Art Palm Springs 2019 Sets a Historical Record Breaking Turnout Despite Violent Rainstorms
PALM SPRINGS, CA February 20, 2019 – Held February 14th-18th at the Palm Springs Convention Center, Art Palm Springs 8th Annual Show drew an amazing turnout as artists, collectors, gallerists and art enthusiasts alike were in attendance for an unforgettable experience filled with new discoveries.
Despite the severe flooding, which caused several road closures throughout President's’ Day Weekend, the fair still saw an immense crowd, even as Frieze took place the same weekend. From the start of the fair’s kick-off night to the very last minutes of closing hours, attendees came out in support of this exclusive event. This year’s overall attendance was up by 25%, with the largest increase on Sunday, which registered at 26%. The popularity of the annual fair has significantly grown since its inception in 2011, and has consistently matured into a yearly pilgrimage of the arts culture as the event’s curated roster of exhibitors and partners continue to expand, including new partners; beverage company Aperol, Italian based stone manufacturer Antolini, along with continuing partners Modernism Week, and the Palm Springs Art Museum.
“This is Quint Gallery’s second year participating at Art Palm Springs. It has been wonderful meeting a new group of educated collectors, and showcasing Jean Lowe’s unique installation, 'Carpet Showroom' as well as other artists from the gallery’s stable.”– says Nina Howard; Marketing/Sales for Quint Gallery.
The fair’s presence alone has also developed a strong camaraderie within the booming arts community, as Lauren Segala of Melissa Morgan Fine Art states – “After participating in multiple art fairs across the country, we look forward to coming home and showing at Art Palm Springs. There is a sense of community in the desert, unlike anywhere else. The guest attendance, despite the rainfall, is proof of that. Art PS 2019 has proven to already be successful, as we have sold substantial pieces to important collectors and our booth has received overwhelming positive responses from attendees.”
In regards to the progressively eclectic platform the fair provides for artists and collectors, Caldwell Snyder Gallery Director Susan Snyder states –“Having participated in numerous international art fairs, Caldwell Snyder Gallery finds the Palm Springs Art Fair to be an exciting venue of savvy, fresh and experienced art collectors who respond positively to our important contemporary and mid career artists. We appreciate the patronage and enthusiasm for our artists and continue to develop wonderful relationships with the Palms Springs community.”
As this years fair surpassed expectations, producers of the fair, Clarion UX, are excited to move forward with a heightened sense of enthusiasm as they plan for next year’s fair, with new inspiration and anticipation for future discoveries.
Art Palm Springs is the premier art fair in the Southwest presenting post-war and contemporary art from galleries in Asia, Europe, North and South America representing hundreds of artists hosted at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Once the playground of movies, captains of industry and world leaders, the region has evolved into a respected art oasis in the Southern California desert.
Clarion UX (formerly Urban Expositions) produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events with an art portfolio consisting of Art Aspen, Art Palm Springs, and The Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago. Clarion UX, which is the U.S. division of Clarion Events, UK and backed by The Blackstone Group, has become one of the fastest growing event companies in the U.S. with aggressive growth through both acquisition and launch. Clarion UX has offices in Trumbull, CT; Kennesaw, GA; Boca Raton, FL; Tacoma, WA, and Fairlawn, NJ.