida tradition, the festival attracted thousands of visitors this year and offered works in ten media. Proceeds benefit the Lowe Art Museum and support cultural field trips to the museum for children from low-income schools.

    In addition to artists selected by a panel of jurors, visitors also enjoyed the Beaux Arts Student Artist Showcase, which featured 150 works from Miami-Dade middle and high school students on display inside the Lowe throughout the weekend.

    The festival also featured watercolor painting projects for children ages 4 to 12 in the City National Bank Art Park.

    The festival also featured watercolor painting projects for children ages 4 to 12 in the City National Bank Art Park.

    The festival also featured live music, children’s entertainment—including watercolor painting projects for children ages 4 to 12 in the City National Bank Art Park—and a variety of tasty food options.

    The festival was originally called the Clothesline Sale, as Beaux Arts volunteers used clotheslines to display the works of local artists in front of the Lowe. More than six decades later, the all-volunteer-run Beaux Arts Festival of Art has evolved into what is considered one of the top outdoor fine art shows in the country.

    Sponsors for the 2013 festival included Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables and Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay, City National Bank, AT&T U-verse, BNY Mellon Bank, Ryder Systems, The Cobb Foundation, The Garner Foundation, Sir Galloway Cleaners, The New York Times, and Haggard Law Firm.

    Founded in 1952, Beaux Arts is a volunteer group of women composed of 100 active members and more than 300 associate members who are dedicated to promoting interest in and financial support for the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami. All funds raised are donated to the Lowe to support acquisitions, programming (including introducing elementary school children from Title 1 schools to the visual arts), and capital campaigns.

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