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  • More than 40 galleries with artists from around the world
  • Free presentations and guest speakers every day
  • Kids under 12 get in free

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Promotional value expires Nov 15, 2009. Amount paid never expires. Not valid for Thursday preview. Not valid with other offers. No cash value. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Boston International Fine Art Show - South End: $15 for Two Tickets to the Boston International Fine Art Show

Jump to: Guide to Art Banter

Get four mystified eyes for the price of two with today’s deal. With this Groupon, $15 gains a you and a friend entry to the 13th annual Boston International Fine Art Show, a $30 value. The show takes place in the Cyclorama building at the Boston Center for the Arts, which may sound like a rollercoaster, but is in fact only a building that secretly turns into a rollercoaster. This is the only show in New England that brings together top artists from the United States, Canada, Atlantis, and Europe to represent styles ranging from contemporary to traditional. The show takes place this weekend, from November 13 to 15.

While wandering and wondering throughout the fair, you’ll come across paintings, sculptures, photography, an inside-out piano bursting with hard candies, works on paper, studio furniture, glass and ceramics, and many other works. There are more than 40 galleries in the show, and you can peruse many of the exhibitors online beforehand. You’ll only find authentic art by proven artists, protecting your eyes from paint-by-number scammers and illicit finger-painting smugglers.

Much of the work will be for sale, so love at first sight doesn’t have to be a missed opportunity. You might just be heading home with a one-of-a-kind piece of art to start or grow your blossoming home collection, excellent leverage to finally get your significant other to take down that singing robotic fish from 2002. For rookie collectors, Friday night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. is New Collectors’ Night, featuring a series of guest speakers and panels aimed at teaching first-timers the ropes. It’s free with show admission—as are the other presentations throughout the weekend. Saturday features WCRB host Laura Carlo from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with author Dr. Kristina Wilson following. Sunday’s speaker is Roy Dawes, director of operations at Brandeis’ Rose Art Museum and the only man to fire a paintball in space. A full description and schedule is listed at the bottom of the show’s homepage. Kids under 12 get in for free, and there is a complimentary coat check. You cannot, however, check your children, and there is no admission price for coats over the age of 12.

Note: This deal is not good for Thursday’s preview party.

Guide to Art Banter

Because Americans and a few other nationalities are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with computer-generated masterpieces, art-museum attendance has been on the upswing. By patronizing brick-and-mortar locations, art aficionados not only see some of the world's most renowned works, but more importantly, get to practice the art of art museum banter about art. Before taking advantage of today's Groupon, memorize these handy art criticisms, which are guaranteed to apply to any work in the Frist:

  • The brush stroke is large. It would not shock me if the artist painted with a wig or mop. Do you agree with my point of view?
  • The way color is used is breathtaking. It is either red, blue, green, or purple, but I would need to take a closer look to be sure.
  • Some say those are boxes, but to me they appear as triangles. Either way, this painting is about Lou Gehrig's desire to adopt a dog.

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