The Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) will host its fifth annual Art & Antique Show, a four-day-long affair starting Thursday, Feb. 21, showcasing dealers from six states. The Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, will be the site for this multifaceted event that will focus on antiques and accessories predominately from the 18th and 19th century American, English, and Continental regions. In addition, the show will present guest expert speakers on southern architecture and the floral arts. Vendors scattered throughout the facility will sell antique furniture, silver, jewelry, porcelain, paintings, fine art, oriental rugs, linens, and garden accessories.
“We are very excited for the fifth annual Art & Antique Show,” Anna Converse, the event’s co-chairperson, said. “This show has become a major attraction in the Upstate and is highly anticipated by antique lovers from throughout the region. We purposely bring in dealers from out of town to give people the opportunity to buy items not normally found here. It is also a major fundraiser for Spartanburg Art Museum and hopefully this will bring about enough money to have some really great exhibits for next year!”
The show will kick off on Thursday, Feb. 21, with the Benefactor’s Gala. Catered by Cribb’s Kitchen, this black tie-optional affair will allow patrons the first glimpse of the art and antiques and the chance to pre-purchase items before the general public is admitted the next day. The Gala is held in the tented plaza of the Chapman Cultural Center and begins at 6:30pm. Tickets are $150 per person.
The show will open to the public on Friday, Feb. 22, starting at 10am. Any one-day pass is $10; a weekend pass, which includes Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, is $20. Tickets to hear guest speakers are $5each.
Friday, Feb. 22, at 1pm, guest speaker Susan Sully will present a lecture on southern architecture and interior design. She is the author and photographer of many books, most notably, “The Southern Cottage and The Southern Cosmopolitan”. A complimentary wine and cheese reception will follow her lecture, 4-6pm.
The show will continue on Saturday, Feb. 23, 10am-6pm. To help parents enjoy this opportunity, Spartanburg Science Center will present Fun for Kids, an educational camp for children 5 and older, noon-3pm. Pizza will be provided for lunch, and the children will have access to the Science Center and special programs, while their parents shop and taken in the guest speakers.
Also on Saturday, at 1pm, Ralph Null will present a lecture on floral arts and retail floriculture. Null known around the world for his decorations, some of which have been in the White House, retail windows of Saks and Macy’s, and the Smithsonian. Following his lecture, there will be a complimentary cheese and wine reception at 4pm.
Sunday, Feb. 24, will be the last day of the show and will feature a Low Country brunch, which starts at noon and ends at 1pm. The price is $25 per person. The show ends at 5pm.
On Friday and Saturday, lunch can be purchased under the tent in the plaza for $8. All weekend long, parking will be unlimited and free.
For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit (www.SpartanburgARTmuseum.org) or you may call 864/542-7616.