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Artists Put Work Up for Sale at City's Annual Art Expo

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A lot of people are tapping into their creative side this weekend as artists and thousands of art lovers gathered at Pier 94 for the annual art expo. NY1's Ruschell Boone filed the following report.

With paintings and other art work starting at $100, there seemed to be something for everybody at the art expo, even if all you could afford to do is admire some of the pieces. One piece had a $1 million price tag.

Boone: How would $1 million dollars look on your wall?
Art expo attendee: That would definitely be impressive. I would definitely have parties and point to it.
Boone: I spent $1 million on that.
Attendee: Yeah. That would definitely clean out my savings.

There were hundreds of works from across the country and around the globe.

"It's amazing to me how varied all these artists are," said one attendee. "Different mediums, different topics, different styles. It's beautiful."

For more than 35 years, the art expo has been a yearly tradition in New York, and it brings publishers, galleries and collectors face to face with hundreds of established and new artists.

Vlad Griss and his interpreter, Olga Pishko. barely made it to New York from Ukraine.

"There was some difficulties, like to explain where we are going, because they didn't let us go really easily," Pishko said.

More than 1,200 artists were featured at the event.

"New York has been always the door for the art, even coming from Europe or all over here to United States," said Carlos Porras, owner of the Canapo Art Gallery. "I think it's the best spot to display and show and introduce new artists."

Being able to show their work is not the only thing that's exciting for many of these artists. The expo is also a chance to see what's trending in the art world.

"Colors and stuff like that," said W. James Taylor, CEO of Geneva Galleries. "It's very good for an artist just to come see. Maybe it might take your work in a different direction."

It might even garner them a few more sales.

For more information, go to artexponewyork.com.

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