FotoFest founders Wendy Watriss and Fred Baldwin receive some well-earned recognition when they pick up the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Third Annual Houston Fine Art Fair. This year's fair also honors Houston native Robert Pruitt — known for his drawings and sculptures about black identity — as the Artist of the Year. ''We wanted to recognize a local artist who had won awards and had museum shows locally and nationally,'' HFAF founder Rick Friedman explains. ''He's someone who can serve as an inspiration to other Houston-based artists.''
Some 84 galleries in 12 countries are represented on the exhibit floor. The fair has a decidedly international flair with a focus on Latin American and Asian art. Friedman says that his goal for the show is to appeal to both the city's hardcore art aficionados and the more casual collectors. ''We want the show to be hip and cool but appeal to a wider audience,'' he says, noting that prices for works, from a wide variety of media, range from about $5,000 up to $300,000. ''With a city as large as Houston, we [hope to bring] thousands of new collectors to the table.''
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There's a VIP preview party from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday. Regular viewing hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. For information, call 631-283-5505 or visit houstonfineartfair.com. $25 to $250.
Fri., Sept. 20, 6-9 p.m.; Sept. 21-22, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 22, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 2013