BOSTON — The 14th Annual Boston International Fine Art Show (BIFAS) takes place Nov. 18-21, 2010, at The Boston Center for The Arts (BCA) Cyclorama. The show opens with the Gala Preview on Nov. 18 to benefit Boston Symphony Orchestra, which operates three musical institutions: the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood.
The only show of its kind in New England, BIFAS features 40 galleries from the United States and Europe, with no restrictions on the type of work that may be shown.
Returning to the 2010 show are a number of galleries, including William Vareika Fine Arts (R.I.), Arcadia Fine Arts (N.Y.), Avery Galleries (Pa.), Debra Force Fine Art (N.Y.), Vose Galleries (Mass.), Questroyal Fine Art (N.Y.), Eckert Fine Art (N.Y.), Tom Veilleux Gallery (Maine), and numerous others.
Notable newcomers include Caldwell Gallery (N.Y.), Koman Fine Art (Fla.) and contemporary glass specialists Schantz Galleries (Mass.). A complete roster of exhibitors for 2010 is available at www.FineArtBoston.com.
Schantz Gallery of Stockbridge, Mass., highlights the show’s diverse offerings with a solo show of works by world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. Chihuly’s vibrant and colorful glass installations adorn the halls of museums, cultural institutions and major corporations in the United States and across the globe. Notable installation sites include Las Vegas’ Bellagio Hotel and Casino, St. Peter’s Church in New York City and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The artist is also well known for his smaller works, many of which will be offered for sale by Schantz Gallery at the show.
Among a number of premier international exhibitors is the superlative Galerie Jean-François Cazeau of Paris, France. The gallery’s primary focus is centered on Impressionist and Modern masters, counting works by Gen Paul, Chaim Soutine and Andre Masson among an extensive and skillfully curated inventory. A select group of contemporary works will also be available.
The Gala Preview has blossomed into one of Boston’s premier social and art collecting events. The Honorary Committee includes numerous New England museum directors and curators, such as Malcolm Rogers of the MFA Boston, Thomas Lentz of the Harvard Art Museums, and James Welu of the Worcester Art Museum, among others.
The Cyclorama provides the ideal venue: a large circular rotunda and adjacent salons encourage visitors to both linger and wander. The historic structure is located in the heart of the Boston Center for the Arts complex, which boasts four theatres, a gallery, Boston Ballet school, 50 artist studios and other facilities. ?
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