The Greenwich Historical Society hosts many fabulous events year-round for adults and children. During the holiday season one of the most special things they offer is the Winter Antiques Show hosted December 5-7th at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center in Old Greenwich. While it’s fun to fawn over the expensive “wish list” pieces it’s equally fun to search through the aisles and vendor booths for the affordable pieces that are mixed in with the higher priced item. I recently got a chance to interview Frank Gaglio about what he thinks makes the Antiques Show so special this year.
Q&A with Frank Gaglio, Producer Winter Antiques Show
What are you most excited about at this year’s Greenwich Winter Antiques Show?
Each year, I am blessed with the opportunity to work with a talented and tireless show committee and the chairs of the event Lisa Mcatee, Beth Taylor, and Carrie Wallack. The preview gala (Dec. 5th 6:30-9:00pm) benefiting the Greenwich Historical Society is a remarkable event that brings together a vision and concept that will make the evening magical. This years line up of exceptional exhibitors will make the show one of the stellar events of the antiques and arts calendar. In addition, we have added several categories of material that will appeal to every level of client in quality and price.
Is it all expensive items or are there bargains to be found?
One of the most important features of our show is the diversity of objects and price points that appeal to show attendees from $50.00 to $150,000.00. Jewelry, art, mid century modern furnishings, lamps, rare signatures, important poster art, supple Oriental carpets, precious boxes and traditional period furnishings will be well represented for your consideration. And, our exhibitors are always thrilled to share their knowledge with show visitors whether considering a purchase or anxious to just learn more.
What types of vendors can shoppers expect to see?
The Greenwich Winter Antiques Show is proud of our exhibitor roster bringing together the most knowledgeable and trusted dealers in the industry. When you enter the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, you will be greeted by fine art, silver and fine European artifacts. As you continue your exploration, the show offers up exceptional fine and vintage jewelry from Bakelite to Bucheron. Looking for a special gift? Not a problem as there will be showcases full of fine ladies accessories, handbags, unique personal decor and more. Need something special for the gentleman on your list? Well there are marine paintings and fine art travel and sports posters sure to knock out a room. This is not your grandmother’s antiques show anymore but a timely and trendy experience for contemporary decorating and 21st century living.
What types of items? Jewels/rugs/antiques/etc?
Whether you are looking for that one special over the mantel painting or a fantastic dining room table and chairs suite, you will be amazed at the selection of objects at our show. From a wall of rare books to figural napkin rings, collectible American flags to Chinese porcelain, exceptional handmade quilts to botanical and quadruped prints every aisle will present a fresh and exciting vista of affordable art and antiques.
What are the highlights of the opening night preview party?
One of the highlights of the opening night preview gala will be the gala theme “Sugarplums and Snowflakes: A Nutcracker Holiday Gala”will be sure to awaken the child in all of us. From a cocktail reception by Mother Ginger to the exceptional hors d’oeuvres served up by Marcia Selden Caterers and classic martini bar, the evening will be festive and fun while affording the first opportunity to shop and socializing among our 43 exhibitors. Buy tickets here.
Any new vendors that shouldn’t be missed?
This year, we are proud to introduce Sallea Antique Boxes, Shaia Oriental Carpets of Williamsburg Virginia, Alpen Art & Antiques featuring German, Italian and French furnishings and art, R.M Barokh offering Aboriginal painting and European furnishings, American Spirit Antiques, bringing period furniture, Schulson Autographs displaying rare autographs and documents, Nancy Steinbock Posters, Laura Fisher’s Fisher Heritage Textiles and Quilts, Hanes & Ruskin Antiques presenting traditional Americana and accessories, David and Donna Kmetz with fine art and Linda Gumb with accessories and fine decorative arts to mention a few.
What items should people keep their eyes open for that could freshen up their decorative style?
Today’s decorating incorporates a combination of personal style and eclecticism. Blending a comfortable contemporary sofa with a great antique oriental carpet and dazzling set of mid century lamps can give a room that right pizzazz! Add a focal point painting or high quality print to anchor a room and you are on the right track. Throw in a holiday bracelet or pair of festive earrings which you well deserve, and let the games begin! Come discover your own personal style at our show and get the holidays off to a fantastic start!