ArtPalmBeach Announces Partnership with over 60 Galleries in Palm Beach creating a New Fair Concept called “Art Synergy”

Creativity, Innovation and Change were the elements that drove the visionary leadership of a few and the voices of many to inaugurate “Art Synergy” a collaboration with ArtPalmBeach, January 24-27, 2014. With the growth happening in Palm Beach with the latest $75 million dollar restoration project of the Norton Museum it is clear that it is the perfect time to bring together all the key players in the area to create exceptional and distinctive events.

Initiated by Lee Ann Lester, ArtPalmBeach Contemporary Art Fair Organizer and local gallery owners Rolando Barrero, Craig McInnis, and Freddy Hennevelt the announcement of the launch of a historic undertaking. “Art Synergy” is a countywide movement to unify and promote the diverse culture of our vibrant arts community,” explained Craig McInnis, West Palm Beach Art District Coordinator. One of the leaders of “Art Synergy,” local artist and activist Rolando Barrero, claimed during the press conference that “we are making history today by bringing the community together with one vision in mind to let everyone know that art lives in Palm Beach.”

The inauguration of “Art Synergy” the first countywide gallery walk creating history by including six art districts and coinciding with ArtPalmBeach. The six day event includes over 60 galleries, studios, non-profit art exhibition institutions and museums in six art districts throughout Palm Beach County. Supported by the Palm Beach Cultural Council, Mayor’s Office, Downtown Development Authority and Community Redevelopment Agencies, “Art Synergy” will include gallery walks, gallery receptions, open artist studios, performances, museum openings, , film previews, fashion shows lectures and special architectural tours.

Futuristic Ecosystems by Adela Andea

Houston based, Anya Tish Gallery represents Romanian artist Adela Andea who will showcase her large-scale light installations at ArtPalmBeach this January.

Adela Andea uses consumer electronics and mass-produced objects in order to build futuristic; kinetic light sculptures creating the balance of an organic and glowing technological structure. At ArtPalmBeach, Andea will present an installation incorporating a variety of her works combined to create a sensory experience in which spectators can walk through, observe and become a part of the installation.

“I like to transform the indoor spaces into installations that involve full sensory experiences for the viewers. I use all the space is available to expand for the purposes of the installation. I consider all physical aspects of the building and the level of audience involvement.  Where films and video games convey a futuristic approach generating virtual realities, my art is trying to deconstruct the clear delimitation line between reality and virtual reality.” Adela Andea

Anya Tish Gallery, established in 1996 in Houston, Texas, is dedicated to the promotion of international emerging and mid-career artists.  By representing artists from diverse cultural traditions, the gallery provides a conduit for artists who address pertinent social and environmental issues. The gallery exhibits works that emphasize a strong correlation between concept and materials in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography and video.

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“Baby Jane” presents at APB 2014

The Palm Beach native and Andy Warhol Muse; “Baby Jane” Holzer, will be presenting with Bruce Helander as part of ArtPalmBeach’s lecture series on Saturday, January 25th at 3:30pm.

Considered one of Andy Warhol’s first most glamorous superstars, Jane Holzer, known as “Baby Jane” appeared in several of Warhol’s films, screen tests and documentary shorts in the 60s and 70s. The former actress, and model can be seen in; Soap Opera (1964) Couch (1964) and Batman Dracula (1964). She worked along with Edie Sedgwick, Brigid Berlin and Pat Hartley in Ciao! Manhattan (1972) and she co-produced Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985). She received her nickname by Women’s Wear Magazine columnist Carol Bjorkman after the film Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. Upon viewing the film, Holzer mentioned in an interview, “What have they done to me…The name stuck, which is a drag.”

On View in February 2014, the Norton Museum of Art reveals an in-depth look at the life of Jane Holzer and the deep relationship she developed with Andy Warhol. “To Jane, Love Andy: Warhol’s First Superstar,” will exhibit fashions from her modeling career, photography by David Bailey, Nat Finkelstein, Billy Name, and Irving Penn. It will also exhibit paintings, sculpture, prints and films by Warhol featuring “Baby Jane” to illustrate the rise of her international stardom, an understanding of Warhol’s life in the 1960s and the lifelong friendship they developed.

