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Turning the corner in Boston — Blue Heron Fine Art Blog

Turning the corner in Boston

by Jim Puzinas on November 18, 2009

The Boston International Fine Art Show wrapped up after a four day exhibition put on by some of the finest art galleries in the country. Although I don’t have confirmation of final attendance levels from the show producer Fuscso and Four, energy and interest levels were higher than previous years. Has this show confirmed the building evidence that a recovery in the art market has finally begun?  The answer is, yes !

Blue Heron Fine Art traditional booth at BIFAS 2009

Blue Heron Fine Art diplayed a traditional booth at BIFAS 2009

Blue Heron Fine Art's modern booth at BIFAS 2009

Blue Heron Fine Art also had a modern booth at BIFAS 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s start with the preview party. This is the evening when the show producer partners with a local organization to raise money and awareness for that cause. Each year brings a different charity and the people attending are usually more  interested in supporting that effort than in purchasing artwork. This year it was different. The preview party crowd was augmented with a number of serious Boston collectors who made a number of purchases throughout the evening.  At least six five figure works were sold by galleries that night, including one from our gallery which went to a seasoned collector of Cape Ann works. 

Shelley Brown of Blue Heron Fine Art and Domonic Boreffi of Addison Gallery share a moment before the opening.

Shelley Brown of Blue Heron Fine Art and Domonic Boreffi of Addison Gallery share a moment before the opening.

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Famed contemporary artist Sergio Roffo visits with Shelley and a few of his works in our gallery booth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday the crowd continued steady throughout the day and ran right into New Collectors Night. Sales were good for some, and great for a few. Vose Galleries of Boston sold a Maxfield Parrish and an Edward Potthast painting with several other paintings put on reserve. Marine Arts Gallery of Salem sold an expensive painting by contemporary artist Richard Loud along with several other nice works.  Although we sold nothing more on Friday, it was clear to me that collectors with real money to spend, ie over $10,000 , were back in the hunt.  By contrast, most contemporary dealers sold fewer pieces than in previous years.

Saturday’s rainy weather did not deter the crowds from returning.  Additional sales were made over the weekend by traditional dealers such as our gallery as well as many of the contemporary galleries. Addison Galleries of Cape Cod did particulary well on Sunday as did new exhibitor and show neighbor EA Fine Art.

Shelley and I at the close of the Show on Sunday.

Shelley and I at the close of the Show on Sunday.

By the time the show ended, most everyone had sold something, many had several sales, and one or two galleries did extremely well. This contrasts with the show a year ago, when there were few sales, and no one hit the cover off the ball. Perhaps, we have finally turned the corner….

{ 3 comments }

Adelaide Damoah November 19, 2009 at 6:12 pm

Congratulations on a successful event!

I think it is fair to say that things are starting to look up for most, but I think there is still a bit of a way to go…

Long may it continue and perhaps the buyers will find their way to me :)

Best

Adelaide

Jim Puzinas November 19, 2009 at 8:37 pm

I couldn’t have said it any better, Adelaide. Thanks for the well wishes!

Adelaide Damoah November 19, 2009 at 9:25 pm

My pleasure!

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