South Miami Arts Festival
Something special occurs in South Miami after the Halloween spooky season concludes and before Thanksgiving gets underway. An event preceding the holiday season celebrations of elves parading about town and shops decorating in reds and greens to highlight the spirit of the season; The South Miami Arts Festival happens. The Chamber South’s 40th Annual South Miami Arts Festival promises to be another fine art extravaganza S November 5 and 6 with more than 100 artists from around the country participating and over 50,000 art aficionados expected to attend. Mediums of presentation range from painting to glass, metal work, jewelry, photography, clay, sculpture, wood, mixed media, digital art and watercolor. In addition to a wide range of unique artistic expressions for attendees to enjoy while strolling Sunset Drive and Red Road, international food vendors will offer savory delights to satisfy any palate and some area restaurants will present special arts festival menus as well. This year also includes a special kid’s area near Sunset Tavern and Deli Lane. Events Coordinator for Chamber South Thomas Taulbee, involved in the show for 15 years now says “the reputation of the show has traveled in the artist community and beyond for the past 40 years. Our dedication is apparent, we put on a quality show and our numerous applications and community accolades are a testament to that.” According to Taulbee, artists who make the cut and are invited to present at the show go through a meticulous jurying process. Dedicated chamber members review the applications and make determinations to bring a balanced array of artists representing various mediums. Those who are not chosen are always encouraged to try again for next year.