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New York Print Week, Nov. 3-9, rolls out robust schedule

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Written by Event PR   
Friday, 01 August 2014 09:46
Pablo Picasso, 'B250 Sculpture, Tête de Marie-Thérèse.' 1933, Paris, from the Caisse à remords, drypoint with scraper printed on Arches paper, stamp signed lower right, one of 20 artist's proofs, published by Galerie Louis Leiris, 1981. Courtesy: John Szoke Gallery, New York, N.Y. NEW YORK – In its on-going effort to celebrate the fine art of printmaking, the International Fine Print Dealers Association announces that New York Print Week will take place Nov. 3-9 with a round of special exhibitions at numerous museums and libraries, as well as cultural institutions, satellite fairs and IFPDA-member galleries throughout metropolitan New York.

"New York Print Week extends the enthusiasm generated by the Print Fair to numerous venues throughout New York City where people can engage with artists, collectors and curators to enrich their knowledge of printmaking," said Michele Senecal, executive director of IFPDA. "It also affords them the opportunity to view prints in context with paintings, drawings or sculpture.

According to Senecal, in addition to the flagship IFPDA Print Fair and satellite fairs, the following museum and galleries will mount shows. "We are privileged that these important cultural institutions are part of New York Print Week."

Among the many print exhibitions that will be on view in museums are: “The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters,” Museum of Modern Art; “Kandinsky: Before Abstraction:1901-1911,” the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; “Sublime: The Prints by J.W.M. Turner and Thomas Moran,” at The New York Public Library; “Dürer, Rembrandt, Tiepolo: The Jansma Master Prints Collection from the Grand Rapids Art Museum,” Museum of Biblical Art; “New Prints 2014/Autumn,” International Print Center New York; and “InkSplash 2014,” Rockaway Artists Alliance Studio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area, Rockaway Point, NY 11695.

In addition to the IFPDA Print Fair, which opens for its five-day run on Nov. 5, at the Park Avenue Armory, several IFPDA members will mount exhibitions at their galleries. They include:

– “New Projects, Gemini G.E.L.” at Joni Moisant Weyl, 535 West 24th St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10011 | www.joniweyl.com

– Alyson Shotz's recent bodies of work, “Topographic Iterations, Recumbent Folds, and Imaginary Sculptures,” at Carolina Nitsch Project Room, 534 W. 22nd St., New York, NY 10011 | www.carolinanitsch.com

– “Kenny Scharf Monoprints,” a series of new monoprints at Pace Prints, 521 W. 26th St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001 www.paceprints.com

– “James Rosenquist F-111 (South, West, North, East) and Drawings from the '70s” atSenior & Shopmaker Gallery, 210 11th Ave., 8th Floor, New York, NY 10001 | www.seniorandshopmaker.com

– “Jacob Kainen: Very Large Monotypes: From 1935 to 1942” at Pia Gallo with Conrad Graeber Fine Art, 53 E. 64th St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10065| www.piagallo.com

– “Pat Keck Color Woodcuts: A Survey 1994-2014” at G.W. Einstein Co., 98 Riverside Drive, #9D, New York, NY 10024 | www.patkeck.com

To coincide with the IFPDA Print Fair, three satellite fairs are also taking place. They include:

– Editions/Artists' Books Fair features over 40 contemporary publishers and dealers who will present their latest prints, multiples and artists books. The fair is partnering with Christie's Education to present a series of lectures and guided tours. 540 W. 21st St., Ground Floor | www.eabfair.org

– Fourteen art dealers – from old masters to contemporary including Japanese prints and contemporary printmakers – will exhibit at the New York Satellite Print Fair, Bohemian National Hall, 321 E. 73rd St., New York, NY 10021 | www.nysatellite-printfair.com

– The eighth edition of Brooklyn's alternative fair, Prints Gone Wild will be held for one night only on Friday, Nov. 7, from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m., Littlefield NYC, 622 Degraw St, Brooklyn, NY www.cannonballpress.com

For more information visit, www.printfair.com or phone 212-674-6095.



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Pablo Picasso, 'B250 Sculpture, Tête de Marie-Thérèse.' 1933, Paris, from the Caisse à remords, drypoint with scraper printed on Arches paper, stamp signed lower right, one of 20 artist's proofs, published by Galerie Louis Leiris, 1981. Courtesy: John Szoke Gallery, New York, N.Y.
Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 10:02
 

Marburger Farm show taps Fountain of Youthfulness, Sept. 30-Oct. 4

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:11
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ROUND TOP, Texas – While, other antique shows strategize how to attract younger buyers, the Marburger Farm Antique Show in Round Top strategizes how to make the aisles big enough for baby strollers to pass both ways. Younger shoppers in their 20s, 30s and 40s abound at the blockbuster show held twice a year in central Texas. Expect to see multiple generations, interior designers, store buyers, moms, dads, dogs, grandparents, hipsters and celebrities enjoying the 43 acres of antiques assembled by 350 top exhibitors from across the U.S. and around the world.

“Marburger Farm attracts younger buyers because it is not a traditional antique show,” said exhibitor Christopher English of Antediluvian Antiques & Curiosities from Lake Placid, N.Y. “Just the amazing booth displays at Marburger are worth the trip, plus such exciting merchandise – there is no other show like it.” What do younger shoppers like? “They like old things, but with a ‘wow’ factor,” English continued. “Weird things like Victorian taxidermy and tramp art, the unusual and the curious.” English will arrive in Texas with plenty of curiosities, including lodge and Adirondack antiques, high-end decorative antiques and a life-size carved wooden cow from the Borden Dairy family estate.

