January 14th, 2009 Heather Kovar
Thanks to Press Club member Achilles Schiano for always keeping me up to date on one of
my interests, painting. Some great information by Schiano about the upcoming International Artexpo follows.
One common trait newspeople have in general is having broad interests. One of the best New York venues to prove that is the International Artexpo coming to the Jacob Javits Center, Feb. 26-March 2. Running concurrently will be the DecorExpo. So if your interests run to traditional oils, acrylics, mixed media, far-out, custom framing, tapestries, photography, and almost ad infinitum, this annual extravaganza draws thousands of exhibitors and buyers and multiples thereof visitors.
The show is open to trade only the first two days but then Saturday, Feb. 28 and Sunday March 1, it is open to the public, with abbreviated hours on Monday, March 2. Students under 18 and seniors over 65 will get in for five-bucks, while adult admission is $15. Kiddies 12 and under come in free.
The show, going into its 31st year, generates great energy just from the variety of offerings—the definition of art seems to get broader each year. And usually well-known figures such as Peter Max are in attendance. One long-time favorite is actress Jane Seymour, whose work proves her talent with the palette. If you get a chance to talk to her, you will find a very personable, lovely lady. One year I talked to her about her twin careers, and she made clear that she had always been an artist and not a performer who decided to start painting.
Stopping to talk to lesser-known artists can be rewarding. Example–Last year one couple drove six days in an RV from their Arizona home to exhibit. And wisely, they lived in their mobile home parked near the Javits for the show’s duration, beating hotel costs.
Finally–be on the lookout for a beautiful (what else) model who hands out roses.
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