Tuesday, November 10, 2009


June 11-14, 2009
The first annual SOFA WEST: Santa FE was held at the Santa FE Convention Center located in Santa Fe's historic downtown. The line-up was 40+ top fine craft dealers from all over the world - a selective feature of top artists who work in a variety of media from glass, to metal, wood, ceramic ... and combinations thereof.
SOFA (Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art) shows are primarily exhibitions of three dimensional art, which entices the viewer to approach the work and consider it from different perspectives. These forms of object art are really crossing borders that one would consider 'craft' - much of the works / galleries / artists were very much contemporary, edgy, fresh and leaned further into the fine art realm than to the traditional works one would come to expect. The exhibition was a nice blend of established and emerging artists - $100, 000. to $100.
Santa Fe was billed as the Boutique version of the well established, and much larger, SOFA Chicago. The community was out in force supporting this great event - overall attendance and feedback far exceeded expectations!

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