No need to be an antique aficionado, the 2017 Lauritzen Gardens Antique & Garden Show has events for almost any taste and style. From classic antiques to mid-century modern furniture and designer handbags, the show is sure to be diverse and exciting. Need convincing? Here are a few events we can’t wait to share with you:
- Start with an Antique Academy! Complimentary with show admission, these brief 30-minute sessions are led by expert vendors.
- Ron Greenwald and Robin Greenwald-Gilbert, who will open the weekend with “A Few of Our Favorite Things,” will present a show that travels from 18th century Japan to 20th century France. As second-generation dealers and twins, their passion for collecting and finding unique pieces is unparalleled.
- Next, we’ll be joined by Mindy Baschnagel with “The Art of Modern Mixing.” For those who prefer eclectic spaces, Mindy will walk attendees through mixing eras, furnishings, accessories and art to create a look that expresses personal style.
- Then, we’ll take it outside with Sandy Koepke. Rather, Sandy will be taking us outside with her presentation on “Garden Rooms.” Sandy is renowned for her ability to create comfortable living spaces outside. She’ll also be speaking on how to bring the outdoors, in. All the while, she’ll be offering advice on how to incorporate antiques and vintage treasures to create a look that is natural and timeless. Back by popular demand, make sure you get a seat for her Saturday presentation.
- Don’t worry, fashionistas, we have something for you, too. Industry icon Virgil Roberts of Only Authentics will be presenting “Owning a Piece of Fashion History.” Virgil will be sharing his expertise on vintage designer handbags and why collecting them is a good investment. This Antique Academy reveals that handbags are so much more than another bag, they’re art, history and style all rolled into a great, wearable piece.
- Our final Antique Academy will be delivered Sunday afternoon by Ken Kelleher of Kelleher Fine Art. Ken is one of the West Coast’s pre-eminent dealers in 19th and 20th Century Art, with a specialty in Belgian Art. In “A Painting Within a Painting,” Ken reveals secrets hidden in Dutch paintings, and puts truth to the saying, “there’s more than meets the eye.” Intrigued yet? So are we. We’ll see you there!
- Designer Walks – One last surprise: this year, we’re offering new-to-show Designer Walks. With an event like the Lauritzen Gardens Antique & Garden Show, it’s easy to miss hidden gems. To make sure you see it all, attend a Designer Walk led by Interiors Joan and Associates and tour vendors with a design professional. Designers will discuss pieces they admire and how they would incorporate them into their home and décor. Tours are only 30 minutes from 10:30-11 a.m., so they’re the perfect way to start the day before scoping out the show or attending an Antique Academy.
Did you read something that sparked your interest? Mark your calendars now – our designers and vendors are excited to meet you! And be sure to visit our website, omahaantiqueshow.org, for more specialty events. Some require reservations – drinks with Mixologist Tyler Fry, anyone? – so make sure you purchase your seat or table today.