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Art Enthusiasts And Art Collectors Flock to Art Miami and Aqua Art

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Artist George Schulman and Gallery Owner Howard Shapiro from the Lawrence Fine Art Gallery pose for a photo-op at Art Miami in front of George Schulman's Painting

Patricia Parenti and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane post for a photo-op at Aqua Art

Patricia Parenti and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane post for a photo-op at Aqua Art

Director of Aqua Katelijne De Backer  and Patricia Parenti pose for a photo-op at Aqua Art Miami


Known as Miami's premier anchor fair, Art Miami kicks off the opening day of Art Week - the first week of December when thousands of collectors, dealers, curators, and artists descend upon Miami. World-famous for its stylish gallery-like decor, its outstanding quality and extraordinary variety, Art Miami showcases the best in modern and contemporary art from more than 125 international art galleries.

Art Miami maintains a preeminent position in America's contemporary art fair market. With a rich history, it is the original and longest-running contemporary art fair in Miami and continues to receive praise for the variety of unparalleled art that it offers. It is the "can't miss" event for all serious collectors, curators, museum directors, and interior designers providing an intimate look at some of the most important work at the forefront of the international contemporary art movement.

At the opening night preview party I spoke to Artist George Schulman and Gallery Owner Howard Shapiro at the Lawrence Fine Art Gallery located in East Hampton, New York.

Mr. Schulman George was recently chosen by as one of the Top 50 Artists at Context Art Miami.…/artsy-editorial-50-must-see-artwork…

Artsy features the world’s leading galleries, museum collections, foundations, artist estates, art fairs, and benefit auctions, all in one place. their growing database of 500,000 images of art, architecture, and design by 50,000 artists spans historical, modern, and contemporary works, and includes the largest online database of contemporary art. Artsy is used by art lovers, museum-goers, patrons, collectors, students, and educators to discover, learn about, and collect art.

During Miami Basel Week I also attended Aqua Art Miami.

Aqua’s unique environment – in a classic South Beach hotel with spacious exhibition rooms that open onto a breezy, intimate courtyard – has become a favorite gathering spot for collectors, curators and art lovers to discover fresh talent and acquire new works while exchanging cultural ideas and forming meaningful connections.

Aqua Art Miami, which kicked off with a VIP Preview on Wednesday, November 30 and be open to the public December 1 - 4, has become the premier destination for prominent collectors and art aficionados to procure works by young, emerging and mid-career artists. Throughout the years, Aqua Art Miami has continued to solidify itself as a completely unique fair, consistently staying true to its signature relaxed yet energetic vibe. The 2016 edition will feature 47 international exhibitors showcasing fresh new works, and set in the intimate exhibition rooms that open into a beautiful courtyard, all found within the classic South Beach hotel. 

This year, the five-day fair partnered with the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD), a non-profit trade network on a mission to facilitate business between and for women art dealers. Aqua Art Miami and AWAD will hosted a special morning panel on Friday, December 2 that will address ‘Unconscious Bias and the Art World,’ moderated by Susan Mumford, Founder and CEO of AWAD.

Director of Aqua Art Miami  Katelijne De Backer  revealed that Aqua Art Miami is a great place to find emerging artist with real talent during our interview.
I  also had the chance to chat with Gallery Owner Latifa Metheny from Azart Gallery in New York City and Artist Camomile Hixon about her fabulous painting of Elvis the King of Pop.

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