Speaking Engagement & Exhibit
University of Connecticut
Antique American Flags & Political Textiles with Jeff Bridgman
Lecture: 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Location: William Benton Museum of Art, University Of Connecticut, 245 Glenbrook Road, Storrs, CT 06269-3140
Description: With the 2016 presidential election fast approaching, enjoy an evening with Jeff Bridgman, the foremost expert on antique American flags and political textiles and a dealer based in York County, Pennsylvania.
The talk will encompass an overview of the subject using material from the current exhibit, curated by Bridgman , entitled: "Presidential Campaigning Over the Decades: The Mark and Rosalind Shenkman Collection of Early American Campaign Flags." The exhibit features 65 rare and important presidential campaign flags and textiles produced between 1806 and 1912, plus an extremely rare Massachusetts Bay copy of the Declaration of Independence, printed in July of 1776.
Details: Free to the public. For details contact Karen Sommer, email@example.com 486-5084
Lecture: 7:00 - 8:15 PM
Location: The George Washington University Museum/The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052
Description: Enjoy an insider's talk and gallery walk with the founder of Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques, internationally known expert on antique American Stars & Stripes and consultant to "Your Next President . . . ! The Campaign Art of Mark and Rosalind Shenkman," now on view at The George Washington University Museum/The Textile Museum.
Details: Please RSVP with us by calling (717) 676-0545 or (717) 502-1281, or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am honored to return for my 7th year to The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show. Widely considered to be the best show on the West Coast, the event featuring top dealers from around the globe. The show is rigorously vetted by committees of experts in various fields of antiques, so customers can come and buy with an unusual degree of confidence in authenticity.
Regular show hours are Thursday – Saturday 10:30 AM – 7 PM and Saturday Noon – 5 PM and admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Call or email me for comp tickets for regular admission.
The preview party, which benefits the "Enterprise for High School Students" charity, is simply over-the-top—unparalleled in glamour, cuisine, and attendance. There is a tiered opening for the antique show on Wednesday, October 26th, beginning at 4 p.m. Tickets at 4:00 require a donation of at least $3,000 for which 2 tickets are received. At 5:00 p.m. it drops to $1,250 for 2 persons. At 6:00 p.m. it drops to $750 for 2 persons. And at 7:00 p.m. it drops to $275 for 1 person. If you wish to attend this event please call the SFFAS office at (415) 989-9019.
The show is to be held at Fort Mason Center, located in the beautiful Marina district, between Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge on San Francisco Bay. I could easily argue that this is the most beautiful location for an antiques show in America.
The entrance to Fort Mason Center is at the intersection of Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street. A former military base, this National Historic Landmark is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and therefore has no street address. Click here for directions.
The New York Fall Art, Antique & Jewelry Show has moved cross-town to the Piers this year, forced out by the Armory board of trustees due to a shift in focus for cultural events to be held at that location. The Palm Beach Show Group knows how to put on a presentation, however, and this won't be like any Pier show of the past. With 10 and 12-foot walls throughout, it will be the sort of high class event that one has come to expect from this aggressive promoter.
This is an international show, but as always you'll find American flags, paint-decorated American furniture and folk art in my booth. I will have a huge space and plan to display a wide range of offerings. It's a great place to meet me and to view a wide variety of things in all price ranges.
Be sure to call or email prior to the show if you wish me to bring anything specific for you to see.
There will be a gala preview on Wednesday, November 9th, from 7-10 pm. Admission is $200/person at the door, but please contact me by email at email@example.com, if you are seriously considering a purchase from me and wish to attend.
Regular show admission is $20 and the hours are as follows:
Thursday 11 am - 7 pm
Friday 11 am - 7 pm
Saturday 11 am - 7 pm
Sunday 11 am -6 pm
The location is 12th Avenue at 55th Street, NY, NY.
I am looking forward to my return to Greenwich in the first week of December to Antiquarius, a very nice boutique show that features 43 distinguished exhibitors. The show is to be held at the Greenwich Civic Center, located at 90 Harding Road, Old Greenwich, CT, and is a charity fund raiser for the Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich. Designers like Tommy Hilfiger are regular attendees of the event.
There will be a gala benefit preview party on Friday, December 2nd from 6:00 - 9:30pm. Times and regular show hours are Friday and Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Regular admission is $15.
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I am excited to make a return this year, to the capital of our great nation, for the 63rd Annual Washington Antiques Show. Founded in 1954, this is the second oldest charitable show in the United States. Steeped in history, yet hosted within the modern walls of American University's Katzen Arts Center, the event features more than 40 dealers from across the U.S. and Europe, offering a broad range of antiques and fine arts. This is DC's premier show and has historically attracted numerous First Ladies and White House curators.