The mix of Marburger Farm merchandise includes French, Swedish, English, American, Asian, Industrial, Mid-Century Modern, jewelry, art, silver, rugs, lighting, folk art and more. With dealers spilling out of 10 huge tents and 12 historic buildings, shoppers will seek sustenance for more shopping at the full-service Marburger Café and refreshment at the Blacksmith Shop bar with ice-cold beer and “Marburitas.”

In the Artisan Tent shoppers will find Marburger artisan Dakota Pratt, himself a young adult, who started coming to Marburger from California with his parents to sell one-of-a-kind sculptures made from bottle caps and other vintage components. Now an Austin resident, Pratt sells his art at Marburger to all age groups. “At any age, Marburger buyers are adventurous. But for many shoppers my age, Marburger Farm is the place to be, it has its own uniqueness and you just want to be there.” At the fall show Pratt will unveil an oversize wooden carved ram’s head covered in Shiner Bock bottle caps as well as a new line of furniture in the tradition of early Texas horn furniture, but with each horn carved from wood with exposed grain, wired together with a bottle cap seat that is more comfortable than the originals.

For Michigan exhibitor Mike Roberts, “Young buyers are looking for bargains. You can’t just have one price range. We shop all summer for garden antiques such as urns and marble statues, plus Italian, French, art, ironstone and American antiques. They will be priced from $6 to $6,000. Some antiques have gone down a little in price such as Victorian and country, so young people are snapping these up at good values. You can’t make it hard. You have to help new buyers get started.”

Another thing you can’t do? “You can’t just show up at a show to sell anymore,” said Marburger artisan Dolan Geiman. “Social media leading up to the show helps to cultivate younger buyers. They like the sneak peek and they arrive already excited and interested.” What are they most excited about? “They like iconic pieces, such as carved long horns, but with an edge, iconic with a twist. Marburger Farm is one of the few shows where younger buyers are ready to buy large-scale major pieces. They get rolling pretty fast.” Geiman will offer two- and three-dimensional art on reclaimed wood with a hint of his Southern roots in fresh contemporary colors, as well as an epic collage 8 feet in length.

Sterling silver dealer Carol O’Steen of Tallahassee, Fla., sells to all age groups at Marburger, but she finds that younger buyers are starting to want quality antiques such as the silver serving pieces and the nearly 800 figural and monogrammed napkin rings that she will offer. “When young people settle down with a house and a job, they want nice things. I’ll have young couples come looking for napkin rings with their initials. Some just like the graphics of any initials! A young man once showed up at Marburger with a single silver spoon that he had eaten cereal from as a child. He wanted to find out what the pattern was and to get more pieces. Young people give a lot of gifts – baby gifts, wedding gifts, anniversary gifts, house-warming gifts, so antique silver or silver plate is a great choice for gifts. Silver is timeless.”

“Timeless” is how Marburger exhibitor Shannon Vance of Stash describes her collection of vintage and handmade clothing and accessories. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Vance scours the U.S. for antique and vintage fabric, jackets, boots, old Levis and T-shirts, some silk-screened with new art. “Our look and pieces are timeless for anyone from teens to people in their 70s,” said Vance. For the fall show, she has collaborated with a New York artist to create oil paintings on a collection of WWI and WWII military clothing, jackets and pants. “Young people especially are drawn to things that are timeless, one-of-a kind, handmade, unique,” said Vance. “And the cost averages $45 per piece.”

Marburger Farm exhibitors use the summer months to buy at all price ranges, in all styles, all over the world, with their containers arriving just in time for the fall show. Rebecca Looten of Monsoon Imports has two shipments coming to Marburger, “the biggest load I have ever had,” she said. Buying in India for 10 years, Looten will unpack ancient Mughal-era marble platters, 2 and 3 feet long, used for early dough bowls and weddings, but now appreciated as sculpture. Nearby will be colonial era architectural trim pieces repurposed into mirror frames and furniture. For younger buyers, Looten is experimenting with mid-century retro objects from India. “It’s more of an urban antique, very clean-lined and simple, lots of teak and more neutral colors. It’s a fresh look that I think will mix well with the older pieces.”

Marburger Farm will also feature benefit booths for Dwell with Dignity of Dallas and for the Brookwood Community near Houston. The Brookwood exhibit offers plants grown by and specialty décor, garden and kitchen items made by the special needs adults who are served by the residential community near Houston. See www.brookwoodcommunity.org. Dwell with Dignity will offer a donation-fee bag check near the Marburger Food Pavilion. Founded by interior designers, Dwell with Dignity transforms donated furnishings into dignified interiors for families escaping poverty and homelessness. At the end of each Marburger Farm week, the show’s dealers donate antiques and vintage objects that will go back to Dallas to be used in dwellings or to be sold in the Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio sale Oct. 9- Nov. 8 in the Dallas Design District. See www.dwellwithdignity.org .

The Marburger Farm Antique Show opens on Tuesday, Sept. 30, with early buying from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. for $25 for adults, free for children 15 and under. Regular $10 admission begins Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. One admission is good all week, with the show running on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance tickets and group tickets are available. Parking is free.