Bruce Helander, of Helander Studio specializes in collage and assemblage. He received his master’s degree in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he later became the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and recently received the South Florida Cultural Consortium fellowship for professional achievement in the visual arts.

Helander arrived in Palm Beach in 1982 from New York City, where he published Art Express magazine. He quickly established a cutting edge gallery on Worth Avenue that thrived for thirteen years. He also opened a second gallery on West Broadway in New York City. He was also a commissioner for ARCOM in Palm Beach and the vice-president of the Worth Avenue Association. He is active in the south Florida art scene and is on the board of directors at the Armory Art Center.

The Legacy of Andy- A brief history and conversation with Baby Jane Holzer and artist/critic Bruce Helander, will take place on January 25th at 3:30pm at the Palm Beach Convention Center. Full lecture series schedule to be announced soon. For more information, please visit:

Palm Beachers Hit Forbes Multi Billionaire List


For the past decades, the ultra wealthy have called Palm Beach “home sweet home.” It’s no surprise that with over 39 billionaires, Palm Beach remains one of the most exclusive places in the United States for the mega rich.

The annual list, given out by Forbes magazine, ranks the most affluent 400 Americans. Topping the list is part-time Palm Beacher, Bill Gates, with an estimated net worth of $72 billion, up almost $7 billion from 2012. Though no longer the richest man in the world, Bill Gates remains one of the most influential men of the 21st century. Fellow billionaire David Koch, political conservative and CEO of Koch Industries, comes in at an impressive number four with an astounding $31 billion. Ranked amongst the scorecard of wealth- Palm Beach part-time and full-time residents represent 39 of the 400 wealthiest Americans. In 2013, the rumors were true… the rich only got richer. No other place was it more apparent, than in South Florida.

The list also includes Leonard Lauder of Estee Lauder, Micky Arison of Carnival Cruises and owner of the reigning NBA Champions, Miami Heat, and Donald Trump, one of the most recognized names in media and real estate.

All in all, Palm Beachers pulled in a combined net worth of over $400 billion, which is more than some country’s GDP. There remains skepticism in the country on whether or not we’ve covered from the recession and have started to recover, but it’s safe to say that South Florida is finally taking off it’s bandages.

ArtPalmBeach 2014 Highlights: Korean Pavilion

ArtPalmBeach 2014 welcomes Soojung Hyun’s curated show “Searching for a Cow in the Forest” showcased in the Korean Pavilion at ArtPalmBeach on January 23rd.

As one of the leading international contemporary art fairs, ArtPalmBeach features the work by world-renowned artists as well as showcasing emerging contemporary and modern artists. ArtPalmBeach is excited to feature “Searching for a Cow in the Forest” and expand it’s global reach. The exhibition represents work by 3 artists including Lee Yongbaek, Lim Dong-Lak, Sung Hee Cho.

All of the artwork illustrates the search for identity and artistic truth among Korean artists in the global community. The Korean art world has developed significantly and the art market has reached auctions, museums, galleries, art fairs and even international exhibitions. “Searching for a Cow in the Forest” is raising the question, ” What is the distinguished and strengthened quality of Korean art in the global expansion?”

In a related article featured in Barron’s Magazine, “Christie’s Latest Find” Crystal Kim explains about the rapid growth of Korean contemporary artists. “Korea has avery rich contemporary art scene with diverse artists whose strong artistic productions can engage with any of the top artists from outside of Korea.” Ingrid Dudek, Christie’s senior specialist of Asian 20th century and contemporary art stated in the article, ” What’s interesting about Korean art in general is that there is a rootedness in the love of technique, a meticulousness and a passion to see how far one can push a concept.”

In “Searching for a Cow in the Forest ” each artist’s piece featured  will delineate how these artists strive to establish their artistic careers with the fusion of boundary breaking ideas and traditional symbolism; while maintaining their identities in the global art world.