This year's honorary diplomatic chair for the show is His Excellency Gerard Araud, French Ambassador to the United States. The show's loan exhibit is Coco Chanel: A New Portrait by Marion Pike, Paris 1967-1971.
There will be a gala benefit preview on Thursday, January 12th. To be the first wave of entry at 6:00 pm, tickets are $500/person. At 6:30 pricing drops to $300 for persons over 40, and $200 for young collectors (age 40 and under). Proceeds benefit at-risk children and families through services provided by Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys, THEARC, and The Founders Board of St. John's Community Services. The WAS has raised over $8 million for charitable causes since its inception.
Regular show hours are Friday 11-7, Saturday 11-8, and Sunday 11-5. Admission is $25.
Location: The Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW (Ward Circle), Washington DC
"Jazz Night" is a feature of the show on Saturday from 6-8 pm, with hors d'oeuvres and live music (free with general show admission).
"Sundaes on Sunday" is a children's event from 1:00 - 2:30 on Sunday. Children ages 8 to 12 years old are invited to discover the fascinating world of collecting. First, there will be a special tour of the Show and scavenger hunt designed to appeal to their interests. Afterwards, we invite them to make their own ice cream sundaes. Free with admission to the Show. Reservations required. Event is limited to 30 children. For reservations, please call 202-248-7159 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Online reservations not available.)
Now in its 48th year, the Cathedral Antique Show is one of the eldest shows in the country. First held in 1969, this is a formal event and the best of its kind in Georgia.
The Cathedral Show is accompanied by home tours and lectures and various events related to art, antiques, floral and interior design. Held annually to benefit a designated charity, the show is a major outreach project sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women of the Cathedral of St. Philip. With the help of hundreds of volunteers and support from the church, antiques dealers, corporate sponsors, patrons, and the community, the Antiques Show has raised more than $5 million for Atlanta-area nonprofits since its inception in 1969. The Cathedral itself receives no funding from the show; all of each year's net proceeds are given to the chosen charity.
There is an extraordinary lineup of speakers with loyal followings: Architectural Digest AD100 designer Alexa Hampton; restorer of Venice's Gritti Palace and design director of Studio Rubelli Chuck Chewning; former White House floral designer Laura Dowling; and flower magazine editor-in-chief Margot Shaw.
There will be a benefit preview party on Wednesday, February 8the from 6:30 - 9 p.m. Tickets for entry are $250. This benefit for the charity offers attendees the first look at the show before it opens to the general public and includes admission for all three following days. Click here for tickets.
Regular admission is $15 and hours are as follows: Thursday & Friday 10 am - 7 pm and Saturday 10 am - 4 pm.
The show will be held at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30305. A map is available here.
The 42nd Annual Connecticut Spring Antique Show will once again be held at the Hartford Armory. Once heralded as the top American furniture show in the nation, things have changed across all shows perhaps, but this one retains great history and much of former luster. Here you will find many top dealers, especially those that trade in 18th and early 19th century antiques in original or otherwise early condition. In the fine tradition of the Hartford events of years past, I generally shift my focus to these early periods for the show, especially with regard to furniture, though I do bring some later material.
Hours: Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday, 11am-4pm. No early buyers, no preview. Admission $15. Collectors 35 and younger are admitted free on Sunday. But simply call or email me if you'd like comp tickets. Parking is free.
Location: Hartford Armory, 360 Broad Street, Hartford, Connecticut. Click here for directions.
For the entirety of my career in the world of antiques I have been inspired by this venerable and auspicious Pennsylvania show. Founded in 1962 and widely recognized as one of the finest in the nation, the event returns this year for the 57th time, making it the eldest charitable show in America.
Among antiques fairs dedicated to American Antiques specifically, The Philadelphia Antiques Show is, plainly and simply, the best. This is where museum-worthy objects find their way from the best dealers to the homes of top collectors. For this reason I am privileged to be among this strong list of veteran dealers.
Each year the show features a loan exhibit that can be anything from a top museum's selected objects, to the holdings of a private collector, to an assembled collection from a group of collectors. These are presented in a museum-like fashion. My favorite exhibit of all time, inside or outside of an institution, was actually here at the Philadelphia show, when the fire collection of physician Bob Booth was artfully presented in such a way that it raised goose bumps on my skin and envy in my heart. I am certain that many top folk art collectors felt much the same.
