The Professional Association of Visual Artist was formed in 1988, when a group of artists on a social outing, discussed the idea of having an indoor art festival to pass the time in the hot Florida summer. On a couple of cocktail napkins, the “Cool Art Show” was born.
The Cool Art Show, so named because it was air conditioned and cool, has endured. And so has the organization that started it. For decades, the organization met at someone’s house or studio, in borrowed meeting rooms and an occasional restaurant (with more cocktail napkins). But the dream was always to have a permanent and autonomous space to call home.