David Mateo pulls the beginnings of a palm tree from the 2,150-degree furnace at the Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts. The final event of Lake Worth’s inaugural FOCUS was a glass-blowing demonstration. (To see a video, click on the YouTube link below.) / Photos and video by J.D. VIVIAN

The City of Lake Worth‘s inaugural FOCUS: A Celebration of Art, Music and Design featured live mural paintings, art exhibits, a glass-blowing demonstration and plenty more.

FOCUS, which is expected to become an annual event, ran from Monday through Saturday, Nov. 25-Dec. 1.


120Space, a co-working facility at 120 N. Federal Highway; and Florida Food & Farm were among the sponsors.

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County (www.palmbeachculture.com), 601 Lake Ave., hosted events that included Saturday’s Family Yoga Zen Zone and a kids’ activity that let them decorate and then spray-paint jars.

The six-day FOCUS event in downtown Lake Worth included teaching children how to spray-paint jars. Instructor Jose Mendez, right, watches as a student adds green paint to his already pink-and-red jar. “Move your hand like a dance,” he tells the boy. The event was held at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. / J.D. VIVIAN

On Saturday at the Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts (www.benzaitencenter.org), 1105 Second Ave. S., David Peterson, “hot-shop” manager; and David Mateo, who also works there, demonstrated how to create a blown-glass palm tree.

The tree began life as a ball of glass that Mateo put into the 2,150-degree furnace for a few minutes. The furnace runs day and night for 11 months out of the year.

After about an hour of assembling, Peterson put the new palm tree — it looks in red in the video but will, as it cools, change to orange — into the 1,000-degree annealer oven for 24 hours. If new, ultra-hot blown-glass items aren’t cooled slowly, they crack.

To watch a video of the palm tree being made, click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlvwF9eQ8fo&feature=youtu.be.

During FOCUS, artists painted murals around the downtown area. This cat is painted on the side of a building in the 500 block of Lake Avenue at North L Street.

For more information about 120Space, which features private offices, as well as tables, small desks and a large conference room, visit www.120space.com.

Florida Food & Farm‘s website is floridafoodandfarm.com.