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Ellis Boston Antiques Show Re-Launches at The Cyclorama
October 10, 2011  | 

The Ellis Antiques Show ran for 49 years in Boston before closing its doors in 2009.  The Boston Antiques Show ran for 21 years, before closing its doors in 2001 in the aftermath of 9/11.   Now, co-producers Tony Fusco and Robert Four do honor to both historical shows by launching The Ellis Boston Antiques Show October 20-23, 2011 at The Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street in Boston's South End.  The show will feature 40 American and European exhibitors of the highest quality, drawn from both past Ellis and Boston Antiques Show exhibitors as well as many new additions.

The show opens with a Gala Preview on Thursday, October 20 to benefit Ellis Memorial, Boston's first settlement house.  Located in Boston's South End, just a two-minute walk from the Cyclorama, Ellis Memorial has been caring for children, disabled adults, and families who live and work in the South End and adjacent neighborhoods since 1885. One of the most important non-profit social service agencies in the city, Ellis Memorial is in the process of renovating two historic buildings on Berkeley Street to house their programming.

The weekend show is Friday, October 21, 1pm - 9pm, Saturday October 22, 11am - 8pm, and Sunday, October 23, 11am - 5pm. Admission is $15 at the door, with children under 12 free. Admission includes the show catalog, all special programs, and re-admission throughout the weekend. Friday evening from 6pm to 9pm will be "New Collectors' Night", featuring a series of programs designed to introduce new collectors to the world of antiques. Additional programs are planned for both Saturday and Sunday.

The show will offer a vast array of antiques, decorative arts, fine art, jewelry, silver, antiquities, quilts, rare maps, books, prints and more.  Show goers will be dazzled by numerous specialist booths including Russian icons, Greek and Roman antiquities, Georgian and Federalist furnishings, Spanish and Swedish antiques, English ironstone china, oriental rugs, Asian works of art, fine silver, copper and brass, marine art and artifacts, quilts, Victorian and Georgian jewelry, antique fireplace equipment, China Trade porcelain, majolica, and unique quilts.

"With exhibitors from the UK, Portugal, Spain and across the United States, the show will have something to offer everyone," comments co-producer Tony Fusco.   "Our goal is to have an incredible range of work and still keep the intimacy of a smaller-scale show."

Exhibitors for the 2011 show include both former Ellis exhibitors and new additions: Alcocer Anticuarios (Spain), Arader Galleries (NY), Boston Rare Maps (MA), Sue Brown (UK), Alfred Bullard (PA), Cara Antiques (PA), Clark Point Gallery (ME), Dawn Hill Antiques (CT), The Federalist Antiques (IL), Fiske & Freeman (MA), Roberto Freitas American Antiques (CT), Funston Antiques (MA), J. Gallagher Antiques (NY), Georgian Manor Antiques (MA), Hixenbaugh Ancient Art (NY), Imperial Fine Books and Oriental Art (NY), Arthur Guy Kaplan (MD), Knollwood Antiques (NY), Leatherwood Antiques (MA), Polly Latham Asian Art (MA), Robert Lloyd (NY), Made in Russia (FL), Marcoz Antiques (MA), Oriental Rugs, Ltd. (CT), Janice Paull (Portugal), Port 'N Starboard (ME), Betsey Telford-Goodwin's Rocky Mountain Quilts (ME), W.M. Schwind, Jr. (ME), Sallea Antiques (CT), Stephen Score (MA), G.R. Sergeant Antiques (CT), Andrew Spindler Antiques (MA), William Vareika Fine Arts (RI), Vose Galleries (MA), Charles L. Washburne Antiques (PA), Michael J. Whitman Antiques (PA), and others to be announced.

A Preservation Committee has been created to support the show, and to bring the collecting and preservation communities together.  "We believe that antique collectors and preservationists are two sides of the same coin, and share many of the same values and interests," notes Fusco, who is also President of the Art Deco Society of Boston.  "We want to celebrate the work of preservation organizations across the region."  Among the more than 20 organizations serving on the committee are the Boston Preservation Alliance, The Bostonian Society, The Chinese Historical Society, Concord Museum, The Friends of the Public Garden, Preservation Massachusetts, The South End Historical Society, Strawbery Banke, Vilna Shul Boston Center for Jewish Culture, and numerous others.

The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts provides the ideal venue for this exciting show.  A large circular rotunda and adjacent salons encourage visitors to both linger and wander.  The historic structure is located in the heart of the BCA complex, which boasts four theatres, a gallery, the Boston Ballet School, 50 artist studios and other facilities.  There are more than a dozen "hot" restaurants and nightspots within a five-minute walk, making it a focal point for cultural life in the city.

Fusco & Four produces two other successful shows each year at The Cyclorama: The Boston International Fine Art Show, which will have its 15th anniversary November 17-20, 2011 (www.FineArtBoston.com) and AD 20/21: Art & Design of the 20th & 21st Centuries, including  the Boston Print Fair, with its fifth annual show March 15-18, 2012. (www.AD2021.com).

For Gala Preview information:
Tel. 617.426.2900

For more information:
Tel. 617.363.0405