10TH Anniversary Boston International Fine Art Show Set For November 9-12, 2006 The Tenth Annual Boston International Fine Art Show (BIFAS), New England’s premier showcase for traditional and contemporary fine art, will be held November 9-12, 2006.
News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - The Tenth Annual Boston International Fine Art Show (BIFAS), New England’s premier showcase for traditional and contemporary fine art, has announced its dates for 2006. The show, which has become a fixture on the Boston art and social scene, will take place Thursday through Sunday November 9-12, 2006 at The Cyclorama at The Boston Center for The Arts (BCA), 539 Tremont Street, in Boston’s South End.
The only show of its kind in New England, BIFAS features 40 galleries offering both traditional and contemporary fine art, from across the United States, Europe and Canada. The show features 17th to 21st century paintings, works on paper, sculpture, fine prints, photography, and more. BIFAS brings together some of the country's leading specialists in 19th and early 20th century American and European paintings, complemented by a strong cross-section of contemporary galleries, and specialist in areas such as prints, sculpture, the art of Japan, Africa, the Arctic and more.
The show opens with a Gala Preview on Thursday evening, November 9. In addition, a "New Collectors Night" will take place Friday evening, with a special guest speaker. This program was very popular last year, with the speaker, Missy Sullivan of Forbes Collector, selling out two presentations. Saturday and Sunday all guest lectures are free of charge with admission. Weekend show hours are Friday, November 10, 1:00pm – 9:00pm; Saturday, November 11, 11:00am – 8:00pm; and Sunday, November 12, 11:00am – 5:00pm.
"We are proud to be celebrating our tenth anniversary," comments co-producer Tony Fusco. "The art market in Boston has evolved tremendously over the past ten years, and BIFAS has been a part of that growth. We have also witnessed the total renaissance of the South End and the Boston Center for the Arts over the last decade. There are now million dollar luxury condominiums next door to the Cyclorama, as well as the new Calderwood Pavilion, which houses Huntington Theatre Company. Last year we saw increased attendance and a stunning array of original works ranging from a few hundred dollars to a $2 million Millet."
"We were also happy to welcome a number of prestigious galleries either returning to the show or exhibiting for the first time," Fusco adds. "New galleries included Spanierman Gallery, Gerald Peters Gallery and Vose Contemporary Realism, and returning galleries included many who have done the show since its inception, such as Questroyal, Tom Veilleux, Boston's Richardson-Clarke Gallery and Gladwell from London."
The Cyclorama provides a unique venue for the show. With its large circular rotunda and additional salons it encourages people to both linger and wander. The historic structure is in the heart of the BCA complex which now boasts four theatres, a gallery, the Boston Ballet offices and school, 50 artists studio spaces and other arts facilities. There are more than a dozen "hot" restaurants within a five-minute walk, making it a focal point for cultural life in the city, and by this fall a new restaurant with live music will also open at the BCA.