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Jan Orr-Harter of Aledo has taken on a new venture with the Dolly Johnson Antique and Art Show. The show opens at Will Rogers Memorial Center today for its 47th year, but Orr-Harter has promised some changes from years past.
For the first time ever, the Dolly Johnson Show will feature exhibitors of Mid-Century Modern and Industrial antiques, as well art and antiques from far beyond its traditional Americana shores.
“Today people like to mix styles of antiques in their homes,” Orr-Harter said. “The show will now feature more than one style and more than one era of antiques – and more than one price range. We’ll reach from French to cowboy, from formal to fun. Look for Italian country, English country, Country French and good American country. Come ready to invest. Or come ready to find a bargain.”
The 75 exhibitors for the show will travel from as far as California and North Carolina – and from as near as Dallas. Fort Worth will stand tall in the show’s Benefit Booth, which supports Mayfest 2010. Among antiques and art for sale in the Mayfest Booth will be signed and numbered nature prints by Fort Worth artists Stuart and Scott Gentling, as well as donations from ten area antique shops.
Look for more natural beauty in the show’s special exhibit, Flower Power, featuring floral antiques from the squash blossom on Native American jewelry to 1960s Pop Art flower paintings. That’s in addition to everything else that exhibitors will unpack in their larger new home in the Central Texas Room at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. Expect furniture, art, sterling, folk art, primitives, ironstone, jewelry, sports memorabilia, garden antiques and Texana, plus antique and vintage styles ranging from historic to modern, from tribal to traditional.
Show hours on Friday, March 12 are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a 4-7 p.m. Happy Hour Party featuring “Texas Acoustic” musician Paul Cox from Salado. Happy Hour door prizes include dinners at The Japanese Palace Restaurant and family tickets to Mayfest 2010.
The show continues on Saturday, March 13 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, visitors will experience a rare exhibit of the Susanna Fuller White trunk that came to America with the Pilgrims on the Mayflower in 1620.
Admission is $7 for adults, good both days, and free for children. Parking for this event will also be free. For directions, show photos and a discount coupon, see www.dollyjohnsonAntiqueandArtShow.com.