See information on travel, maps, vendors, special events, lodging, on-site shipping and the Marburger Cafe at www.roundtop-marburger.com or call Ashley Ferguson at 800-947-5799. Get a sneak peek on Facebook or on the show blog at www.roundtop-marburger.com/blog .



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Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:30
 

Michaan’s sponsors seminar for appraisers Aug. 28-29

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Monday, 28 July 2014 15:51
ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s Auctions will host nine presentations over the course of two days, Aug. 27-28, in the San Francisco Bay area. The Foundation for Appraisal Education has put together a diverse group of presenters and topics that provides both ARC and fine art appraisers with learning opportunities and professional development credits for ISA Members.

The seminar begins with a reception at St. George’s Spirits in Alameda on Aug. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Presenters for Thursday, Aug. 28:

  • Allen Michaan of Michaan’s Auctions on Tiffany Studios and His Famous Works;
  • Susan Lahey, ISA AM, MA, of Eastern Art Consultants Inc. on Contemporary Chinese Art;
  • Brian Witherell, Witherell’s Auction House on the Gold Rush;
  • Peter Fairbanks, AAA, Montgomery Gallery on California Art;
  • Steve Cabella, of Modern I on Mid-century Modern.

Presenters for Friday, Aug. 29:

  • Panel discussion on “Problems of Art Authentication: What’s An Expert to Do?” Includes: Hilarie Faberman, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Stanford Museum; Ben Marks, art news writer, CollectorsWeekly.com; Michaan’s Legal Counsel;
  • Harry Huang, Asian Arts Expert, Michaan’s Auctions, on Certified Organic Snuff Bottles;
  • Laura Woolley, AAA, The Collector’s Lab, on the Value of Celebrity;
  • Rick McDaniels, MacBeath Lumber, Wood Identification.

For more information about the Foundation for Appraisal Education and a registration form go to the website www.foundationforappraisaleducation.org.

To secure a hotel reservation, contact Hawthorn Suites on 1628 Webster St., Alameda Calif. For the group rate of $139/night, refer to group code: MCAC.

Hotel phone: 510-522-1000. Deadline for group rate is Aug. 5.

For general questions, contact FAE Board Member Kim Kolker at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Allyson Bradley at Michaan’s Auctions, 501-740-0220, ext. 105.

For more information about the seminar location: www.michaans.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 16:57
 

Comic-Con: Wrap-Up

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Written by J.C. VAUGHN   
Monday, 28 July 2014 12:36
There were literally thousands of fans in costume, also known as “cosplayers,” at the convention. Photo by J. Kevin Topham-Ostrich. SAN DIEGO – Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Comic-Con International: San Diego, saw the Hollywood PR machine in full force, literally thousands of attendees in costume, and plenty of transactions going on from comic books and T-shirts to movie prop replicas and limited edition hardcover books.

Attendees filled numerous panel discussions, the show floor and seemingly every bit of walking space between the San Diego Convention Center and the entire historic Gaslamp Quarter. Local hotels, restaurants, cabs, car services and pedi-cabs reported brisk – and frequently overflowing – business.

The Marvel Comics booth was mobbed at different times with cast visits from the upcoming Ant-Man feature including star Paul Rudd and from ABC TV’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and their presentations in Hall H – scene of a significant portion of the Hollywood-related panels – were heavily attended. In addition to Rudd and the Ant-Man cast, Clark Gregg and Ming-Na Wen and the S.H.I.E.L.D. cast, the company’s Marvel Studio also featured updates about the next Avengers feature, Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is now in production.

DC Comics, which this year outstripped Marvel in the comics-to-TV business with The CW’s Arrow and such news series as The Flash, Gotham, iZombie and Constantine, has lagged significantly behind Marvel in the comics-to-film arena. DC’s parent studio, Warner Bros., looks to narrow that gap quickly. Among the projects they highlighted was Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the new film which will start the rapid build-up a Justice League feature. At their panel, they revealed not only new images of Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, respectively, as the title characters, but also the first shot of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.

Back on the show floor, the buzz in the comic book dealer portion of the room centered on strong sales for back issue comics and original comic art. Among the points of discussion were the continued early sales of the first comics certified by the new third party, independent grading company, Comic Book Certification Service (CBCS), and eBay’s announcement that Pristine Comics would put a CGC-certified 9.0 copy of Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman, up for bid on the site.

One of the most frequent types of announcement at the convention for many years has been pending comic book crossovers, which bring two or more properties together. Most often it’s strictly comic book titles involved, but occasionally transmedia properties get the treatment. This year’s show featured two of note: Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained will meet Zorro in a series co-produced DC Comics and Dynamite Entertainment, and Star Trek/Planet of the Apes will be co-produced by IDW Publishing and BOOM! Studios.

Of note for collectors and historians, IDW’s imprint The Library of American Comics (LOAC) won two Eisner Awards. They took the Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips category for Tarzan: The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips, vol. 1, and Best Comics-Related Book for Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth. LOAC, headed by industry veteran Dean Mullaney, has set the gold standard with its archival collections of historically significant comic strips from Terry and the Pirates and Little Orphan Annie to Dick Tracy and Rip Kirby and its biographies of Noel Sickles, Milton Caniff, and most recently Alex Toth,

With another San Diego show in the books, there’s still a full slate of conventions ahead for the comic book and pop culture business, but many are already planning their returns for San Diego 2015.



