This weekend is said to be the “premiere cultural weekend of the year” in Palm Springs…
President’s Weekend is traditionally one of the most popular weekends in the Coachella Valley, doubling our population in size over a four day time-span. A majority of those thousands of people invading the desert are believed to be art lovers from all over the world who pour into Palm Springs to soak up a very rare and rich experience of Modernism Week events combined with the 2nd Annual Palm Springs Fine Art Fair.
Being one of those thousands of art lovers out here, this weekend is just as exciting for us! We feel so lucky to have so much culture being pumped into our small town! It’s almost similar to the magnitude of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, but this weekend is just all about fine art, design and architecture.
We were very fortunate to be asked to attend the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair last year and truly had an eye-opening and inspiring experience. Make sure to check out our photos from last year on our Facebook.
This year we were asked to come back and are even more exited about it!!..
Make sure to read all the information below to get the details about the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair. However, don’t forget to circle back on the blog for more special features and interviews!
Let us know if you will be coming too!….
About the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair
The Palm Springs Fine Art Fair returns for an eagerly awaited encore. The 2012 edition successfully uncovered one of the nations’ best kept secrets- that Palm Springs region is a sparkling cultural mecca during the winter. In 2012, a substantial 9,500 acquisition – oriented art lovers flowed into the Palm Springs Convention Center. The results were stunning—millions of dollars in art sales recorded by the 48 exhibiting galleries. Many attending art cognoscenti referred to the fair as “the best looking art fair in Southern California”. Anchored by the region’s most revered dealers, the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair in 2012 demonstrated that the wealthy, acquisition/art driven resort community will support a major international art event.
Why Palm Springs?
Once the playground of movies, captions of industry and world leaders, the region has evolved into a respected art oasis in the Southern California desert with a vibrant cultural scene devoted to the visual arts. It home to an expanding major arts museum ( 5,000 member The Palm Springs Art Museum- our opening night beneficiary), a vibrant art gallery scene ( with 20 + galleries) and a remarkably strong base of highly savvy art patrons and collectors. The region is comprised of some of the highest -income zip codes on the west coast,, such as Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, and Indian Wells. After the rousing success of the first year, Palm Springs region is set to be the gracious host to the second year edition. – with festivities beginning February 14, St Valentine’s Day 2013, at the spectacular and readily accessible Palm Springs Convention Center.
Why this Weekend in Particular?
PSFAF is strategically scheduled over the popular President’s Day weekend ( Feb, 15-17) traditionally one of the most highly populated weekends of the year in the region. The Coachella Valley explodes in population from 400,000 permanent residents to over 800,000 during this prime time 3 day weekend. Additionally, thousands of design lovers, interior designs and architects will already be planning their visit to the Convention Center as the fun and well attended 13th Modernism Show and Sales is held in the adjacent exhibit hall. It’s a rare opportunity for the region’s second-home owners, art loving snowbirds, and weekend visitors to experience not only modernism design- but the very best in post-war and contemporary art. The Palm Springs Fine Art Fair is the Desert’s largest and widest selection of fine art, ever- with $100 million in art for acquisition, 2,500 important works of art showcased by 50+ renowned galleries from around the world.
Watch the videos from last year’s debut event:
Thursday, February 14th, 5-8pm | Opening Preview Party | Benefiting Palm Springs Art Museum
Friday, February 15, 10am – 8pm
Saturday, February 16, 10am – 7pm
Sunday, February 17, 10am – 6pm
Palm Springs Convention Center
277 N Avenida Caballeros
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Peter Marcelle, Gerald Peters Gallery
James Carona, Heather James Fine Art
Leisa Austin, Imago Galleries
Caldwell Snyder Gallery | San Francisco, CA | New York, NY
Center Space | New York, NY | Taipei, China
Charlotte Jackson Fine Art | Santa Fe, NM
C. Grimaldis Gallery | Baltimore, MD
Christian Hohmann Fine Art | Palm Desert, CA
CK Contemporary | San Francisco, CA
Couturier Gallery | Los Angeles, CA
Cynthia Corbett Gallery | London, UK
Madison Gallery | La Jolla, CA
Marji Gallery & Contemporary Projects | Santa Fe, NM
Melissa Morgan Fine Art | Palm Desert, CA
Merry Karnowsky Gallery | Los Angeles, CA
Michael H. Lord Gallery | Palm Springs, CA
Patrajdas Contemporary | Philadelphia, PA
Peter Blake Gallery | Laguna Beach, CA
Peter Fetterman Gallery | Santa Monica, CA
Peter Marcelle Gallery | Bridgehampton, NY
Peter Mendenhall Gallery | Los Angeles, CA
Richard Levy Gallery | Albuquerque, NM
Salt Fine Art | Laguna Beach, CA
Sandra Lee Gallery | San Francisco, CA
SCAA Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance/L Street Fine Art | San Diego, CA
Skidmore Contemporary Art | Santa Monica, CA
Sue Greenwood Fine Art | Laguna Beach, CA
Villa del Arte galleries | Barcelona, Spain
Yares Art Projects | Santa Fe, NM
Zane Bennett Contemporary Art | Santa Fe, NM
Programming and Special Events
FRIDAY, FEB. 15
2-3 pm — Guided Tour with Art Critic Peter Frank (*requires registration). Mr. Frank is a veteran and respected L.A. art critic as well as an expert in American post-war and contemporary art. Meet in Main Lobby near registration desk.
