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Echo Art Fair, the juried fine art sale created by Buffalo booster and entrepreneur E. Frits Abell in 2011 to connect emerging artists with potential buyers, will return to the Central Library (1 Lafayette Square) this weekend for the second year running.

The fair’s main hall will include 32 artists, two collectives and nine galleries from across Western New York and beyond. In addition, the fair will feature 12 site-specific sculptures and other installations in and around the library, which was chosen for its central location on Lafayette Square.

This year’s fair includes several panels and off-site activities as well, including a trio of art installations on view at Canalside, a series of sessions on art collecting and public art throughout the day on Saturday, a downtown tour of public art at 9 a.m. Sunday and a presentation from the Bushwick Art Crit Group at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Extracurricular activities surrounding this year’s fair include a $150 “VVIP Art Tour”of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and two local private collections at 10 a.m. Friday, a VIP preview party from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday for $75 and a dance party at 10 p.m. Friday in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.). The main event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5 or $4 for library members, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the library.

For a full list of exhibitors and event info, visit www.echoartfair.com.

– Colin Dabkowski