56 Years of the Old Capital Art Fair

If you’re interested in a great fair, The Old Capital Art Fair in Springfield, Illinois is the place to be. With 160 vendors working in all mediums, the fair includes photography, jewelry, ceramics, paintings, sculptures, metal works and more.

The fair pulls in people from all over and the artists are all selling their creations. Cindy Gibson of Bloomington said,

“I loved it last year. That’s why I came back. I couldn’t wait for this year. I like that there are a lot of different media represented. You can get a little look at water colors, acrylic and mixed media.”

This is going to be the 56th year of the Old Capital Art Fair and it typically brings in about 30,000 people.

Be part of the fun!

New Exhibit Opening in Chicago

If you live in Chicago or are passing through, you may want to check out the Life Force Arts Centre in Chicago. The exhibit opens on May 13 and will last until August 22, 2017. The exhibition includes a fascinating theme about how art can play a role in healing people’s nerves and anxieties.

At the exhibit, Sujata Tibrewala will be showing her work “Music Within” which is an acrylic on canvas work.  As her bio explains: “Sujata Tibrewala, a self-taught artist come engineer remarkably embodies the indomitable spirit of human existence through her works. Her works revolve around the theme of eco-feminism. She has exhibited her artworks in some of the most reputed venues around the globe such as University of Illinois, Chicago, Raw San Jose, Parallax Art Fair London, the Regional Commission of Arts St Louis, Life Force Arts Chicago, Mindworks Gallery Chesterfield, St. Louis Artists’ Guild, Chesterfield Arts, Art World Association, Women’s Caucus for the Arts, MySLART and Lalit Kala Academy, Delhi.”

Dallas’ Art Month Has Arrived

What used to be an art week in April in Dallas has turned into an art month! The entire month of April is now an art month in Dallas which will include the ninth edition of the Dallas Art Fair and many other amazing opportunities. Here is the entire list of the activities for the month.

Jennifer Scripps, the director of Dallas’ Office of Cultural Affairs calls it “an embarrassment of riches.” Here are a few of the best activities.

April 7 – Kipyn Martin will play at Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse

April 10 – The Mayor’s free Creative Conversation will be at the Dallas City Performance Hall focusing on art, architecture and place-making

April 12 – The Dallas Theater Center will debut Electra

April 14 – Edit Brickell will play the first of three nights of concerts at the Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff

April 15 – Free Day on the Ron Kirk Bridge

April 22 – three performance of BANDALOOP, the vertical dance group

April 29th – Dallas Book Festival

New Hire for Pioneer Works

It’s always interesting to keep up with museums and the new hires that they bring on. Pioneer Works, a center for research in contemporary culture in Brooklyn, has hired Sheetal Prajapati as their director of Public engagement. She will work on education and art programs.

From 2008 until 2016, she was the assistant director of learning and artists initiatives at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Learn more about Prajapati and the work that she will be doing.


Hippo Ballerina Comes to NYC

Certainly, there is always something to do in New York City, and right now there might be even more than usual to see. Here, you’ll find 12 amazing outdoor art installations that are worth seeing in the New York area. Here is one that is certainly worth seeing – because, after all, who doesn’t love a hippo?

Starting on February 7th, the Hippo Ballerina appeared in Dante Park across from the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. This is a 15 foot-tall cast bronze created by the Danish-born artist Bjorn Okholm Skaarup. It was created in partnership with the New York City Parks’ Art in the Parks Program and Cavalier Gallery.

Now, those on Instagram who mark their photos with the hashtag #Dancewithhippoballerina will be in the running for two tickets to a ballet at Lincoln Center. You can enjoy Hippo Ballerina from February 7th until July 31st, 2017.


Be Part of the Laguna-Art-A-Fair

If you’re an artist who is interested in being part of a great fair, you’ll want to pay attention. The Laguna Art-A-Fair has announced their Call for Artists Jury Day on Sunday, February 12th. Artists can enter three pieces of original artwork with their $40 jury fee from 8-11 am at the Boys and Girls Club on 1085 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.

The Laguna Art-A-Fair has allowed both established and emerging artists to display their wares in Laguna Beach each summer. They’ve been doing so for over fifty years. The festival this year will run from June 30 to September 3, 2017. Learn more about the fair and get your work into it if you can!



10 Great Ways to Spend New Year’s Eve

rocket-461750_960_720Massachusetts has really done it right. While New Year’s Eve can be a lovely time for fun, it can also be a night that includes too much alcohol and all sorts of problems. Massachusetts has created a large array of celebrations that are family friendly and offer great ways to express yourself. Some of them include art exhibits while others include dances and other performances. Here is the complete list for those of you who live in the area, or are considering a last minute trip to truly enjoy as the clock changes from 2016 to 2017.

Second Edition of the Northamptom Book and Book Arts Fair

If you love books and everything related to books, then this is the place for you. The second edition of Northamptom Book and Book Arts Fair will take place on December 2 and 3 at the Smith College Campus Center. This is a location for used and antiquarian booksellers, find letterpress printers, book binders, paper makers and artist book makers to come together in one location.

In addition to the exhibition and sales, the keynote address features Ruth R. Rogers, Curator of Special Collections in the Wellesley College Library. She will be talking on December 2 at 4pm about Layers of Perception: The Unwritten Language of Artists’ Books.

Join in the fun if you’re in the area!




Be Part of the Accessible Art Fair

Here is a great idea. The Accessible Art Fair New York will take place at the National Arts Club from November 1-25. It’s a chance for up-and-coming artists to mingle with buyers and collectors. As the site Guest of a Guest describes it, “The accessible art fair concept breaks down the conventional barriers between artist and collector, giving you unfiltered access to artists from around the world, selected by an expert panel. The jury includes notable art influencers from Sotheby’s, Gagosian galleries, artnet, Christie’s Collectrium, and senior art advisors.”

The fair was founded by Brussels-based Stephanie Manasseh in 2007. It has worked to help emerging talent to be found and appreciated. Be part of the fun!




Affordable Art Fair Comes Back to Battersea

This is such a lovely idea. The Affordable Art Fair Battersea will take place from October 20-23 and will include 110 galleries bringing 1000 artists together to sell art that is priced between £100 and £5,000. The art collection ranges from the contemporary to the antique and it includes paintings, prints, photography, sculpture and more.

They are also having a free educational program for kids (and adults) and workshops where you can work on your own artistic skills.

It all started in 1996 when Will Ramsay opened Will’s Art Warehouse in southwest London to bride the divide between those who are interested in art and those who are selling it at exorbitant prices. The gallery was able to offer works for £50 – £2,500 from 150 less-known artists. Three years later, he started the Affordable Art Fair. The fair launched in Battersea Park in October of 1999 and it has become a global attraction. So much so that the Affordable Art Fair also takes place in  Amsterdam, Brussels, New York, Milan, Singapore, Hamburg, Seoul, Stockholm and Hong Kong. Over 1.9 million people have visited an Affordable Art Fair and have bought over £265 million worth of art.