November 7, 2005
If your home is suffering from a case of the blahs, or you can't wait another
day to fill that empty spot on your wall, Boston is the place to be this month.
A visit to The Boston International Fine Arts Show, November 10-13 at the
Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, or the Greater Boston Antiques
Festival at Shriners' Auditorium in Wilmington can provide thousands of ideas
for beautifying your home the old-fashioned way.
Art lovers interested in exploring diverse galleries or expanding their own
collections can peruse or purchase traditional and contemporary fine art at the
Boston International Fine Art Show
. The "only fine arts show of
its kind" in New England, according to show co-producer Tony Fusco, returns
this month for its ninth year.
"The purpose is to bring outstanding galleries to Boston that people here
wouldn't ordinarily get to see," Fusco says of the event. The show features a
variety of media from the 17th to 21st centuries, ranging from the American
landscapes of Winslow Homer and Albert Bierstadt to modern Japanese prints from
Kiyoshi Seito. Impressionist paintings from Pierre-Auguste Renoir and modernist
art from Marsden Hartley will also be on view, as well as works by prominent
Boston artist John Singer Sargent and an exhibition of contemporary pieces from
the collection of Boston's Vose family, America's oldest family of art dealers.
Early birds looking to claim dibs on the perfect piece should check out the
Gala Preview on November 10
, which includes fine wine and
dining, live jazz, and free re-admission to the show throughout the weekend.
Proceeds from the $100 ticket price benefit the Wang Center's education
program, Suskind Young at Art.
New to the show this year is Young Collector's Night on November 11
Missy Sullivan, editor of The Forbes Collector
, offers tips for young
art lovers in her lecture "What Every Smart Collector Should Know: Lessons from
Connoisseurs." This night, Fusco says, is "a way of introducing people to a
world of fine art that might be otherwise intimidating." A cocktail reception
offers opportunities to mingle with artists and dealers, and learn more tips
that may put you on the road to Guggenheim status.
For shoppers who fancy more functional-yet equally beautiful-pieces, the Greater
Boston Antiques Festival
is the place to hone your antiquing
skills. Twice a year, dealers from far and wide journey to what's touted as one
of the top antique shows in the area. Now in its 10th year, the festival brings
together 162 international dealers, for a weekend that draws longtime
collectors, home decorators and holiday shoppers.
The festival's popularity can be attributed, in part, to the quality and vast
variety of antiques offered. Antiques and collectibles from the 18th, 19th and
early 20th century come from as far as China, Russia and England, as well as
throughout the U.S. "We have a pretty unusual selection," notes event manager
Marvin Getman. "You can pretty much find anything that's old at this show."
The show's most popular items include decorative home pieces, such as lamps,
oak furniture, fine art, framed prints and Victorian collectibles. Collectors
of rare, quirky items will relish sifting through old maps and postcards,
antique quilts and linens, vintage tiles and Russian religious icons. "We offer
an eclectic mix so that everyone, from new collectors to seasoned collectors,
can find something they like and can afford to buy," says Getman.
Getman adds that serious shoppers even bring along personal decorators to help
pick out the perfect pieces. But if you're attending the festival solo, don't
fret. Dealers gladly share their expertise and offer the history of their
items, as well as tips on preservation and upkeep.
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