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There were literally thousands of fans in costume, also known as “cosplayers,” at the convention. Photo by J. Kevin Topham-Ostrich. Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman in ‘Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ Warner Bros. image. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in ‘Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ Warner Bros. image.
Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 13:25
 

Special Report: Comic-Con: Day 2

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Written by J.C. VAUGHN   
Friday, 25 July 2014 14:45

Actor Seth Green (left) moderated the NASA panel with special guest Buzz Aldrin. Photo by D.G. Amas.

SAN DIEGO – The second day – also known as the official Day One – of Comic-Con International: San Diego saw activities ranging from the comic book-centric to the much wider world of popular culture as a whole.

In the section of the hall where the bulk of the comic book dealers occupy the floor space, deals were going down with almost startling regularity, with many dealers reporting a strong business on higher-end items.

Among the auction houses, Heritage Auctions had both rare, vintage, high grade comics and original comic art on display from upcoming auctions, and other auction houses did likewise.

The day saw the first sales of comics certified by Comic Book Certification Service (CBCS), the new independent, third-party grading company started by Steve Borock, the longtime CGC President and Primary Grader, after a multiyear stint at Heritage.

Veteran Chicago area retailer Jamie Graham of Graham Crackers Comics marked his 30 consecutive year of setting up at the show. In addition to selling the first CBCS certified comic, he reported strong sales as well.

On the pop culture side, the day began with a panel featuring Kiefer Sutherland and director-executive producer Jon Cassar from the recently completed 24: Live Another Day.

Cassar, who authored a book of photographs from his long stint on the original 24, asked questions of Sutherland ranging from most embarrassing moments to the future of the franchise, which is reportedly largely in the hands of its fans.

“The 24 panel was one easily of the best panel discussions about the making of an iconic show that I've seen in the 15 years I’ve been attending such things,” one veteran collectibles industry professional said.

It was just the first of the big panels generally located in the expansive Hall H or the semi-expansive Room 20. Many more will follow over the remaining three days.

Elsewhere in the San Diego Convention Center, Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar touted the long overdue release of the 1966-1969 series Batman on Blu-ray and DVD. Tied up for years by legal issues, the Batman: The Complete TV Series features the entire series remastered into high quality images. A limited edition includes reproductions of Adam West's shooting scripts for the first two episodes, a recreation of the 1966 trading cards, and a Matchbox Batmobile.

The continuing trend that has seen a steady – almost quantum – rise in cosplayers (fans who attend in full costume) has the convention center and the streets around town flooded with characters both familiar and obscure.

As if to show the range of what Comic-Con can offer, the convention hosted its first NASA panel with Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11’s Lunar Module pilot and the second man to ever walk on the moon.



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Actor Seth Green (left) moderated the NASA panel with special guest Buzz Aldrin. Photo by D.G. Amas. 

San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter starts just across the street from the convention center, offering many different eateries. Photo by D.G. Amas. 

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson from the BBC’s 'Sherlock' were among the new character statues on display. Photo by D.G. Amas.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 15:10
 

Special Report: Comic-Con, Day 1

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Written by J.C. VAUGHN   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 10:10
San Diego Convention Center, site of Comic-Con International: San Diego, which kicked off with Preview Night on Wednesday, July 23, and continues through Sunday, July 27. Photo by D.G. Amas. SAN DIEGO – It’s the day before Preview Night at Comic-Con International: San Diego. Over the last few days, San Diego International Airport has bubbled quietly with the steady influx of vendors from comic book and original comic art dealers to movie studio minions, all of whom arrived early to set up booths, finish presentations and sweat the last minute details before the opening of the largest pop culture convention in North America.

Today, though, that steady stream will turn into a deluge. Starting tonight and then through the next four days, a tidal wave of fans will cascade through the airport, through the beautiful old Santa Fe rail station and across the interstate highways into downtown San Diego, where the event simply takes over the city.

As recently as 1994, when the San Diego Convention Center was half its present size, there was actually another convention going on at the same time. Its attendance reported at about 30,000 over the course of the convention.

Even though the convention center has doubled in size since then, the show’s attendance has been capped in realm of 130,000 for several years now. Events have expanded to include the hotels on either side of the convention center. By late afternoon Pacific Time, the fashionable, pedestrian-friendly Gaslamp Quarter will team with walkers headed to and from the hall. Area restaurants will have unpleasant wait-lists.

The attendance cap continues to be cause for concern to many. San Diego is scheduled to break ground in Spring 2015 on a major expansion of the facility as Comic-Con’s dominance of the field is not as crystal clear as it once was.

Over the last few years, it’s become clear the ReedPop’s New York Comic Con will give San Diego a run for its money in terms of attendance. Both conventions are just about maxed out due to their present facilities, but San Diego seems to have figured out a path forward while Manhattan’s Jacob Javits Convention Center and government officials thus far have offered little in the way of solutions.

In terms of influence and staying power, the title is not yet really up for grabs. San Diego remains king.

Wednesday’s activities will occur mainly on the show floor, as fans take in displays and see what the vendors have to offer. Traditionally, Preview Night, which is theoretically exclusively for the attendees who purchased admission to the four full days, Thursday-Sunday, has only limited panel activities.

This year’s Wednesday night activities focus on sneak peeks for four television properties based on DC Comics characters (the pilots for the live action shows The Flash, iZombie and Constantine, and the return of animated Teen Titans Go).



