DAY 1 AT ARTEXPO: IT’S SHOWTIME!

Opening Day at Artexpo New York 2016 drew thousands of trade buyers from around the region, the country, and the world to Pier 94 in Manhattan for a glimpse at the latest offerings in the fine art world. First up, exhibitors gathered for an Open Forum and Sales Seminar, enjoying breakfast while they geared up for the weekend by learning tips on how to best sell their artwork.

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RMG President and CEO Eric Smith addresses exhibitors on Thursday morning.

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The bustling entrance to Artexpo New York.

Trade attendees got a first look at all the extraordinary sculpture, glassworks, painting, photography, and more on display this year as they made their way through booth after stunning booth, on the lookout for their next acquisition. While some enjoyed the informative Topics & Trends seminars slated for the day, others milled around the show with live-action art demos in mind. One such highlight was renowned dance photographer Jordan Matter’s live photo shoot with ballet dancers in attendance.

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Dancers pose for Jordan Matter.

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“Stand by Me III” sculpture by Gilbert Boro of Art Design Consultants.

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Glass sculptures by Alexis Silk of Mattson’s Fine Art.

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Attendees examine the vibrant works of Carlos Vallenilla.

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Paintings by Stale Amsterdam.

From 4 to 7 p.m., Artexpo New York turned up the fun, hosting the highly anticipated annual Opening Night Preview Party, open not just to trade attendees, but also to the general public. Partygoers noshed on hors d’oeuvres and sipped wine while taking in all the sights and sounds of the show. A highlight of the show? Presenting the 2016 Poster Challenge Winner, Adrian Arrieta, to the New York crowd for the very first time. His painting, The Princess of the Strawberry Mouth, earned top marks in this year’s contest, earning him the privilege of having his work featured on the official show poster. You can read more about Adrian here—congrats again!

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RMG’s Linda Mariano and Rick Barnett introduce Poster Challenge Winner Adrian Arrieta and his winning artwork.

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Thousands of art lovers attended Thursday’s Opening Night Preview Party.

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The captivating work of fine art photographer Michael Ezra.

We’ll fill you in tomorrow on all the 2016 Artexpo Award winners and Friday show highlights—stay tuned! Also, make sure to follow Artexpo New York on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay abreast of all that’s going on at Pier 94 this weekend.

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