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Treasure Coast residents are sincere and sophisticated lovers of the arts. And when we say “arts” we mean everything in the visual arts, performing arts and culinary arts.  Local residents, as well as visitors, have helped elevate the culture of our entire area. And we have responded accordingly.

Located in downtown Stuart, ArtsFest is one of the longest running arts events in the area at 32 years and counting. Each year, the ArtsFest Committee and the Arts Council’s staff has intentionally upped the quality and diversity of our attractions and exhibits to cater to their tastes and introduce bold new artistic expressions.

That spirit made ArtsFest 2019 the best one ever.  And it’s why we were named as one of the top 20 tourist events in the southeast, again this year.

The theme of ArtsFest 2019 was “Succumb to Your Senses” because the attractions appeal to all five senses.

  • Nearly 100 artists in multiple mediums will displayed their wares. Congratulations to Greg Davis, photographer, for Best of Show among his fellow juried artists.
  • The Off the Wall Urban Art Contest debuted. Congratulations to Best of Show, Brent McAhren for his masterpiece.
  • Stuart Chopped contest returned and returning chef, Jose Peralta took top honors for the 2nd year in a row. Also in the Culinary Pavilion, guests learned about using essential oils in recipes and how to prepare lionfish.
  • The ARTivity Zone offered dozens of hands on activities including learning classical guitar with the Treasure Coast Guitar Society, paint by number flamingos with the Marine Resources Council, spin art with Stuart Ceramics, and splatter art with Pinspiration.
  • Saturday evening during ArtsFest After Dark we had an unforgettable time watching amazing performances honoring the cultures of India, Asia, South America and the Polynesian Islands.  Das Biergarten, featured several local craft breweries. 

There was a lot to see and do at ArtsFest 2019, all for a great price of $10. The admission fee is used to support the 365-day a year programs and efforts of the Arts Council to nurture and grow Martin County’s cultural community.

What Do The Arts Create In Martin County?

© 2019 The Arts Council of Martin County

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