Walker-Tome should know: she's been throwing the annual shindig since 2001, with one brief break in 2007. She says demand's grown every year - last year's show drew over 1200 people. The artists come from all walks of life, chosen by a call to artists months before the show date. Some are just starting their art careers, while others are veterans of the craft. For Walker-Tome, curating the event has been one of the most interesting art experiences she's ever had. "The amazing thing about it is I'm curating things that don't exist yet," she says. "It's always a gamble and a risk; a leap of faith, based on writing, sketches, and past work. But I've never had a room that didn't succeed on some level." Walker-Tome says she never starts out with a definite theme for the whole event; rather, it develops naturally throughout the selection process - a sort of artistic kismet. This year, the exhibition is tied together by otherworldly creatures and reoccurring themes of nature, so expect to see plants, bugs, mythical satyrs, and more.
Ready to check in yet? Just head to 320 Belvedere Rd. in West Palm Beach from 5 to 11 p.m., and experience Showtel for yourself. Admission costs $8, and includes a complimentary cocktail. Call 561-832-0094.
Sat., April 25, 5 p.m., 2009