12th annual Boston International Fine Arts Show (BIFAS) features special programs

A number of special programs will highlight the 12th Annual Boston International Fine Art Show (BIFAS), taking place Thursday – Sunday, Nov. 13-16, 2008, at The Cyclorama at The Boston Center for The Arts (BCA).  The only fine art fair of its kind in New England, BIFAS features 40 galleries from the United States, Europe and Canada, with no restrictions on the type of work that may be shown. The show features more than 3,000 original works of art in all price ranges, from 19th Century French Barbizon paintings to American masters of the Hudson River School to contemporary abstract works, sculpture, photography and much more.

The weekend show takes place Friday 1pm-9pm, Saturday 11am-8pm, and Sunday 11am-5pm.  Weekend tickets are $15 online or at the door, children under 12 free.  Complimentary re-admission and show catalog, and all special programs, panels and guest speakers are free with admission. For more information call 617-363-0405, or visit www.FineArtBoston.com.    

The show opens with a Gala Preview on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 5:30-9:30pm to benefit the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Gala Preview benefit tickets are $100 and $250 and can be ordered directly through the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 617-266-1200, or online at www.bso.org/BIFAS.

The show’s Honorary Committee members include Malcolm Rogers, Director, MFA Boston; Thomas Lentz, Director, Harvard Art Museums; James A. Welu, Director, Worcester Art Museum; Dennis Kois, the new director of the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, several other museum directors and curators, and notable Bostonians from all walks of life including Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, television and radio personalities, and others.

Special Programs take place throughout the weekend, and draw enthusiastic audiences of both advanced and beginning collectors. All special programs, panels and guest speakers are free with admission.  Complete descriptions at www.FineArtBoston.com.

Friday, Nov. 14

4:00pm "The Art of Giving Back" 

Join Christien Ducker of Flow of Art Gallery (Connecticut), Joan Daidone of Elisa Tucci Contemporary Art (New York), and Jim McDonald of The Art Connection (Boston), as they discuss why and how they accomplish their philanthropic missions of utilizing art to better the world around them.

Friday Evening, Nov. 14 6-9pm – "Art & Design Night"

6:30 "Art for Your Home…and a Home for Your Art" 

Panelists Phil Bates, The Classic Group; Jacqueline Becker, Fine Arts Consulting Services; and Doreen Le May Madden, Lux Lighting Design.  The event and evening reception is sponsored by Design New England magazine, The Classic Group, and the Luxury Marketing Council of Boston

Saturday, Nov. 15, 2-6pm  "New Collectors Series"

2:00pm "How to Discern Quality in Art", brings together four notable panelists: Joshua Rose, Editor of American Art Collector; Arcadia Gallery owner Steve Diamant, Avery Galleries owner Richard Rossello, and artist Joe McGurl. 

3:00pm "Editor’s Choice",

Peter Trippi, Editor of Fine Art Connoisseur, presents commentaries and insights into selected paintings actually on view at the show.  Mr. Trippi is the former director of New York’s Dahesh Museum of Art.

4:00pm “Art Investment or Art Appreciation?” I

nsights into the pros and cons of art as an investment from Louis Salerno of Questroyal Fine Art, who has published an extensive study on the investment potential of American art created prior to 1950.

5:00pm "The Art of Art Restoration"

How can you tell if a painting has been restored? Oliver Brothers LLC, Boston’s oldest art restoration firm presents do’s and don’ts and will show actual works of art in the process of restoration. 

Sunday, Nov. 16

2:00pm  “Collecting Art for the Boston Athenaeum”

David Dearinger, Susan Morse Hilles Curator of Paintings & Sculpture at the Boston Athenæum, will present a special program highlighting that institution’s fine art collection.   

The Cyclorama provides the ideal venue for this exciting show.  A large circular rotunda and adjacent salons encourage visitors to both linger and wander. The historic structure is located in the heart of the BCA complex, which boasts four theatres, a gallery, Boston Ballet school, 50 artist studios and other facilities.  There are more than a dozen "hot" restaurants and nightspots within a five-minute walk, making it a focal point for cultural life in the city.  Last year, The Beehive, a jazz club and restaurant, opened downstairs at The Cyclorama.

“The show has grown up with the evolution of the Boston Center for the Arts, the art market in Boston and the changing demographics of the South End, Back Bay, Downtown and other neighborhoods of Boston,” comments co-producer Tony Fusco.  “We couldn’t be more pleased to be launching our 12th year.”

For information, call 617-363-0405, or visit www.FineArtBoston.com