Preview, January 23rd

On Display, Jan.23-27 at ArtPalmBeach, Korean Pavilion

Breaking Ground

The long-awaited construction of the new Hilton Hotel at Palm Beach County Convention Center is scheduled to begin on December 6th .

The 400-room hotel will be adjacent to the convention center and is expected to be complete by 2015. The Palm Beach County Convention Center is host to more than 350 nationally and internationally acclaimed shows, events, trade shows and conventions a year; including ArtPalmBeach and AIFAF.

Hilton Hotel rendering

An artist's rendering of the Hilton hotel.

Palm Beach County Convention Center

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ArtPalmBeach Announces Albert Paley 2014 Visionary Award Recipient

ArtPalmBeach honors renowned sculptor Albert Paley as the “2014 Visionary” award recipient. The Visionary Award is presented annually to an individual whose career has made an outstanding contribution to enriching the international art world.

Albert Paley received the Institute Honors, the highest award to receive among non-architects, awarded by American Institute of Architects (AIA). Paley will present a lecture presentation on his new public sculpture works and his current exhibition on New York City’s prestigious Park Avenue.

Paley’s current exhibition consists of thirteen sculptures spanning from 52nd St – 67th St on New York City’s Park Avenue. Exhibition on view until November 2013.

Albert Paley’s lecture will be held at ArtPalmBeach on January 25th at 2pm.

ArtPalmBeach 17 Announces Fair Highlights

Norton Museum Atrium

17th edition highlights

ArtPalmBeach celebrates its 17th anniversary at the Palm Beach County Convention Center from January 24-27, 2014 with a preview evening January 23rd. ArtPalmBeach is considered one of the most influential contemporary art fairs on Florida’s Gold Coast by both critics and art enthusiasts.

This year the fair will debut new exhibition programs including: “Seoul Sensation”, “Art from the Americas”, “Emerging Galleries/Performance Art”, and “Update: Photography”. “Art Synergy”, a new citywide gallery walk is also in the planning with museum openings, private collectors and architectural tours.

ArtPalmBeach 2014 welcomes back many returning exhibitors as well as introducing newcomers to the Palm Beach art scene. The fair is comprised of over eighty international galleries presenting works of all forms of contemporary art including painting, sculpture, photography, design, fine art glass, video and installations from modern art to new cutting-edge artists.

ArtPalmBeach 2013 welcomed over 28,000 attendees from across the globe and an overwhelming response to the extensive programming and exhibitions.

ArtPalmBeach Announces Art Synergy County Wide Art Walk

For Immediate Release:
ArtPalmBeach Contemporary Art Fair: Art, Design, Photography

Chilhuly Glass Ceiling Norton Museum
ArtPalmBeach Announces Art Synergy, Jan. 23-28, 2014
Lee Ann Lester, Organizer of ArtPalmBeach Contemporary Art Fair, announced today the launch of the first “Art Synergy” Art Week during the upcoming ArtPalmBeach art fair.

ART SYNERGY is a countywide movement to unify and promote the diverse culture of our vibrant arts community” Craig McInnis, West Palm Beach Art District Coordinator. Initiated by Lee Ann Lester, Fair Organizer and local gallery owners Rolando Barrero, Craig McInnis, and Freddy Hennevelt; “Art Synergy” is a coordinated five day event with over 60 galleries, studios, non-profit art exhibition institutions and museums in six art districts throughout Palm Beach County during the five day fair, Jan. 23-28th.
Rolando Barrero, Director of ActivistArtistA Gallery and Developer of Boynton Beach Arts District; “Since opening my gallery, in a run-down industrial park in 2012, my dream was to develop the area into an art district and cultural center.
It has taken only 2 years to do so. Now that it has been cleaned up, repainted, and nationally branded–it’s ready to be presented to the arts world. Lee Ann Lester is vital to this effort and it’s with much gratitude that I thank you for accepting our proposal to participate under Palm Beach’s flagship art exposition: ART PALM BEACH.”

