View works from around the world at Strathallan show
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A sculpture by Susan Pullman Brooks.(Photo: Provided)
After promoting art at an international Ibero-American exhibition in Miami, working with international artists and hobnobbing with collectors from around the world, Kristen Campo had an epiphany.
‘Why should the big cities get all the creative attention and excitement?’ she asked herself.
Instead of returning to Pinta Miami at the Art Basel show this year, Campo decided to stay in Rochester and design her own.
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“I had this brainchild to organize an art fair that was based on the Art Basel show,” said Campo, a local interior designer and art dealer who represents Albert Paley and other artists.
And so, the 2018 Contemporary Art Fair of Rochester was born.
The three-day event, Nov. 26-28 at the Strathallan Rochester Hotel, will showcase roughly 150 works of art in several mediums. In all, 20 artists or so from the United States, Canada, Russia, the Netherlands, South Africa and more will be represented — some of them exhibiting in this country for the first time.
As the founder of Kristen Campo Fine Art, Campo’s goal is to feature a variety of styles from both established and up-and-coming artists. Guests can see glass and metal sculptures by Paley but also the paintings of up-and-coming Dutch artist Marissa Oosterlee, who creates photorealistic paintings that will make viewers do a double take.
Osterlee’s work is beginning to show up in prominent art magazines, and Campo has an exclusivity agreement with the artist designating Rochester as the only city on the East Coast where people can purchase her work.
Other artists at the fair include:
The Contemporary Art Fair is part of Campo’s virtual art gallery strategy. Instead of opening a brick-and-mortar, she plans to organize occasional pop-up shows and, now, this annual event.
“There’s nothing like an art fair,” Campo says. “It has a different type of immediacy — more excitement and more variety … The art fair is to art what the fashion show is to the fashion industry. It should have that same intensity and edge.”
And it should inspire people to own art, she says. Campo’s interior design work helped inspire her focus on making art accessible. Part of her role as both an art dealer and interior designer is finding the right artwork for homes.
“Art is the soul of an interior,” she says.
If You Go
What: Kristen Campo Fine Art’s Contemporary Art Fair of Rochester.
When: Public champagne reception opening 7-9 p.m. Nov. 26; show hours noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 27 and 28.
Where: The Strathallan Rochester Hotel, 550 East Ave.
Cost: Free (reservations in advance are required).
More: Call (585) 880-1945.