echo: Art Fair Announces Selected Artists, Buffalo Rising, June 2, 2011

Echo: Art Fair, a new juried contemporary art event that aims to connect art collectors and admirers of art with emerging and established fine artists, announces the selected artists and galleries for the inaugural event today.
“The response to echo: Art Fair’s Call for Submissions was impressive,” said founder Frits Abell. “We had in excess of 100 artists and galleries that submitted artwork. While most artists were from the WNY region, we had entries that came in from Toronto, New York, Boston, Paris, and Moscow. It was also great to see quite a few expat artists submit their work- demonstrating their eagerness to re-engage with Buffalo.”
Peter_Stephens.jpegApproximately 40 artists and galleries were selected for participation by echo: Art Fair’s Jury: Cori Wolff, curator from Buffalo Arts Studio, Louis Grachos, Director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Nina Freudenheim of Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Steven Biltekoff, collector, John Massier, Visual Arts Curator of Hallwalls, Ed Cardoni, Executive Director of Hallwalls, Gerald Mead, collector, Ted Pietrzak, independent consultant and Frits Abell, founder of the Buffalo Expat Network (BEN).
Notable artists selected include Charles Clough, Julian Montague, John Pfahl, Alice O’Malley, Peter Stephens (sample right), Adele Cohen, AJ Fries, Bruce Adams (below), Paula Sciuk, Brendan Bannon (bottom) and Agnes Robertson; galleries include Exhibit A Gallery, Meibohm Fine Arts, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Indigo Arts, Chemical #2 and 464 Gallery. A full list of participating artists and galleries can be found on the echo website.
echo: Art Fair is a collaboration among the Buffalo Expat Network (BEN), The Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo (ELAB), and HandsOn Greater Buffalo. Proceeds from the event will benefit the organizers of echo and the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation (CRTC).

Bruce_Adams_Demetrious.jpegThe sponsors of echo: Art Fair include Try-It Distributing, Buffalo Spree Magazine, Buffalo Society of Artists, and an anonymous donor who encourages us to “See Hear Feel Touch Learn – Experience Art.”
The Art Fair will be preceded by a VIP event on Friday July 8th, when attendees will be able to view and purchase artwork. Immediately post echo: Art Fair on July 9th, there will be an After-Fair Dance Party, also held at the Central Terminal, featuring DJs and live performances. Stay tuned, as members of ELAB plan to feature several accepted artists for an upcoming feature.
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