Celebrate the arts during the inaugural Avenue of the Arts (AOTA) Visual Arts Festival in Fort Lauderdale’s historic Sistrunk neighborhood! Featuring live mural paintings courtesy of 16+ local and international artists, self-guided mural tours, art activities for kids and a live spray paint battle, this enriching cultural event serves to bring the Fort Lauderdale community together through the arts.
Taking place during Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week, these are some of the AOTA Visual Arts Festival events you just won't wanna miss:
The AOTA Visual Arts Festival will officially kick off with a welcome event inviting all of the partners and sponsors that made AOTA possible. Event will be held at the lustrous Canyon Restaurant, welcomed with a complimentary cocktail and passed appetizers. Proceeds from this festival will benefit the following art allies and non-profit partners: MASS District, Broward Education Foundation and Heal the Planet.
VIP tickets can be purchased for $200, which includes a custom AOTA jersey.
Located on the outdoor patio of Sistrunk Marketplace, attendees of this complimentary event can cheer on four local artists during a real-time spray battle! Each artist will have 20 minutes to paint a canvas before it’s moved to the next artist to continue painting. After four heart-pumping rounds, these remarkable South Florida artists will have created four unique canvases. Following the spray battle, guests can bid on their favorite piece, with proceeds benefiting MASS District.
Synergy Spray Battle Artists:
Artist 1 - Carlos Solano
Artist 2 - Diana "Didi" Contreras
Artist 3 - Cat Lallier
Artist 4 - Caven
Also located at Sistrunk Marketplace, Heal the Planet will host a fun (and complimentary) day of activations for kids with a focus on creativity and conservation. Families can participate in face painting, pollinator planting practices, educational presentations, interactive games, backpack coloring, eco-friendly local shopping and more!
We’re thrilled to host the following artists during the AOTA Visual Arts Festival.
Join nationally recognized artist Carlos Solano as he paints the event’s hallmark welcome mural… LIVE! This local graphic artist will also duke it out at the Synergy Spray Battle on day 2.
Internationally recognized artist Diana "Didi" Contreras is known for her beautiful female portraits. While her primary medium is oil, she enjoys experimenting with anything she can get her hands on. From painting murals to exhibiting canvas pieces, her work has been seen in exhibitions and private collections all over the world. We’re grateful to also have her join the Synergy Spray Battle on day 2.
Local artist Kini will paint one of the largest murals during the AOTA Visual Arts Festival. With a burning passion for art and its limitless possibilities, we can’t wait to see what he brings to this year’s festival.
Nationally recognized artists Raw.Sol and SEIP Intuit will collaborate on the largest mural at the AOTA Visual Arts Festival. Collaborating under the name Sol.Intuit, this Broward County-based duo share a love of transforming spaces with unique imagery that features vibrant hues, honors nature and promotes positivity. Both avid travelers, gardeners and community members, they fuse the beauty of their daily lives into each piece they create.
Internationally recognized artist Kilia Llano is a multidisciplinary artist from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Her realistic/impressionist style captures human emotions and how our personal experiences transform the way we relate and see the world around us. We’re thrilled to have her painting a 20’ x 20’ mural at Sistrunk Marketplace.
For more information about the AOTA Visual Arts Festival, please visit www.twenty6north.com/AOTA or contact chief art curator Maxence Doytier at Maxence@Twenty6North.com.