ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Art Basel, known as one of the most prestigious art shows in the Americas for its groundbreaking visual art, is finally making an appearance at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) with a showcase of a Basel staple artist, Miguel Paredes. Prop Creations, the new theming division of PrimeTime Amusements, a global operator, seller and event renter of video arcade machines and simulators, will be featuring South Florida artist Paredes' signature work at the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012, which takes place Nov. 12-16 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Life-size, 3-D foam statue renditions of the characters from Paredes' paintings will fill PrimeTime Amusements' booth along with video games and a bowling alley.
"PrimeTime Amusements is thrilled to do something unique and innovative that has never been done before," said David Goldfarb, President of PrimeTime Amusements. "By bringing an internationally known artist's work to life – we are showing how our Prop Creations division can build anything you can imagine! This brings a whole new dimension to the typical family entertainment center and that's exciting."
Three of Paredes' iconic paintings will be recreated in 3D, including "Lucky Cat," "Happy Buddha with Pulghas," and "Pulgha Rising." After the pieces are brought to life by PrimeTime Amusements' CNC 3-D Cutting Machine, each will be detailed and carved by the team's sculptor before Paredes individually paints each character by hand. Parts of the statues will be featured in PrimeTime Amusements' IAAPA booth (#1303) and ultimately moved to Paredes' gallery in Miami Beach during Art Basel (December 6-9, 2012).
"I've been doing art and sculpting my entire life. I am excited to work with the team at PrimeTime Amusements," said Paredes. "Not only are they working with the most advanced equipment, but they are truly skilled craftsmen. I am confident that will do my art justice while helping to bring it life!"
About Prop Creations
Prop Creations is headed up by an art designer and team of sculptors with 40-years plus experience. All statues are primarily constructed from foam and hard-coated with paint, which ensures that the finished products are lightweight and easy to transport, yet waterproof with the ability to be kept outdoors. The PrimeTime Amusements' team creates the pieces using a combination of CNC 3-D Cutting machinery and hand sculpturing. With the ability to create props, figures, and set-design, PrimeTime Amusements has become a one-stop solution for everything from architectural design and engineering to arcade game sales and operations. Learn more at www.propcreations.com.
About PrimeTime Amusements
PrimeTime Amusements is a global operator and provider of video arcade machines and simulators. Founded in 1992, PrimeTime Amusements goes beyond just selling and renting equipment; the Company also offers thousands of entrepreneurs and facility owners turn-key arcade consulting, planning, installation and operations solutions. PrimeTime Amusements specializes in new and innovative machines, refurbished high-end equipment as well as classic and more traditional arcade games. Learn more at www.primetimeamusements.com. Become a fan of PrimeTime Amusements on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PrimeTimeAmusements; and follow us on Twitter @PTAmusements.
About Miguel Paredes
Miguel Paredes was born in New York in 1966. He is an artist and urban realist who combines the exhilarating sense of New York graffiti art with the skill and perceptiveness of a truly exceptional artist. Growing up on 72nd Street in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Paredes exuded early signs of artistic ability and accepted an invitation to New York City's prestigious Fiorello La Guardia High School of Music and Art – immortalized in the musical and movie Fame – in the early 1980s. Paredes left New York to come to bourgeoning Miami Beach and took a studio at the Art Center of South Florida, where he became one of their most prosperous artists, focusing on mixed media and conceptual art. At one of his first showings he sold every piece in the exhibit and broke solidly into the Miami Beach art scene. His artistic success caught the attention of several local venues and they often offered their space to showcase Paredes' work. He ultimately opened his own gallery, Miguel Paredes Fine Art Gallery, in the Wynwood Arts District in August 2010. Paredes is breaking new ground in exciting and innovative art movements. He continues to make his mark by further expanding his inspirational environment and simultaneously showcasing his works at local, national and international shows. In 2012, Paredes has upcoming exhibitions planned in London, China, and Seoul. Korea. Learn more at www.miguelparedes.com.
About Art Basel
From December 6 through 9, Miami Beach, Florida, will host the 11th edition of Art Basel, the most prestigious art show in the Americas. More than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibiting galleries are among the world's most respected art dealers, offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. Special exhibition sections feature young galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art. The show will be a vital source for art lovers, allowing them to both discover new developments in contemporary art and experience rare museum-caliber artworks. Learn more at http://miamibeach.artbasel.com/.
About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012 is the largest conference and trade show in the world for the attractions industry. With its theme "Game On," the show will take place in Orlando, Fla., and 25,000 industry professionals from 100 countries are expected to participate in the event at the Orange County Convention Center from Monday, Nov. 12, through Friday, Nov. 16. The trade show floor will be open Tuesday, Nov. 13, through Friday, Nov. 16. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012 offers a full week of business opportunities and educational experiences, and features new ideas, products, and events. Learn more at http://www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo.
IAAPA is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions, and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. The association's global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, and maintains regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, and Hong Kong. www.IAAPA.org.
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