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San Diego Convention Center, site of Comic-Con International: San Diego, which kicked off with Preview Night on Wednesday, July 23, and continues through Sunday, July 27. Photo by D.G. Amas. When the show opens around 6 p.m. (it’s always a bit earlier, but that’s the posted time), wide open walking space in front of the San Diego Convention Center are a distant and enticing memory. Photo by D.G. Amas.
Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 14:45
 

Antique show promises treasures to be found in El Dorado

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 08:41
Main Street, El Dorado, Ark. Image by Chris Litherland. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) – An antique dealers group in Arkansas is hoping to make the southern part of the state a top destination for enthusiasts of the vintage goods.

The El Dorado News-Times reports the Union County Antique Dealers Association will host a sale that starts Friday and ends Saturday. It will be at the El Dorado Conference Center.

The event is part of an initiative to make El Dorado and southern Arkansas the go-to destination for antique dealers and collectors.

Antique dealers from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas will be selling items that include furniture, rugs, glassware and pottery.

The president of the Union County Antique Dealers Association says about 500 to 600 people attended the show last year.

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Information from: El Dorado News-Times, http://www.eldoradonews.com

Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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Main Street, El Dorado, Ark. Image by Chris Litherland. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 08:51
 

Rare Elvis items featured in first-ever Auction at Graceland, Aug. 14

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014 10:25
The cover of the printed catalog for the Aug. 14 'Auction at Graceland' features a photo of Elvis Presley in front of his beloved Memphis home, Graceland. Photo Courtesy of Graceland, Memphis, TN.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Highlights of the rare Elvis Presley artifacts to be included in the first-ever “Auction at Graceland” were announced today, along with registration and catalog ordering details for the auction, which will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 8 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. Central. Fans and collectors from around the world are expected to participate on site and online through LiveAuctioneers for this unprecedented auction, featuring artifacts authenticated by the new Graceland Authenticated.

Among the items in the auction are rare and unique artifacts from the collection of Greg Page, founding member of The Wiggles® and one of the world’s biggest and most well-known Elvis Presley collectors. Page’s items include Elvis’ 1976 Cadillac Seville, a Martin D-28 and Elvis’ copy of the original script for his first film, “Love Me Tender.” All of the items in the auction will be offered from third-party collectors and none of the items included in the auction will come from the treasured Graceland Archives. The mansion and all artifacts in the Graceland Archives continue to be owned by Lisa Marie Presley and are not for sale.

The auction will be held on site at Graceland and powered by LiveAuctioneers (www.LiveAuctioneers.com ) for online bidding. Online auction registration and online bidding will start on August 1, 2014, when the full list of auction items and images will be released online. Visit Graceland.com/Auction for a link to the online auction site.

The official print catalog is now available for ordering, featuring over 70 pages includes photos and details of all the auction items, plus two special bonus ticket replicas– one from Elvis’ 1973 Aloha from Hawaii concert and one from Elvis’ 1961 concert at Bloch Arena at Pearl Harbor -- direct from the Graceland Archives. This exclusive catalog offers an up-close look at these special pieces of Elvis history and is a wonderful collector’s item. More details on purchasing the catalog and auction registration are available at Graceland.com/Auction.

All of the Items included in the auction have been thoroughly authenticated by Graceland Authenticated, a new Graceland affiliated authentication and appraisal service for collectors and fans. Graceland Authenticated sets a new standard for pop culture authentication and appraisal to ensure pop culture artifact accuracy and provide evaluations of privately owned collections.

Featured among the 72 items to be included in the August 14th auction are:

ELVIS PRESLEY SIGNATURE ON LIBRARY CARD

A signed library card was found by the librarian at the school Elvis attended in Tupelo and this is one of the earliest known signatures from the would be King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Once Librarian realized Elvis’ fame, she searched through all of the books borrowed from the library by Elvis to find his signature. This example is accompanied by a letter from the archives of Graceland stating that the archives has no full Elvis Presley signature pre-dating the one appearing on the offered library card.

1976 CADILLAC SEVILLE

It is estimated that Elvis bought more than 200 Cadillacs in his life, family, friends, strangers, and, of course, his own private collection. Elvis' 1976 maroon and silver Cadillac Seville - V8 automatic is the last known Cadillac driven by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. This was also the last Cadillac that Elvis purchased for his personal use.

LOVE ME TENDER SCRIPT

This is Elvis' own copy of the original script for the very first Elvis Presley movie, Love Me Tender. The script's original title, The Reno Brothers, is stamped on the front and spine of the script. That title was passed over because the young singing sensation had a new hit song out: "Love Me Tender." That new title is handwritten in blue ink both directly above the stamped original title and in the upper right hand corner. Stamped in the upper left is the message "Please forward to: ELVIS PRESLEY."

1969 LAS VEGAS SHOW AGREEMENT

A blue folder entitled, “Agreement Between Elvis Presley and Las Vegas International,” contains a 13-page typed agreement. This contract is for the first of Elvis’ 15 Las Vegas engagements. Not only was this Elvis’ first concert appearance since 1961, but it set a Las Vegas record for both attendance and gross ticket sales. After opening night, Elvis performed two shows a day for the remainder of the engagement. The contract stipulates payment of $100,000 per week.

