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I’m just back from a lovely afternoon wandering around the Boston International Fine Arts Show (BIFAS) at the Cyclorama in the South End. Although the goal of the show is to sell works of art and educate new collectors, approaching this show as an afternoon of art appreciation is fine as well. There was absolutely no pressure applied by the exhibitors who were happy to answer any and all questions without applying the hard-sell.

While the works of art are predominantly representational in nature and done in oil, there was still something to suit everyone’s taste in art. I saw the requisite still life and landscape paintings, but also saw abstracts done in oil and resin on canvas. I saw watercolors and paintings done in encaustic, a technique that uses hot wax mixed with pigment. I also saw quite a few abstract paintings as well as photographs. My favorite photograph was the one titled Battling Giraffes taken in Africa by Nick Brandt using infrared film. You can see more of Nick’s work at the Iris Gallery website.

Also in the mix were sculptures both abstract and representational. In bronze and other metals, and wood. I really enjoyed the work of Werner Arnold. His wood collages are colorful and whimsical, and his sculptures amusing.

There were also works of glass. While most of the glass works were in functional shapes i.e. bowls and vases, I was taken by several fused glass panels by Roger Thomas and a triptych of three glass panels mounted on a metal background, both from Lattitude Gallery on Newbury Street.

So whether you’re currently collecting, or just enjoy looking at fine art, this is a great way to spend an afternoon. The show will run through Sunday Nov 16, 2008 11-5PM.

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