Three Ocean Ridge women volunteer as docents for International Kinetic Art Exhibit in Boynton
By Lucy Lazarony
Ann Alexander and Pat Saunders met fellow Ocean Ridge resident Mya Breman at an adult coloring club just a few months ago. While sipping wine and coloring, they met Debby Coles-Dobay, who as public arts manager in Boynton Beach runs the city’s Art in Public Places program.
Now the three Ocean Ridge residents and friends have taken up Coles-Dobay’s offer to be volunteer docents at the city’s International Kinetic Art Exhibit in February.
Once they learned about Coles-Dobay’s work, they wanted to help.
“I am so impressed with all she does with Art in Public Places,” Alexander says. “When we asked, ‘Is there anything we can do to help you?’ she jumped on it.”
The third biennial International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium will be Feb. 3-5 in downtown Boynton Beach. It will showcase outdoor and indoor kinetic art exhibits and include symposium presentations and opportunities to meet the artists.
“Art that moves, that’s kinetic art,” Coles-Dobay explains. “It can also be art that lights up.”
As volunteer docents, the trio will be near the 12 outdoor exhibits, offering information on the artwork and the artists who created them.
“It’s quite an endeavor,” Saunders says. “They started installing about three months ago.”
Seven of the outdoor exhibits are on East Ocean Avenue between Federal Highway and Seacrest Boulevard. The rest aren’t far away, near Boynton’s City Hall, and in Dewey Park, which is just north of Ocean Avenue.
Come February when the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium kicks off, Alexander, Saunders and Breman will be nearby wearing volunteer T-shirts.
Ocean Ridge residents Mya Breman (foreground left) and Pat Saunders review details about the kinetic art they were explaining during docent training for the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star
The trio has had five training sessions as docents (with two more to come), and Saunders and Breman helped lead a tour of the kinetic art on Ocean Avenue to a ladies group in November.
“It’s just impressive. Every time we come, there’s another sculpture,” Breman says. “Every one is different. Some make you happy. It’s just mesmerizing.”
Saunders says she is most looking forward to “getting to talk to the artists and younger people interested in art.”
Breman likes that kinetic art is so hands-on.
“Letting people touch and move and really interact, hands-on, that’s what I’m really looking forward to,” Breman says. “That’s what I like about it. You can touch it.”
Alexander agrees. In a museum, “you can’t even cross over the line.”
If You Go
Boynton Beach’s International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium kicks off with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 3 and then runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 4 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 5.
This free celebration will have more than 60 indoor kinetic artworks and 12 outdoor works, presentations and a kinetic art project by South Tech Academy students.
For more information, including a map of the outdoor exhibits, visit www.intlkineticartevent.org.
Amos Robinson’s Revelation.