1975 MARTIN D-28 GUITAR

This Martin D-28 Guitar was gifted by Elvis to his friend and bodyguard, Sam Thompson, in January of 1977 and comes with a letter of authenticity from Elvis’ father, Vernon Presley.

GEMSTONE, DIAMOND AND GOLD LION MASK PENDANT AND CHAIN

This 18kt gold custom made pendant is set with 24 diamonds, 2 emeralds and one ruby. This pendant was created at Elvis’ request by Memphis jeweler, Lowell Hays. The piece was worn by Elvis on many occasions, including when he met President Nixon in the Oval Office at The White House.

For more information about how to submit items for consideration for authentication services by Graceland Authenticated and for consideration to be included in future Graceland Authenticated auctions, plus details on authentication service and auction fees, visit Graceland.com/Auction.

About Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.

Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE), based in Memphis, manages the operations of Elvis Presley’s Graceland, its related exhibits and attractions, including the Heartbreak Hotel, as well as the Graceland archives, featuring thousands of artifacts from Elvis’ home and career. EPE also produces and licenses Elvis themed live events, tours and attractions worldwide. Graceland is music’s most important and beloved landmark, with hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world visiting the famous home each year. In 2013, Graceland was voted the #1 Iconic American Attraction by USA Today and 10Best.com readers. For more information on EPE and Graceland, visit www.graceland.com.

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The cover of the printed catalog for the Aug. 14 'Auction at Graceland' features a photo of Elvis Presley in front of his beloved Memphis home, Graceland. Photo Courtesy of Graceland, Memphis, TN. 18K gold pendant custom made for Elvis Presley by Memphis jeweler Lowell Hays. Set with 24 diamonds, two emeralds and one ruby, the piece was worn by Elvis on many occasions, including when he visited President Nixon at The White House. Photo Courtesy of Graceland, Memphis, TN. Elvis Presley's personal script for the film 'Love Me Tender,' which was originally titled 'The Reno Brothers.' Photo Courtesy of Graceland, Memphis, TN. This 1976 maroon and silver Cadillac Seville V8 automatic is the last known Cadillac driven by Elvis Presley. It is also the last Cadillac that Elvis purchased for his personal use. Photo courtesy of Graceland, Memphis, TN.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 13:54
 

Duncan & Miller glass show highlights once-thriving Pa. industry

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Monday, 21 July 2014 10:17
Duncan & Miller No. 50 Block and Rosette water pitcher, early 20th century, 7 inches high. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Jeffrey Evans & Associates. WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) – Glass collectors gathered over the weekend to celebrate what once was clearly a part of the region's industrial heritage at the 39th annual Duncan & Miller Glass Show & Sale at the Washington County Fair Ground and Expo Center.

The event raised funds for the National Duncan & Miller Glass Museum in Washington and provided enthusiasts with an opportunity to purchase collectibles and to learn how southwestern Pennsylvania once produced more than half of the world's decorative and utilitarian glass.

“The show is pretty spectacular,” said Arlene Ricker of North Strabane, a volunteer with the National Duncan Glass Society, which runs the museum and organizes the two-day event.

Ricker became involved with the society through her own Duncan & Miller Glass Co. collection, including the signature swan.

“They did a lot of interesting things over the years. They went through the same design phases the rest of the decorator world went through, but the swan is their iconic piece,” she said. “The production of each one required 14 skilled craftsmen.”

At its peak, Duncan & Miller was one of the region's most successful glassmakers, out-competing dozens of neighboring companies in quality and design, said museum committee chairwoman Sherry Cooper of East Washington.

“Duncan & Miller sold their glass at Bailey Banks & Biddle, Kaufmann's, Shreve, Crump & Low in Boston – stores of that caliber. Like all the companies, they stayed alive by producing millions of items for barbershops and bars. But their forte was high-end tableware, on par with Orrefors, Baccarat and Saint-Louis.”

The company's roots date to the mid-1800s, when glassmaking procedures were rapidly advancing and coal was readily available to fuel the furnaces used to melt sand to be made into glass. “It's rumored that factory workers from some companies would simply dig coal out of nearby hillsides,” Cooper said.

George Duncan was a partner in Ripley & Co. at 10th and Carson streets on the South Side, Cooper said. “After Ripley died, Duncan bought out the heirs in 1874 and named the company after himself.”

He produced blown and pressed glass pieces and, with the rise of the middle class, began making tableware with a soda ash and calcium carbonate formula (soda lime) that yielded a cheap alternative to leaded glass.

After Duncan died and his South Side factory burned down, his sons moved operations to Washington, opening a state-of-the-art factory in 1893. Their renowned designer, John Ernest Miller, moved with them and became a partner in 1900.

“Miller designed the iron molds that became pitchers, creamers and other items, and was excellent at it,” said Cooper. “There are a number of patents in his name.”

The company employed skilled craftsmen who could execute Miller's work, she said. “Being able to blow glass into an iron mold and have pieces release cleanly without chipping or breaking is an art.”

It was a winning combination that would spawn generations of collectors.

“The company was unbelievably successful. They shipped glass all over the world,” said Cooper, who once spied a Duncan & Miller swan at a London flea market.

Duncan & Miller's heyday was during World War II, when Czech- and Italian-made glass, including then-popular animal-shaped novelties, couldn't leave Europe. “That's when Duncan designed their beautiful, graceful swan,” Cooper said.

