Artist Kevin Berlin had his bachelor party in Brussels last month and on Thursday during the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair opening reception will marry his longtime love — Snow White.
The wedding and reception are among several over-the-top features that will help kick off the three-day event at the Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 N. Avenida Caballeros. It runs Feb. 14 through Feb. 16.
“He’s really going to get married to his Snow White,” said Gregoire Vogelsang, owner of Vogelsang Gallery in Brussels who represents Berlin. He said there will be a woman dressed as Snow White.
“In your childhood, you always have an admiration for fairy tale. His dream was always to get married to Snow White,” he said.
Vogelsang Gallery will have a booth at the art fair and feature Berlin’s oil-on-canvas paintings, including one that features quite prominently his soon to be bride.
The opening night reception also will feature the world debut of Ride-em Copter by Steve Maloney.
The Rancho Santa Fe artist pimped out a Bell Jet Ranger Helicopter in colored gemstones and a Wild West look that includes a cowhide interior and strategically placed saddle.
Represented by Heather James Fine Art Gallery, Maloney will have the copter on display in the center of the convention hall all weekend.
Also entertaining the opening night crowd, or at least spurring contemplation, is Tiffany Trenda, a Los Angeles-based performance artist represented by The McLoughlin Gallery.
She plans to perform Proximity Cinéma, her newest piece and will also exhibit a large-scale print. She performs on Friday, too.
In between the various opening night events, Harold Matzner will be honored as the Arts Patron of the Year.
Councilwoman Ginny Foat will present Matzner with a special proclamation for his support of the arts and community philanthropy.
The fair features post-war and contemporary art and will showcase about 2,500 works of art by more than 60 galleries from around the world. Not only will people be allowed to peruse the artwork, but the can also attend various panel discussions and meet and greets with the artists.
General daily admission is $25; a weekend pass is $40; and VIP tickets are $125.
For more information, go to PalmSpringsFineArtFair.com or call (631) 283-5505.