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SOFA CHICAGO 2013 In Booth Events

Booth events held in exhibitor booths unless otherwise noted.

Friday, November 1



Booth Talk
Wind and Water
10 am, 1-Nov-2013
Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Drawing inspiration from nature’s loving touch, artist Shayna Leib explains her passion for glass as her means of expression.


Booth Talk
Beyond the Glass House
11 am, 01-Nov-2013
Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Artist Latchezar Boyadjiev discusses his life in a foreign country as well as his longevity and success in the field of contemporary glass.


Booth Talk
Thoughts on the Work
11 am, 01-Nov-2013
Hawk Galleries, booth 620
Common themes of humanity and nature, emotion and gesture, stylization and illustration have inspired the unique and often playful works by renowned glass artist Dan Dailey.  Join Dailey as he discusses his methods of communication from concept to fabrication to finished pieces.


Conversation
Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
11 am, 01-Nov-2013
VIP Conversation Space, SOFA CHICAGO Show Floor
Glass artists Keith Clayton, Deanna Clayton, Chuck Savoie and Stephanie Trenchard discuss how innovation in creativity align with innovation in business with Kristin Thielking, Professor, glass faculty at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.  Moderated by Jan Mirenda Smith, Executive Director, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, WI.  Artists represented by (in order of listing): The K. Allen Gallery, booth 1000 (Keith and Deanna Clayton); Jane Sauer Gallery, booth 502; and Thomas R. Riley Galleries, booth 1220.


Booth Talk
A Jeweler and a Sculptor
11:30 am, 01-Nov-2013
Hawk Galleries, booth 620
The precious qualities of each glass and gold composition by artist Linda MacNeil convey her desire to create objects of lasting consequence.  Join MacNeil as she discusses her elegant, colorful and distinctly original jewelry.


Booth Talk
The Hero
11:30 am, 01-Nov-2013
Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Offering physical proof that a hero resides in all of us if we will simply take a chance, Czech glass artist Martin Janecky gives insight into his conceptual figurative works.


Booth Talk
Understated Grandeur
12 noon , 01-Nov-2013
Ippodo Gallery, booth 721
Artist Koji Hatakeyama discusses the centrality of the box to the Japanese experience, the innate beauty of bronze, and his quest to fuse his consciousness into the form and fabric of his delicate, cast bronze, lidded boxes.


Booth Talk
A Narrative in Glass
12 noon, 01-Nov-2013
Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Artist Steve Linn, known for his complex and evocative combinations of materials, documents the symbolism, both conceptual and historical, cultivated in his mysterious works of icons such as Oscar Niemeyer and Marcel Duchamp.  


Booth Talk
Crystal Clear Thoughts
12:30 pm, 01-Nov-2013
Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Artist Eric Hilton discusses life before, during and after Steuben Glass, where he has worked as the head designer nearly 30 years, and what he’s discovering on the new road less traveled.


Booth Talk
Small Scale | Big Vision
1 pm, 01-Nov-2013
Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Glass artist Emily Brock creates a dialogue with the viewer through her intricate installations of precious and intimate scenes, confirming inspiration never lives in isolation.  


Booth Talk
Challenging the Divide
1 pm, 01-Nov-2013
Joanna Bird Contemporary Collections, booth 621
Scottish artist Geoffrey Mann discusses the inspiration behind his work and his use of new technologies to capture the ephemeral nature of time and motion.


Booth Talk
Poetry in Porcelain
1 pm, 01-Nov-2013
flow, booth 306
Artist Jeanne Opgenhaffen discusses her porcelain panels, bedecked with thousands of delicate tiles to create the impression of a surprising landscape – a dream landscape scored by river-cut channels in which nature dwells in untouched colors and where power and serenity meet.


Conversation & Film Screening
Craft in America: Forge
1 pm, 01-Nov-2013
VIP Conversation Space, SOFA CHICAGO Show Floor
Join Albert Paley in conversation with Carol Sauvion, Executive Producer/Director, following a specially segmented version of this new film tracing Paley's mastery of metalwork from goldsmith/jeweler to metal sculptor and culminates with his creation of Paley on Park Avenue: 13 monumental sculptures on view on Park Avenue in New York City.    

Paley is represented at SOFA CHICAGO by Ruth Lawrence Fine Art, booth 1003.



Booth Talk
A Woven Moment in Glass
1:30 pm, 01-Nov-2013
The K. Allen Gallery, booth 1000
Artist William Zweifel discusses his exquisite and complex work, including his remarkable ability to transform glass into a believable swatch of fabric.


