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New Artcation Package Includes Sculpture Tours, Cultural Excursions & Optional Events, Such as Private Lessons with Artist-in-Residence

BOCA RATON, FLA. - (April 21, 2010) - Boca Raton Resort & Club today unveiled artful new experiences that will enrich Resort stays for guests of all ages. A new partnership with Boca Raton's Elaine Baker Gallery, celebrated for its ever-changing collection of contemporary works by international artists, features an innovative sculpture program with museum-quality works installed throughout the 365-acre Resort. A new, two-night Artcation package, starting from $199, will bring these sculptures to life, plus introduce guests to other area museum collections, exhibitions and performances.

"We are pleased to have formed this creative partnership with the Elaine Baker Gallery. It's a great platform for developing ongoing arts-related activities that engage and delight enthusiasts and collectors of all ages and interests," said Boca Raton Resort & Club President Stephen Ast.

A new on-site Elaine Baker Gallery allows the inventive mother/daughter team of Elaine Baker and Deborah Sponder to easily oversee the diverse array of sculpture program experiences that are part of Boca Resort's new Artcation offer. This includes guided and self-guided walking tours of the sculpture installations, and invitations to lectures by and receptions with visiting artists. Guided sculpture tours are available twice weekly on Monday afternoons and Thursday mornings or by appointment.

"Since all featured sculptures are available for purchase, we will be able to continuously showcase new and interesting works of a wide range of contemporary artists, always keeping the experience 'original' and vibrant for those visiting the Resort & Club," noted Deborah Sponder, co-partner of Elaine Baker Gallery with Elaine Baker, her mother, and manager for the on-site Elaine Baker Gallery. "We are delighted to open our location at the Boca Raton Resort & Club to serve as our expansive waterfront gallery."

Now in situ at the Resort are works by such acclaimed artists and sculptors as Lynn Chadwick, Bernar Venet, Boaz Vaadia, Jun Kaneko, Rob Lorenson, Aurora Canero, Peter Busby, Bill Barrett, Dennis Oppenheimer, Ernest Trova, and Carole Feuerman, first prize winner at the 2008 Beijing Biennale. With these amazing sculptures in place, the Resort now houses over $5 million in art.

Sculptures at Boca Resort
As you tour the historic Boca Raton Resort, you will discover a number of classic statues in place since its opening in 1926. As guests enter the Resort, the "Slave Girl of Boca Raton", by Italian sculptor Ettore Pellagatta and bronze fountain, "Flute Player," welcome guests. Since 2008, the Resort's own "Infanta Margarita" by Manolo Valdes has presided over the Palm Court. Now, dramatic new "members" of the Boca Resort Sculpture Program surprise guests in many locations:
At the grand entrance, guests are now greeted by a 9,000-lb. bronze, bluestone boulder sculpture named "The Family" by Boaz Vaadia, whose work is permanently installed at New York's Time Warner Building and in collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Israel's Tel-Aviv Museum
"Heads" by Jun Kaneko sit between Morimoto Sushi Bar and Serendipity ice cream parlor adjoining the Palm Court
Outside the Cloister wing is Bernar Venet's "Two Indeterminate Lines" and a 10-foot abstract sculpture by Bill Barrett
A pair of Lynn Chadwick sculptures, "High Hat Man and Woman" and "Little Girl II" grace the Cloister Lobby
Dennis Oppenheim's "Garden of Evidence" has taken root in the Cloister Courtyard gardens
Rob Lorenson's "Niagara" overlooks Lake Boca
Across the Intracoastal Waterway, sculptures at the Boca Beach Club include Peter Busby's "Ocean Song Whale Tails" in the front drive; the oceanfront bronze by Aurora Canero entitled " Socorrista," featuring a lifeguard sitting atop a 9-foot bronze lifeguard stand that keeps avid watch adjacent to the lap pool, and a sleek stainless steel sculpture by Rob Lorenson that sits just north of the zero entry pool
The New Boca Resort Artcation
This vacation package showcases the Resort's new Sculpture Program as well as complimentary or discounted admission to area museums, exhibitions and theatre performances. In addition, guests may opt for a private painting session with Lynn Travis Stender, a noted Plein Air-style painter and the Resort's artist-in-residence, who is also an exhibiting member of the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

The ideal two-night vacation retreat for the arts enthusiast, the Best of Boca Artcation package includes:

