Luis Valle painted “Salvation,” a 2016 CANVAS Local Showdown finalist. The show was held in West Palm Beach. / All photos courtesy of CANVAS Outdoor Museum

Downtown Lake Worth is about to get even more outdoor art, thanks to CANVAS Outdoor Museum!

Art is important to a society, according to CANVAS Outdoor Museum founder Nicole Henry. “It is a universal way to connect people. It is one of the earliest forms of communication and story-telling. Art is a way to enrich communities and to bring social and economic prosperity.”

CANVAS Outdoor Museum begins Nov. 26 and runs through Dec. 2. The name of this year’s main event is Cirque du Canvas, so expect the surreal. Funds raised through Cirque du Canvas will benefit Lake Worth’s CANVAS Outdoor Museum (

Amanda Valdes, left, won the 2015 CANVAS Local Showdown, held in West Palm Beach. / Courtesy CANVAS Outdoor Museum

Henry explains, “CANVAS transforms landscapes into an interactive art experience. Colossal murals and installations punctuate the landscape, along with a complement of public and private events that serve as a nexus between the artists and the community.”

Bringing people together

The theme of this year’s show is “unity.” Says Henry, who owns the Nicole Henry Fine Art gallery in West Palm Beach, “I believe the use of art and artistic expression offers an opportunity to transcend our differences and connect all off us, regardless of background, age, religion and beliefs.”

Jessica Gray, vice president of operations for Florida Food & Farm — the company is one of the sponsors of Cirque du Canvas — also believes that promoting unity is important. “It’s vital to stress cooperation and solidarity, not only locally but worldwide. Lake Worth’s CANVAS Outdoor Museum is obviously local. But people and cultures throughout the world use art to build harmony among their citizens, not to mention using artworks to provide a historical record of the times.”

Eduardo Mendieta’s “Bird” was a 2016 CANVAS Local Showdown finalist.

The week-long event includes an outdoor museum show, art installations around the city, live sculptural interpretations, and interactions with global and local artists.

The highlight

The main event, Cirque du Canvas, organized by Canvas Art Charities, is set for Friday, Dec. 1, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Old Palm Golf Club, 11889 Old Palm Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. Cost is $250 per person.

The evening will feature gourmet food trucks; live music and other entertainment, including Cirque du Canvas performances; a disk jockey and dancing; live painting; and a silent auction.

Sponsorships, at various levels, are still available.

For more information, call 561-714-4262 or visit