Past Special Programs

All Special Programs are complimentary with admission & your ticket is valid all weekend.


"EMERGE" Launch and Art New England Celebration

Celebrate the launch of “EMERGE” in the two front salons of the show featuring emerging and mid-career artists.  Meet the artists, discover new talents, and enjoy a full day of programs marking the 40th Anniversary of Art New England magazine.


1:30pm - Demonstration - Kim Alemian, "Anatomy of a Painting" - Join Kim for a painting demonstration in the front salon of the show near booth #10S.  Kim’s work is carried by Edgewater Gallery (VT & MA)


2:00pm - Michael Rose, Michael Rose Fine Art

"What Has Your Gallery Done For You Lately?"

While many artists are interested in gaining professional representation for their work, few artists are particularly critical of the galleries that come to show them. Galleries do, however, have responsibilities to the artists they represent and artists should regularly examine how their galleries treat them. In this interactive talk, Michael Rose will discuss what artists should look for in a quality relationship with a commercial gallery, and how they can build better and more transparent relationships with gallerists and art dealers.  Michael Rose is an art historian, journalist, gallerist, and appraiser based in Southern New England. Currently the Gallery Manager at the Providence Art Club, he is a passionate speaker on topics related to art history and art business. Lively Q & A period.

3:00pm -  Panel on “Major Trends in the Art Market”

hosted by Bank of America Private Bank 

Join us for a conversation about collecting. We will discuss the outcome of 2019 auctions and the broader state of the art market. We will also examine evolving trends, including fairs, private sales, online purchases, global markets and other notable segments within the art market. Bring your questions!

3:30 - Demonstration - Anna Thurber, "Frozen Botanical Photography" - Join Anna for a demonstration of how she creates her photos of frozen botanical specimens at the front of the show in Booth #14S


4:00-5:00pm - Women Paint the Way:  A Conversation with Women Art Leaders

Join Art New England for a discussion with women who currently hold or have held leadership positions in the New England art scene. Panelists come from backgrounds including journalism, curatorial work, and art administration. We will discuss the state of the arts, challenges that women face in the field, and how women navigate an ever-changing political and artistic climate. Moderated by Sarah Baker, editor-in-chief at Art New England. What's your art world experience?

5:00-8:00pm  Art New England 40th Anniversary

Join us for a celebratory reception at the show!

We are launching "Emerge" as part of a collaboration with 

Art New England magazine, now celebrating its 40th Anniversary -- an amazing accomplishment for any magazine, let alone a regional art magazine!


1:00pm - Booth Talk - Gary Bruder - Booth #39

Collecting Toulouse-Lautrec Today


You've seen the blockbuster Museum of Fine Arts exhibition, "Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris", now come and see some of the finest examples of his work actually on the market today including the famous "Moulin Rouge" and "Jane Avril" posters.  Meet Gary Bruder, who has specialized in Toulouse-Lautrec posters and other graphics for more than four decades.  This fascinating booth talk will give you real insight into the market for works by one of the best-known artists of all times. 


Come early to the show on Saturday, and stay for a complete afternoon of fascinating programs -- all free with admission.  Tickets $15 at the door, under 12 free or in advance by clicking here.


Panel Discussion: Living With Art

Three noted interior designers discuss their work incorporating fine art into living spaces and creating interior design specifically for art collectors.  Panelists: Anelle Gandelman (New York, NY), A-List Interiors, who is an art consultant and gallery owner turned interior designer; Lucinda Loya, (Houston, Texas), Lucinda Loya Interiorsa high-end designer who incorporates art in her interior design in dazzling ways, and Craig Tevolitz (Boston, MA), Platemark Design, who specializes in interior designer for art collectors.  Moderated by Joshua Rose, Editor, American Art Collector and American Fine Art magazines.  Bring your questions for a lively exchange!

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Purchase advance tickets for the show and enjoy reserved seating for this program: Living With Art

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Moderator Joshua Rose, 
Editor, American Fine Art Magazine

Panelists: Anelle Gandelman, Lucinda Loya and Craig Tevolitz


Special Guest Speaker -  Peter Hastings Falk

 “An Insider’s View on Valuing Art” 

How can you distinguish derivative works from those whose qualities present the greatest promise for lasting value?  When only a small fraction of worthy artists can be found in auction price databases, how can one find comparable values?  Falk is the Editor & Chief Curator of the online art magazine, Discoveries in American Art, with a mission to bring long-overdue recognition to lesser known artists. He is author and publisher of numerous art reference books, including the national award-winning three-volume, Who Was Who in American Art.  An appraiser, expert witness and pioneer in documenting and publishing auction price results, he was also founding Editor-in-Chief of ArtNet, then served as Editor-in-Chief of AskArt, and, for the past 20 years, has been the U.S. Editor of  Falk will reference numerous works of art actually on sale at the show - not to be missed!

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Purchase advance tickets for the show and enjoy reserved seating for this program:

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4:30pm - Booth Talk - Gleason Fine Arts - Booth #32

Art Critic Daniel Kany Interviews Painter Henry Isaacs


The widely-acclaimed Vermont and Maine-based painter Henry Isaacs's most recent major body of work arose from a commission that took him to Nepal for six weeks to paint the Himalayas.  Gleason Fine Arts has represented Isaacs for almost 30 years.  Daniel Kany is the art critic for the Portland Press Herald | Maine Sunday Telegram where more than 500 of his art reviews have appeared over the past decade.  His most recent book is Travel Notes: Paintings by Henry Isaacs

Henry Isaacs, Chukhung Valley, Nepal, 40" x 50", oil on linen.


2:00pm - Sponsored by The Magazine Antiques

Special Guest Speaker and Book Launch - Eve M. Kahn

Former New York Times ‘Antiques’ columnist Eve Kahn will launch the tour for her new book Forever Seeing New Beauties: The Forgotten Impressionist Mary Rogers Williams, 1857-1907 (Wesleyan University Press), inspired by the 2012 discovery of a trove of paintings and letters in a Connecticut boathouse.  Williams was a Connecticut baker’s daughter, Smith College art teacher, bicyclist, bon vivant, intrepid European traveler, feisty resister of misogyny, and exhibitor of paintings and pastels from Paris to Indianapolis. Kahn describes how her accidental research discovery has shed light on a circle of undeservedly obscure women innovators. The emergence of Mary’s story has made many people wonder, how much other evidence of women artists’ work and words is waiting to be discovered?  

Eve M. Kahn.  Photo by Katherine Lanza

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Book signing to follow! 

BIFAS is proud to be the venue for the first release of this wonderful new book, which will be available at a special show price for the kick-off.

Ongoing Throughout The Weekend

Restoration and Repurposing Clinic

Returning by Popular Demand!

Trefler's, located in Newton is the oldest comprehensive restoration company in the U.S.  Bring photographs of your favorite furnishings, fine art, and decorative objects that need to be restored or repurposed for a complimentary estimate from Trefler's experts.  It's fun and free.

(Photographs only please, no actual objects.)

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Special Exhibition Throughout the Weekend

CAL Artworks (China Arts Link) is a non-profit organization based in Boston and Beijing whose mission is to facilitate knowledge sharing in arts, business innovation, and social change through conference, residency, exhibitions, performances, and education programs.  A wealth of cultural exchange programs feature a wide variety of artists.  For more information visit