New York is a wondrous annual show of fine craft art; the
acronym stands for Sculptural Objects and Functional Art, and if you've never been to SOFA, you must head over to the Park
Avenue Armory (on Park at 67th St.), Friday through Sunday (June
1st through the 3rd) of this week. There will be nearly 60
international galleries displaying some of the most amazing,
refreshing, beguiling work: jewelry, fiber art, glass, wood,
ceramics, paper, and who knows what else. This is a serious show for
collectors, it’s true, but it’s also a show for browsers
who want to be educated, the curious who want to see outstanding,
exciting art, and for shoppers, too. (There are many price tags that
are very friendly to a pocketbook that isn’t bulging.) WE have
never been disappointed by this show: It’s awe-inspiring and
actually thrilling to see just what creative minds and hands can do
with paper or yarn or molten silica.
Look for the
wonderfully tactile, highly inventive jewelry of Axel Russmeyer at
browngrotta arts, the slightly surreal photo montage work of Lucy
Feller at Ferrin Gallery, and all the cutting-edge glass sculptures
and objets at the Heller Gallery space. The show is open noon
to 8pm on Friday and Saturday and 11am to 6pm on Sunday.
Admission for a single day is $20 and includes the beautiful catalog.
For more information, log on to www.sofaexpo.com, or call
800-563-7632. (There are also lectures held in the
building throughout the three days.)
About the Author: About the Author: Ruth J. Katz is a well-known shopping and service writer based in New York City. She has written about shopping for 25 years for New York magazine; covered the topic on-air at Fox-TV for several years as the Home Services expert; and had her own show on both the USA and Lifetime Cable networks. Katz wrote extensively for The New York Times as well, and contributed periodically to the New York Daily News. She is a passionate shopper, always looking for not merely a good buy, but the best buy, ferreting out a "steal" or discovering up-and-coming designers. She has written five books and is a former contributing editor to Hearst's Redbook, Classic Home, and Colonial Homes; she is currently a Contributing Editor of New York Home, Golf Connoisseur, The Modern Estate, and Promenade magazines. She is also the former Shopping Director for Davler Media's Manhattan Living.