The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital celebrated the upcoming, Scottish-themed 2012 Art & Antiques Show Thursday, May 3 at 6:30 pm, at an ultra-modern kick-off party designed by Glenn Certain Studio and hosted at local celebrity chef Liz Grenamyer’s Bella Sera garden courtyard.


Women’s Board president Jackie Bargas and 2012 Art & Antiques Show chairs Josie Duncan, Benham Purcell and Linda Street introduced the new Show manager and announced the details of a massive overhaul to the annual Show’s constructs—a progressive effort to modernize and realign the event to cater to an updated and highly-tuned aesthetic.


Sponsored by Wells Fargo, deejayed by DJ James and featuring a modern take on Scottish cuisine, the event toasted Art & Antiques Show volunteers, Women’s Board members, Wolfson Children’s Hospital leadership and Wells Fargo guests.


One of two major benefits produced annually by the all-volunteer Women’s Board, the 2012 Art & Antiques Show will contribute vital funds for program and clinical equipment needs in addition to a 5-year, $4 million pledge towards the Larry J. Freeman Behavioral Health Center, which provides counseling and support for children facing surgery and illness, in some cases terminal. The Center also addresses and treats the full spectrum of psychiatric illness, as well as childhood obesity, eating disorders and depression, among others.


Satisfying a remarkable range of aesthetics and budgets, the 2012 Art & Antiques Show takes place November 29 through December 2. Featuring lectures and workshops by iconic designers and event planners, the Show will offer hard-to-find art, books, furniture, jewelry, home accessories, sterling silver and period pieces from across the country and throughout Europe, while its Benefactor Preview Reception and Opening Night Party herald Jacksonville’s winter social season.