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The Newport Antiques Show

The Newport Antiques Show, July 28-30 2017, is an important source of support for the Newport Historical Society each year, and a wonderful opportunity to buy and learn about antiques and collectibles. The Show opens with an elegant Gala Preview Party which will take place on Thursday July 27 2017, 6pm to 9pm. The Newport Antiques Show takes place at the St. George’s School Ice Rink, 375 Purgatory Road, Middletown, RI. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.newportantiqueshow.com.

The 2017 Show will include educational programming with a lecture by Woodstock photographer Elliott Landy, a series of dealer booth talks and the exhibit Mapping the Newport Experience: A History of the City’s Urban Development. Elliott Landy, the official photographer of the 1969 Woodstock Festival which was billed as “Three Days of Peace & Music”, captured images of the greatest music legends of the sixties from Bob Dylan to Janis Joplin and the new rock music counterculture. On Friday July 28, 2017 at 11am, Landy will discuss what it was like to attend Woodstock, which was one of the most important cultural events of the twentieth century and defined a generation. He will also comment on the importance of preserving the vision and essence of the festival, whose impact far exceeded three days. Elliott Landy’s photographs will be featured at the Show, on display and for sale, at Jessica Hagen Fine Art.

John Tschirch, the Newport Historical Society’s Visiting Curator of Urban History, will present Mapping the Newport Experience: A History of the City’s Urban Development. This exhibition highlights selections from his project Mapping the Newport Experience, which illustrates a visual timeline for urban development in Newport using maps, photographs and written descriptions. The city reads like a colorfully illustrated book on the history of urban planning in the United States with each of its districts a window to an age illustrating the approaches to urban planning of Newport’s builders and inhabitants.

Additionally visitors can learn about many of the objects available at the Show through a series of dealer booth talks. The schedule is as follows:

Friday July 28, 2017 at 2pm – Diana Bittel from Diana Bittel Antiques will discuss nautical works of art including sailor’s valentines and woodwork ships

Saturday July 29, 2017 at 11am – Paul Vandekar of Vandekar of Knightsbridge will highlight ceramics

Saturday July 29, 2017 at 2pm – Lori Cohen from Arader Galleries will talk about prints

Sunday July 30, 2017 at 11am – Karen DiSaia from Oriental Rugs Ltd will offer insight on Oriental Rugs

Sunday July 30, 2017 at 2pm – Peter Tinkler from the Silver Vault will feature historic silver