SOFA IS COMING TO NYC: THREE GALLERIES TO CHECK OUT AT THE SHOW!!!

The SCULPTURAL OBJECTS & FUNCTIONAL ART FAIR, aka by the far more catchy acronym as SOFA, is back in town again. It comes to New York City’s 67th Street Armory every April, and is about to open up on

  April 19th (opening night preview, by advance ticket only) and runs through the 23rd. This exciting show is packed to the gills with the Best of the Best in arts and design with a modern twist, items that will be sure to make you ‘ooh and aah,’ and ponder the timeless question, “what is art?”

Last week I went on a very privileged romp through New York City visiting three fantastic galleries that will be participating in SOFA. It is my pleasure today as your dezign hostess to share this great time with you. Needless to say, my cup runneth over with delight and creativity as a result of this artistic jaunt. So get ready to share some of this positive vibe, while I serve up some tasty video tidbits from the oh, so knowledgeable owners of the galleries.

 

HELLER GALLERY:  420 WEST 14 STREET, NYC, NY 10014 / T 212.414.41014

 

 

My first stop was at the famous HELLER GALLERY, which is located in the infamous Meatpacking District of New York City. The gallery is owned by Doug Heller, and everyone in the know is aware that this is one of the premier places to view notable contemporary glass artists. If I use the word awesome please don’t take it lightly, as you can be sure that if it is at HELLER GALLERY it is either cutting edge or highly collectible.(Please click ONLY ONCE on the arrow to start the video)

 

 

Here are some photos of some of the pieces you will be privileged to enjoy at HELLER GALLERY’S exhibit at SOFA:

HELLER GALLERY: STEFFAN DAM / “MEMORY BOX”

 

HELLER GALERY: JEANETT ISKANDAR /” BETWEEN FRAGMENTS AND WHOLE, ELIPSE 1″

 

 

 

 

 CALVIN-MORRIS GALLERY 210 ELEVENTH AVENUE, SUITE 201 NYC, NY 10001 / T 212.226.3768

 

Off to my next stop via taxi and I find myself in Chelsea on 11th Avenue visiting an exciting gallery called CAVIN-MORRIS GALLERY. Owned by Shari Cavin and Randall Morris, this is a wonderful place to discover the work of an eclectic array of talented artists from around the world. Cavin and Morris approach their work with a commitment to self taught art, ceramics, tribal art and textiles. I actually first discovered CAVIN-MORRIS at the NEW YORK METRO SHOW (see NYC METRO SHOW: RUN WITH THE WILD THINGS) and was immediately taken by the uniqueness of the pieces on display. I’m sure you will be also.(Please click ONLY ONCE on the arrow to start the video)

 

Here are pix of the super talented artists that CAVIN-MORRIS will be showing at SOFA :

CAVIN-MORRIS GALLERY: MINORU OHIRA / “REGENERATION #1”

CAVIN-MORRIS GALLERY: RAFAEL PEREZ/ “UNTITLED”

 


DAI ICHI ARTS, LTD. : 100 CENTRAL PARK SOUTH, SUITE 11C, NYC, NY 10019 / T 212.230.1680

 

SOFA / DAI ICHI ARTS

Time to head uptown to Central Park South and visit with Beatrice Chang at  DAI ICHI ARTS, LTD. Chang specializes in contemporary Chinese and Japanese ceramics, something I know very little about, so I was definitely psyched. Chang also has a limited, but simply magnificent, collection of one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry which she accrued in her travels around the world. Now you know how crazy mad I am for jewelry! As anticipated, her pieces are fascinating, and I walked away from my visit with a totally new perspective on contemporary Asian art. (Please click ONLY ONCE on the arrow to start the video)

 

These are some of the works of art you will see if you visit DAI ICHI ARTS at SOFA:

 

DAI ICHI GALLERY: XU HONGBO / “CLONE”

 

 

DAI ICHI GALLERY: MAKIKO ODA / NECKLACE

 

 

One thing that pervaded all of my interviews was the passion each dealer had for the art in their gallery. It is this passion which easily transfers to you and makes their galleries so fascinating to walk through.

I ended my day feeling completely satiated from my three course meal of arts and design and thinking how very lucky I was to do what I do. See you at SOFA!

 

CIAO, CIAO ‘TIL, NEXT TIME!