South Florida’s year round balmy weather is, of course, a major factor in our robust tourism industry. It’s also a reason that many of us call this tropical paradise home.

Another appealing aspect of our area is its constantly expanding arts scene; which essentially guarantees that  – week in and week out – vibrant, enriching and entertaining events are available to satisfy arts enthusiasts’ every desire.

This Season of the Arts special section shines a spotlight on a snippet of the arts in the tri-county area as the art season gets underway.

For those looking to feed their soul, nutritionally and musically, we’ve included diva extraordinaire, Maryel Epps, whose weekly appearance at City Hall’s Sunday brunch has become one of Miami’s most popular performances.

The Miramar Cultural Arts Center has kicked off its arts season and offers a smorgasbord of performances in every arts category. The art scene in Palm Beach County is alive and popping. One example is an exhibit later this month that features the work of three African American women in The Changing Colors of Autumn, a Tropical Perspective.

The stunning Kalyn James personifies Miami’s arts scene as host of Art Loft. The stylish fashionista grew up involved in the arts and, as a wife and mother, keeps her family involved in a variety of ways. We caught up with the busy former Miss Alabama to get her thoughts on the arts in Miami.

Kimberly Grant, our resident film critic, had the honor of interviewing the extraordinary Emmy-nominated actor, David Oyelowo, regarding his new movie, Captive, opening in theaters later this month.

The arts are pervasive, present in our lives in ways that we don’t often consider artistic. Millions of us, for example, are lured to the small screen for shows like Scandal and Empire, which are artistic platforms allowing actors to regularly ply their craft. To help you get ready, we’ve included a schedule of some of the upcoming fall shows so that you can tune in or set your DVR.

Similarly, music, whether enjoyed live, on the drive into work, or at home while relaxing is a wonderful form of art that soothes the soul. Check out the top 10 adult R & B songs, which include a return by Janet Jackson, whose world tour makes a stop in Miami on the 20th.

Ultimately, South Florida’s arts scene has matured and is ever evolving. As you indulge, we encourage you to expand your palette by frequenting a performance venue that you have not visited before; and to consider exploring the different artistic aspects that our tropical paradise has to offer.