After the war, though, machine-made glass was becoming popular, and Duncan & Miller, failing to compete, ceased operations in 1955. “It was the end of an era,” Cooper said.

Because of the company's place in Washington County history, a group of local residents, eager to preserve the heritage, joined in 1975 to form the National Duncan Glass Society.

Heirs of a Duncan factory employee sold the society a period home, circa 1910, at a favorable price so it could be turned into a museum that exhibits rare glass and glassmaking techniques, Cooper said. “There's also a gift shop where we sell Duncan & Miller pieces that people have donated to us. Proceeds help support our society.”

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Duncan & Miller No. 50 Block and Rosette water pitcher, early 20th century, 7 inches high. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Jeffrey Evans & Associates.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 10:41
 

Faulkner's Miss. home celebrates writer's legacy with conference

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Friday, 18 July 2014 09:14
William Faulkner bought the 1840s Greek Revival house in 1930 and began refurbishing it. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – The 41st annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference will look at author William Faulkner' writings about people who are saturated in history and have an undeniable sense that the past is still with them shaping their outlook on life.

The conference begins Sunday in Oxford. It ends July 24.

Keynote lectures and panel sessions are free and open to the public.

Throughout the conference, the University library will display Faulkner books, manuscripts, photographs and memorabilia.

Faulkner, a native of New Albany, bought Rowan Oak in Oxford in 1930 and it became his home until his death in 1962.

Faulkner's A Fable won the Pulitzer Prize in 1954. Another of his works, The Reivers, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1962. Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1950.

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William Faulkner bought the 1840s Greek Revival house in 1930 and began refurbishing it. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Rowan Oak, former home of William Faulkner in Oxford, Miss., is a National Historic Landmark. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 09:28
 

BP Portrait Award sponsors events for young artists

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 12:12

'Young People’s Private View' at the National Portrait Gallery, 2013. Photograph: Othello De’Souza-Hartley © National Portrait Gallery, London.

LONDON – A new season of events, workshops and summer schools for young people aged 14 to 19 is taking place at the National Portrait Gallery, London, as part of the BP Portrait Award 2014.

Now in its fifth year and supported by BP, the BP Portrait Award: Next Generation project aims to encourage aspiring artists and engage young people with portraiture through a dynamic mix of events, including drawing sessions, workshops with past and present BP Portrait Award artists, and an after-hours private view of the exhibition exclusively for young people.

Following the success of the first Young People’s Private View in 2013, the event returns on Monday, July 21, offering hundreds of young people the chance to view the popular BP Portrait Award 2014, hear this year’s second prize winner Richard Twose talk about his experience, meet exhibiting artist Alan Coulson and connect with other young people interested in art. A showcase of youth talent will be a highlight of the night, with the gallery’s young advisory panel, the Youth Forum, giving talks and running drawing sessions, an acoustic performance by 17-year-old musician Roisin McNeill, and spoken word performances.

A special feature this year is Talking Points – an opportunity for young people to respond to the BP Portrait Award 2014 portraits by writing their own short captions, some of which will then be displayed in the exhibition over August and September. Other activities include drawing workshops, music, competitions and refreshments throughout the evening.

Young people, including the Gallery’s Youth Forum, play a key role in designing BP Portrait Award: Next Generation events to give a youth voice to the program. BP Portrait Award: Next Generation has engaged over 1,000 young people and over 100 BP Portrait Award-winning artists since it began in 2010.

For further information about the Young People’s Private View and other BP Portrait Award: Next Generation events visit www.npg.org.uk/bpnextgeneration.



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Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 12:22
 

Save the date: London Winter Art & Antiques Fair, Nov. 3-9

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 09:36
Image courtesy of 24th Winter Art & Antiques Fair, London

LONDON - The 24th Winter Art & Antiques Fair (3-9 November 2014) is the only high-caliber art and antiques fair between October and March and a highlight of the winter art season. For the second year running, it coincides with Asian Art in London, when the world’s converge in England's capital city.

Run in association with the UK’s top trade associations, BADA and LAPADA, it showcases over 100 top dealers selling the finest British craftsmanship through the centuries.

22,000 visitors will find over 30,000 pieces across 32 disciplines including: furniture, 20th century design, jewellery, art, Asian pieces, ceramics, sculpture, silver, mirrors, lighting, fossils, clocks, textiles and glass.

Popular with collectors, interior designers and those looking for something different, the stock on sale ranges from 16th century to Modern British and from dining tables to diamond rings.

Incorporating a Mosimanns Bistro and champagne bar and with stylish presentation of the 130 stands, this is a glamorous event with a sparkling preview night.

Every piece on sale is strictly checked by experts before the fair opens to ensure it is authentic so visitors can buy with confidence.

For more information on opening hours and ticket prices, visit: www.olympia-antiques.com . Follow on Twitter: @WFAAF.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 11:10
 

Candlelight vigil, memorial planned for punk rocker Tommy Ramone

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014 16:16
Ramones' original drummer Tommy Ramone (1949-2014) at a June 17, 2008 autograph-signing session. Image courtesy Deadblob93

LIDO BEACH, N.Y. - On Wednesday, July 16, Nassau County (N.Y.) legislator Dennis Dunne Sr will join radio station WLIR as they host a candlelight vigil and memorial tribute to Tommy Ramone, original drummer for the band the Ramones. The event will take place at the Malibu Shore Club, Lido Beach, New York, starting at 12 noon.