Book Signing
Colin Reid Glass Sculpture
1:30 pm, 01-Nov-2013
Maureen Littleton Gallery, booth 403
Renowned contemporary glass artist Colin Reid signs copies of his richly illustrated monograph, which charts the course of his career from an international perspective.


Booth Talk
Planning and Execution
1:30 pm, 01-Nov-2013
Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
An artist’s pencil should be used and not forgotten. British artist Clifford Rainey, a sculptor who employs cast glass and drawing as his primary methodologies, highlights how planning and execution are key for fully developing an idea.


Booth Talk
Sensual Wood Turnings
2 pm, 01-Nov-2013
German Pavilion – German Arts & Crafts, booth 1307
Artist Siegfried Schreiber transforms wood into striking archetypes that bring out aesthetic ideals hidden deep within the viewer, creating an intuitive and intense experience for the senses.


Booth Talk
Light, Volume and the Pursuit of Form
2 pm, 01-Nov-2013
Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Artist Dan Clayman discusses how light can generate volume and space through cast glass. 


Conversation
Sustaining Careers: A Study of the Status of U.S. Craft Artists
2 pm, 01-Nov-2013
Room 322
Cornelia Carey, Executive Director for Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+), presents the results of an exciting national research study conducted with 3,500 American craft artists and organizations examining attitudes about craft trends, sales and income, insurance, emergency preparation and recovery, and plans for their legacies.


Booth Talk
Transforming Wood
2:30 pm, 01-Nov-2013
Sarah Myerscough Gallery, booth 220
Artist Christian Burchard discusses his aesthetic and process, both prominent in how he transforms burls and roots into fragile objects full of movement and grace.


Booth Talk
Hammer, Chisel, Glass
2:30 pm, 01-Nov-2013
Mayer Fine Art, booth 901
Artist Matthew Fine discusses his aggressive carving techniques used to create his distinctive cast glass and granite sculptures.


Book Signing
Albert Paley on Park Avenue
2:30 pm, 01-Nov-2013
Ruth Lawrence Fine Art, booth 1003

Artist Albert Paley signs copies of the catalog for his site-specifc installation in New York City.

Paley is represented at SOFA CHICAGO by Ruth Lawrence Fine Art, booth 1003.



Booth Talk
Light and Form
2:30 pm, 01-Nov-2013
Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Lukas Hora, son of Petr Hora, discusses the work of his father and offers insights into the world of Czech glass.


Book Signing
William Daley: Ceramic Artist
3 pm, 01-Nov-2013
Schiffer Publishing, SOFA CHICAGO Partner Pavilion

Artist William Daley signs copies of his recent biopic following his lecture titled William Daley: Seven Decades from 1:30 – 2:30 pm in Room 324.



Booth Talk
A Fruitful Day
3 pm, 01-Nov-2013
Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Glass artist Richard Ritter discusses the evolution of his work over the past 40 years.


Whiskey Tasting
Craft Scotland - Whiskey Tasting
3 – 7 pm, 1-Nov-2013
Craft Scotland, booth 723

Craft Scotland cordially invites SOFA CHICAGO guests to join them in sampling some traditional Scottish hospitality, meet the artists and see the works on view.  Image: artist Frances Priest, All Sorts, 2012



Booth Talk
Urban Growth
3:30 pm, 01-Nov-2013
Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Artist Alex Gabriel Bernstein skillfully combines metaphor with the power and sensuality of sculpted glass to present a bold and refreshing exploration of the struggle between man and nature.


Booth Talk
Reinterpretations: A Conversation with Andy Paiko
3:30 pm, 1-Nov-2013
Wexler Gallery, booth 107
Glass and media artist Andy Paiko discusses his influences and background as well as the particular techniques and concepts applied in developing his work. 


Booth Talk
4 Dimensions
4 pm, 01-Nov-2013
Litvak Gallery, booth 821
Dutch artist Peter Bremers discusses his new series, Transformations.  Profoundly inspired by forms in nature and conceptually driven by his personal evolution, Bremers employs structure, color, and subtle, inner reflections in the glass to intuitively reveal a complex narrative of the far-reaching facets of transformation.


Booth Talk
Old is New
4 pm, 01-Nov-2013
German Pavilion – German Arts & Crafts, booth 1307
Jeweler Ursula Hofmann discusses her use of antique materials and traditional textile techniques to create her uniquely contemporary work. 


