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Coconut Grove Arts Fest named ‘Best Art Festival’

Monty Trainer, president of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, is pictured at the awards presentation with Yvonne Rosemeier.

Monty Trainer, president of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, is pictured at the awards presentation with Yvonne Rosemeier.

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival was honored as the winner in Best Art Festival category at the second annual Floridian Awards ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Marlin Hotel on Miami Beach.

The award was accepted by Monty Trainer, Coconut Grove Arts Festival president. Other nominees in the Best Art Festival category included Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Wynwood, Design Miami and Scope Miami.

The Floridian Awards recognize excellence and exemplary achievements by South Floridians, both individuals and companies, in 47 categories including Arts, Leisure, Hospitality, Sports, Entertainment, Retail and Real Estate. There are four nominations in each category, and last year more than 51,000 votes were cast and certified making the Floridian Awards a true people s choice awards.

The second annual Floridian Awards is presented by TMG Entertainment and presenting media sponsor Ocean Drive magazine. This award voted by the people of South Florida is a testament to the festival s commitment to presenting the very best event for our attendees, said Marshall Steingold, chair of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival.We believe in enhancing the quality of our event each and every year, and leaving those who visit with us a lasting memory of the festival. The Coconut Grove Arts Festival consistently has been named one of the best fine arts festivals in the nation by Sunshine Artist magazine and remains the top voted outdoor arts festival in the history of the magazine s 200 Best Floridians (individuals and companies) in 47 categories.

The Coconut Grove Arts and Historical Association is a non-profit that helps to fund year-round arts programs. The association also maintains the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery and presents special exhibitions throughout the year from its location at the Shoppes at Mayfair. Since its inception in 1963, the association has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to students who attend fine arts programs in local schools.

For information on the 51st annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival scheduled for Feb. 15-17, 2014, visit <www.CGAF.com>.

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