It's Coming! It's Coming! First-Ever Houston Fine Art Fair Gets Ready to Roll

Chris Clamp, a Jerald Melberg Gallery artist, prepares for the HFAF.
Chris Clamp, a Jerald Melberg Gallery artist, prepares for the HFAF.
Photo by Courtney Riedmann

Click here to see more photos from the Houston Fine Art Fair load-in.

This weekend, downtown Houston will swell with curators, critics and collectors from all over the world as the first-ever Houston Fine Art Fair takes over George R. Brown Convention Center.

The fair could be a signal of great things to come for the Houston fine art community. President and founder of HFAF Rick Friedman said, while artists and curators from around the world uncrated their works during the load-in Wednesday afternoon, that there is a growing trend among big-name auction houses (does Sotheby's ring a bell?) of shipping more art to Houston because many affluent and knowledgeable collectors live here.

"Houston could be the next art haven. This is up with the big boys," Friedman said.

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Organizer Fran Kaufman also said that while Houston has "an amazing base of collectors," its growing community of artists and curators also makes it a "really good venue."

The Houston Art Fair hours are Friday, September 16, and Saturday, September 17, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, September 18, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A. Tickets start at $17 per person.

Art Attack Editor Caroline Evans contributed to this report.

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