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echo: Art Fair

On July 9, a must-attend will be taking place in one of the city’s most historic and spectacular buildings. Spree is sponsoring “echo,” the highly anticipated new contemporary art fair, to be held in Buffalo’s Central Terminal (495 Paderewski Drive) on Saturday, July 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Organizers say the purpose of the event is to connect, in one centralized exhibit, first-time buyers and experienced art collectors with emerging artists and established galleries in Buffalo along with surrounding cities like Cleveland, Toronto, Pittsburgh, and New York.

Some of the contemporary art world's most renowned art fairs take place in Venice, Madrid, Miami, Aspen, and Santa Fe. While it might seem outlandish to imagine a Buffalo art fair could rank among these, why not? After all, in 1968 Life magazine called Buffalo the "Acropolis of the avant garde."

The idea for the fair came to founder Frits Abell, a Buffalo native, when he attended a London fair last year. Abell says his response was, “Buffalo should have something like this: a fine art event where experienced and new collectors can purchase art and provide artists with another avenue to sell their work.” echo is a juried art fair, which means that artists and galleries must apply and be chosen by the Jury Committee. (Artists from as far as Moscow and Namibia have submitted works to be judged.) It is also different from other art fairs in its partnership with expats and local not-for-profits, such as Hallwalls, Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo, and HandsOn Greater Buffalo.

On display will be a wide variety of works in various disciplines, including painting, photography, sculpture, print, video, and mixed media—it was recommended that all works be priced below $3,000. Attendees of a VIP event can preview and purchase artwork on Friday, July 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.; a dance party will be held in the Terminal after the Fair on July 9. Learn more at www.echoartfair.com.

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