2012 Fall Art Shows Preview

October 2012 | BY | Fall 2012

Monumental heads by internationally renowned artist Jun Kaneko served as unofficial greeters last year at the entrance to ArtPalmBeach at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. CREDIT: © Lauren Lieberman/Lila Photo

There’s nothing quite like meeting the artist who created your newest acquisition face-to-face. And one of the only places where that’s guaranteed is at one of a host of art fairs rolling out across the country this fall. Here are some of the best:

• Chicago’s largest and longest continuing art fair is back for its 19th run, featuring some of the world’s most innovative works of decorative art. SOFA CHICAGO, held Nov. 2-4 at Navy Pier Festival Hall, will include some 60 international galleries showing masterworks in contemporary art and design, sculpture and functional art, plus related special exhibitions and an extensive lecture series. www.sofaexpo.com

• From traditional to contemporary, from individual pieces to full room sets, the Providence Fine Furnishings Show offers it all. Moved this year to the newly renovated Pawtucket Armory Arts Center in Pawtucket, R.I., on Nov. 2-4, the 17th annual edition will include the very best designs from a roster of American artists working in a variety of materials and offering a range of price points. www.finefurnishingsshows.com

• Mark your calendars for latest edition of the Jewelry Fair at the Walters, Nov. 2-4 at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Md. A signature event of the Walters’ Women’s Committee, more than 20 of America’s finest jewelers will gather in the museum’s Sculpture Court to show and sell pieces ranging from traditional to contemporary, worked in an array of materials and techniques. www.thewalters.org

• Collectors, art enthusiasts and discerning shoppers will enjoy the opportunity to meet 100 juried artists and purchase their work at the new Craft at Purchase show in Purchase, N.Y. Held Nov. 2-4, it will include one-of-a-kind and limited-edition jewelry, clothing, accessories and home décor as well as functional and sculptural works in ceramics, glass, metal, photography, wood and mixed media, with all ticket sales to benefit the Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase. www.artrider.com

• The Pennsylvania Convention Center is the staging ground for more than 195 artists from across the country during the 36th annual juried Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Nov. 8-11 in Philadelphia. Glass, jewelry, mixed media, fiber, metal and more will be on display, with a select group of artists from Great Britain also invited to exhibit and sell their work. www.pmacraftshow.org

• More than 200 of the nation’s best contemporary craft artists working in a dozen different mediums will converge at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., for the annual Washington Craft Show. Held Nov. 16-18, the show celebrates 50 years of studio art glass, as well as its own 25th anniversary, with a special exhibit, lectures, movie screenings, an author meet and greet, and much more. www.washingtoncraftshow.com

• The Paradise City Arts Festival kicks off its annual show at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough, Mass, on Nov. 16-18, with more than 175 notable American craft artists showing museum-quality art, craft and sculpture. As if that weren’t enough, the show also includes free parking, live jazz and delectable dining. www.paradisecityarts.com

• Truly a celebration of art for all, the Celebration of Craftswomen showcases the juried work of more than 300 artists in the Herbst Pavilion at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center. Spread over two consecutive weekends, Nov. 24-25 and Dec. 1-2, the fair offers a vast array of handcrafts including clothing, furniture and accessories, jewelry, ceramics and pottery, paper goods and glass—all under one roof, and all made in America.

• The Miami Convention Center will host its first annual Miami River Art Fair Dec. 4-9 in the heart of the city’s downtown financial district. Promising to be one of the hottest tickets in town, it features an indoor setting of exhibiting international galleries as well as a one-of-a-kind outdoor Riverfront Sculpture Mall showcasing monumental sculpture and installations on the banks of the historic Miami River. www.miamiriverartfair.com

• Craftboston Holiday celebrates its fifth anniversary in style at The Cyclorama at Boston Center, with selective displays by more than 90 craft artists from across the country. From Dec. 7-9, visitors will have a chance to pick up unique handmade holiday gifts and stocking stuffers including glassware, ceramics, fiber and more. www.craftboston.org

• Considered one of the Florida Gold Coast’s most influential contemporary art fairs, ArtPalmBeach will feature art from some of the world’s most distinguished galleries, Jan. 25-28, 2013 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Visitors can expect to see everything from cutting-edge contemporary work to traditional classics during this elegant three-day affair, as well as taking in art lectures from notable experts, including the 2013 APB Visionary Award recipient Lino Tagliapietra. www.artpalmbeach.com

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