Looking for something to do the next few days? How about taking in some fine art?
The Palm Springs Fine Art Fair returns this year to the Palm Springs Convention Center, uniting more than 50 galleries from around the country with art enthusiasts.
The event, now in its second year, is expected to attract some 10,000 attendees and runs the same time as Palm Springs Modernism Week, according to organizers.
"An encore to its extremely successful first year event, the fair features more than fifty top international art galleries exhibiting and selling more than 2,000 carefully-culled works of post-war and contemporary art," a press release announcing the event said.
Tickets to the event cost $25 for a one-day pass, and $40 for a three-day pass.
Event publicists sent the following information, pointing out the many local ties to the Coachella Valley and Palm Desert.
The fair may attract exhibitors and art lovers from across the world, February 14-17, but it’s the local flavor that will really shine over the weekend-long event:
- Interactive installations coordinated by Imago Galleries of Palm Desert: Café 2013 by artist Rachel Lee Hovnanian, in which a small Texas café is re-enacted over the course of the weekend, featuring a salty social media obsessed waitress who greets guests with a sardonic Southern charm.
- Edible art installation and performance by local artist Lisa Provenza-Bebar (in conjunction with the Cathedral City-based Share Kitchen culinary incubator), featuring a six foot wide cookie to be served on opening night.
- Satellite Exhibition at the Palm Springs International Airport in partnership with the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission featuring prints of local artists alongside internationally recognized artists. Locals include: Steve Maloney, Forrest Moses, Mary-Austin Klein andMichael Childers.
- “The Art of Shooting Stars” panel discussion featuring local celebrity photographers Michael Childers, Taili Song Roth, Jill Greenberg and Christopher Felver in conversation, moderated by Steven Biller.
- Participation from the premier galleries in the local scene. Local exhibitors include: Christian Hohmann Fine Art, Heather James Fine Art, Imago Galleries, Izen Miller Gallery, Melissa Morgan Fine Art, and Michael Lord Gallery.
- An opening evening party honoring local art benefactor Helene Galen with a Arts Patron of the Year award.