ArtsFest Celebrates 35 Years

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ArtsFest returns to Gazebo Park February 12-13 in 35th year of Treasure Coast Tradition

Stuart, Fla. – MartinArts invites the community to attend ArtsFest on February 12 – 13 when it returns to Gazebo Park in downtown Stuart for an exciting celebration of the arts! 

Aldo Ramirez – Winner of the 2020 CHOPPED event. Photo: Liz McKinley


In its 35th year, this eclectic and entertaining ensemble of visual artists, musicians, singers, and top area chefs will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Gazebo Park, 80 S.E. Ocean Blvd., in Stuart. (Gazebo Park adjoins the Court House Cultural Center). Tickets, purchased at the gate are $5 for adults; children 18 and under, free.  


ArtsFest is a beloved Treasure Coast tradition that spans more than three decades! A juried art festival with submissions from across the country will feature painting, drawing, mixed-media, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, sculpture, and jewelry executed by artists who are selected because of excellence in workmanship, originality, and artistic conception. 

The popular CHOPPED event returns on Saturday at 11 a.m., showcasing the inventive talents of renowned local chefs who all are previous champions: Erik Grutka (2015 winner), Mark Mueller (2021 winner), Jose Peralta (2018 & 2019 winner) and Aldo Ramirez (2020 winner). The showdown of the top two chefs begins at 1 p.m.


The amazing line-up of performers includes Saturday’s headliner, international jazz vocalist Yvette Norwood-Tiger and Sunday’s headliner, the Indian River Pops Orchestra. Check MartinArts’ website for the schedule and times of entertainment, which includes a brass brand street parade on Saturday. 

Yvette Norwood-Tiger. Photo: MartinArts


“We always aim to surprise and delight guests who attend ArtsFest, and this year will be no different,” said Nancy Turrell, CEO of MartinArts Foundation. “ArtsFest is truly an extension of the expansive arts community we have on the Treasure Coast, and we love this opportunity to highlight their accomplishments.”


Leading up to ArtsFest, Martin County Office of Tourism and MartinArts will again partner to host the Hidden Turtles scavenger hunt.  Beginning January 12, glass turtles, made by Palm City based glass artist, Dot Galfond can be found near cultural venues, art in public places venues and other popular spots in Martin County. 


Anyone who finds a gold turtle and registers it at MartinArts.org will secure two VIP ArtsFest Tickets. All other turtles secure a discount “buy-one-get-one free” ticket offer for ArtsFest.


For more information, visit www.ArtsFestStuart.org or call 772-287-6676. MartinArts is located at 80 SE Ocean Boulevard in the Court House Cultural Center in downtown Stuart.