Antique Show in Pittsburgh

On October 8th and 9th, an antique show returned to the Calvary United Methodist Church in Allegheny West neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Directed by antiques dealer Martin Fuess, it included twenty dealers from Western Pennsylvania and Ohio selling their antiques and collectibles.

As Fuess said, “I make a concerted effort to up the diversity in terms of available merchandise, including china, artwork, glassware, jewelry, prints and more.” The actual setting is as much a treasure as are the things people found to buy. The church dates from 1893 and has a restored 1895 Farrand & Votey organ in its sanctuary.

This was the second year of the show and included Regis Bush, owner of Kensington Court Antiques in Ross, Sewickley Antiques, Shaw Galleries of Downtown Pittsburgh, Timeless Treasures of West Mifflin, Joan Rudolph of Antique Junction in Canonsburg and Brandon Riggans of Columbus, Ohio.

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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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.

Must-See Memorial Day Art Fair

If you’ve never been to the Hudson Valley’s art & crafts show that takes place over Memorial Day weekend at the Ulster County Fairgrounds, you are definitely missing out. This event, in New Paltz, New York, has become an amazing destination for all things arts and crafts. This includes quality art and fine crafts. Called the Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair, it includes art & crafts demonstrations, entertainment by local musicians, wines, specialty foods and more. It’s been taking place since 1982 and is certainly worth the visit if you can get there this coming weekend.


Share Art with Mom for Mother’s Day

Yesterday and today the Art Birmingham fair has been taking place at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center at Shain Park. It’s one of the state’s most highly regarded art fairs and it’s the perfect way to spend Mother’s Day with the mom you love.

Natalya Hrecznyj

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They offer more than 150 juried artists and feature a range of works from paintings and ceramics to photography and jewelry. They have a Youth Art Activities Tent as well called Printmaking in the Park where children 12 and under can create their own art.

One artist, Natalya Hrecznyj, is honored to be part of the show. She was on the waiting list last year and is featured in this year’s show. A longtime Dearborn resident, she first started designing items like clothing, handbags and jewelry out of leather about four years ago. As she said, “It’s just amazing when you take a piece of leather and make such great things out of it. I can make jewelry, bags, clothes.”

As she discussed her art, she said, “It’s like meditation for me or like doing yoga. It relaxes me, lets my creativity out and I forget about everything.”

Enjoy Natalya Hrecznyj’s designs and so many others at the fair today.

The Philadelphia Antique and Art Show

insulators-718487_960_720The Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show just closed with a preview night on April 14th and events from April 15-17. The show is a benefit for Penn Medicine and was chaired by Anne Hamilton and Nancy Kneeland this year. There were 58 dealers showing objects that ranged from $100 to more than a million dollars.

As co-manager Karen DiSaia said, “The show is filled with wonderful objects whose stories and histories help us understand more about ourselves and our collective past. There will be plenty of items at the show which are much less than high end fashion choices or even a fancy dinner at a restaurant, yet will resonate with the buyer for the rest of your life.”

For the first time in the show’s 54 years, dealers displayed contemporary art as well. As Hamilton explained, “We understand that the antiques market is changing. Our goal is to incorporate art into this show by letting the dealers bring 25% contemporary art. We are taking a step beyond the perimeters of a regular antique show and make it a little wider to appeal to a more general audience. Previously, everything literally has to be 100 years. If something was on the floor that the show managers questioned was an antique, it would be their job to question the dealer and remove the item if it didn’t meet the criteria for an antique.”

Describing the show, Hamilton called it a “living, walking talking museum. You can see art when you go into art museum but unless you take a guide you can’t really learn about it. You can go to the antiques show and every booth has a different guide in it. So you can learn so much.”

The show admission was $20 and included a printed catalogue and daily guided tours from 10-11am before the show opened each day. The show also had free panel discussions each day. Ellie Cullman discussed her new book, “A Dialog about Living with Antiques” with Stacey Bewkes, while there was a round-table of collectors moderated by Johanna McBrien.

Art as an Investment: Today’s Market

One way of investing money is by purchasing timeless art pieces. People enjoy the sense of competition offered via the purchase of expensive art pieces. According to one New York dealer, Andrew Kreps, in an article in ‘The Economist‘, “Some collectors always want what other collectors want. ‘Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife’ is the commandment that most confuses collectors.” But now economists are asking, is today’s economic climate changing that?  Maybe not.  While indeed low interest rates and an international decline has negatively impacting bonds and equities recently, the art sector does not seem to have been as adversely affected.

sculpture-378280_1280Last year, James Tarmy reported in Bloomsberg Businessweek that “sales of these works [art] have ballooned from $260 million in 1995 to $7.8 billion last year.” Although Chris Robbins in Private Wealth did more recently find that “since 2000 the global art market has grown at a 13% average annual rate [now] it is showing signs of cooling,” as noted in the Citi Private Bank’s ‘State of the Art Market’ report.

But rather than this factor discouraging potential art buyers from using their money to make an investment in the industry, Citi Private Bank art advisor Betsy Bickar suggests the opposite.  She says it should be seen as “a positive factor.”  She goes on to explain that “it means people are thinking about what they’re buying. The market is showing more selectivity because there’s so much opportunity to buy artworks now.”

Interestingly, the art market in China is one place that sees a lot of potential. Alexander Forbes spoke about art and investments in a recent article entitled, ‘Art Basel in Hong Kong Shows the Art Market What It Can Learn from the Chinese Economy.’  It was found that even though China is going through a financial dip, there has been an estimation from McKinsey & Company that there will be an increase of 10% per year from now until 2020 in spending because of escalating incomes.

In addition, while art sales are down, the sale of large auction house pieces has remained steadier. As Bickar noted, “private sales of artwork at the masterpiece level are happening. There was recently a $500 million-level private sale for two artworks.”  In addition, although big-name auctions are not as successful as they have been in the past, “art is still in demand as a financial instrument. Art lending, which uses pricey works of art as collateral, appears to be rising in popularity [with] most of the big banks lending with art as collateral. Art is being turned into a financial instrument, not just an aesthetic one, but that leads to some issues because the value of art is subjective.”