CHICAGO, May 17, 2010: Long heralded as the nation’s premier fairs for outstanding contemporary decorative arts and design in New York and Chicago, SOFA’s 2nd annual Western edition, SOFA WEST: Santa Fe will run from Thursday, July 8 - Sunday, July 11, 2010 at the Santa Fe Convention Center. Opening Night, Wednesday, July 7, is an invitation-only Special Member Preview for the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and SOFA VIP Cardholders. Mark Lyman, Founder/Director of SOFA and President, The Art Fair Company says, “We are delighted to partner on Opening Night with the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, which will invite its upper-level donors to an early Special Member Preview, offering them first opportunity to purchase.” Over 2,000 guests attended SOFA WEST’s inaugural Opening Night last year, with an estimated 10,000 visitors attending the fair during its four day run, exceeding Lyman’s projections by over 50%. Plans are well underway for the SOFA WEST 2010 Lecture Series, free with paid admission to the fair, and the popular VIP Program for high-level clients of SOFA WEST participating galleries and VIP Cardholders.
Lyman says, “The 1st SOFA WEST last year was about eye-opening discovery—a base on which to build awareness of the extraordinary artistry at the Fair. Conversely our collector base expressed keen interest in learning more about the extraordinary cultural and artistic heritage of Santa Fe and its surrounding Native American Pueblos.” To this end, SOFA WEST 2010 will present Historic Bond/Contemporary Spirit: Collecting New Southwest Native Pottery , a pre-SOFA WEST, three-day event featuring artist, curator and collector presentations, off-site tours of historical sites, museum and collector home tours. Tailored for the art collector and connoisseur, Historic Bond/ Contemporary Spirit presenters include Garth Clark, author/specialist in modern and contemporary ceramics, curator, critic and dealer; Bruce Bernstein, PhD, executive director, Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA); and Ellen Bradbury, former director of Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe (now New Mexico Museum of Art). The programming begins Tuesday, July 6, 2010, one day before SOFA WEST opens, and runs through Thursday, July 8 at the Santa Fe Convention Center. Fee applies. Full schedule of events at www.sofaexpo.com/spirit/.
Lyman reports strong, first-time exhibitors participating in SOFA WEST 2010 include Joan B. Mirviss, Ltd., of New York, world-renowned specialist in Japanese contemporary ceramics; Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) producer of Santa Fe’s esteemed Indian Art Market, which will present four contemporary Native American jewelers; Santa Fe’s established fine art dealer, Linda Durham Contemporary Art presenting Kellogg Johnson and other Santa Fe-based and regional sculptors; and a new Santa Fe gallery, David Richard Contemporary, representing acclaimed artists working in glass like Venetian Laura de Santillana, whose work is presently touring US museums.