The Big Blue

Though Pantone’s 2021 colors of the year (Ultimate Gray and Illuminating) created a buzz, we have to give a proper send-off to its 2020 color of the year, 19-4052 Classic Blue. Artechouse, a tech art exhibition space in Miami Beach, makes it easy with a new digital installation, “Aqueous.” Be immersed in the ocean-themed concept with input from local artists.

Let There Be Light

Who couldn’t use an old-fashioned holiday light display this year? In Fort Pierce, Heathcote the Bear appears at Heathcote Botanical Gardens’ annual “Garden of Lights,” while Marina Square’s “Holiday Lights Spectacular” features 100,000+ synchronized lights. Drive through Broward’s three-mile “Holiday Fantasy Lights” at Tradewinds Park. Nibble on s’mores around the fire and decorate cookies at Palm Beach Zoo’s “Zoo Lights.” | |

Graffiti Greats

If you like Wynwood Walls, expand your graffiti horizons at the nearby Museum of Graffiti. The year-old institution presents new shows such as “Eye Candy,” pictured, by New York-based, Puerto Rican artist Angel Ortiz, a.k.a. LA2; and “Biscayne World” by David Anasagasti, one of Miami’s most prolific street artists. Kids can also take graffiti drawing classes on Sundays.

All Aboard

Among the resurgence of forgotten hobbies during the pandemic, model trains have seen an explosion of interest. Treat children of all ages to the Aventura Station, Florida’s largest model train exhibit. A group of model train enthusiasts contributed to its town’s wintry scene with 100 scale-miles of track for six trains, 500 figurines and mind-blowing details like a working drawbridge.

Handbag Heaven

Pennsylvanian Ilene Hochberg Wood’s famous personal collection of handbags—the largest in the U.S. with 3,500 items— is currently on view at Coral Gables Museum. Along with a staggering variety ranging from rare vintage gems to designer “it” bags to styles with folk art-inspired craftsmanship, hear snippets about her lifelong passion in a video series titled “Bag Lunch.”