When: (Ended) February 14, 2013 - February
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