A self-guided sculpture walking tour complete with map and brochure, provided upon arrival
A private or scheduled sculpture tour led by Elaine Baker Gallery guides
The opportunity to attend new sculpture installations, receptions and artist appearances (dates vary, subject to availability)
The opportunity to participate in seminars and lectures on topics such as art collecting by prominent visiting contemporary artists (dates vary, subject to availability)
Complimentary history museum tickets provided by the Historical Society and/or historical tour of the Boca Resort Tuesdays at 1 p.m. (seasonal)
Complimentary Boca Museum tickets for two
Two nights' accommodations, with choice of five different styles from historic to oceanfront contemporary
Complimentary Valet Parking
Unlimited Golf Greens Fees (does not including cart fee)
Beach Umbrella daily (one per room per day)
Resort Fee including Resort Charge (includes unlimited local and 800 calls, wired and wireless internet service, Board EZ to print boarding passes, use of Resort's three fitness centers, resort transportation, in-room coffee and tea, lobby refreshment, bellman services upon arrival and departure, newspaper Monday through Saturday).
25% off Tennis Court Time
25% off Camp Boca Children's Program
25% off treatments at Spa Palazzo not including service charge
Daily breakfast for two
Prices starting from $199, per night. Available from April 21 - September 30
Package Savings over 50% compared to retail value of items purchased separately
To book, please call 1-866-203-6489 and ask for the Best of Boca Artcation Package.
In addition, Artcation package guests may customize their stay by including a variety of other cultural experiences available for an additional fee and arranged by the Boca Resort concierge team:

Discover your inner artist with a private, one hour art lesson with Boca Resort's artist-in-residence, Lynn Travis Stender. The artist will provide art supplies including canvas, watercolors or acrylic paints. After your private art lesson, you may take your finished painting home. $100 additional includes all supplies
Special guest pricing for admission to various cultural arts programs, including Caldwell Theatre tickets at 50% discount, Boca Ballet, The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Boca Symphonia, and VIP seating for the annual Festival of the Arts BOCA, held in March.
About Elaine Baker Gallery
The Elaine Baker Gallery has been a respected resource for collectors, designers, corporations and museums for over twenty years. At its primary location in the Gallery Center, Boca Raton they offer 5,000 square feet of contemporary paintings and sculpture by established, mid career and emerging international artists. Visit For information about tours, lectures and events for hotel guests and premier members call 561.447.0321 or email Elaine Baker and Deborah Sponder of the Elaine Baker Gallery invite you to their gallery located in the Cloister Lobby at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. The gallery hosts a major sculpture project throughout the Resort and Beach Cub dedicated to presenting museum quality works for acquisition.

About Boca Raton Historical Society
The Boca Raton Historical Society (BRHS) is a non-profit membership organization, founded in
1972. Since its inception, the BRHS has taken on ambitious restoration projects, provided first rate cultural programming, and followed its mission: to collect, preserve, and present information and artifacts relevant to the past and evolving history of Boca Raton, and to maintain a visible role in education and advocacy of historic preservation in our community. Historical Society presents the annual Boca Bacchanal Food & Wine weekend in March. For more information about the Historical Society, visit

About Boca Raton Museum of Art - Special Elvis Presley Exhibition April 20 - June 13
One of South Florida's finest cultural attractions, the Boca Raton Museum of Art presents changing exhibitions of national and international importance, and a wide range of educational programs, lectures, gallery tours, and studio art classes. The Museum's permanent collection includes a superb assembly of modern masters including works by Degas, Arman, Matisse, Modigliani and Picasso; important American and European modern and contemporary works by artists ranging from Louise Nevelson to Andy Warhol; an outstanding photography collection; and important collections of Pre-Columbian and African art.

About Caldwell Theatre Company- Distracted performances April 11 - May 16
Caldwell Theatre Company opened its doors in December 1975 at the suggestion of James R. Caldwell, inventor of the rubber dustpan and founder of the Rubbermaid Company. During the past 33 years in four different locations, and now in its own, permanent Count de Hoernle Theatre on U.S. 1 in north Boca Raton, the Caldwell has been called South Florida's "Cinderella Theatre" and Boca Raton's "Jewel in the Crown." Artistic director Michael Hall, who co-founded the theater with the late Frank Bennett, continues as artistic director, and company manager Patricia Burdett marks her 32nd season in 2010. Caldwell Theatre Company continues to entertain more than 50,000 patrons annually with a variety of classics, revivals, small musicals, and original plays. The company sponsors a Play Reading Series to introduce new works and a Professional Adult Storytelling Series.

About The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Since its opening in 1977, The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a c
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