Friday, April 8, 2011
Dallas Art Fair is a must-do this weekend for fine arts lovers
More than 70 vendors will sell their artwork.
DALLAS If you plan on attending the third annual Dallas Art Fair this weekend, you had better wear comfy shoes. This event kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday afternoon, and with exhibiting galleries occupying 70,000 square feet of the Fashion Industry Gallery (f.i.g), attendees will have plenty of ground to cover.
Preeminent galleries from across the nation will be there, including many local area dealers. They will represent artists of all genres and mediums from around the world. Attendees will see and have the opportunity to purchase sculptures, paintings, photographs, and much more from this eclectic mix of artisans.
Visitors should have no problem finding pieces they like. Each of the galleries has their own unique mix of artists. Included in the mix are collage pieces by contemporary artist Al Souza in the Moody Gallery of Houston. A recommended stop is local gallery Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden of Dallas: Along with amazing pieces by Florida artist Mark Messersmith (who paints an explosion of multi-media color) and plein-air landscape artist Lilian Garcia-Roig (a Southern Methodist University alum), owner Kevin Vogel is very knowledgeable. Visitors should also check out the work of Misako Inaoko at William Campbell Contemporary Art, Inc. of Fort Worth. The works of this Japanese artist will surprise you, literally. Of note, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of her art this weekend will benefit relief efforts in Japan.
The event has grown since it first took place in 2009, when it was just over 30 dealers. As Dallas Art Fair co-founder Chris Byrne notes, it has been an organic growth of vendors, which is up to more than 70 this year. A private tour with collector Frank Herzog will open the festivities. Along with the art on exhibition, various panel discussions take place over the course of the weekend. Some of the included discussions will be Collectors and their Private Space, a discussion on collecting, housing, and installing art on Saturday afternoon; and How Do Books Make Art “Art”?, an examination of the positive influence that books have on the stature and visibility of art, taking place Sunday morning. The discussions should serve as great education for both seasoned and new collectors.
This year also brings much more coordination with the Dallas Arts District, Byrne said. Galleries and museums in the area will host their own exhibition openings in conjunction with the weekend event. Among them will be the opening of Statuesque at the Nasher Sculpture Center and an exhibition opening at the Goss-Michael Foundation, both taking place on Saturday.
The weekend promises to be a celebration of the Dallas arts community.
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