A few glasses of free Sauvignon Blanc Wednesday night and I almost forgot that I am on a spending ban due to the savings I need to travel to South Africa next summer for the 2010 World Cup.
I could have bought two pieces of fantastic art by two very different (and affordable artists) that I came across at this year’s Affordable Art Fair. A friend and I were somehow immediately drawn to something that I saw the Southern Gothic in, yet the artist, Scott Griffin, hailed from Toronto. (It figures, half the folks in Florida on any given winter’s day are Snowbirds anyway).
I loved this piece because it reminded me of canoe trips in the early 80s in Florida’s backwoods (it was welded on an old, found Coleman cooler top), yet I was tough! I bristled myself against the tasty hum of the white wine and I said, meekly: ‘I have to ask my husband.’ Of no soccer support at all, he said it was up to me. Now that is some tough love. I held steady chanting ‘South Africa! South Africa!’ in my head and then pushed my friend even harder on her ultimate purchase, a dynamite painting of a woman at a piano:
The danger is not yet over as the fair runs through this Sunday at 7 West 34th Street. Here is another find I fell in love with:
An earthy, Japanese-inspired piece that with a stressed metal frame would run only $600 or so. (World Cup! World Cup!)
We tried to distract ourselves with a bit of interactive art as seen at the televised arm wrestling table.
I won this one. Lost this next one…
And the folks waiting for their glasses of wine or Yuengling watched us here:
Galleries I spent some major time in?
- TAG Fine Arts, London
- Rebecca Hossack, London
- Like the Spice, Brooklyn
- McCaig-Welles, Brooklyn (shown here)
- New Grounds Inc., Albuquerque
- Living with Art, New York
For the $20 entrance fee, The Affordable Art Fair is well worth it, especially if you have a few hundred/thousand in your pocket that you’re itching to spend. Don’t be afraid to haggle with the artists either; they won’t bite.
Posted by: Autumn.