“Art reveals in me ... ”
That’s what Jacqueline Dunbar Grande hopes people will ruminate on as they explore the REVEAL International Contemporary Art Fair today and throughout the weekend at the Saratoga Springs City Center.
The prompt is part of an interactive installation at the fair that attendees can join in on, between visiting gallery booths or listening to various art talks.
It’s the second year of the art fair, which was started by Grande, a Saratoga Springs resident and longtime art lover. She founded the event after realizing that even with so many flourishing arts institutions in the Spa City, there wasn’t yet an art fair that focused on international contemporary work.
“We were thrilled with the success of REVEAL Art Fair. We had 30 galleries representing 200-plus artists. Just the response from the community was wonderful,” Grande said.
This year, there are more collaborators and a few more local galleries involved, like Carolyn M Walker Photographer of Saratoga Springs, as well as The Laffer Gallery and the Schacht Gallery at the Saratoga Clay Arts Center, both based in Schuylerville.
Jill Fishon-Kovachick, founder of the latter, is bringing a variety of contemporary sculpture to REVEAL.
“She wanted to showcase established artists and show the breadth of contemporary sculpture,” said Leigh Mickelson, a program consultant and one of seven artists included in the show.
Brightly colored, decorative vessels by Peter Pincus will be featured, along with organic-looking work by Marc Leuthold and figurative work from Mitch Messina. Other artists featured include Brad Blair, Fishon-Kovachick and Jennifer McCurdy.
Beyond the local venues, there will be galleries from New York City, Toronto, Miami, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles and other locations, representing more than 150 artists. While there will be a mix of mediums, including painting, mixed media and sculpture, there will be more of a focus on photography this year than last.
“Another nuance is that we have four cultural partners. It’s very important for an art fair to have cultural partners,” Grande said.
Those include the Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Yaddo and Universal Preservation Hall.
“The Tang is giving people that have tickets for REVEAL an exclusive, early look at ‘Beauty and Bite,’ before it opens to the public. They also are giving a private tour of the museum and collections for REVEAL VIP guests on Friday morning,” Grande said.
There will be two art talks during the fair, including “Understanding Expression” with Kelly Kocinski Trager, arts attorney, design and arts management professor; and “Making a Place for Art” with Ian Berry, Dayton Director of the Tang, and Elaina Richardson, president of Yaddo.
On Friday, admission will be free for interior designers, Realtors, architects and anyone acquiring art for a home or office.
“It’ll give them the opportunity to make connections with internationally renowned gallerists and artists while selecting the perfect pieces of art for either their project or a client’s,” Grande said.
Grande also wants the fair to be accessible to everyone.
“Whether you’ve bought art before or not, whether you’ve been to an art fair before or not, just come experience it,” she said, adding, “that’s why we have such a broad range of artists and we’ve also made it accessible from a price-point perspective."
REVEAL begins tonight with a platinum VIP preview from 5-6 p.m. It continues from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday.
VIP tickets are $50, single-day tickets are $15 and multiday tickets are $25. One-day tickets for veterans, seniors and students (with ID) are $10. Admission for children ages 12 and under is free.
For information, visit revealartfair.com.