Booth Talk
A 50-year Journey in Glass
4 pm, 01-Nov-2013
Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Artist Paul Stankard provides insight into the evolution of the glass world gained through his legendary career.


Book Signing
The Art of Color and Design: A 30-Year Celebration
4 pm, 01-Nov-2013
Sherrie Gallerie, booth 501
Jeweler Sharon Meyer, known for her unique designs and use of rare gems, signs copies of her new book which celebrates and showcases her exquisite jewelry from her accomplished career.


Book Signing
Contemporary Jewelry and Perspective
4:30 pm, 01-Nov-2013
Art Jewelry Forum, SOFA CHICAGO Partner Pavilion
International scholar, author and curator Monica Gaspar signs copies of this fascinating collection of essays that present a global perspective of the art over the past 30 to 40 years following her lecture titled Jewelry in the Expanded Field from 3:30 – 4:30 pm in Room 327.  Gaspar was one of the main contributors for this important collection, commissioned by Art Jewelry Forum and edited by Damian Skinner. 


Booth Talk
The Nature of Glass
4:30 pm, 01-Nov-2013
Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Artist Martin Blank passionately pursues the concepts of movement and form, the mass and the void, attained through the creation of compelling works featuring the versatility of the material.


Book Signing
Shadow of the Turning
5 pm, 01-Nov-2013
Thomas R. Riley Galleries, booth 1220
 Artist Binh Pho and editor Kevin Wallace sign copies of their unique book following their lecture titled Synergism of Collaboration from 3:30 – 4:30 pm in Room 326.


Booth Talk
The Soul Within
5 pm, 01-Nov-2013
Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Glass artist Christina Bothwell captures the qualities of the unseen in her transformative figurative works.  Each pregnant with their own potential, Bothwell highlights our own vulnerabilities and questions the very essence of what lies beneath our physical existence.


Conversation & Film Screening
Creative Nature
5:30 pm, 01-Nov-2013
VIP Conversation Space, SOFA CHICAGO Show Floor
From the fire of a glassblowing studio to the sky above the Cascade Mountains to the deep blue waters of Hawaii, Creative Nature takes viewers on a unique adventure into the rugged and daring world of glass artist William Morris.  Join Director John Andres, who has had the opportunity to know Morris on a profound level, for opening remarks and questions following a special edited version of his feature documentary.  Copies of the feature documentary will be available for purchase. 
  
William Morris is represented at SOFA CHICAGO by Wexler Gallery, booth 107




Saturday, November 2



Film Screening
Craft in America: Forge
11 am, 02-Nov-2013
VIP Conversation Space, SOFA CHICAGO Show Floor
An Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning series dedicated to exploring craft in our nation, Craft in America: Forge profiles exceptional metalsmiths creating powerful art, from delicate jewelry to monumental sculptures including SOFA artist Albert Paley.

Paley is represented at SOFA CHICAGO by Ruth Lawrence Fine Art, booth 1003.



Booth Talk
The Pâte-de-verre Vessels of Keith and Deanna Clayton
11:30 am, 02-Nov-2013
The K. Allen Gallery, booth 1000
Artist Keith Clayton discusses the signature cast vessels he has developed with his wife Deanna over the last 20 years, including the feature of electroplated copper.


Booth Talk
Parabolic Curve
12 noon, 02-Nov-2013
Joanna Bird Contemporary Collections, booth 621
Joanna Bird, Director of Joanna Bird Contemporary Collections, discusses the change in contemporary ceramics from Hans Coper to the forms of Pippin Drysdale and Halima Cassell.


Booth Talk
The Vessel as Body
12 noon, 2-Nov-2013
Sarah Myerscough Gallery, booth 220
Artist Malcolm Martin discusses the relation of his work with artist Gaynor Dowling to the human body: the hand of the maker, the metaphor of the vessel as body, and the central importance of human scale.


Booth Talk
The Painter’s Glass Eye
12 noon, 02-Nov-2013
Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
A day in the life of artist Janusz Walentynowicz, from Poland to Denmark to SOFA.


Conversation
The Right Place at the Right Time
12:30 pm, 02-Nov-2013
VIP Conversation Space, SOFA CHICAGO Show Floor
Sculptor Theodore Gall, widely recognized for his articulated bronze heads, discuses his 20-year history as an artist-in-residence in Chicago and highlights two recent major commissions. Gall is represented by ten472 Contemporary Art, booth 602


Booth Talk
A Lightness of Being
12:30 pm, 02-Nov-2013
Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Artist Howard Ben Tre’, a pioneer in the use of cast glass as a sculptural medium, discusses his inspiration for his newest body of work.  


