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Washington Connecticut Antiques Show Marks 25th Anniversary
September 23, 2011  | 
The 25th annual Washington Connecticut Antiques Show to benefit the Gunn Memorial Library & Museum is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2. Established as a small, elegant and esteemed show that consistently draws dealers of the highest quality, this year’s event chairs are incorporating mid-century elements of art and design into a fine mix of classic antiques. The aim is to broaden the show’s appeal to include a younger generation of buyers who are seeking environmentally responsible furnishings that are stylish, unique, and of enduring quality and value.

“Antiques are tangible pieces of history, yet they can accommodate anyone’s decorating taste,” explained co-chair Rod Pleasants. Decorator and architect Robert Couturier, a faithful supporter of this show, adds, “I have always found that quality antiques mixed with beautiful, spare, contemporary interiors benefit décor and architecture; it brings the antique to the level of art and gives personality to a spare interior.”

A glittering Gala Preview Party and silent auction will be held on the evening of Friday, September 30 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served at the gilded Washington Town Hall, a historic building rich in history and ambience, a fitting start to a festive fall weekend in New England. Preview party tickets start at $125. General admission to view the exhibits on Saturday and Sunday is $10.

“We are proud to once again present dealers of high-quality antiques that our faithful following of clients have come to expect; yet there will be new faces and fresh artifacts to be discovered,” said event co-chair Regine Laverge.

The show features over 20 dealers from around the northeast. Larger furnishings and works of art will be displayed on the main floor. Featured upstairs in the marketplace bazaar, visitors will find additional artwork, tableware, books, intimate furniture and decorative accessories.

Carolyn Klemm, long-time Washington, CT resident, has graciously agreed to serve as Honorary Chair of this year’s show. With over thirty-eight years of experience in Litchfield County real estate, Carolyn Klemm knows nearly every property in the twenty-six villages and towns throughout the area. Lending her support to this year’s event, Carolyn says, “It is my great pleasure and indeed a privilege to be honorary Chairman for this year’s Antiques Show. It is one of Washington’s most popular and prestigious affairs! I anticipate that many of my friends will attend this amazing event.”

This yearly event is one of the primary fund-raisers for the town’s library and historical museum, which largely depend upon private contributions in addition to taxpayer dollars. Connecticut statistics reveal that the Gunn Memorial Library boasts double the number of visits per capita of towns of its size and performs at the top of most every measure of libraries statewide.

Also lending their talents and expertise to this year’s show are Renny Reynolds, entertaining author and landscape designer, and Chris Giftos, former floral master at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “The Washington Connecticut Antiques Show is one of the most important events of the year for the Gunn Memorial Library & Museum. This year marks our 25th Anniversary and promises to be one of our best shows ever,” said event co-chair Jay Morton.

Advance ticket purchases for the gala preview party are highly recommended.
Reservations can be made online by visiting the library’s website:
Tel: 860.868.7586