Photographs by John Thomason

The solitary-tale building off Georgia Avenue and Southern Boulevard, just east of I-95, is unassuming and nevertheless largely vacant. Its most distinguishing characteristic is the curious tin indication nearby, rusting all over the corners, demonstrating a peach expressing the “peace” image. Travel earlier the complex at evening, and the indication emits a neon glow, promising … what, particularly?

The public should have the solutions before long, in accordance to Craig McInnis, artist, illustrator and fixture of the Palm Beach front County artwork scene. McInnis is manager of the Peach, a acquiring artists’ cooperative with 6 models and house for 12 artist studios. He was hired by Rodney Mayo, a further linchpin of PBC tradition, who introduced the building’s intentions past September. When it opens—McInnis anticipates a pending summertime date—it will be a part of Mayo’s at any time-growing Sub-Culture empire, which incorporates Respectable Street, Dada, Kapow!, Lost Weekend and Dubliner.

McInnis and Mayo are hoping to create the Peach into not simply just a creative nexus for artists but a common resource of group entertainment. Influenced in portion by the Boynton Seaside Artwork District, McInnis anticipates two-night time weekend artwork walks finish with DJs and sellers, and visitor artists and bands performing on non-art-wander weekends. The artist tenants of The Peach—so much, lessees involve a skateboard artisan, a 3D printer and two painters/sculptors—will be involved in the group, each and every web hosting typical educational parts such as workshops or courses.

The Peach is also property to the third site of Troy’s BBQ, Troy Davis’ acclaimed barbecue restaurant with further places in Boynton Seashore and Boca Raton. The restaurateur will preserve artists and readers fed, continuing his romantic relationship with Mayo from the pandemic’s early days, when Troy’s delivered free of charge meals for hundreds of newly laid off cafe workers.

With those dim days powering us, the long term, in this enterprising new art hub of West Palm Beach, seems just peachy.


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