echo ART FAIR / NYC PREVIEW PARTY;
CURATED BY THREE LOCAL GALLERIES
BUFFALO, NY – Regional identity through artistic self-expression will be the unofficial theme of echo Art Fair/NYC: A Preview of Buffalo’s Art Fair, which will open on Thursday, March 24th from 6pm-10pm at the Highline Loft, located in the trendy West Chelsea Arts Building, 508 W. 26th Street, in New York City. The exhibition will be on view March 25th & March 26th 10am - 6pm.
Showcasing the diversity, originality and breadth of the vibrant arts scene in Buffalo, New York, echo Art Fair/NYC will feature the work of a select group of talented artists and galleries, which have participated in previous fairs. The “sneak preview” will be the first public viewing of 40 fine art pieces that will be exhibited as part of the larger 2016 echo Art Fair, held May 13-15th in Buffalo.
Launched in Buffalo and now celebrating its fifth year, echo Art Fair is a juried art exposition that connects experienced collectors and first-time buyers with emerging and established local, regional and international artists in a centralized and creative environment. In the past, many of the participating artists have had strong and enduring ties to Buffalo, and a good number of those artists will be representing the Nickel City in Manhattan.
“I’ve been asked, ‘why New York City’?” said Buffalo native and entrepreneur E. Frits Abell, who founded echo Art Fair in 2011. “We’re not trying to compete with, what is arguably, the nation’s art capital or to be mislabeled as one of its outer boroughs. Our goal is to widen our own artistic borders and cultivate new relationships by exposing the prolific, rich, diverse – and significant – work showed at echo.”
For local artists, like painter Bruce Adams, "echo Art Fair is an opportunity, not only to get your art out before the public, but to interact with visitors and other artists in a meaningful way. For me, it's a chance to see what others are doing, and to let them know what I am up to. It's like a two day art party."
Buoyed and validated by enormous community pride and support, “the visual and performing arts in Buffalo have always been a major economic and cultural driver,” explains Emily Tucker, director of the Benjaman Gallery Group and who, together with Buffalo-based gallery directors Elisabeth Samuels, of Indigo Gallery, and Anna Kaplan, of BT&C Gallery, will be co-curating the NYC event. This trio of women also comprises and spearheads Buffalo’s highly successful Resource: Art (see description below).
“As curators of echo Art Fair/NYC, we want to communicate the quality of work that is coming out of Buffalo, a city that has an appreciably healthy creative community,” explained Kaplan. “Of course we want immediate exposure for these artists in a different market, but a larger hope is to engage people just enough so that they travel upstate to see more.”
“Some call Buffalo the City of No Illusions,” – a phrase coined by graphic artist Mike Morgulis in the late 1970s – “and in many ways, that description accurately captures our community’s unvarnished, realistic view of this city and its strengths,” said Tucker. “We recognize the considerable role that the visual and performing arts have consistently played in sustaining Buffalo during challenging times as well as their ‘front and center’ role in its recent revitalization and renaissance. To us, that’s something that should be shared, a story that should be told.”
Adds Artist Eric Magnuson, a participant of echo Art Fair/NYC and an art installer at Buffalo’s world famous Albright-Knox Art Gallery: “In other cities, art often creates walls of suspicion that you have to chip away at. None of that exists in Buffalo where art is embraced with open arms.”
In addition to Magnuson and Adams, other featured artists at echo Art Fair / NYC will include:
Julian Montague (graphic design, illustration, photography)
Peter Stephens (Mixed media abstraction)
Roberley Bell (sculpture)
Charlie Clough (painting, works on paper)
Ani Hoover (sculpture, textile, painting)
Bethany Krull (ceramics)
Reinhard Reitzenstein (sculpture, drawing, photography, mixed media)
Alexandra Spaulding (sculpture, mixed media)
Melora Griffis (painting, works on paper, performance art)
Supported by Buffalo Spree Magazine, The Burchfield Penney Art Center, The Castellani Art Museum and University at Buffalo Art Galleries, Echo Art Fair/NYC will kick off with a wine and cheese reception Thursday, March 24 from 6 to 10 pm, with the exhibit remaining on view the following Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26 from 10 am until 6 pm.
Curating remarkable walls for corporate, private and public spaces, Resource:Art is a unique collaboration that combines the talents and vision of three successful Western New York women and gallerists – Emily Tucker (Benjaman Gallery Group), Anna Kaplan (BT&C Gallery), and Elisabeth Samuels (Indigo Gallery) – to create compelling art solutions that match the individual taste and preferences of each client. For more information, visit http://www.resourceartny.com.
ABOUT echo ART FAIR, BUFFALO
echo Art Fair was founded and launched in Buffalo, NY in 2011 and, in under five years, has become one of the region's most highly-anticipated, well-attended fine art events. By 2014, echo Art Fair had evolved from a one-day special event to a weekend-long series of activities, featuring more than 130 artists and galleries from Western New York, the United States, and Canada and drawing over 7,000 visitors. This year, the fair hopes to continue that upward trend and attract record numbers of art enthusiasts.
echo Art Fair 2016 will be held May 13-15 at OSC Manufacturing, an historic industrial plant located on Buffalo’s East Side. Albert Kahn, one of the premier American industrial architects of the 20th century, designed this building, formerly known as American Axle.
Traditionally showcasing a broad scope of fine art disciplines – from painting, photography and sculpture, to video, mixed media and performance art – echo Art Fair will add, Light Industry, an architecture section this year for the first time. For more information, visit www.echoartfair.com.