echo Art Fair: New venue partnership and call for artists

Now that echo Art Fair has a couple of years under its belt, the event has shown that it’s capable of doing everything that it set out to accomplish. The fair has brought renowned artists to Buffalo, shown a light on some of Buffalo’s most accomplished artists, introduced locals to obscure venues, and has helped to put this city on the map for destination art shows. 

This year the art fair is switching it up again, and has announced that on September 7 and 8 the event will be held at the Buffalo &  Erie County Public Library’s Central Library (BECPL), in downtown Buffalo, NY – not exactly an obscure venue, but one that should prove to pique visitors’ collective curiosity. echo Art Fair founder E. Frits Abell said, “We are extremely excited about producing this year’s echo Art Fair at the downtown Central Library, which continues to strengthen its ties to our cultural community as it becomes one of the region’s primary cultural hubs.”   
In a relatively short period of time, echo has managed to attract a widespread artistic fan base, and plans on continuing to build that momentum. Last year the event in Larkinville attracted more than 10,000 visitors over three days, who came to see more than than 80 artists and galleries from WNY, the United States, and Canada. Mary Jean Jakubowski, Director of the Public Library System noted, “We are so pleased to open our doors to this major exposition and look forward to more partnerships of this nature.” 
*Jurors participating in the selection process determining the artists and galleries presented at this year’s fair are: Tony Bannon, Executive Director, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo; Jax Deluca, Executive Director, Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo; Doug Dreishpoon, Chief Curator, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Roberta Joseph, Collector, Buffalo; Jonathan D. Katz, independent curator and Associate Professor of Visual Studies, University at Buffalo: and Maria Via, Director of Exhibitions, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester. As in previous years, there will be a site-specific component wherein artists of all media will be selected to create interactive, temporary displays that respond to and engage the plaza and other public areas surrounding the Library. Artists and galleries are invited to submit their works for consideration starting March 4, 2013. Submission guidelines and additional details regarding the event, including sponsorship opportunities, are available at echoartfair.com.

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6 comments
Frits001
Frits001

RaCh: second floor, where there were some administrative offices. It is a great space, with a perfect cavernous layout and good light (on which they are in the process of doing abatement....)

RaChaCha
RaChaCha

Where in the library will the fair be set up--? On which floorrr?

whatever
whatever

What's any reason to think BECPL's funding from the county budget will grow enough to justify expanding its downtown branch back into 2 floors?

Some $ was restored after Collins lost re-election, but this year Poloncarz didn't agree to the amount BECPL asked for in their public lobbying - nor did the leg majority add that requested $ growth.

So even after the demonized man is gone from county govt and now promoted to Congress, the progressive people running county govt aren't giving the BECPL even the $ it's asking for...

which even if they'd received as much as they asked for, maybe they'd have spent in better ways throughout the whole system other than expanding back into 2nd floor downtown.

Even before Collins ever became county exec, the system faced budget issues (red/green, branch closures, etc) and its downtown 2nd floor had a lot of open unused space along with some of its 1st floor. Consolidating to one floor seems smart for efficiency of operations, labor costs, utilities, etc.

Icing on the cake is now sometimes they can rent out space for events.

About what they discarded, presumably they chose well based on which materials were very seldom used. Regardless, that's spilled milk - not a reason against renting out space to events like this.

K_Butler
K_Butler

Nothing wrong with them making use of the space they have. But think about that available space in relationship to the enormous amount of materials they dumpstered during the Collins budget cuts.

whatever
whatever

K - if renting out space for events has a positive cash impact to the BECPL, shouldn't that help (not hurt) it to "be as much of a library as it can be" as you say it should?

Especially looking at the whole countywide system?

If doing it were somehow reducing what the BECPL could be doing for its library mission, then I could agree with your point, but it seems the opposite. It's like having that cafe in there.

K_Butler
K_Butler

Seems like the library declaring, as part of its mission, that it seeks to become a primary cultural hub in the region is only justification for it becoming less of a library. Shouldn't it be as much of a library as it can be, rather than a compromised institution with excess space it can rent out for events? With all do respect to Echo, I don't buy the library's mission or its role in the context of this fair.

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