All are welcome to take part in the memorial event and pay their respects to Tommy Ramone, 65, who died last week. He was the last survivor of the original four-member band that recorded influential punk rock classics like "Blitzkrieg Bop" and "Rockaway Beach."

A pop-culture phenomenon, the Ramones were named to Rolling Stone magazine's list of "100 Greatest Artists of All Time," after thousands of high-energy performances around the world.

The Ramones played many times at the Malibu Shore Club, which became known as the birthplace of alternative rock music on Long Island. To the Ramones, it was a home away from home.

A live musical performance will take place at the Malibu Shore Club tomorrow evening. The club is located at 1500 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach, NY 11561.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 17:08
 

Material Culture presents Nicholas Toth, diving helmet maker

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014 14:05
Nicholas Toth, artist and diving helmet maker. Image courtesy Material Culture. PHILA., Pa. – Nicholas Toth, master diving helmet maker, will be showcasing his copper and brass artwork and his masterfully designed copper and brass diving helmets at Material Culture on Saturday, July 19, at 2 p.m. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will be presented at Material Culture, 4700 Wissahickon Ave., Suite 101, in Philadelphia.

As a highly skilled metal artist and craftsman, Toth has been featured both nationally and internationally, with his work included in permanent museum exhibits and national archives. He is a National Heritage Fellow, receiving this prestigious award in 2003 from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2006 Toth was recognized by the Historical Diving Society U.S. Chapter for his significant contributions, receiving the ER Cross Award. In 2008 he was awarded the Florida Folk Heritage Award, presented by the Department of State, Division of Historical Resources, and in 2012 Toth was once again honored by the State of Florida, receiving his second Florida Individual Artist Fellowship.

With over 30 years of experience and a lifelong exposure and immersion in the culture and mysteries of the historic gulf front community of Tarpon Springs, he has many stories to tell and much knowledge to share. From the techniques of ancient naked divers to current day technology, Toth's knowledge of the history of diving is informative and engaging. The evolution of hardhat diving will also be highlighted with special emphasis on Greek diving helmets.

Toth is considered to be the only helmet maker in the world that continues to individually create each beautiful diving helmet masterpiece, honoring the traditions and design that have existed since the mid-1800s. The iconic copper and brass diving helmets created by Nicholas Toth are fully functional, authentic and individually hand crafted, using the same tools and techniques that his grandfather, master helmet maker and legendary craftsman, Anthony Lerios, began utilizing over 100 years ago.

Each helmet takes over 320 hours to complete, made with the finest quality copper and brass. The lineage and value of a Nicholas Toth diving helmet is unmatched, with the historical foundation and significance of his grandfather's knowledge and expertise; his masterful skills, techniques and tools utilized; and the quality and beauty of each finely crafted component of the diving helmet. Toth will also showcase several of his new copper and brass art pieces, beautifully inspired by shapes and elements found in the diving helmet.

Toth proudly honors the memory of his grandfather, Anthony Lerios, who died in 1992 at the age of 100. The month of July is especially significant for Toth, since it was July 7, 1913, when his grandfather landed on Ellis Island, having traveled from Greece to the United States.

For additional information about the artist visit his website at www.nicholastothfineart.com .

 

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 15:00
 

Mark Moran to host appraisal event July 19 in Wisconsin

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014 12:55

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HAYWARD, Wis. – Antiques appraiser and author Mark Moran will provide verbal appraisals on Saturday, July 19, at the Weiss Community Library.

The “What's It Worth?” session is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event allows people to have Moran appraise their antiques and collectibles.

Moran, who is not an antiques dealer, stresses that he does not offer to buy or sell on commission the antiques he'll see at the event.

He can be contacted for appraisals on his website, www.markfmoran.com .

The event is a fundraiser for the library. One-third of the appraisal fee goes to the host, in this case the Friends of the Library.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 17:19
 

Fenton Art Glass Museum to hold final auction

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014 08:56
An example of rare Fenton glass, this vase is decorated in the Hanging Vine motif and has an iridized cobalt-blue foot. This particular piece, which is not part of the upcoming Fenton auction, was crafted by the group of European workers who were at Fenton in 1925-26. The vase was sold for $6,200 + buyer's premium by Randy Clark & Associates Auctioneers on Nov. 9, 2008. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers Archive and Randy Clark WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - More than 500 Fenton Art Glass pieces are expected to be sold when the Fenton Art Glass Museum holds its final auction.

Collectors from around the world are expected to attend the July 26 auction at the Dexter City Auction Gallery in Dexter City, Ohio. The auction is the last of three to be held.

Fenton Art Glass in Williamstown stopped traditional production in 2011 and now produces jewelry beads. The museum closed in December 2013.

Fenton historian Jim Measell tells the Parkersburg News and Sentinel that bidders can expect to see a wide range of colors and historical items from the second half of the 20th century, along with stretch glass pieces from the 1920s and 1930s.

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An example of rare Fenton glass, this vase is decorated in the Hanging Vine motif and has an iridized cobalt-blue foot. This particular piece, which is not part of the upcoming Fenton auction, was crafted by the group of European workers who were at Fenton in 1925-26. The vase was sold for $6,200 + buyer's premium by Randy Clark & Associates Auctioneers on Nov. 9, 2008. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers Archive and Randy Clark
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 09:09
 
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