Art & Art Fairs
It's the first week of spring, and it's a nasty rainy day here in NYC. But, I received a nice little pick-me-up in my email box this morning! The Arteria Gallery sent me an invitation for two free VIP tickets to the annual Spring Affordable Art Fair (AAFNYC) which will be held from May 5- May 8. I really don't know yet what kind of VIP treatment I'll be getting with these tickets, but I do know that the tickets will be arriving by "post" from Arteria's gallery in Canada. And as my accompanying blog Good Mail illustrates, I am a sucker for fun stuff that comes signed, sealed and posted marked through the US Mail System. That alone is enough for me. It really is just the "little things" sometimes.
Last Fall's AAFNYC was filled with inspiring new artists. I stayed all day and still couldn't soak up all there was to see. Several galleries across the country were represented and many internationally as well. A stand-out favorite artist of mine was a gentleman named, Nick Papadakis who saw me engrossed in one of his paintings and came over to talk to me.
During our conversation, Nick's enthusiasm for his work and his self-awareness in terms of understanding what propells him to create was fascinating. Nick explained to me a technique he calls "Erosion Painting," which he discovered by happenstance while trying to solve a separate artistic dilemma. This is a process by which paint is placed on a substrate surface and then removed from the surface instead of added to it. I was so intrigued by his style and interested in his process that I asked if I could interview him at his studio. He agreed and invited me to a beautiful estate just outside of New York City where he works out of a charming big red barn.
In an upcoming post, I will share this artist studio visit.
Nick Papakakis at Affordable Art Fair NYC Fall 2010
Highlights from 2010 Fall Affordable Art Fair
At the time that I attended the 2010 Fall Affordable Art Fair, Art Punctuate! was still an idea germinating in my creative and ambitious mind. But of course, I took pictures and spoke to artists, a few of whom I now follow. Here is a montage of some of the great work that appeared at the Fall Fair.