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Art fair fever grips Houston: Thousands pour into George R. for color, culture & even a swimsuit sculpture

Art fair fever hits Houston: Thousands pour into George R. for culture

News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014, Mark Goldberg, Megan Lesser, Tim Yarger
The swimsuit sculpture by Carol Feuerman in the spotlight with Mark Goldberg, left, Megan Lesser and gallerist Tim Yarger. Photo by Shelby Hodge
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The preview party, benefiting Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, provided ample space for contemplation. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014,  John Nelson, Katy Nelson, Leslie Hull, Mark Hull
John and Katy Nelson, left, with Leslie and Mark Hull. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014,  Tom Glanville, Liz Glanville, Alfred Moran
Tom and Liz Glanville, left, with Alfred Moran.  Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014,  Carlos Barbieri, Karina Barbieri, Bill Davenport
Carlos and Karina Barbieri hitch a ride with Glasstire editor Bill Davenport. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014,  Darian Ward, Bill Arning, Mary Melbert
Darian Ward, left, CAMH director Bill Arning and Susan Speck. Photo by Shelby Hodge
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Fifty-five galleries are participating in the show that runs through Sunday. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014,  Emily Church, Marc Melcher and Lea Weingarten
Emily Church, left, Marc Melcher and Lea Weingarten. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014,  Sarah Nyquist, Judy Nyquist
Sarah Nyquist, left, and Judy Nyquist. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014, William Goldberg, Anya Tish
CAMH board chairman William Goldberg and gallerist Anya Tish. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014,  Jan Burandt, Dan Allison, Lee Steffy
Jan Burandt, left, Dan Allison and Lee Steffy. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014,  Catharine Clark, Will Walsh, Lindsey George
Catharine Clark, left, Will Walsh and Lindsey George. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014,  Lester Marks, Alana Marks, Dr. Penelope Marks
Lester and Dr. Penelope Marks with their 3 1/2 year old daughter Alana. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014,  Peter Pettigrew, Cali Pettigrew, John Guess Jr.
Peter and Cali Pettigrew with John Guess Jr., right. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014,  Mary Melbert, Glenda Johnston, Ken Davis, Megan Barnhart
Mary Melbert, from left, Megan Barnhart, Ken Davis and Glenda Johnson. Photo by Shelby Hodge
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Neon art added extra dimension to the fair. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014, Mark Goldberg, Megan Lesser, Tim Yarger
News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014,  admirers
News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014,  John Nelson, Katy Nelson, Leslie Hull, Mark Hull
News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014,  Tom Glanville, Liz Glanville, Alfred Moran
News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014,  Carlos Barbieri, Karina Barbieri, Bill Davenport
News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014,  Darian Ward, Bill Arning, Mary Melbert
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News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014,  Emily Church, Marc Melcher and Lea Weingarten
News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014,  Sarah Nyquist, Judy Nyquist
News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014, William Goldberg, Anya Tish
News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014,  Jan Burandt, Dan Allison, Lee Steffy
News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014,  Catharine Clark, Will Walsh, Lindsey George
News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014,  Lester Marks, Alana Marks, Dr. Penelope Marks
News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014,  Peter Pettigrew, Cali Pettigrew, John Guess Jr.
News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014,  Mary Melbert, Glenda Johnston, Ken Davis, Megan Barnhart
News, Shelby, Texas Contemporary opening, Sept. 2014,

Honorary chair of the Texas Contemporary Art Fair opening night festivities William Goldberg praised the 90-minute preview party that took place before the gates at the George R. Brown Convention Center opened to a throng of several thousand.

"Just to be able to see the art and not in the crowds" is worth the extra admission, Goldberg said, adding, "It's a wonderful relationship that CAMH has with the fair." As chair of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston board, he praised the fair for its contributions, saying that after Thursday night's benefit preview, the fair was expected to reach $100,000 in contributions to CAMH since the art extravaganza arrived in Houston four years ago.

Of the contribution, fair founder Max Fishko noted, "It's super cool. We're really proud to be able to contribute in a way that is meaningful to an institution that does meaningful work here in Houston."

 "We're really proud to be able to contribute in a way that is meaningful to an institution that does meaningful work here in Houston." 

The 6 p.m. crowd numbered around a comfortable 250, served by open bar and waiters offering sophisticated appetizers. But once the 7:30 official opening arrived, the vast space was flooded with contemporary art enthusiasts. Sharing duties with Goldberg as honorary chairs on this night were Judy Nyquist, J.B. Fairbanks, Yvette and Scott Hill and Judith Oudt.

Before the crowds descended, Fishko spoke of the growth of the market in its four years. "We've been evolving a lot. I think the work here is really strong, probably the strongest ever. I think there have been some innovative things happening on our side in the way the fair is laid out and designed and the level of support has been overwhelming. It just keeps getting bigger every year."

Among the early arrivals perusing the work presented by 55 galleries from across the country were CAMH director Bill Arning, Liz and Tom Glanville, Cherri Carbonara, Alfred Moran, Regina Garcia, Lindsey George, Dan Allison, Don Mafrige Jr., Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff, Jeanie Kilroy Wilson and Wally Wilson, Penelope and Lester Marks, John Guess Jr., Heidi Gerger and Leslie and Mark Hull.