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Downtown Lake Worth gets taste of the L.A. Scene

Let’s face it: As of overnight, Lake Worth has become a hip cultural hub, and Jacques de Beaufort, an associate professor of art at Palm Beach State College, is one of the reasons why.

De Beaufort is part of a small cadre of working artists who live in the city’s new Urban Art Lofts. When he moved in, the former Los Angeles resident brought that alluringly laid-back — yet concurrently cutting-edge — West Coast attitude that’s creating a buzz. He converted the ground-floor studio of his duplex apartment into an art gallery called Unit 1, and it’s quickly become one of the county’s most unique venues for avant-garde art. One of the reasons is that it’s more than a gallery; it’s a place for live concerts, film shoots and other happening events. And he wants everyone to know he’s open to other suggestions.

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Rafts showing 10 decades of history make for ‘very Lake Worth-ian’ Fourth

The colorful chaos downtown Thursday wasn’t just because of Fourth of July events; it was also a celebration of Lake Worth’s 100 years.

To show off the city’s 10 decades, and to look forward to a bright future, city officials and residents created 11 rafts designed to represent each time period, beginning with 1913-1922 and ending with 2013-forward.

Then they paraded them east down Lake Avenue to the tune of the YMCA...

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First of Lake Worth’s artist lofts now occupied

LAKE WORTH - — After years of planning, artists are moving into the Urban Arts Lofts — a dozen townhomes along Lucerne Avenue and North F Street that were built for artists with living space upstairs and ground-floor studios.

Nick and Ashley Nardone, just married in January, moved to Lake Worth from Broward County in early June to become the first owners of an artist loft. They paid $137,000 for their two-bedroom, 2.5-bath loft, which they say will fit their creative lifestyles perfectly...

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Shanon Materio Florida Retailer of the Year

TALLAHASSEE – Shanon Materio, president and owner of McMow Art Glass in Lake Worth, FL, has been named the 2013 Florida Retailer of the Year by the Florida Retail Federation. She will be presented with the FRF Retailer of the Year Award at a special luncheon on June 20 at the Peabody Orlando during the FRF Summer Meeting, held in conjunction with the University of Florida’s Retail Smarter Conference.

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Purchase Lake Worth Centennial Postcards

LULA Lake Worth Arts and the City of Lake Worth’s Historic Preservation staff invited artists in Palm Beach County to submit artwork for the Centennial Postcard Project. Known as a community that embraces artistic expression the City of Lake Worth is celebrating its 100 anniversary this year. The goal of this project was to provide a Centennial keepsake for the community to purchase while promoting the arts and historic preservation in Lake Worth. Proceeds from the sale of the Centennial Postcards will benefit LULA Lake Worth Arts and the City’s Historic Preservation Program. Five works of art were selected for the postcard project, making the selection process competitive.

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Murals to decorate arch-shaped windows near Lake Worth city hall

LAKE WORTH - — The arch-shaped windows of a historic building west of city hall will be painted with murals in November when the Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency kicks off its Nine Arch Mural Project.

Artists selected by a panel will paint murals ranging from a bathing beauty from the early days of Lake Worth to a sea turtle swimming over a reef and abstract works that depict... 

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