Boston International Fine Art Show
Images courtesy of the Boston International Fine Art Show

The 23rd Annual Boston International Fine Art Show (BIFAS) returns October 24–27, 2019 at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. The show will once again feature historic, modern, and contemporary fine art offered by 50 galleries. The show, which has become a highly anticipated annual event on the Boston cultural scene, features numerous outstanding galleries specializing in American and European art, from Old Masters to Contemporary.

This year, for the first time, BIFAS also includes “EMERGE,” a special section of the show dedicated to individual emerging and mid-career artists from New England. Distinguished guest speakers will also add interest to the weekend with insights into rediscovered artists, art in interior design, and more.

John Steven Dews (British, born 1949) “Capture of the US Chesapeake by HMS Shannon off Boston, 1 June 1813,” oil on canvas, 40 x 66 in. Courtesy of Trinity House (NY)
John Steven Dews (British, born 1949) “Capture of the US Chesapeake by HMS Shannon off Boston, 1 June 1813,” oil on canvas, 40 x 66 in. Courtesy of Trinity House (NY)

“Each year we see more and more collectors traveling to the show,” comments Co-Producer Tony Fusco. “Not just to buy works of art, but also to immerse themselves in the weekend programs, and in conversations with scholars and gallery owners. As the only art show of its kind in New England, the fall foliage season provides a perfect excuse to soak up the cultural richness of Boston along with the show.”

Julie Beck, “A Vessel with Two Hands,” oil on canvas/panel, 24 x 36 in. Courtesy of Bowersock Gallery (MA)
Julie Beck, “A Vessel with Two Hands,” oil on canvas/panel, 24 x 36 in. Courtesy of Bowersock Gallery (MA)

Returning to the show are two 23-year veteran galleries that were among the handful of galleries that started the show in the late 1990s: Questroyal Fine Art (NY) and Martha Richardson Fine Art (MA). Also returning to the show is Avery Galleries of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, who started exhibiting at BIFAS shortly after opening their doors in 2001, and Leonard Parco of Parco Fine Art in Ipswich, Massachusetts, which is devoted to the rich artistic heritage of Cape Ann, Massachusetts, and its famous Rockport and Gloucester artist colonies. Two internationally known galleries that specialize in European fine art will grace the show this year: Trinity House Paintings, with locations in the UK, New York, and San Francisco, and Guarisco Gallery of Washington, DC.

Adding to the diversity will be a small selection of jewelry, antiques, and oriental rugs offered by Brad & Vandy Reh Fine Jewelry (CT), Shaia Oriental Rugs (VA), and Jeffrey Tillou Antiques (CT).

Mary Cassatt, “Portrait of Master St. Pierre as a Young Boy,” 1906, oil on canvas, 29 1/2 x 22 3/4 in. Courtesy of Guarisco Gallery (DC)
Mary Cassatt, “Portrait of Master St. Pierre as a Young Boy,” 1906, oil on canvas, 29 1/2 x 22 3/4 in. Courtesy of Guarisco Gallery (DC)

Returning contemporary galleries offer works in a range of styles from figurative to abstract to experimental, including Bowersock Gallery (MA); Colm Rowan Fine Art (NY & PA); Edgewater Gallery (VT & MA); J.W. Reilly Fine Art (MA); Miller White Fine Arts (MA); Principle Gallery (VA & SC); and Renjeau Gallery (MA). In addition, the “EMERGE” section will offer about 15 booths of individual artists and galleries that specialize in emerging and mid-career artists.

A Gala Preview on Thursday October 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. kicks off the show with a catered opening event, live music, and first choice of works on view. Following the Gala Preview, the three-day weekend show offers numerous programs and speakers appealing to both new and advanced collectors.

Boston International Fine Art ShowFor more information, please visit www.fineartboston.com.


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