The Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts is now in its 12th year and the juried arts festival consists of over 200 sculptors, painters, jewelry makers, iron creators and other talented artists. Artisans from Palm Beach, Martin County and farther come to beautiful South Florida to display their wares.
Since the early 1920’s, the quiet Atlantic Ocean seaside town was hopeful it would be destined for a life in the arts. The Olympia Improvement Corporation announced intricate plans to create a Grecian inspired town and to produce majestic films. Streets bore names paying homage to Greek mythology such as Zeus, Mercury, Olympus, Apollo, and Athena. For a short-lived time Hobe Sound was renamed “Picture City” and plans for the movie production company proceeded. In 1928, the Okeechobee hurricane ended the land boom and the original name was restored. The original building intended for movie production became the local schoolhouse named “The Olympia School” and later known as “The Picture City School” of Martin County until 1962. Currently there is local interest in restoring the historic school, known as the “The Apollo School”. Visit www.factsbuffet.com/facts/picture-city-florida for more information on “Old Hobe Sound”.
Decades later, Hobe Sound continues to support the arts. The Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts is a gentle reminder of the year round sunshine, beauty and grace of the community. Four complete blocks of Dixie Highway and A1A will “transform into a living, breathing art gallery” for the two days of the art festival. Anticipate seeing unique jewelry, life size sculptures, one of a kind photography and ceramics. Howard Alan Events & American Craft Endeavors produce this art festival. For more information, please visit www.artfestival.com.
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