Art Palm Beach Announces Success of 2016 Fair

Lee Ann & David Lester, Mayor Geri Muoio

Lee Ann & David Lester, Mayor Jeri Muoio

Next Level Fairs Heads to Boca Raton with New Fair
Debuting March 2016

MIAMI – (February 2, 2016) – The 19th Annual Art Palm Beach took place January 20 – 24, 2016, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center and welcomed more than 28,000 visitors.  80 exhibitors from 21 countries – 50% participating for the first time – announced successful sales.  In 2017, Art Palm Beach will take place January 18-22 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

“Our goal this year was to bring the fair to a new level of quality in the exhibitors, the art and the offerings around the fair,” says Lee Ann Lester, founder/organizer, Art Palm Beach.  “The attendees, collectors, exhibitors, artists and the organizations and institutions we worked with complimented us over and over again – and sales supported this fact,” continues Lester.

The fair opened with a VIP preview and Mayor Jeri Muoio of West Palm Beach was on hand to present David and Lee Ann Lester with a proclamation.  The Mayor proclaimed January 20, 2016 as Art Palm Beach Day, “Whereas, Art Palm Beach is celebrating its 19th edition as the pre-eminent art fair n Palm Beach County…and continues to educate and enrich the lives of the community and visitors through its lecture series and official poster competition for art students.”

More than 5,000 people attended opening night including such Palm Beach luminaries as Judie and Larry Schlager (established the Judith P. and S. Lawrence Schlager Family Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), philanthropists Paula and Peter Lunder, Jessica Mezzacappa (daughter of founder of Mezzacappa Management a New York-based hedge fund and investor in Miami’s Wynwood art district), Willa Doolin (daughter of Frito-Lay founder Charles Doolin), Mark Locks, style icon Helga Piaget, founder of the Passion Sea environmental project (of the Swiss watchmaker and jeweler Piaget clan), Wyatt Koch, and interior designer extraordinaire Kenneth Crawford.  Other blue chip guests included Hans Mautner, Chairman of Simon Ivanhoe Group, Dr. Carol Damian, Richard Gray (Richard Gray Gallery – Chicago), Susan Lloyd (widow of founder of the Marlborough Gallery), and Leonard Lauren, Vice President of Ralph Lauren.

Internationally acclaimed architect, artist and sculptor Robert Swedroe, award-winning Colombian film director Camilo Matiz, and Interior Designer Hall of Fame inductee, modernist designer and sculptor, Vladimir Kagan, Ted Barr from Tel Aviv and the Swedish Art Force (Mercedes Murat, A O P-a Sandström) with Art Clipper Gallery owner Jarmo Haapalainen (Helsinki, Finland) along with Siebren Versteeg, (who exihbted new digital code abstract paintings with Miami’s Michael Jon Gallery), were among the artists at the fair mingling with collectors and waxing poetic about their work.

Agent of Change, a sculpture by James Reed commanded the attention of Miami’s social media maven and Century 21 superstar broker Patricia Delinois, Lina Barcelo, president of International Luxury Properties in Miami, and the ever-elegant Carole Furst Gigliotti of Palm Beach.

“We were thrilled to welcome many collectors’ groups include the Glass Alliance of Northern California, the National Leadership Art Council of Cleveland University Hospital and the Board of Trustees from the Lighthouse Center for the Arts,” says Lee Ann Lester.

With Boca Raton on the horizon for the Lester’s next fair — March 18-21, 2016 at the Research Park on the Grounds of Florida Atlantic University –, a stunning group made the drive up to help celebrate Boca-in-Palm Beach-style including Executive Director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Irvin Lippman and museum board of trustees Dalia Stiller, Jody Harrison Grass and Martin Grass, Nicole Edeiken, and Peg Anderson. Deputy Mayor of Boca Raton, Robert S. Weinroth was on hand along with Dr. Lawrence and Karen Solomon, Phyllis Sandler, former Deputy Mayor of Boca and FAU director of local relations Constance Scott and Heather Coltman, Dean of the Schmidt College of Arts & Letters.

Sales Highlights:

  • Habatat Galleries (Royal Oak, MI) featured Marlene Rose alongside Albert Paley and other stellar glass artists. According to the gallery, “This highly anticipated show resulted in a huge success and nearly sold out show for Marlene.”
  • Lauderdale collectors of Latin American art, Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Goodman, added a work by Nadin Ospina reported El Museo Galeria (Bogata, Colombia).
  • Collectors from the Glass Alliance of Northern California purchased numerous works of glass from galleries including Litvak (Tel Aviv), Habatat and Echt (Chicago, IL)
  • Fernando Luis Gallery (Stamford, Connecticut) reported sales of works by John J. Bedoya, Rex Prescott Walden, Nathan Lewis and a rare 1840 sculpture by 19th century French artist Antoine Louis Barye.
  • Pushkin Gallery (Santa Fe, NM) a first-time exhibitor at Art Palm Beach sold five works by the Russian Modernist Boris Alexandrovitch Chetkov (1926-2010).
  • Sandra Neustadter Gallery (Delray Beach, FL) sold 17 works by modern masters including Picasso, Leger, Katz, Licthenstein, Stella, Larry Rivers and Miro.
  • Contemporary Art Projects USA (Sunny Isles Beach, FL) reported 12 sales to current and new collectors of works by master painter Luis Alberto Hernandez, Maria Ana Davila, Maria Fernanda Liaret and Martin Schoffel.
  • ArtLabbe Galeries (Santiago, Chile) – reported a sell-out of feature artist, Solange Heilenkotter’s paper sculptures and two works sold by Maria-Jose Fuente.
  • HAVOC Gallery (Burlington, Vermont) sold out six works by sculpture Gary Traczyk and stainless steel light sculptures by Bruce R. MacDonald.
  • House of Whitely (Dania Beach, FL) sold works by Japanese artists Takeshi Taruya, and rare naturalists’ beetles and butterflies entitled Biophilia by Christopher Marley.
  • Latin Art Core (Miami, FL) posted strong sales for masters including Tomas Sanchez, Wilfredo Lam and concrete Cuban masters Salvador Corratgé, Lolo Soldevilla, Pedro de Oraa and Karlos Perez.
  • Art Link International (Lake Worth, FL) reported that Art Palm Beach was one of the strongest fairs to date by sales include those of modern masters Paul Klee, Marc Chagall, Rolph Scarlett, Jim Ceravolo, and David Burliuk.
  • AiBo Gallery (Greenwich, CT) was pleased with sales of 17 works to returning and new collectors by artists including Latchezar Boyadijev, Thomas Brzon, Peter Madl and Tom Marosz.
  • First-time exhibitor 55 Bellechasse (Paris) sold six works by Pascal Vochelet and numerous works by Iranian photographer Niloufar Banisadr.
  • 700 Arte (Caracas, Venezuela) – a veteran gallery of more than 4 decades – sold a major installation of the works of Ana Maria Nava and received numerous commissions for Nava’s work from designers and architects.
  • Established 30 years ago in Seoul, Korea, UM Gallery sold six unique works of paper, light and paint by sculptor Haley Kim.

Next Level Fairs is the parent company for Art Palm Beach and Art Boca Raton, which will inaugurate its first fair March 18-21, 2016, in the Research Park on the campus of Florida Atlantic University www.artbocaraton.com.  Next Level Fairs curates sophisticated, event driven fairs attracting global attendance, supported by an international marketing and branding strategy in coordination with local museums, collectors and galleries.  www.nextlevelfairs.com.

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