SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

VVIP Art Tour
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The fair commences with its signature VVIP Art Tour, which includes an exclusive visit of two private local art collections, curator Claire Schneider's Territory of Collaboration art/garden collision project, and a guided tour of, and lunch at, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Brooke Leboeuf, Collections Manager, will lead tours of the private collections, and Douglas Dreishpoon, curator emeritus of the Albright-Knox, will lead the Gallery tour. Space is limited to 25 people. Email echoartfair@gmail.com to reserve your space and to receive information about the collections and logistics for the tour. The cost is $150 per person, which includes lunch. 

VIP Preview Party
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library,
Downtown Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203 
Attendees of the VIP event have the opportunity to preview and purchase artwork (however, artwork may not be removed until Sunday, September 7 at 3pm). Local vendors, including Ashkers, Sweetness 7, The Phoenix, Leonard Windy Oaks Estate Wines, and Try-It Distributing, will be on hand to serve food and beverages. Click on the below link to purchase tickets. Space is limited. $75 per person. Additional details here.

Coup d’état Dance Party
10:00 pm – 2:00 am
BT&C Gallery, 1250 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14213 
A dance party infused with visual arts hosted by the design/artist collective, Only Comrades, and echo Art Fair. $10 per person at the door, with a cash bar. 21+

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
echo Art Fair
10:00 am - 6:00 pm 
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Downtown Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203   
The two-day fine art fair brings together artists, collectors, entrepreneurs, food/beverage vendors, sponsors, and the public. See art, buy art, talk about art. Find more information on site-specific installations, ARTech Lab, panel discussions, public art tour, art critique group, and permanent installations at Buffalo’s Canalside on the rest of the events listed in the “Schedule” below. Local vendors, including Ashkers, Sweetness 7, The Phoenix, Leonard Windy Oaks Estate Wines, and Try-It Distributing, will be on hand to serve food and beverages. $5 entrance fee. A portion of the proceeds to benefit the public libraries. 

Site-Specific Installations  
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Downtown Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, 1st Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203 (in and around the Library) 
The installations, coordinated by Cori Wolff, former Director at Buffalo Arts Studio and the current Director of Public Art at ArtWorks in Cincinnati, encompass a wide variety of media, including sculpture, painting, sound and mixed-media. The John R. Oishei Foundation sponsored, and Buffalo Arts Studio partnered with echo Art Fair on the coordination of, the installations. All works will be positioned in and around the Library. Map of the installations will be available at the fair. echo/Buffalo Arts Studio will administer two prizes--the Juror’s Choice Prize ($2,000), to be awarded by curator Cori Wolff to an artist whose work shows exemplary technical, stylistic, and/or conceptual skill, and the People’s Choice Prize ($1,000), to be chosen by popular vote by echo attendees. Free

echo @ Canalside
Canalside/Inner Harbor, Buffalo, NY
Three site-specific installations are sited at Buffalo's Inner Harbor. The installations, curated by Cori Wolff, former Director at Buffalo Arts Studio and the current Director of Public Art at ArtWorks in Cincinnati, and Aaron Ott, Public Art Curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, are by Catherine Willett (Buffalo, NY), Starlight Studio (Buffalo, NY), and TH&B (Hamilton, ON). The installations are sponsored by the Erie County Harbor Development Corporation. echo Art Fair will administer a People’s Choice Prize ($1,600), funded by ECHDC, to be chosen by popular vote by visitors of Canalside. Attendees are encouraged to choose and vote for their favorite installation at the Information Booth at Canalside. Voting begins on August 7th and extends until September 5, and the winner of the Prize will be announced at the opening of the fair. Free

ARTech Lab: Ask A Maker
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fables Cafe, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Downtown Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203  
Led by a partnership among The FoundryBuffalo Lab, and Employii, the mission of this project is to foster collaboration between the art community and the budding maker community in Buffalo. The teams will provide 30 minute consultations to artists and fair attendees and assist them in bringing their artistic vision to life.  The collaboration among the technical experts in various fields (3D printing, electronics, software, mechanical design, metal working, and materials) will allow the artist and fair attendees to leave with a specific plan for moving forward with their work. Contact Sarah C Fonzi <sarahfonzi@gmail.com> to reserve your 30 minute slot, or sign up at the fair. Free

echo Art Fair Panel Discussions (in collaboration with Arts Services Initiative)
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Downtown Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203 

