Pool Art Fair Shut Down

By | December 2nd, 2011 | 4 Comments

Self-described as “the premier fair in the U.S. dedicated to unrepresented artists,” PooL Art Fair was supposed to open to the public on Friday afternoon for a three-day run at the Sadigo Court Hotel, which is in South Beach not far from Art Basel Miami Beach. Instead, according to Heidi Miller, studio director for Sheila Elias, a Miami-based artist slated to show her work in the fair, Miami Beach Police showed up at about 4:45 p.m. and, after taking photos, shut the fair down, saying the hotel had to be evacuated.

“It was disappointing because it was right when we were supposed to have our opening and party,” Miller said. “We had handed out hundreds of invitations. “

There were approximately 100 visitors at the fair at the time, according to Miller, who says the fair’s organizer, Theirry Alet, told her it was being shut down due to a lack of a permit. Organized by Frère Independent, a not-for-profit organization whose stated mission is “to provide widespread visibility to artists”, PooL has been operating in Miami Beach for seven years.

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4 Comments on “Pool Art Fair Shut Down”

  1. 1 swampthing said at 12:56 am on December 3rd, 2011:

    paperwork sucks, any more info. love Shella, great studio in N miami

  2. 2 Spencer Gordon said at 7:50 pm on December 4th, 2011:

    THIS IS LUDICROUS!!! On what grounds did the police have to shut down this Art Fair. This event has been promoted for over 6 weeks now. To walk in the day of the event….. somewhere along the line some one pissed some one off.

    You are telling me Frére Independent did not know they needed a permit….. the hotel as well….. something is fishy here.

    I originally got the promotion of this event weeks ago. I live in NY and have been to one of the events and quite enjoyed the unique dynamic of the Art Fair. I passed the promo to my sister who lives in Florida thinking she would be interested since she too is an artist. She drove 2.5 hours to go to the show.

    Sad really. Bureaucratic Bullsh@#%$@!!!!

  3. 3 Allen Vandever said at 10:30 pm on December 6th, 2011:

    As one of the artist who was showing at this years Pool art fair I am still in a state of disbelief I would have never amegened the events that unfolded this weekened.

  4. 4 Jordan Melnick said at 10:44 pm on December 6th, 2011:

    Allen, can you share more details?

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