Beyond Basel: County Culture

December 6 through 9, thousands will flock to Miami Beach to take in Art Basel and its 22 simultaneous city-wide exhibitions. But there’s no need to wait for your art fix. Leading up to the big show to our south—and beyond—get primed for Basel right here in culturally rich Palm Beach County.

City Assembly

In downtown West Palm Beach, the Culture Lab—a former Macy’s storefront turned immersive arts experience—presents Assemblage: An Organically Grown Exhibition. The  installation fills the building’s first floor and features works by local artists including Amy Gross’s embroidered and beaded fiber sculptures, Sarah Knouse’s transformed furniture, and Phillip Estlund’s landscapes of found materials, plus works by many international artists. On the second floor, Stephen Vitiello serves up a one-of-a-kind sound installation called You Are the Magic, an immersive sound- art experience that allows visitors to relate to the auditory installation on their own terms. On December 1, a one-day event, Finnissage, celebrates the artists and exhibit with live performances and interactive entertainment from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Assemblage exhibit showing now through December, CityPlace, West Palm Beach, culturelabwpb.com

The Writing’s on the Wall

Graffiti has been around for thousands of years, from Ancient Egypt through Greco-Roman times to today. Once viewed as a form of vandalism, graffiti art is revered for its bold artists and strong messages. A new show presented by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County—X Marks the Spot—celebrates the many styles and the maturation of graffiti and mural art. No longer labeled “misguided youth,” artists like Shepard Fairey and Banksy have made names for themselves as creators of some of the most sought-after graffiti art, and this exhibit puts the spotlight on some of our local talent. November 16 to February 2 (preview November 15), Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Lake Worth, palmbeachculture.com, 561.471.2901

Festival Fun

Within walking distance of CityPlace, the Third Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival will return to the Armory Art Center December 1-2. The two-day show will feature 80 local and out-of-town juried artists working in a variety of mediums including ceramics, drawing, textiles, glass, jewelry, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed-media, and painting. Hear live music, participate in studio demonstrations, or pick up a bite to eat as you interact through art demos and booth chats. December 1-2. The Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, armoryart.org, 561.832.1776

Old School Celebration

The Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square brings the vibe of the Miami party to Delray Beach with its annual Beyond Art Basel party. The one-night event offers a chance to mingle with artists showing in the museum’s Tech Effect exhibit, many of whom are showing in the Miami fairs. Hear the artists discuss their work while enjoying music, light bites, and cocktails. December 5, Old School Square Cornell Art Museum, Delray Beach, oldschoolsquare.org, 561.243.7922