The Wolfson Art and Antiques Show blog is back! We’ve heard over and over again that everything is moving to Instagram and no one reads the “old fashioned” blogs anymore. That may be true, but there are some things that Instagram can’t give you. If you are looking for beautiful and inspirational content with a meaty substance and a break from the sea of mindless scrolling, you’ve come to the right place. We are excited to keep you updated about this year’s show, Paris in Full Bloom, coming to Jacksonville December 6-8. Throughout the month of November, we will be rolling out some exclusive designer interviews with some of the show’s featured lecturers, as well as educational articles about antiques and design.
Here are 10 reasons you should come to this year’s show:
1. Antiques are green. We hear a lot of news today about what we should be doing for our country and our environment. We are all guilty of buying mass-produced decorative arts and furniture for our homes (yeah…me too…HomeGoods anyone?). Recycling our plastics and paper and properly disposing of chemicals and old technology is great, but what about those ancient things called trees? Do we as a culture think about recycling furniture made from already harvested trees? Antiques are the ultimate “recycling”. It’s honoring our environment. It’s honoring craftsmanship. And it’s better made than anything we can buy from a catalog or designer showroom! The Wolfson Art & Antiques Show brings some of the finest dealers in antiques, fine arts, and decorative arts from around the country to one place for one weekend. If you get tired of scouring HomeGoods, Wayfair, and antique malls you should come to check out a truly curated collection with much more to offer. Check them out here.
2. Kids. It’s obvious our kids are our future. Whether you have kids or not…someone’s children will be helping you one day. Think about that for a minute. The babies of this generation will grow up to help you as you enter the next phase of your life….serving you, operating on you, fixing your leaking pipes, and taking care of your business needs. We need to invest in our culture’s children and there is no more noble cause in the world than helping something as beautiful as the Wolfson Children’s Hospital grow and prosper. As a father of four, and someone who watched his own two year old undergo surgery at the hands of this amazing hospital….I can tell you this is real…this is one of those organizations worth working for…worth fighting for. Buying a ticket to a show event, large or small, is really at its heart helping sick children.
2. Jim Howard. Phoebe Howard. Andrew Howard. (and Nellie Howard Ossi who will be too pregnant to commit to anything but is pretty awesome). Sometimes I think we Jacksonvillians forget that some of the nation’s most respected and sought after designers are actually here in our own backyard. Jim and Phoebe Howard have been a part of our city’s cultural fabric since the early 1980s and have grown a design dynasty so unique and successful that they have retail stores in Charlotte, Atlanta, Jacksonville, and Jacksonville Beach. Between them,` they have released four books and enjoy international renown and clients. I am so proud that for the first time ever this show is honoring homegrown talent as their featured lecture. We have a series of articles coming out about the Howard Family, but trust me….they are reason alone to come out for this event. Their lecture, Family Affair, will be a panel discussion with Jim, Phoebe, and Andrew that encompasses a slideshow of their recent and favorite projects and a Q & A about design moderated by yours truly. Check it out Friday, December 6th at 10 am. Get your tickets here.
3. Juliana Catlin, FASID. A woman who needs no introduction, Juli Catlin has been at the heart of the Women’s Board and the Wolfson Show from the beginning. She has tirelessly given to this cause, uniting her love of antiques, design, and children. Her rooms have been featured on HGTV and her projects published in Southern Living, Better Home and Gardens, Interior Design Magazine, and countless others. Past Chair of the ASID Board of Directors, Juli has led Catlin Design, one of the top award-winning full-service design firms in the country, on national and international projects from Los Angeles to Paris. She and I will team up to bring you “The New French: Louis XIV to Louis Vuitton”, a lecture on how primitive or ornate French antiques can work in the modern home with contemporary art and textiles. Juli will take you on a fun journey buying, styling, and incorporating French finds. The lecture also offers 3 CEUS for designers and architects and immediately follows the Howard lecture and book signing. If you want a morning of design and inspiration block off Friday, December 6th at 11:30 and check out more of Juli’s beautiful work here.
4. Julia Reed. Julia Reed has written eight books. (I mean that right there should be enough to make you want to come out and see her). I am totally enchanted by her witty and wise comments in Garden and Gun, where she is a contributing editor. She’s kind of one of those people who’s a southern icon of everything….interior design, travel, people, hospitality food. This delightful Delta woman’s timeless taste and her Tales and Tabletalk is something you will NOT want to miss…especially as you get ready for the holidays. Check it out Friday, December 6th at 1:00. Reserve your tickets here.
