Report from the Texas Art Fairs

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I’ve been away in Los Angeles visiting family and my Internet guru, my son, Scott. Staying on top of the art fair business, developing a web site, keeping it growing, working on SEO requires a periodic tuneup on what is going right and what needs to be done next. Those of you who maintain web sites surely know what I mean as this is a never ending job, as is any small business. So, my apologies to faithful readers for my silence.

Herewith my attempt to bring you all the art fair news:

Mixed Media by Michael Madzo
The News from Austin, TX – Art Alliance Austin announced that their Art City Austin ’08 event – April 12th and 13th – drew 23,000 to 25,000 people. The outdoor art festival benefits the Austin Museum of Art and The Blanton Museum of Art. This year, the organization presented for the first time commissioned outdoor installations, an international “Temporary Outdoor Gallery Space” ideas competition, and the first iteration of Art Week Austin – seven days of visual art events culminating in Art City Austin.

The award winners:

Best in Show 3-D – Joseph DeCamillis, a self-taught artist from Birmingham, Alabama. DeCamillis has exhibited internationally, including ART BASEL (Miami), Bridge Art Fair, FRIEZE Art Fair, ART CHICAGO and many more.

Best in Show 2-D ($1,000 cash award) was awarded to Daryl Howard, an Austin-based artist who works with a Japanese-style wood-block print technique. Her work has been exhibited across the nation and the state at the Austin Museum of Art, and Danforth Museum of Art, and Maryland Federation of Art, among others.

Best in Media ($100 Cash Prize Each)
2D Mixed Media Michael Madzo
Painting Harold Pickern
Drawing/Pastels Helen Gotlib
Photography Lisa Kristine
Graphics/Printmaking Daryl Howard
3D Mixed Media Joe DeCamillis
Jewelry Adam Neely
Woodwork Steve Smith
Sculpture Kevin Box
Watercolor Larry Stephenson
Metalwork Jimmie Dodson
Ceramics Ernest Miller
Glass Alex Brand
Fiber Hetty Metzger

The News from the Main Street Arts Festival, Fort Worth, TX – April 17-20
This is the best news that has been filtering through the artist networks. Sales were made!! Many reports of five-figure sales throughout the media had many artists smiling all the way home. The Texas economy seems to be strong and the Main Street Arts Festival seems to be the top art fair in Texas. Congratulations to the artists. I hope these good sales follow you through the year.
Here is a nice article about Main Street Arts Festival participant, Lisa Burge of Taos, NM. Burge, 53, is an abstract painter who has been doing art shows for about 15 years. She paints in the winter and travels the country from spring to fall; she does 10-12 shows a year.
If you are in Michigan you can see her at the Birmingham (MI) Fine Art Fair in Shain Park on May 10 & 11.
If you are already thinking about your 2009 schedule this pair of events look very attractive, plus the weather in Texas in April is fabulous. Do the events back to back and enjoy yourself in Texas between them.
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