SOFA Returns Nov. 2 – 4 to Chicago at Navy Pier

If you LOVE art and design – this is the MUST SEE SHOW OF THE YEAR!

SOFA 2012. At Navy Pier Nov. 2-4th.

The 19th Annual Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair
is a gallery-presented, international art exposition dedicated to
bridging the worlds of design, decorative and fine art. Works by
emerging and established artists and designers are available for sale by
premier galleries and dealers.

Glass will be a major focus this year as SOFA will be celebrating the 50th
Anniversary of the Studio Glass movement. The pioneers of the movement
have Midwest roots that
has since expanded and developed to be international in scope. In fact
Chicago’s Floating World Gallery will be showcasing 10-12 works by a
Japanese artists who was so excited about SOFA the she created new works
which will be shown for the first time at SOFA!
There are special exhibits, lectures and more.

The Corning Glass Road
Show will once again be on site.

There are a couple of artists with Chicago connections that
might make for a fascinating chat:
Barbara Cooper,  (right) whose work is showcased by Chicago’s Perimeter Gallery, and
Brian Dettmer 
(who  grew up in Naperville and until 2006 resided in Chicago), who will be
featured by the Chicago’s Packer Schopf. 

Both create extremely
fascinating work using existing materials.
Both Cooper and Dettmer will be on site at SOFA.

PLAN TO SPEND A DAY at SOFA. There is so much to see and do.

Lots of Booth talks,
book signings,film screenings
and lecture series. There is something here for everyone’s taste.

There are some very special exhibits this year, including:

Eye of Mr I : A retrospective of artwork by legendary self-taught artist Gregory
Warmak, a.ka. Mr. Imagination (1948-2012), known for his transformation
of discarded objects into works of art.

Bags Across the Globe (BAG) is a global intervention conceived and
carried out by Ann Savageau from 2008 to the present. The large-scale
installation addresses the disastrous unintended environmental
consequences of one of the most widespread consumer products on the
globe, the single use plastic shopping bag.

Day Date Hours Cost  
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One general admission ticket of $15
admits visitors to the fair, related lecture series, special exhibits
and events. $25 three-day passes and discounted student, senior and
group tickets are also available.

The public is also invited to the
Opening Night Preview, Thursday, Nov. 1, 7 to 9 p.m. Preview tickets are $50.

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