The Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago is the premier gallery-presented art fair dedicated to three-dimensional art and design. On par with Art Basel and TEFAF Maastricht, SOFA is produced by Urban Expositions, a Clarion Events company.
Critically acclaimed and continuously running since 1994, what distinguishes SOFA from other top art events is its focus on three-dimensional artworks that cross the boundaries of fine art, decorative art and design. SOFA is noted for its exceptional presentation, with an elite selection of international dealers presenting for sale one-of-a-kind masterworks in handsome, custom-designed gallery exhibits.
SOFA is held annually in the fall at Chicago's major destination, Navy Pier, with an average of 80 dealers and 35,000 people attending. Sales at the fair are estimated at 15-20 million dollars per show.
Held Friday, September 21, 2018 through Sunday, September 23, 2018, The Plaza Art Fair encompasses nine city blocks and welcomes a crowd of over 250,000. Featuring 240 artists, the Plaza Art Fair is a top-ranked, national art event with three live music stages and over 25 featured restaurant booths. It continues to be a weekend of people simply celebrating art and each other, as well as Kansas City’s unofficial welcome to the fall season.
One of the Midwest's most popular and highly regarded outdoor celebrations of the arts will return to the Capitol Square July 14 and 15, 2018 as MMoCA presents the 60th annual Art Fair on the Square. With its mix of music, entertainment, and outdoor dining, as well as nearly 500 artists exhibiting paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, jewelry, handmade clothing and accessories, and fine craft, the fair draws nearly 200,000 visitors to Madison's Capitol Square.
For over fifty years, the Lakefront Festival of Art has been bringing art to life on Milwaukee’s lakefront. Started in 1963, this three-day fund-raising event has evolved from a gathering of a handful of artists to a vibrant, exciting, and wide-ranging festival with something for everyone. With close to 25,000 attendees and over 170 jury-selected artists from across the nation, the Lakefront Festival of Art is a fun-filled destination with art, food, music, and activities for the whole family. What you find here may surprise you.
Named one of the top twenty art festivals in the country, the Lakefront Festival of Art is a showcase of paintings, ceramics, fiber, metalwork, jewelry, and more, all available in a broad range of prices.
Spend the day with family and friends finding one-of-a-kind and uncommon items at Artrider's newest show, a thoughtfully curated shopping event featuring 150 contemporary fine craftspeople & artists from around the country!
Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center
"Held annually during the first weekend in March in downtown Tampa, it is a true showcase. Featured art includes ceramic, digital, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, watercolor and wood. The esteemed event also features the works of local young artists, a weekend full of live entertainment and a children’s art activity area.
Find me at booth #1400.
"Join us for three days of festivities celebrating all things handmade at the American Craft Show in Baltimore. Come shop craft like you’ve never seen before from more than 650 of the country’s top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor artists."
"Now in its 53rd year, Craft + Design is a museum-quality show that has garnered national accolades and a reputation for showcasing the finest in contemporary crafts. Awards are presented in ceramics, precious metals, glass, wood and recycled materials, contemporary design, innovative use of traditional craft materials and fiber. "
This premier show and sale of contemporary craft and design includes 195 of the finest and most dynamic craft artists in the United States, selected from more than 1,000 applicants.
Thurs, 11/9: 11-9pm
Fri, 11/10: 11-7pm
Sat, 11/11: 10-6pm
Sun, 11/12, 10-5pm
"Held Friday, September 22, 2017 through Sunday, September 24, 2017, The Plaza Art Fair encompasses nine city blocks and welcomes a crowd of over 250,000. Featuring 240 artists, the Plaza Art Fair is a top-ranked, national art event with three live music stages and over 25 featured restaurant booths. It continues to be a weekend of people simply celebrating art and each other, as well as Kansas City’s unofficial welcome to the fall season."
Labor Day in Portland, Oregon!
"Art In The Pearl® is a wonderful community event. Over one hundred artists show and sell work ranging from fine wooden furniture to beautiful paintings to photography, glass, clay, metal, jewelry, and much more! Our 21st Annual Festival will take place September 2-4th."
Location: The Northwest Park blocks of Portland, Oregon, between W Davis and NW Flanders at NW 8th Avenue.
Find me at booth #187!
Saturday, July 1st: 10am-8pm
Sunday, July 2nd: 10am-8pm
Monday, July 3rd: 10am-6pm
"Located in Denver’s Cherry Creek North Shopping District, from 2nd to 3rd Avenues, on the six streets between Clayton and Steele Streets.
The Cherry Creek Arts Festival (CCAF) weekend event is a world‐class and award‐winning celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts, and enjoys an attendance of 350,000 visitors over the course of the three‐day event. The CCAF’s year-round 501c3 non-profit mission is to provide access to art experiences and to support education.
CCAF, since 1991, gives patrons the rare and special opportunity to meet and talk with international juried visual artists, sample fine cuisine, enjoy live musical performances and artist demonstrations, and entertain their families with interactive 'ARTivities.'"
Find me at booth #163!
"Named one of the top twenty art festivals in the country, the Lakefront Festival of Art is a showcase of paintings, ceramics, fiber, metalwork, jewelry, and more, all available in a broad range of prices."
Fri, 6/16: 10 am - 10 pm
Sat, 6/17: 10 am - 7 pm
Sun, 6/18: 10 am - 5 pm
"More than 250 top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor artists from across the country will gather under one roof. It’s your chance to touch, feel, and explore high-quality American craft and meet the makers behind the fabulous work. This is the largest juried, indoor craft show in the Southeast — a must-attend for craft lovers." -ACC
Each year nearly 100,000 people flock to the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts in downtown Tampa. It is a retail show and showcase of art including ceramic, digital, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, watercolor, and wood. There will be live bands, djs, food, drinks and art activities for kids of all ages. All that and the warmth of the Florida sun! What could be better? Admission is FREE!
Find me at booth #134
Christine Jalio is an internationally acclaimed contemporary jewelry artist based in Lapua, Finland. She has exhibited her work in top galleries and craft fairs across Europe. In 2015 she was awarded second place in Enjoya't Awards in Barcelona, Spain. Selections from her evocative body of work entitled Past, Loss, Future will be on view at Melle Finelli Studio from December 1, 2016 through January 7, 2017. An opening reception will be held December 8th from 5-9pm at in the courtyard at 46 Waltham Street in Boston's South End.
In Jalio's own words:
"I am extremely fascinated by the human psyche, intrigued by the past, old age and loss. I get excited by old and worn elements, roughness and decay. My jewellery tells stories of aging and personal loss, stories of the human life span and the transitions, choices and turning points of it. My work method is searching and questioning, my starting point always an emotion. I have great respect for good finishing, craftsmanship and skill. With my work I hope to evoke emotions in other people, move something inside of them. For me contemporary jewellery is a rebellious art with no actual rules or true limits."
Shop Local, Dine Local
Visit your favorite South End shops and restaurants for one night only holiday specials!
FREE PARKING at 540 Harrison Avenue
FREE PEDI-CAB from 5-8pm at the parking lot
Fliers with lists of participating retailers and restaurants are available at Melle Finelli Studio and throughout the South End