The Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) will host the fourth annual Art & Antique Show on February 23-26, bringing beautiful antique art and furniture to the Chapman Cultural Center, the hub of Spartanburg’s cultural community.
“We are excited to welcome seasoned and new art and antique enthusiasts to this year’s show,” says Scott Cunningham, SAM’s director. “Thanks to a dedicated team of community volunteers, the show again brings well known speakers, beautiful art, gardening tips and even local history to our community for everyone to enjoy. Regardless of someone’s experience in collecting art, antiques or gardening, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the show. And, as the premier fundraiser for SAM, we are hopeful that the show’s success will continue to provide the financial resources to sustain the museum’s exhibition program, allowing us to continue to bring quality exhibits to the Spartanburg area.
“Dealers from across the eastern United States – Florida to New York – will showcase predominantly 18th and 19th century American, English and Continental fine art, antiques and accessories, and offer attendees the opportunity to see, learn and purchase anything from antique furniture, glassware, jewelry, silver, porcelain, linens, garden accessories, oriental rugs to framed art,” explains Cunningham. “A variety of items will be available for purchase from the dealers in all price ranges.”
A lecture series will introduce show attendees to the finer elements of life through the perspectives of regionally known design, history and gardening experts Bill Huff, Michael McCue and Kelli Shaw.
- A Columbus, GA native, Bill Huff will present “Integrating Antiques with Interior Deign”, incorporating experiences from his forty-plus year design career in Georgia and England. Huff owns a full-service Columbus firm offering everything from architectural planning to interior design and decorating.
- As the chief executive officer of Columbus Holdings Corporation, a diversified manufacturing company headquartered in Columbus, Polk County, NC, you might not expect Michael McCue of Asheville, NC to be a well-versed NC history buff, but he most definitely is. Known for his historical research, publications and public lectures on the nationally significant Tryon colony of artists and writers in the western NC mountains, McCue will speak on “The Tryon Colony and its Cultural History with the Upstate.”
- And, for the garden and floral enthusiasts, Kelli Shaw’s presentation on “Floral Designs for your Home” is a must-see. As a color and texture artist and owner of Kelli Shaw Designs, Shaw finds creative and innovative ways to bring the beauty and the wonder of nature into homes. Kelli has been in the garden and floral design business for 13 years.
In collaboration with SAM’s Art & Antique Show, the Spartanburg Regional History Museum will host three events during this weekend: Heirloom Evaluations by Ivey Auctions, Decorative Arts Talk by Glen Boggs, and Identifying Porcelain by Nancy Carlisle. These three events are free to the public.
- “Heirloom Evaluations” – by Ivey Auctions will evaluate and identify guests’ personal family heirlooms and treasures. Martin Meek will also share techniques for researching items on your own.
- “Decorative Arts Talk” – Glen Boggs will share the formation and highlights of the History Museum’s Decorative Arts Collection. An architect and chair of the Preservation & Collections Committee of the Spartanburg Historical Association, Boggs will share interesting details of the furniture in SAM’s permanent decorative arts collection.
- “Identifying Porcelain” – Nancy Carlisle, interior designer, will share tips and tricks to identify porcelain in this informative and fun interactive discussion on describing and defining porcelain.
“There’s even something for children at the show,“ adds Cunningham. “SAM has partnered with The Science Center, which is also located at the Chapman Cultural Center, to offer children ages five and older the opportunity to attend an educational science camp on February 25.? Parents can shop while their children learn fun science facts over a pizza lunch. To register, please call the Science Center at (864) 583-2777.
“This event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors,” says Anna Converse, event co-chair. “Thanks to our many sponsors – especially The Phifer Johnson Family Foundation, TD Bank and the Morgan Corporation – we have once again turned our fundraising goals into reality.”
Event co-chair, Katherine Fulmer goes on to explain that since the inaugural Art & Antique Show in 2008 a long-term, strategic goal was for this event to be a self-sustaining, premier fundraiser for SAM and offer another diverse cultural opportunity to Upstate residents.
Tickets are available for purchase in a variety of formats and price ranges:
- General admission, one-day ticket – $10 (does not include speaker ticket)
- Weekend show ticket – $20 (does not include speaker ticket)
- Speaker tickets – $5 per speaker (in addition to the admissions ticket)
- Benefactor’s Gala & Show Preview – $150 each or $300 per couple (held on February 23): With an “Under the Sea” theme, attendees will preview show items in a tropical paradise and enjoy live music and gourmet cuisine by Spartanburg’s Cribb’s Catering.
- Lunch will be available for purchase on February 25 (Lunch under the tent, $8) and February 26 (Low Country Brunch, $20)
- Parking – free
Tickets may be purchased in advance at the SAM gallery at the Chapman Cultural Center in person or by calling (864) 582-7616, online at the SAM website or the day of the event.
The following detailed information about the Art & Antique Show may be found on the SAM website at the below link-
- Schedule of events
- Dealer listing
- Speaker bios
- Ticket pricing & online purchasing option
About The Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM).
SAM is a regional museum promoting the visual arts by supporting creative educational programming; sponsoring diverse exhibitions; acquiring, displaying and conserving a permanent collection; and providing appropriate places for achieving its mission. The Museum serves as the leading proponent of the visual arts within Spartanburg County and fulfills this function through unique exhibitions and programs, cooperative partnerships, and quality services for artists, the general public and Upstate visitors. For more information about SAM and the Art & Antique Show, visit www.spartanburgartmuseum.org.