Destination: Palm Beach
As a new generation has started to buy and build full-time and part-time houses—both on the island of Palm Beach proper and in the newly vibrant West Palm Beach area—the collecting scene has evolved to elicit more passion and to encompass more interests than ever. Signs are evident in the kinds of art and furniture exhibited in local galleries along Worth Avenue and West Dixie Highway, in the more modern style of decorating in people’s houses (yes French Forties has crossed the Intercoastal) and in the cutting-edge programs at such area museums as the Norton and White Space. But one of the best prisms through which to view the dynamism of this tropical retreat’s buying scene is to visit its series of winter art fairs.
In January and February, several major art fairs make Palm Beach a stop on their circuits. The best ones to check out are the Palm Beach Fair (www.palmbeachfair.com) and Palm Beach Jewelry, Art and Antique Show (www.palmbeachshow.com), both in February, and the contemporary-art biggie, Palm Beach 3 (www.palmbeach3.com), in January.
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