"A Prints of a Party" - Fine Print Fair Preview

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"A Prints of a Party" welcome by Bill Griswold, director and president of Cleveland Museum of Art
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The Print Club of Cleveland's 33rd annual Fine Print Fair (#FinePrintFairCLE) took place on September 15-17, 2017, at the Cleveland Museum of Art (@ClevelandArt). Before the weekend opening of the Fine Print Fair to the public, there was an opening night benefit preview, "A Prints of a Party," on Thursday, September 14.

Print Club of Cleveland

While, as members of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Julie and I attend many events at the museum, we were not aware of the Fine Print Fair. Therefore, I was very pleased when Sarah Palagyi (@PalagsCLE) invited us to the "A Prints of a Party" preview by contacting me via the Column & Stripe (@ColumnAndStripe) Twitter account. Unfortunately, Julie had another commitment that night and was unable to join me.

Sarah Palagyi and Stuart Smith at opening night benefit preview, "A Prints of a Party"
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Sarah, as a leader in both Column & Stripe and the Print Club of Cleveland, went beyond just inviting me to the benefit preview evening by taking the time to provide me with a wealth of information about both organizations. I greatly appreciate her sharing her insights about these affiliate organizations of the Cleveland Museum of Art. I hope to meet with her again in the near future to learn even more.

Here are my photos of, and information about the Fine Print Fair that I shared on Twitter with these 24 @sos_jr tweets/retweets:



Fine Print Fair Background Information

As background to the photos I shared in the tweets above, here is the official information about the "A Prints of a Party" and Fine Print Fair from the Print Club of Cleveland's website, which includes a video from the 2009 "A Prints of a Party":

The Opening Night Benefit

The opening night benefit preview, A Prints of a Party, Thursday, September 14, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., features catered hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and an opportunity to select great works of art on paper before the Fine Print Fair opens to the public on Friday. Fine Print Fair chairs urge you, “Not to miss this opportunity to view and purchase an exceptional selection of prints, drawings and photographs from knowledgeable dealers.”

Tickets for this year’s party are $100 ($125 after September 7), and can be purchased on the Museum’s website. Come to the Cleveland Museum of Art for hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a cash bar. Enjoy the Curator’s Choice tour.


The Fine Print Fair
September 14-17, 2017

The 33rd Annual Fine Print Fair

The Print Club of Cleveland is excited to invite you to attend the 33rd annual Fine Print Fair at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Join in on the fun September 15-17, 2017. The Fine Print Fair is the Print Club of Cleveland’s annual benefit for the Cleveland Museum of Art’s department of prints and drawings, supporting their mission to promote prints and print collecting, as well as enrich the print collection of the CMA.

During the Fair you can browse and shop one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive displays of fine prints. You will also have the opportunity to learn about works on paper through a variety of educational tours, lectures and activities, including printmaking demonstrations by local universities. This event is free and open to the and we hope to see you there!

The Fine Print Fair, Cleveland’s largest and most comprehensive exhibition of fine prints, begins Thursday, September 14, 2017 with an opening night benefit preview and continues Friday, September 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, September 16th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, September 17th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Ames Family Atrium at the Cleveland Museum of Art located at 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio. The Fine Print Fair benefits the Department of Prints at the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) and is sponsored by the Print Club of Cleveland, a non-profit adjunct organization dedicated to supporting the museum’s print collection.

Listen to Emily Peters discuss this year’s Fine Print Fair on WCLV



Affiliate Groups of The Cleveland Museum of Art

Affiliate Groups of The Cleveland Museum of Art
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I was very familiar with Column & Stripe, "The Young Friends of the Cleveland Museum of Art," from their good work at special events that I have attended at the Museum . I also was invited to attend as their guest, on May 23, 2016, the tour of ICA – Art Conservation (@ICAconservation), followed by their "Art Of Leadership" panel discussion at Transformer Station (@TransformerStat), where I learned more about Column & Stripe's work. (See photos in tweets here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

I am grateful that Sarah Palagyi (@PalagsCLE) not only educated me about the work of the two affiliate groups in which she is involved, but also encouraged me to learn more about other affiliates, Here is the list with links for more information from the Cleveland Museum of Art's "Get Involved / Friends Groups" web page. If any of these sound interesting to you, I encourage you to click through to read more:

  1. Book Arts Society

  2. Column & Stripe

  3. Contemporary Art Society

  4. Friends of African and African American Art

  5. Friends of Photography

  6. The Gift Planning Advisory Committee

  7. The Musart Society

  8. The Painting and Drawing Society

  9. Print Club of Cleveland

  10. Textile Art Alliance

  11. Womens Council


Related Blog Posts

There are many more blog posts that my blogging partner and wife, Julie, and I have written about the Cleveland Museum of Art and other museums in University Circle (read them here).

In addition to following the museum's @ClevelandArt twitter feed, we also recommend following @InTheCircle on Twitter, and exploring University Circle's website: UniversityCircle.org



Disclosure: I received an invitation to attend the Thursday, September 14, 2017, opening night benefit preview, "A Prints of a Party," which included admission to the event (ticket price $100, or $125 after September 7) and two free drink tickets. The invitation to attend came as a result of my support of the Cleveland Museum of Art via my @sos_jr Twitter feed and sosAssociates.com blog posts. I enjoyed the event, and wrote this blog to share my experience at the "A Prints of a Party" and the Fine Print Fair. The Fine Print Fair is a free, public event at the Cleveland Museum of Art.