This year I am thrilled to have been asked to curate the 2017 loan exhibit, "What So Proudly We Hail," a display of outstanding American flags. This I will do, utilizing flags that are not for sale, but to enjoy and inspire.
I will also display my usual booth, in addition to this, with flags and other objects available for purchase.
Don't miss the Philadelphia Antiques Show Preview Party on Thursday, April 20th, from 5pm - 9pm. The show's premier event includes a cocktail buffet and offers guests the first opportunity to view the 2016 exhibitor booths. Proceeds from the event benefit Penn Medicine. 5 PM entry is $600/person. 6 PM entry is $300. Young Collectors (under age 40) may enter at 6 PM for a reduced cost of $150. All preview tickets are good for General Admission throughout the show.
Regular Show Hours:
Friday, April 21 – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 22 – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 23 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission Price: $20 ($18 for seniors). Call me at (717) 676-0545 if you would like to receive comp tickets.
Location: The show will be held at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, located at 4747 South Broad Street (at the intersection of Intrepid Avenue).
I am delighted to announce that I have been asked to exhibit antique American flags once again at New York's Union League Club.
I will present a wealth of material for sale in the spacious gallery, including antique American flags, political campaign flags, banners and kerchiefs. I am generally not physically present for the entire run of the exhibition, so anyone with a serious interest in acquiring flags should call me to schedule an appointment. I am best reached at either my office 717.502.1281, on my cell 717.676.0545, or via email at email@example.com
About the Union League
One of the city's most exclusive institutions, the Union League was founded during the Civil War in 1863 by a group of concerned and influential citizens, to aid President Abraham Lincoln in his quest to preserve the Union. Over the past 140 years, the club has quietly rendered distinguished service to the nation. During the Civil War it raised and funded three volunteer regiments. Its members were instrumental in establishing The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1870. They played an essential role in the founding of the American Red Cross and helped to erect both the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor and the Lincoln Monument in Union Square. Today one of the primary focuses is the well being of our military veterans.
Many prominent civic, state and national leaders have enjoyed membership in the ULC, including fifteen Presidents, many Senators and Congressmen, cabinet members, diplomats, and scores of CEO's of major corporations. J. Pierpont Morgan was a regular during the 19th century, along with John Jay, William Cullen Bryant, Chester Arthur, and Thomas Nast. Theodore Roosevelt managed his early political career from the Club's chambers and chose them as a place to hold interrogations during the time when he served as New York's Chief of Police.
The Union League Club is located at 38 East 37th Street, New York, New York 10016
** Please note that the club rules prohibit jeans, shorts, and cell phone use (our sincerest thanks for your cooperation).
The Aspen Antiques, Jewelry, Automobiles & Fine Arts Fair will open on Saturday, July 1st and close on Sunday, July 9th. The show is to be held at the Aspen Ice Garden, located at 233 West Hyman Ave. For those unfamiliar with the layout of the town, know that the Ice Garden is just four blocks from the fountain at the town's center, and three blocks from Wagner Park (a.k.a. the rugby field). So it could scarcely be more convenient.
This is a small, diverse, high class event and there are always interesting celebrity guests. Show hours are 10 AM -6 PM every day including Independence Day, except for the final day, where the hours are 10-4. Admission is free.
For those who have never experienced Aspen in July, know that is an extraordinary time to visit this beautiful Rocky Mountain paradise. Many say that it is as great in the summer as it is in the winter, and I would have to concur. There are many special events for the July 4th weekend, so be sure to visit the Aspen Chamber of Commerce website for details closer to the event.
My family and I decorate a float for the 4th of July parade with many antique flags and I carry an interesting one, which is great fun. It's a particularly huge and colorful parade and not to be missed if you're a fan of the red, white and blue.
The 40th addition of the August Antiques Show changed gears and locations last year. The event moved closer to the middle of August, and to a much more accessible location at the modern, air conditioned, Boys & Girls Club, located conveniently between the high school and the Stop & Shop near the traffic circle.
So once again one of the most highly coveted antiques events of the year can be found in one of the most beautiful and historic New England vacation destinations. Here you will find me with a wide array of antique American flags and folk art, in addition to a fine list of dealers from the U.S. and abroad.
Friday, August 11 - 12 pm to 5 pm
Saturday, August 12 - 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, August 14 - 10 am to 5 pm
Monday, August 15 - 10 am to 3 pm
* There is no Preview Party
Admission Price: $15. Call me at (717) 676-0545 if you wish to receive comp tickets.
Location: The Nantucket Boys and Girls Club, 61 Sparks Ave., Nantucket, MA
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