¡Viva España! At the 2015 Art & Antiques Show


Christy Martin

Passion, Festivals, Fabulous Food and Music, Vibrant Color and Energy—all describe the Spanish culture and elements to be anticipated at the 2015 Art & Antiques Show to benefit Wolfson Children›s Hospital. One of the South’s longest running art and antiques shows, the 39th annual event will celebrate the beauty and culture of Spain while showcasing the nationally recognized speakers and internationally renowned art and antiques dealers our patrons have come to anticipate.
Show Chairs Sheila Collier and Christy Martin, along with a force of committed volunteers, have worked diligently all year to create an experience that will surely satisfy the senses of sight, sound and taste and ensure a memorable Art & Antiques Show. The event December 3-6 features 45 dealers, six inspiring and informative lectures, delicious dining opportunities, the Children’s Fashion Show and the annual Opening Night Party.
The Opening Night Party will wow patrons on Friday evening, December 4. Spanish flair, tapas and other Spanish delicacies, sparkling cava, Spanish guitarists and more will reflect the vibrant Spanish culture. Look for special surprise entertainment! And the evening will culminate with the fun and funk of the RiverTown Band, who consistently keep our patrons dancing until midnight!
Our Guest Lecturer series delivers six diverse topics of interest. Tickets to a Lecture are $30 and include all day Show admission. This year our speakers include the internationally acclaimed, perennially recognized interior designer Alexa Hampton, the diverse and delightful Richard Keith Langham, whose client list varies from the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to Hillary Swank, and charming Atlanta-based designer Barbara Westbrook, renowned for her timeless and inviting designs. Also featured will be beloved local designer Juli Catlin and antiques expert William Nash with insight on Florida’s distinct architecture and design. To celebrate our Spanish theme, historian and author Dr. J. Michael Francis, considered the preeminent, international expert on colonial Latin America, Early Florida, Spanish Borderlands, the Pre-Columbian Americas and Spanish Paleography, will share his love and insight of Spanish Florida. More information about our Lecturers and their speaking topics and books have been provided at the end of this article.
At a new event on Thursday evening targeted at our younger patrons and professionals, Jacksonville’s own celebrated financial celebrity and New York Times bestselling author Alexa von Tobel will also be a guest lecturer.
The heart of the weekend is the Children’s Fashion Show, themed this year, ” ¡Vivan Los Niños!” (“Long Live the Children!”), the fashion show will feature 30 current and former patients of Wolfson Children’s Hospital dressed in the latest clothes. Special entertainment will include one of Jacksonville’s—and Wolfson’s—own, X-factor finalist and Nashville star Rion Paige, as well as classical dancers from The Mary Pauline Dance Conservatory. A family centered reception will follow complete with crab racing and crafts for the children. This is a wonderful event to bring your children or grandchildren. Tickets to the Children’s Fashion Show, ” ¡Vivan Los Niños!” (“Long Live the Children!”), are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Show visitors can shop for antique treasures, drop by the Book Nook for take home inspiration, meet friends in the Tea Room or Pastry Café, shop Decorations Resale or just sit and enjoy the inspiring vignettes created by Design Presenter Ballard Designs.
We always want to keep before us the real reason we do all this. Wolfson Children’s Hospital treats approximately 100,000 children a year and never turns any child away, regardless of ability to pay. The Women’s Board is in the third of a five year, $4 million pledge for the creation of a Pediatric Surgery Center of Distinction. The center will enable a highly skilled surgical staff to advance surgical techniques, expand the use of minimally invasive and robotic surgery and help Wolfson meet the needs of child trauma patients. One trip to Wolfson Children’s Hospital is all it takes to realize the incredible importance of our cause. We are proud to support Wolfson and honored to have your partnership with us.
Join us as we kick off the holiday season at the 39th Art & Antiques Show! Be inspired, and invest in a special product… the lives of our community’s children. We look forward to seeing you at the Show!
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