See you at Artexpo

See you at Artexpo

Susanne Casgar

In a few days, I’ll be attending my 20th Artexpo. You’d think that after all that walking and talking and long hours over the years, I’d be exhausted just thinking about the thought of another show, especially one being held at the enormous Javits Center in New York. I can only wonder how many miles of aisle-walking I’ve logged over the years.

Well, I’m not tired. In fact, I am actually looking forward to the show with a great deal of anticipation. Artexpo is a unique opportunity to see old friends, make new friends, view the latest in the art market, hear all about the art business and learn what the expectations are for the year.

In getting ready for Artexpo, I recall several years ago when I received a call two days before the show asking if there were any booths still available. The young artist came to Javits the day before the show to set up his booth and to pay the exhibition charges. It was his first Artexpo, and he was a little nervous about it. We helped him with what needed to be done, and after thanking us, he invited me back to his booth the next day to meet his Dad. I did, and was greeted by Anthony Quinn. Both father and son were accomplished artists. And yes, I did have my picture taken with Lorenzo and Anthony.

Even when I was on vacation, I couldn’t resist wearing my Artexpo “hat.” Several years ago, I was in Bermuda, and after a half-day in the sun with a not-so-good book, I decided to drop in on a couple of galleries. That’s where I met four enthusiastic gallery owners and artists who took booths in the Artexpo show, creating a “mini” art pavilion from Bermuda.

The British (six years) and the Austrian (three years) pavilions were important parts of my early years at Artexpo as a sales person. The friendships that I developed then are with me to this day.

You will be amazed when you attend and see how large and exciting the show will be. What can you expect to see at Artexpo New York 2005?

* The Solo Pavilion, sponsored by eBay. Come see today’s independent emerging artists show off their talents to the industry. Who knows? You may be one of the first to view the works of the next Warhol.

* Ron Burns of Burns Studio will introduce “Fidel,” the therapy dog that made numerous trips to Ground Zero and is featured in Ron’s book, “The Dogs of Ron Burns.” Ron will also have other dogs from the Good Dog Foundation to help him sign his book. Search and Rescue Dogs will also be making special appearances at the booth. Ron is the first and only Artist in Residence for the Humane Society of the United States.

* The debut of rock legend Janis Joplin’s artwork, and the work of Jefferson Starship singer, Grace Slick.

* Paintings from legendary artists, including Rembrandt and Picasso.

* Famed celebrity artist Malcolm Farley, known for his colorful representations of celebrities and athletes, will be painting live.

* The Sculpture Garden in the Center Court, featuring 30 sculptures from celebrated artists, among them Fred Prescott, and new sculptures from Studio Publishing, Masterpiece Publishing and Kennebeck Fine Art.

Artexpo is all about the people: the artists, the publishers, the exhibitors of all kinds … and the attendees. People from all over the world, and from all walks of life, will be there. The nature of this industry will be felt through the halls of the Jacob K. Javits Center as we come together once again to generate a feeling of excitement like no other.

Join us … you’ll be glad you did. And please be sure to visit the ABN editorial team at Booth 1863. We look forward to meeting you.

SUSANNE CASGAR

scasgar@pfpublish.com

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