Art, culture and design are buzzing this season in Southeast Florida, from a new arts district in Delray Beach to Wynwood’s first hotel.
A warehouse sector fashioned after Miami’s Wynwood Arts District is becoming a central hub for creatives in Delray Beach. Located on Congress Avenue, one block from bustling Atlantic Avenue, the Andre Design District is awash with 30 colorful murals, many of them painted by Wynwood names, and houses around 70 tenants who have added their own flair to their spaces. “We’ve transformed over 40,000 square feet of industrial space to interior design firms, art galleries, beauty and fitness enterprises, creative retailers and more,” says Steven Michael, principal of Banyan Group and developer of the Andre Design District. “It’s the opportunity to bring back the cluster of art galleries, unique shops and eateries that made Delray so desirable for the past three decades.” Look for rich programming, like monthly art walks, and more cafes and a distillery to open by the end of the year.
After exploring Wynwood, get ready for a sleepover. The new Arlo Wynwood hotel presents prime access to the neighborhood’s vibrant street art and will serve as a living canvas for artists. Guests can explore more than 250 works, including exterior walls splashed by Miami locals Hoxxoh and Milagros Collective. “Art enthusiasts can spend hours perusing the hotel’s permanent installations and special Art Week exhibits before stepping out to explore the hundreds of galleries, pop-ups and street art,” says Jennifer Hiblum, general manager of Arlo Wynwood. “We are thrilled to offer guests an immersive cultural experience during one of the greatest art events in the world.” Designed by Meyer Davis, the hotel exudes an eclectic industrial aesthetic where organic meets modern. Amenities include private cabanas, a rooftop pool, a bar and cafe, and a yoga deck.
At the end of November, the international art world will converge in Miami for the much-anticipated Art Week. Art connoisseurs should prioritize lauded Art Basel, which will take over the Miami Beach Convention Center, open to the public December 1 to December 3. Expect to wander through vast exhibitions featuring global works by modern and contemporary masters as well as emerging artists. Other can’t-miss satellite fairs include Scope, an annual fair nestled in a pavilion on the sands of South Beach that will showcase a diverse range of contemporary artists and large-scale installations; Untitled Art, which will take place on Ocean Drive and tout performances, curated presentations and live events; and Design Miami, which will feature museum-quality exhibitions of 20th– and 21st-century furniture, lighting and objects as well as panels, lectures and programming. Satellite fairs will take place between November 29 and December 4.