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Fridge Art Fair Returns to the Lower East Side May 2014
Opening Gala May 7 Benefits City Critters Inc.
Fridge Art Fair is pleased to announce that it will once again feature a small group of selected galleries and artists on Manhattan’s Lower East Side May 7-11, during Frieze New York Art Fair Week 2014. The “Ice Cream Edition” will be hosted by, and presented in collaboration with the Angel Orensanz Foundation at their Center for the Arts, 172 Norfolk Street, a historic and beautiful building well known on the cultural and social scenes in New York City. Regular Fair hours are: Thursday and Friday May 7-9, 11 AM – 6 PM; Saturday May 10, Noon – 3 PM; Sunday May 11, 12 – 8 PM; and Monday May 12, 12 -5 PM. Sunday is Neighbors Day, with free admission for residents of the area and special performances.
The opening benefit Gala, featuring a lineup of popular musicians from the East Village and the Lower East Side reflecting the community’s vibrant heritage, will be held at the main venue on May 7th from 6 -10 PM. Gala admission is $45 in advance and $60 at the door, with a portion on the proceeds donated to City Critters Inc. General admission costs $10, all are good for admission through the run of the Fair. Tickets and information are available at fridgeartfair.com
Inviting and challenging presenters to create a unique visual experience in an intimate environment, Fridge is the brainchild of artist Eric Ginsburg. Well known for his soulful and painterly portrayals of dogs and cats Ginsburg is also passionate about the fair, stating, “Creativity and genuineness will be on display from galleries and artists, in all media and price ranges.” As for the inevitable surprises his approach encourages, he adds, “It is the fun that is the key!” Guided by his spirit, Fridge’s New York and Miami debuts attracted quality dealers, collectives and artists working outside the high-end and vanity exhibition scenes.
Joining him in shaping the fair are: New York artist, art journalist (Revolt Magazine, Huffington Post) and curator Linda DiGusta as co-director fair; StreetArtNYC editor Lois Stavsky, an educator, curator and writer with a particular passion for global street art, who has organized a special gallery within the fair featuring a children’s workshop conducted by Angel Ortiz, aka LA 2, and more guests artists to be announced; and Brooklyn-based artist, curator and writer Jeanne Wilkinson curating the Video Lounge
A small 501(c)(3) and an original member of the Mayor’s Alliance for Animals in NYC, City Critters Inc. works to rescue and place stray and abandoned cats, kittens, and occasionally dogs, as well as accepting animals at risk in the municipal shelter system for placement through their network. Volunteers also offer advice or assistance to local individuals on problems involving homeless cats and dogs, working within the community to support the human-animal bond in all ways possible. https://www.facebook.com/
Established in 1992, The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts is an artistic and cultural resource open to artists, writers, thinkers and leaders from around the world, and the surrounding community. The Foundation has welcomed such artists as Philip Glass, Spike Lee; Arthur Miller, Alexander McQueen, Salman Rushdie, Maya Angelou, Alexander Borovsky; Elie Wiesel, Chuck Close and worked in cooperation prestigious institutions including: PS1/MoMA; The Goethe Institute; the Whitney Museum; Columbia University; Princeton University and the Royal Shakespeare Company of London. And publishes the quarterly magazine Artscape.
For updates and more, including exhibitor and sponsorship information please visit the Fridge Art Fair’s website, http://fridgeartfair.com