This weekend's echo Art Fair
One of the many artist booths at echo
Image courtesy of echo
echo Art Fair, a juried fine art exposition connecting buyers with artists, takes place at the Central Library September 6–7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a $5 admission fee. echo kicks-off the fair on Friday, September 5, with its signature tour of private local art collections, VIP party, and Coup d’état, an art dance party in partnership with Only Comrades. This is the fourth echo, and the second time the fair has been held at Central Library.
The fair showcases a broad scope of fine art disciplines, including painting, photography, sculpture, print, works on paper, video and mixed media, and performance art. This year, the fair is featuring some exciting new initiatives, including a public art tour, art critique workshop, and an artist tech lab.
The Public Art Tour, hosted by Explore Buffalo, will be a walking tour of the impressive collection of outdoor murals, sculpture, and other public art in downtown Buffalo, ranging from the nineteenth century to the present. The tour will cost $15 ($5 for students) and starts at the front of the library at 9 a.m. on Sunday, September 7. Tours end at 1 p.m.
echo Art Fair has invited Brooklyn-based Bushwick Art Critique Group (BACG) to facilitate an Art Critique Workshop at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 7. BACG is a nonprofit arts organization that produces a monthly forum for artists to share about their work. BACG has curated the artists at echo to participate to show the breadth and visual diversity of this year's participants. Artists will have eight minutes to show the audience their images, share about the art, and answer audience questions.
The ARTTech Lab, Ask a Maker, will be held all day on Saturday at the library’s Fables Café. The lab is a partnership among The Foundry, Buffalo Lab, Employii, and echo. The mission of this project is to foster collaboration between the art community and the budding maker community in Buffalo. The hope is to provide technical guidance to artists who are looking for assistance and grow this into long-term collaborative relationships that allow artists to cull from a broader set of skills while reaching for their artistic vision.
Participants can sign up in person (or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details) and will complete a form describing their project and outline the technical help they are seeking. The form will include a section where consultants will detail the specifics steps recommended for artists to move forward and realize their vision—which may lead to further meeting after the fair to continue the collaboration.
Thirty-minute consultations will be provided with artists and fair attendees to assist in bringing their artistic vision to life. The collaboration between the technical experts in various fields will allow artists to leave with a specific plan for moving forward with their work. Experts in 3D printing, electronics, software, mechanical design, metal working, and materials will be onsite.
Attendees can watch a short video of examples of past collaborations between the maker/tech and arts communities and see examples of work done by Buffalo Lab for The Front Yard, 3D printed artwork, and some of the equipment that artists have available to them.
See the echo Art Fair Facebook page for updates.
Wendy Guild Swearingen is a frequent contributor to Buffalo Spree