Conversation
My First 40 Years in Glass
1:30 pm, 2-Nov-2013
VIP Conversation Space, SOFA CHICAGO Show Floor
Artist Emma Varga reveals some of her secrets about planning, developing and fusing hundreds of thin mosaic layers to create her signature, complex three-dimensional glass works. Varga is represented by Kirra Galleries, booth 101


Booth Talk
Video As The Next Craft Medium
1:30 pm, 02-Nov-2013
Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Artist Tim Tate discusses his new glass and video series and how he envisions new media fitting into the 21st century glass and fine art world: sometimes provocative, always thoughtful and fun.


Booth talk
Forging Interior Spaces
2 pm, 02-Nov-2013
The K. Allen Gallery, booth 1000
Combined with exceptional coloration, artist Darlys Ewoldt’s intricate interior landscapes bring her forged and raised copper vessels to life.


Booth Talk
Sensual Wood Turnings
2 pm, 02-Nov-2013
German Pavilion – German Arts & Crafts, booth 1307
Artist Siegfried Schreiber transforms wood into striking archetypes that bring out aesthetic ideals hidden deep within the viewer, creating an intuitive and intense experience for the senses.


Booth Talk
The Third Dimension in Color
2 pm, 02-Nov-2013
Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
The works of German glass artist Udo Zembok create a particular color space, half way between transparency and opacity, half way between matter and void, that synthesize uncompromised technique into an emotive visual language that speaks directly to our souls, without passing the filters of our rational minds.


Book Signing
Michael Glancy: Infinite Obsessions
2:30 pm, 02-Nov-2013
Barry Friedman Ltd., booth 520
Glass artist Michael Glancy signs copies of his illustrated catalogue highlighting his work from 1994-2010 following his lecture titled Pursuit of Perfection from 1 – 2 pm in Room 327.


Book Signing
Humor in Craft
2:30 pm, 2-Nov-2013
Schiffer Publishing, SOFA CHICAGO Partner Pavilion
Author Brigitte Martin signs copies of her groundbreaking, award winning book – celebrated as the most thorough collection of contemporary craft artists exploring the often ignored/hidden/neglected topic of humor.


Booth Talk
Balance
2:30 pm, 02-Nov-2013
Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Pioneer glass artist Jack Schmidt discusses his interest in mixing materials to create his celebrated works and the role glass as a medium has played in making his artistic visions a reality.


Conversation
Contemporary Myths
3 pm , 2-Nov-2013
VIP Conversation Space, SOFA CHICAGO Show Floor
Scottish artist Alison Kinnaird discusses how she integrates ancient techniques with modern technology to create images that extend beyond technique to question facets of the human condition. Kinnaird is represented by Craft Scotland, booth 723


Booth Talk
Seaforms: Nature, Technique, and Inspiration
3 pm, 02-Nov-2013
Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
German glass artist Michael Behrens discusses how his travels around the world diving in the seven seas and exploring the nature of the underwater world has both inspired and influenced his work.


Conversation
The Glass Landscape In The 21st Century
3 pm, 02-Nov-2013
Room 323
The glass and art world are changing rapidly. What will they be like in the decade ahead? What trends are at hand? How do we stay viable as artists, collectors, curators? Moderators Tim Tate and William Warmus lead a round table discussion centered on Post-Studio Glass and Glass Secessionism.


Booth Talk
From Paperweights to Passages
3 pm, 2-Nov-2013
Wexler Gallery, booth 107
Venerated glass artist Mark Peiser, who has made an indelible mark on the glass world through his individual approaches and accomplishments speaks about his paperweights and passages series. 


Booth Talk
Making Sense: Glass and the Mind
3:30 pm , 02-Nov-2013
flow, booth 306
Through the exploration of color, texture and form, artist Ed Byrne creates glass vessels that interpret and reflect the physical fragments of thoughts, memories, and emotions that manifest themselves in the mind.


Booth Talk
The Artist’s Sketch Book
3:30 pm, 02-Nov-2013
Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Glass artist Leah Wingfield discusses her focus of bringing art back to creative concept vs. reproduction of tangible objects and how the combination of different materials uncovers broader expressions in her work.


Booth Talk
The Poetry of Murano Glass
4 pm, 02-Nov-2013
Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Italian artist Davide Salvadore discusses the perfect combination of musicality and art achieved in his iconic works. 


