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News and notes from the San Antonio art scene

Finesilver Gallery has been notably active lately - putting San Antonio on the international map via the contemporary art fair circuit. Despite the meteoric price tags (which start at about $5,000 per exhibitor for a bare bones booth space), invitational art fairs afford top commercial galleries like Finesilver an unmatched level of creative confluence. Gallerists undergo a fast-paced, multifaceted exchange of emerging art world trends and gain captive access to a vastly widened pool of contemporary art collectors. In October, San Antonio-based artist Chuck Ramirez represented Finesilver Gallery at the 30th annual Paris International Contemporary Art Fair, held October 9 through 13 at Porte de Versailles. There, Ramirez exhibited his quirky, large-scale prints of piñatas mangled by friends at local birthday celebrations.

Finesilver also participated in Germany's top fair, Art Cologne, Art Chicago, the San Francisco International Art Exposition, and is currently represented at ARTissima #10 in Turin, Italy, exhibiting a solo project by LA-based artist Rodney McMillian. Last year's ARTissima fair attracted a record 40,000 visitors, providing emerging artists will an unprecedented amount of European exposure. The next in-town Finesilver exhibits, opening Friday, November 21, will feature new work by both Erik Benson (NYC) and Angelina Gualdoni (Chicago). For more information, contact Michael or Andrea at 354-3333.

Finesilver employee (and soon-to-be ArtPace artist-in-residence) Michael Velliquette has been a very busy bee, as well. On top of his solo effort, "Get Into the, Who?," at the Cactus Bra last month, Velliquette's work is currently on view at Deitch Projects in New York City. The group exhibit, entitled "We Are Electric," organized by San Francisco-based curator Chris Perez, also includes work by up-and-coming artists Tim Hawkinson, Matthew Ronay, and Amy Sarkisian. "We Are Electric" runs through November.

A friendly reminder to individual San Antonio-based artists, galleries, and curators alike: Besides highlighting local news, events, and deadlines, part of the purpose of this column is to provide some much-needed print exposure for your arts related news abroad - accomplishments that may otherwise be ignored by the local media. Remember, it isn't bragging, it's business, so stop being so darn humble. Send your self-referential press releases directly to me at [email protected]. Information is due two weeks before publication, so please keep target dates in mind. •

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