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Shana Mabari
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair
The Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 N Avenida Caballeros , Palm Springs , CA 92262
February 14, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Modern Luxury Angeleno

When: (Ended) February 14, 2013 - February

17, 2013


Palm Springs Convention Center


The Palm Springs Fine Art Fair enchants fairgoers on its Valentine's opening night preview with an art installation--inspired by the work of Pop Art pioneer Mel Ramos, the fair's 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award honoree--that promises to literally satiate the Southern California desert region's appetite for contemporary art.

Regional artist Lisa Provenza-Bebar (in conjunction with Cathedral City based Share Kitchen) has envisioned Cookie, Be My Valentine as part sculpture, part performance and 100% edible. The installation features a six foot diameter vanilla sugar cookie on an easel, emblazoned with a replica of Ramos' 2012 porcelain painting Cookie, rendered in edible

Ramos' Cookie, the inspiration behind Provenza-Bebar's installation icing upon a layer of smooth fondant. A live model in a seductive frosting costume-reminiscent of Ramos' prototypical pinup painting subjects-will ascend a ladder nine feet to break off cookie pieces to serve and delight passersby.

Leisa Austin, Owner of Imago Galleries in the Palm Desert, who represents Ramos' work, comments: "What better way to celebrate the Feast of Saint Valentine than for an art-hungry crowd to devour a life- size rendition of a work titled Cookie by famed Pop icon Mel Ramos-recreated in a medium none other than cookie dough? I can't think of a more unique fashion to kick- off an art fair. But then again, Palm Springs is a special place, and the Palms Springs Fine Art Fair a much anticipated highlight of the 2013 season."

The installation punctuates an entire slate of visual treats gracing the Valentine's Day opening preview party, including a featured exhibition of work by Ramos (courtesy of Imago Galleries), an installation by artist Shana Mabari (courtesy of the Los Angeles Art Association), and a life-like 1950s café installation by artist Rachel Lee Hovnanian in which waitresses serve up mud pies and chit chat with guests. The first 500 attendees will receive a rose in recognition of the holiday date.

Thursday, February 14, 6 - 9pm | Opening Preview Party to benefit the Palm Springs Art Museum
Friday, February 15, 10am - 8pm Saturday, February 16, 10am - 8pm Sunday, February 17, 10am - 6pm 

Posted by Shana Mabari on 3/1/13 | tags: installation

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