Book Signing
Albert Paley on Park Avenue
4 pm, 02-Nov-2013
Ruth Lawrence Fine Art, booth 1003
Artist Albert Paley signs copies of the catalog for his site-specific installation in New York City following his lecture titled Paley on Park Avenue

from 2:30 – 3:30 pm in Room 324.   Paley is represented at SOFA CHICAGO by Ruth Lawrence Fine Art, booth 1003.



Booth Talk
Old is New
4 pm, 02-Nov-2013
German Pavilion – German Arts & Crafts, booth 1307
Jeweler Ursula Hofmann discusses her use of antique materials and traditional textile techniques to create her uniquely contemporary work.


Booth Talk
Capturing Movement
4:30 pm, 02-Nov-2013
Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Glass artist Shelley M. Allen discusses how to maintain a great relationship with the work you create as it slowly comes alive and develops a personality.


Film Screening
Creative Nature
5:30 pm, 02-Nov-2013
VIP Conversation Space, SOFA CHICAGO Show Floor
From the fire of a glassblowing studio to the sky above the Cascade Mountains to the deep blue waters of Hawaii, feature documentary Creative Nature takes viewers on a unique adventure into the rugged and daring world of glass artist William Morris.

William Morris is represented at SOFA CHICAGO by Wexler Gallery, booth 107




Sunday, November 3



Film Screening
Craft in America: Forge
1 pm, 03-Nov-2013
VIP Conversation Space, SOFA CHICAGO Show Floor
An Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning series dedicated to exploring craft in our nation, Craft in America: Forge profiles exceptional metalsmiths creating powerful art, from delicate jewelry to monumental sculptures including SOFA artist Albert Paley.  

Paley is represented at SOFA CHICAGO by Ruth Lawrence Fine Art, booth 1003.


Booth Talk
Sensual Wood Turnings
2 pm, 03-Nov-2013
German Pavilion – German Arts & Crafts, booth 1307
Artist Siegfried Schreiber transforms wood into striking archetypes that bring out aesthetic ideals hidden deep within the viewer, creating an intuitive and intense experience for the senses.


Film Screening
Creative Nature
3:30 pm, 03-Nov-2013
VIP Conversation Space, SOFA CHICAGO Show Floor
From the fire of a glassblowing studio to the sky above the Cascade Mountains to the deep blue waters of Hawaii, feature documentary Creative Nature takes viewers on a unique adventure into the rugged and daring world of glass artist William Morris.

William Morris is represented at SOFA CHICAGO by Wexler Gallery, booth 107


Booth Talk
Old is New
4 pm, 03-Nov-2013
German Pavilion – German Arts & Crafts, booth 1307
Jeweler Ursula Hofmann discusses her use of antique materials and traditional textile techniques to create her uniquely contemporary work.



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Booth Talk
The Hero
11:30 am, 01-Nov-2013
Habatat Galleries, booth 1100



2013 SOFA CHICAGO WRAP UP REPORT 2013 SOFA CHICAGO WRAP UP REPORT
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SOFA CHICAGO Celebrates 20 Years of Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design 20th Annual Fair Marked by Highest Attendance in Recent Years, Brisk Sales and New Design Competition and Awards    Download 


About SOFA CHICAGO

The Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago is the premier gallery-presented art fair dedicated to three-dimensional art and design. On par with Art Basel and TEFAF Maastricht, SOFA is produced by Urban Expositions.

Critically acclaimed and continuously running since 1994, what distinguishes SOFA from other top art events is its focus on three-dimensional artworks that cross the boundaries of fine art, decorative art and design.  SOFA is noted for its exceptional presentation, with an elite selection of international dealers presenting for sale one-of-a-kind masterworks in handsome, custom-designed gallery exhibits.

SOFA is held annually in the fall at Chicago's major destination, Navy Pier, with an average of 80 dealers and 35,000 people attending.

SOFA CHICAGO / Tickets & Showtimes

Urban Expositions presents SOFA CHICAGO 2014 at Navy Pier's Festival Hall (600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, Ill. 60611) Nov. 7 - 9, with the Opening Night Preview Thursday, Nov. 6.

Day Date Hours Purchase Tickets
Thursday Nov. 6 7 pm to 9 pm Tickets ($50)
Friday Nov. 7 11 am to 7 pm Tickets ($20)
Saturday Nov. 8 11 am to 7 pm Tickets ($20)
Sunday Nov. 9 Noon to 6 pm Tickets ($20)

One general admission ticket of $20 admits visitors to the fair, related lecture series, special exhibits and events. $30 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. 6, 7 to 9 p.m. Preview tickets are $50.