Wednesday, August 21, 2013

echo.. echo... echo... Part 1

Here's my post from last year's echo:Art Fair.

The 2013 event will be the weekend of September 7 & 8. New artists, new galleries! I've been honored with a booth for the second year running. I'll be showing all new work. Hours are 10AM to 6PM both days. Saturday there's a $5 admission fee (cheap!), Sunday is FREE. Take a look at the echo:Art Fair web pages for full details.

So... on to the my review of last year's show:


Whooo-wee !  What a weekend. The echo: Art Fair was an overwhelming success. Near perfect weather, first-rate art, personable artists and dealers, and an eager, friendly audience combined to make our three days in Buffalo a joy. Admittedly, I have limited experience in art fairs of this caliber, but I think it was well organized, promoted, and managed. The founders, Frits Abell and Dean Brownrout (and Dean’s enthusiastic wife, Jana Eisenberg) were on hand all weekend to meet, greet, put out small fires, and cheer on the participants. If it had been more successful, there might have too large a crowd for seeing art and having meaningful conversations.

Here’s a tour of the show: I think I’ll do it in alphabetical order so that no one gets peeved. Understand that I took these snapshots on Sunday morning before the doors opened, so the halls are vacant. 

We start with 464 Gallery, showing work by Max Collins, Marissa Lehner, Thomas Webb, Marcus Wise. Here the 464 guys are chatting with OGRE, more about him later.

At the head of my aisle were Monica Angle, and behind her, James Paulsen. 

This is the Charles Bank Gallery, showing works by Mauro Bonacina, Allen Grubesic, Kim Keever, Garrett Pruter, Kasper Sonne. Gallery owner, Adam Greenberger shared his expertise with attendees at the Collecting 101 seminar on Saturday morning. 

My apologies to the Benjaman Gallery. My camera decided to have some focusing issues at their booth. They were showing some very nice regional artworks by Robert Blair, Chris Liberti, Harriet Nash, John Santomieri, and Irene Zevon.

Jessica Bradley Art + Projects:
Sarah Cale, Kristan Horton, Jed Lind, Ben Reeves, and Derek Sullivan

I was quite taken by the abstraction and dense paint at the Cappuccilli Fine Art booth. Here the gallerists are chatting with the inimitable Nina Freudenheim. They were showing J.R. Hughto, Elena Peteva, Jim Ridlon, Susan Roth, and Carrie Will.

Daniel Faria Gallery, also from Toronto. Diane particularly liked the small sculpture on the shelf. Hand-created and painted rock crystals. Wish I had taken a close-up.

Diaz Contemporary had some nice minimalist work. It’s one of the Tecumseth Street Galleries from Toronto.

Here are works by Kathleen Sherin and Jackie Felix (Estate).

Original paintings by Dorothy Fitzgerald.

Timothy Frerichs’ complex collage.

Nina Freudenheim brought the work of some of her gallery artists: Kyle Butler, Gerald Mead, Alice O’Malley, John Pfahl, and Peter Stephens. Ms. Freudenheim was gracious to share some of her collecting and preservation advice at the Saturday morning seminar. Thanks, Nina!

The dense minimalist work and delicate detailed drawings of  Fontini Galanes and William Maggio.
Gigi Gatewood and Melora Griffis. (No offense to the artists, but Diane really liked their chairs.)

The fabulous paintings of Amy Greenan. Lots of red dots in this booth. (Just ask her for a house portrait!)

The soft and poetic photos of Mark McLoughlin, and the mineral stains of Jody Hansen.

Susan Hobbs, also from Toronto, was showing work by various artists.

Nice studies in depth-of-field and night mood by John Harrigan.

Jeremy Holmes and Josh Sperling, Ithaca-based artists, represented by Exhibit A from Corning (an echo exhibitor last year).

OK... This blog post has gotten to large for my brain to conform with blogspot. And, I'm not savvy enuf to figure it out, so on to echo part 2.

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