3-4 pm — Meet Mel Ramos – 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree. In discussion withSteven Biller, Editor of Palm Spring’s Life. In the theater.
4-5 pm — Mel Ramos Reception (*requires a VIP PASS). Artist and VIP reception in VIP lounge.
5-6 pm — “The Art of Shooting Stars”. Celebrity photographers Michael Childers, Taili Song Roth, Jill Greenberg and Christopher Felver in conversation. Moderated by Steven Biller. In the theater. Media sponsor Desert Sun.
6-8 pm — The Art of Shooting Stars Party. (*requires a VIP PASS). Hosted by Palm Springs International Film Festival in VIP Lounge with the panelists. Photography by Michael Childers and Taili Song Roth will be on display. The 2013 Distinguished Photographer Award goes to Michael Childers. Media sponsor Desert Sun.
SATURDAY, FEB. 16
12-1 pm — Collecting 101. Established collectors, dealers, and advisers in conversation with emerging collectors. Moderator: Philae Knight, head of private client services, Phillips. Panelists: Chip Tom, Heather James Fine Art; Veronica Fernandez, art adviser; Tyler Morgan, collector; Steven Biller, collector. In the theater.
1-2 pm — Curators in the Community. Curators discuss their role in educating, collaborating and leading, as well as developing audience and donors for their museums. This idea exchange focuses on challenges, solutions, successes and disappointments. Moderated by writer/curator Peter Frank. Included will be a discussion about the Desert Initiative. Panelists include: Idurre Alonso, Museum of Latin American Art;Andi Campognone, Lancaster Museum of Art + History; Greg Esser, Desert Initiative, ASU Art Gallery;Jill Dawsey, Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Irene Tsatsos, Curator, Armory Arts Center; Idurre Alonso, Curator, Museum of Latin American Art; Max Preneill, Torrance Art Museum. In the theater.
2-3 pm — Museums and Money. Individual and corporate giving is down — and so are admissions. This discussion focuses on how the financial picture affects curators, exhibitions and the impact they have in the community, as well as efforts to become more relevant and expand audiences. Moderated by Jori Finkel, art reporter for the LA Times. Panelists include Katherine Hough, Palm Springs Art Museum;Tyler Stallings, Culver Center for the Arts, Sweeney Art Gallery; Peter Frank, art critic and Adjunct Senior Curator at the Riverside Art Museum; Idurre Alonso, Curator, Museum of Latin American Art; Amy Galpin, San Diego Museum of Art. In the theater.
3-4 pm — Guided Tour with Andi Campognone (*requires registration), curator at the Lancaster Museum of Art + History. Meet in Main Lobby near registration desk.
5-6 pm — Conversation with Invited Guest Artist, Robert Kelly. In discussion with Steven Biller, Editor of Palm Spring’s Life. In the theater.
SUNDAY, FEB. 17
— How to Donate to a Museum. Panel members discuss how to ensure the donations are appropriate, mutually advantageous, and rewarding. Moderated by writer/curator Peter Frank. Panelists include: Amy Galpin, San Diego Museum of Art; Katherine Hough, Palm Springs Art Museum; Tyler Stallings, Culver Center for the Arts/Sweeney Art Gallery; Tim Rodgers, Scottsdale Contemporary Art Museum. In the theater.
1-2 pm — Guided Tour with Curator/Writer Tyler Stallings (*requires registration), Stallings specializes in contemporary art and is the artistic director of Culver Center of the Arts and Director of the Sweeney Art Gallery at USC, Riverside. Meet in Main Lobby near registration desk.
2-3 pm — Trends in Collecting Photography. Collectors, dealers, and curators define the current trends and identify what you need to know to build a serious photography collection. Moderated by writer/curatorPeter Frank. Panelists include: Daniel Cornell, Palm Springs Art Museum, Marilyn Loesberg, Collector;Pamela Schoenberg, Director, dnj Gallery; Spencer Throckmorton, Throckmorton Gallery. Sponsored by the Standard PS. In the theater.
3-4 pm — Reception for Trends in Collecting Photography. Sponsored by the Standard PS. In VIP Lounge.
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