Lee Ann Lester, Founder and Organizer of ArtPalmBeach, “Palm Beach County has a great legacy in supporting the arts and is home to many of Florida’s leading art and cultural institutions. Art Synergy will create a new bridge for winter residents and ArtPalmBeach visitors to explore this cultural legacy and create an annual destination to enjoy Palm Beach County Art Week events.”
The first evening of Art Synergy begins at ART al’ FRESCO at the Boynton Beach Art District, on January 24th 7pm-1am. ART al’ FRESCO will feature “Sensabilities: Cheryl Maeder and Ali Miranda” at the ActivistArtistA Gallery, a walking tour of the Murals of the Bay Gates Projects, special performances and showcasing of work by local area artists. Each art district will offer a weekend of scheduled gallery walks, symposiums, open studio visits, special exhibitions, poetry readings, architectural tours, film previews, and art performances.

The Participating Art Districts:
Historic Northwood Village, West Palm Beach
Clematis Street & West Palm Beach
S. Dixie Highway Arts District, West Palm Beach
Palm Beach Worth Avenue
Boynton Beach
Lake Worth
ArtPalmBeach is the most recognized international contemporary art fair held in the Palm Beach County Convention Center established by the IFAE LLC a Florida based art fair organizer. IFAE produces both ArtPalmBeach established in 1997 and The American International Fine Art Fair Palm Beach February 4-9, 2014 established in 1996. IFAE is celebrating its 25th year as an international fair organizer founded by Lee Ann and David Lester. The company has organized over 100 international art fairs in Chicago, New York, Miami, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Dallas and Palm Beach. IFAE LLC is now based in Miami and Palm Beach. In addition to the two Palm Beach fairs the firm organizes Miami International Art Fair, Miami Art + Design Fair, Art Sarasota, Miami International Jewelry Fair and The Club at SeaFair events in conjunction with Show Management Yacht Shows in Ft. Lauderdale, Miami Beach and Palm Beach.
For more information: ; Lee Ann Lester; 239 949 5411 or contact District Art Event Coordinators
Historic Northwood Village, West Palm Beach
Freddy Hennevelt, Hennevelt Gallery,, 561 506 4180

Clematis Street, West Palm Beach
Craig McInnis & Trina and Anthony Burkes
ATB Fine Arts, 561 842 5724

S. Dixie Highway Arts District, West Palm Beach
Jamnea Finlayson; JF Gallery,; 561 478- 8281

Palm Beach Worth Avenue
David Ginn; DJT Fine Art;; 561 833 4700

Boynton Beach
Rolando Barrero; Rolando Chang Barrero Studio;; 786 521 1199

Lake Worth:

LULA LW Arts; Emily Theodossakos

ArtPalmBeach 2014 Dates Announced

Preview Jan 23: 6-730, 730-10pm
Friday, January 24: 12-7pm
Saturday, January 25: 12-7pm
Sunday, January 26: 12-7pm
Monday, January 27: 12-6pm

ArtPalmBeach, a leading international contemporary and modern art fair and one of the most important annual art events on Florida’s Gold Coast, returns January 24th – 27th to the Palm Beach County Convention Center.  ArtPalmBeach features major work by world-renowned artists and showcases emerging and established living artists working in all forms of contemporary art.  The diversity of the selected galleries and artists offers collectors the opportunity discover unknown talents as well as see work by some of the most significant artists working today.

In its seventeen years the fair has become a local institution, combining a selection of the world’s leading contemporary galleries with an exceptional program of lectures, artists panel discussions and site-specific exhibitions and installations throughout the Palm Beaches.


The Visionary Award is presented annually to an individual whose career has made an outstanding contribution to enriching the international art world.  This artist emulates the dedication and unwavering commitment to their artistic medium with accomplishments acknowledged by scholars, critics, professional peers, and the general public.  The 2014 Visionary Award Recipient will be announced soon.