5. Ray Booth. Described as “a young spirit and an old soul”, Ray Booth is an Alabama native and though a graduate of the Auburn University School of Architecture, his career has been solidly in the world of interior design, in which he worked in the New York offices of John Saladino and Clodagh before becoming a partner in Nashville’s McAlpine firm, where he reunited with his professor, Bobby McAlpine. His new book Evocative Interiors was released from Rizzoli Publishing in 2018 and he recently launched a line of furniture, lighting, and accessories for Hickory Chair. Ray’s work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, and He splits his time between his 9th-floor apartment in an old warehouse surrounded by beaux-arts buildings in New York City and his Nashville residence on a hill surrounded by trees. Come see him Saturday, December 7th at 11:00. Get your tickets here!
6. Margot Shaw. Okay…so Margot Shaw is cool! She is the founder and editor of Flower Magazine. She’s one of those rare “old school- new school” people who can touch the hearts of old people and speak to young people. A student of art history at Hollins and interior design at the University of Texas, Margot was inspired by the art of floral craftsmanship when working with the floral designer to plan her daughter’s wedding. She began apprenticing with the same designer. Later she launched Flower Magazine, now in its 12th year She is also the author of the newly released book, Living Floral: Entertaining and Decorating with Flowers. For those of you who share her passion for flowers you will not want to miss her panel discussion, “Outside/In: Designing with Nature in Mind” with Elaine Griffin and Barry Dixon on Saturday, December 7th at 1:00. Reserve your tickets here.
8. Elaine Griffin. Interior designer and tastemaker Elaine Griffin believes that a person’s home- what it looks like, where it is, how it’s lived in- reveals more about him than anything else in the world. “The decorator’s hand should enhance a client’s personality, not eclipse it.” she says, “because rooms should always look like the people who live in them.” Elaine holds the distinction of being the first African-American recipient of the New Oak School of Interior Design’s highest accolade, their honorary doctorate, award to her in May 2019 following her keynote speech to the school’s graduating class. She earned her B.A. in Art History at Yale and began her design career in the office of architectural behemoth Peter Marino, following a non-year career as a publicist in New York and Paris and officially opened her eponymous design firm in 1999. Elaine returned to Coastal Georgia of her youth in 2015, where she presently resides. You will not want to miss being inspired by this amazing Southern woman as she teams up with Margot Shaw and Barry Dixon for “Outside/In: Designing with Nature in Mind” on Saturday, December 7th at 1:00. Reserve your tickets here.
9. Barry Dixon. Inspired by acres of lush Virginia countryside, Barry Dixon is known for a distinct aesthetic that blends Western styles with global influences from a childhood spent abroad in India, Pakistan, Korea, New Caledonia, and South Africa. With Projects spanning the world, Dixon imagines interiors that infuse artifacts and antiques with present-day motifs- all preserving the history and personality of the home’s owners and their treasures. His exclusive collections include furniture, lighting, and accessories for Arteriors; showroom design and products for Fortuny; custom furniture and lighting for Avrett; fabrics and trims for vervain; upholstery for Tomlison; and The Naturals color collection by Barry Dixon for C2 Paint. This year, Barry will introduce his first collection of wallcoverings with Vervain. He is the author of several books, Barry Dixon Interiors, and Barry Dixon Inspirations, as well as Farrow and Ball: The Art of Color and Fortuny Interiors. Dixon lives and works in his 1907 Edwardian estate, Elway Hall, located on over 300 acres of farmland in the heart of Fauquier County, Virginia’s horse country. I don’t know about you…but horses, Edwardian estate, Farrow and Ball….I think our world needs more of this and less of whatever else we are getting. Go check him out for “Outside/In: Designing with Nature in Mind” on Saturday, December 7th at 1:00. Reserve your tickets here.
10. Adam Levine. Director and CEO of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. So if you have been wanting to meet the young, attractive “new guy in town” here’s your chance. The Cummer’s very own Adam Levine will speak on collecting and curating art on Sunday, December 9th to round out the show with a bang. Adam Levine, PH.D is the Cummer Museum of Art & Garden’s Inaugural George W. and Kathleen I. Gibbs Director & Chief Executive Officer. He began his new role with the Museum in January 2019. Levine’s more than 10 years of management and curatorial experience in leading arts institutions and museums in America includes times spent at the Toledo Museum of Art as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow before being appointed Assistant Director. He was promoted to Associate Director and then Deputy Director, all the while acting as the curator of the Museum’s important collection of ancient art. From 2011 to 2013, he was a collections management assistant in the Greek and Roman Art Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. In 2009, he cofounded Art Research Technologies in New York City and served as CEO until 2012. He has also consulted extensively for national and international museums, universities, and think tanks. Be sure to check out his lecture “The Nuts and Bolts and Dos and Don’ts of Collecting” on Sunday, December 8th at 12:00 noon. Get your tickets here.