  • 12:00 pm “Discussions on Collecting Art: Part 1”: moderated by echo Art Fair founder E. Frits Abell. Panelists include: Sheldon Berlow, collector; Nicole Capozzi, Director, Box Heart Gallery; Roslyn Goldman, art appraiser. Designed to offer an introduction to collecting and to answer common questions for the burgeoning collector and/or for those potentially interested in purchasing original art.
  • 2:00 pm “Discussions on Collecting Art: Part 2”: moderated by Gerald C. Mead, Jr., artist, collector, curator and educator. Panelists include: Mike Wood, collector; Michael Beam, curator of collections and exhibitions, Castellani Art Museum; Bleu Cease, Director, Rochester Contemporary Art Center; Grace Meibohm, owner, Meibohm Fine Arts. Geared towards more advanced collectors, this seminar will address issues such as documenting and insuring your collection, collection databases, archival issues, art as an investment vehicle, and planned giving/estate planning. 
  • 4:00 pm Q&A between Aaron Ott, Public Art Curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and Elizabeth Licata, Editor of Buffalo Spree Magazine. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions as well.
  • 6:00 pm “Taking Your Career As A Fine Artist To The Next Level”: a session for artists to learn more about getting ahead in the art world via interaction with, and paying site visits to, prominent figures in the art world, who are exhibitors at this year's echo Art Fair. Site visit participants include Mark diVincenzo, artist; Christopher Stout, artist and founder, Bushwick Art Crit Group; Gary Sczerbaniewicz, artist. 
  • All panels are free with fair entrance.

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
echo Art Fair
10:00 am - 6:00 pm 
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Downtown Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203   
The two-day fine art fair brings together artists, collectors, entrepreneurs, food/beverage vendors, sponsors, and the public. See art, buy art, talk about art. Find more information on site-specific installations, ARTech Lab, panel discussions, public art tour, art critique group, and permanent installations at Buffalo’s Canalside on the rest of the events listed in the “Schedule” on this page. Local vendors, including Ashkers, Sweetness 7, The Phoenix, Leonard Windy Oaks Estate Wines, and Try-It Distributing, will be on hand to serve food and beverages. $5 entrance fee. A portion of the proceeds to benefit the public libraries.  

Site-Specific Installations
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Downtown Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, 1st Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203 (in and around the Library)   
The installations, coordinated by Cori Wolff, former Director at Buffalo Arts Studio and the current Director of Public Art at ArtWorks in Cincinnati, encompass a wide variety of media, including sculpture, painting, sound and mixed-media. The John R. Oishei Foundation sponsored, and Buffalo Arts Studio partnered with echo Art Fair on the coordination of, the installations. All works will be positioned in and around the Library. Map of the installations will be available at the fair. echo/Buffalo Arts Studio will administer two prizes--the Juror’s Choice Prize ($2,000), to be awarded by curator Cori Wolff to an artist whose work shows exemplary technical, stylistic, and/or conceptual skill, and the People’s Choice Prize ($1,000), to be chosen by popular vote by echo attendees. Free

echo @ Canalside
All day
Canalside/Inner Harbor, Buffalo, NY
Three site-specific installations are sited at Buffalo's Inner Harbor. The installations, curated by Cori Wolff,  former Director at Buffalo Arts Studio and the current Director of Public Art at ArtWorks in Cincinnati, and Aaron Ott, Public Art Curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, are by Catherine Willett (Buffalo, NY), Starlight Studio (Buffalo, NY), and TH&B (Hamilton, ON). The installations are sponsored by the Erie County Harbor Development Corporation. echo Art Fair will administer a People’s Choice Prize ($1,600), funded by ECHDC, to be chosen by popular vote by visitors of Canalside. Attendees are encouraged to choose and vote for their favorite installation at the Information Booth at Canalside. Voting begins on August 7th and extends until September 5, and the winner of the Prize will be announced at the opening of the fair. Free 

Downtown Public Art Tour
9:00 am and 1:00 pm
Downtown Buffalo, NY 
Explore Buffalo leads a two hour walking tour of the impressive collection of outdoor murals, sculpture, and other public art in downtown Buffalo, ranging from the nineteenth century to the present.  Meet on the plaza in front of the Central Library 15 minutes prior to each tour. $15, $5 for students.

Art Crit @ echo Art Fair
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Downtown Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203  
The Art Crit will be hosted by Bushwick Art Crit Group (BACG), a Brooklyn-based nonprofit arts organization that produces a monthly forum for artists to share about their work.  During the BACG session at echo, a pre-selected group of local and non-local artists will provide timed *artist talks*, and answer questions from the public, about their work. Free with fair entrance.