Unusual Art Fair in Amarillo, Texas

Here is something interesting that I’ve certainly never heard of. At the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo, Texas they will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of America’s Horse in Art show. The exhibit includes artwork from more than 40 of the world’s best Western artists and will take place from August 12 to October 14.

The artists at the show present their paintings, drawings and sculptures in the Scharbauer Gallery. They tell me that the signature piece this year is by artist Joni Monroe Beinborn of La Crosse, Wisconsin. Titled “Any Time…Any Place,” the piece should make a splash with guests.

It certainly sounds like an event worth putting on your calendar.



New ArtYard Exhibit

ArtYard is about to open a new art exhibit. ArtYard is also an artists’ residency complex is soon opening in Frenchtown, New Jersey. The show entitled Through the Unfrequented Sky, features Cecilia Paredes’ work. She is a Rockefeller fellow and an award winning artist.

The show will open on March 25 from 6-8pm and will run through June 11.

Don’t miss, as well, Paredes’ other photo-performance pieces where she uses her own body as a canvas and paints herself to blend in to the scene behind her.

FOG Design + Art Fair

The FOG Design + Art took place in San Francisco from January 12-15 with the Gala opening on January 11. It swept viewers off their feet with its focus on art and design. There was a relaxed, small size atmosphere in the Bay Area at the event throughout the week.

The FOG Design+Art Preview Gala which took place on the 11th included vibrant rug patterns made of 200,000 roses that were designed by event planner Stanlee R. Gatti (who also oversaw the Kanye West proposal to Kim Kardashian in 2014). The VIPs who attended the evening included the likes of: former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown, Creative Artists Agency co-founder Michael Ovitz , designer Yves Béhar and his wife, art advisor Sabrina Buell, and the artist John Waters.

Read all about the fair and enjoy seeing what the press had to say.

The Three Rivers Art Festival

The Three Rivers Art Festival attracted over 50,000 visitors to downtown Covington on November 12th and 13th. This was the 20th anniversary of the festival. On the first day, the judges spoke with each artist about their processes and their works. The Best of Show Award was given to Ronald Linton of Madrid, New Mexico for his jewelry made from shibuichi. There were an additional 4 main awards and 15 Awards of Distinction.
The Three Rivers Award went to Gary Curtis of Woodstock, Georgia for his watercolor paintings, whilt he City of Covington Award was given to Samual Yao of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

SOFA Chicago Starts Tomorrow!

If you are in, or near, Chicago, you should run to get there by tomorrow. The annual SOFA Chicago fair starts tomorrow and goes until the 6th. This is one of the Chicago’s longest running art fairs. It takes place at Navy Pier and includes sculptures, functional art and more from 80 galleries and dealers.

It’s called SOFA because it stands for Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design and it’s the premier fair for three-dimensional art and design. SOFA began in 1994 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers with 58 exhibitors and 14,000 people in attendance. It moved to the Festival Hall at the Navy Pier in 1995 and has grown to include 85-90 galleries a year and more than 35,000 people a year.

8th Annual September Art Fair at Mellwood Arts Center

new-brochureIf you were in Louisville, Kentucky this week, then you were in for a treat. They just celebrated the 8th annual September Art Fair at Mellwood Arts Center on Saturday and Sunday. The event included 165 artists. The event used to take place at the Ursuline Sisters on the Sacred Heart campus for 27 years but moved to Mellwood as it outgrew the space. Local charities are still offered free booths, like they were at Ursuline.

In 2015, they had a crowd of 50,000 and they were certainly expecting a similar crowd this past weekend. For more details and to see what the event was like, enjoy this slideshow.

North Carolina Apple Festival

apples-634572_960_720Don’t miss the North Carolina Apple Festival. This is a four day celebration to focus on the importance of the apple industry to both Henderson County and North Carolina. The festival runs from Friday of Labor Day through Monday.

This event has been deemed by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for 2016.

The event will include a street fair on Main Street, free entertainment, arts & crafts, local apple growers selling their wares, shows, exhibits and more.

Apple Festival’s Street Fair includes 9 blocks of Main Street with over 200 vendors. The greatest part of the weekend is the King Apple Parade that includes floats, bands, clowns, antique cars, fire engines and more. This will take place on Main Street from 5 Points to Caswell Street.

For more information you can write to the NC Apple Festival Office, P.O. Box 886, Hendersonville, NC  28793 or call (828) 697-4557.

Four Art Fairs in one in Ann Arbor

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Image from https://www.visitannarbor.org/artfair

If you’ve never been to the Ann Arbor Art Fair, now is definitely the time to enjoy. The 57th edition is from Thursday to Sunday of this week in downtown Ann Arbor and includes free admission. The event is actually a merging of four independent fairs. The Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair has the most artists at about 375 and two locations on Main Street and State Street.

The fair is one of the largest outdoor art fairs in the country. It includes street performers, culinary treats, amazing art and sidewalk sales of all sorts. The four fairs include Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, the State Street District and the South University Art Fair. Learn more about each location and fair and get ready for an amazing weekend.

Market Art + Design Fair

If you’re in New York and you love art fairs, then you won’t want to miss this one. The Market Art + Design fair started today and runs through Sunday, July 10th, It takes place in Bridgehampton and started with a VIP preview today.

The fair is sponsored by none other than the Wall Street Journal in combination with the Bridgehampton Museum and Perrier. They are also partnering this year with local institutions such as the Museum of Arts and Design, the American Folk Art Museum, the Watermill Center, and Lincoln Center. It includes close to 50 exhibitors from around the country and represents hundreds of artists.

Here is a partial list of gallery participants:
ACA Galleries (New York)
Alexander Gallery (New York)
Avikzer Roman (East Hampton)
Axiom Contemporary (Santa Monica)
Bruce Lurie Gallery (Los Angeles)
Castle Fitzjohns Gallery (New York)
De Chiara Projects (New York/Berlin)
Eckert Fine Art (Kent, Connecticut)
Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery (San Francisco)
Evan Lurie Gallery (Carmel)
Galerie Fledermaus (Chicago)
Gary Bruder Fine Art (New York)
GP Presents (New York)
Hastening Designs (Middleburg, Virginia)
The Hole (New York)
Jennifer Ford Art (Fort Wayne)

See the entire list here.

Father’s Day Art Fair Outing

fathers-day-822550_960_720If you’re still looking for something great to do on Father’s Day – this just might be it. If you’re in the Chicago area, check out the Lake Meadows Art Fair that will take place June 18 and 19 from 11am to 8pm in the Bronzeville community at 33rd Street and Martin Luther King Drive. There will be more than 25 locally and nationally recognized fine artists, jewelry makers, clothing designers and others.

As Helen Y. West, curator and executive producer of the art fair said, “Once again we celebrate the richness of our culture and show support for those who help to keep this culture alive through their beautiful paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography, wearable art apparel, jewelry and more. This year, we will take time to pay tribute to fathers and invite couples and families to visit and enjoy the Lake Meadows Art Fair together.”

For more details and to learn about the 2016 art honoree, the music that will be at the fair and more, see their website.