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Echo Art Fair announces its second year

Echo Art Fair 2011
Visitors browse the selections at the 2011 Echo Art Fair in the Central Terminal. Photo by Paula Sciuk.

Echo Art Fair, the ambitious art sale launched last July in the Central Terminal, announced plans for its second incarnation this week.

The event, which aims to broaden the market for work by Western New York artists and those with ties to the region, is slated to take place July 7 and 8 in the Larkin Center of Commerce at 701 Seneca St.

By its organizers' estimates, last year’s event drew 3,000 people to the Central Terminal to browse the work of some 60 artists, an attendance figure that prompted organizers to expand the fair to two days.

Echo is the brainchild of Frits Abell, who also founded the Buffalo Expat Network, an organization that seeks to involve former Buffalo residents in the revitalization of their hometown. This year, Abell will be joined by local art dealer Dean Brownrout in organizing the event.

The fair's jury was also announced this week. It includes CEPA Gallery director Sean Donaher, artist Charles Clough, UB Art Gallery curator Sandra Firmin, Memorial Art Gallery director Grant Holcomb, Castellani Art Museum director Kate Koperski and Albright-Knox Art Gallery curator Heather Pesanti.

More information about the fair, including submission guidelines for artists, is online at echoartfair.com.

--Colin Dabkowski

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