Since its 2007 inception, the Newport Antiques Show has been the country’s only high end antiques show with two beneficiaries. The show supports organizations that residents have determined are important to the past and to the future of this Rhode Island city, raising more than $1.4 million for the Newport Historical Society and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County.
“Some of the proceeds are earned through ticket sales to the gala preview party,” said Ruth Taylor, Newport Historical Society’s executive director, “but the bulk of the income is due to a great group of sponsors. Over the last seven years, our presenting sponsor has been William Vareika Fine Arts, LTD. This year we are thrilled to have American Realty Capital join us as the presenting sponsor.”
Franklin & Company Design Associates will return as a supporter to the Newport Antiques Show and it will sponsor the gala preview party that opens the three-day event. Contributing Sponsors include Amica Insurance, Antiques & Fine Art Magazine, Freeman’s Auctioneers & Appraisers, Vanderbilt International Properties and Jessica Hagen Fine Art + Design. The show also has an impressive list of media sponsors. American Fine Art Magazine, Design New England, New England Home Magazine, The Magazine antiques, The Newport Daily News / Newport Life Magazine, Southern New England Living and Rhode Island Public Radio return as supporters. New to the media sponsorship of the show are Old Beach Journal and Hartford Magazine.
“Anyone who has attended the Newport Antique Show understands that is an elegant event that draws an influential crowd,” added Taylor. “But it’s not only about shopping for one-of-a-kind items. It’s a fundraiser that has become a vital part of the Newport community.”
The Newport Antiques Show’s gala preview party opens the event on Thursday, July 24, at 6 p.m. The show is open from Friday, July 25, until Sunday, July 27, at St. George’s School in Middletown. The loan exhibit for the show, Fifty Objects That Shaped Rhode Island History, is presented by the Rhode Island Historical Society and the Newport Historical Society.
Gala preview party tickets start at $150 per person while general admission tickets to the New Port Antiques Show cost $15 per person. For additional details call 401-846-2669 or visit the show website.
The lecture presentations at the show will place the spotlight on Rhode Island history. Two presentations will be delivered by staff of the Rhode Island Historical Society and will complement the show's loan exhibit. Another talk will address vintage cars and automobile racing in Newport.
- July 25, 11 a.m. - Big History, Little State: 375 Years in 50 Objects
From the combined collections of the Rhode Island Historical Society and the Newport Historical Society that total tens of thousands of objects, how can anyone choose just 50? From the selection of major themes to iconic artifacts, the curatorial process involves research, discussion and a variety of considerations. Rhode Island Historical Society Director of Collections Kirsten Hammerstrom will discuss the process she and colleagues used in selecting artifacts for the Newport Antique Show exhibition.
- July 25, 1 p.m. - Fruits of Our Labor: Industry, Immigration, and Rhode Island’s Road to Riches
Newport’s allure as a summer destination was firmly cemented by the families that built the magnificent mansions. But when they were built, Rhode Island was a shining example of industry and enterprise. Bustling mills overflowed with the languages of the world and streets were lined with housing for thousands of workers coming to the very seat of American ingenuity. The State House rose to illustrate just that glory. In this talk, Dr. C. Morgan Grefe, executive director of the Rhode Island Historical Society, will discuss the rise of industrial Rhode Island and explore the ways in which this state was much more than a playground for the wealthy.
- July 26, 11a.m. - Vintage Cars & Automobile Racing in Newport
Nicholas Schorsch, chairman, CEO and co-founder of American Realty Capital, will discuss his passion for antique cars and the development of the car museum that he and others are establishing in Newport. His presentation will look at the history of automobile racing on Aquidneck Island and the possibility of bringing racing back to the island.