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Boca Raton: Boca Artists Guild returns to city

By Lucy Lazarony

    The Artists Guild of the Boca Raton Museum is moving to a new gallery at 2910 N. Federal Highway in Boca Raton. Part of Elegance Plaza, the new gallery is 3,000 square feet and almost double the size of its former home on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, where the gallery was based for the past nine years.
    The gallery’s grand opening is set for 6 p.m. Nov. 15, with a ribbon cutting by the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce at 6:30.
    Plans for the gallery, on the east side of Federal Highway and less than 2 miles from the Boca Raton Museum of Art, include workshops, art demonstrations and lectures as well as opening receptions for Artists Guild exhibitions.
    “This larger, light-filled space has inspired both the artists and art lovers with renewed enthusiasm,” says Jody Grass, chair of the board of trustees of the Boca Raton Museum of Art. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to support and strengthen our local arts community with a new facility.”
    The new gallery will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.
Regular openings for new exhibitions, which are always free and open to the public, will be announced via www.bocaguild.org. A portion of the proceeds from the Artists Guild Gallery art sales supports the Boca Raton Museum of Art.
    “In addition to creating a new, updated space for local artists to share their work, this move brings the Artists Guild closer to our organization’s other two campuses — the museum at 501 Plaza Real and the Art School at 801 W. Palmetto Park Road,” says Irvin Lippman, executive director of Boca Raton Museum of Art.
Rent was not a factor in the decision to move, said Kelsey Johnson, who handles public relations for the Boca Raton Museum of Art.
“The lease in Delray was up at the end of October and another larger space (3,000 square feet vs. 1,700 square feet) was available in Boca Raton (nearer the museum) at a comparable rate.”
    Founded in 1950, the Boca Raton Museum Artists Guild has long provided an association for artists to share their work.
Today, the membership-based group is an auxiliary of the museum and organizes more than 20 juried exhibitions of artworks created by guild members throughout the year, in various locations.
    Membership details are available at www.bocaguild.org/index.php/join or by calling 278-7877.

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