Antique Show Coming to Saint Louis, if You’re still Interested

stlouisshowSometimes the antiques industry seems to be its own worst enemy. The first line of a press release for an upcoming antique show in St. Louis essentially asks if you’re still interested in antiques and collectibles. Perhaps you are one of the few, the proud, the last people on earth to still go to antique shows! Or perhaps antique collecting is something you’re supposed to grow out of (gee, until now I had thought of it as something you grow into–at age 60).  I bet that’s not what the release authors meant, but there had to be a better way to say it!

Here’s the rest of the information: 

If you’re still interested in fine antiques and collectibles, then the St. Louis Antique Festival is the place to shop. The St. Louis Antique Festival is held twice a year with a Spring and a Fall Show.

This Fall, the St. Louis Antique Festivals’ 31st show will be held at the Belle Clair Fairgrounds in Belleville, IL. September 5 & 6, 2009. Hours for the Show are Sat. 10am – 5pm and Sun. 10am – 4pm.

It will feature 100 top quality antique dealers from 32 states displaying and selling items including: Dresden, Meissen, porcelain, jewelry, Nippon, knives, Orientalia, art glass, art pottery, bronzes, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, paintings, furniture, silver, china, country store, quilts, clocks, French Cameo glass, lamps, signs, photographs, Civil War, coins, dolls, toys, books, sports, advertising, paper, glassware, prints, statuary, majolica, collectibles and more. Many of the dealers are Associated Antiques Dealers of America members.

Belle Clair Fairgrounds, 200 South Belt West, Belleville, IL 62220

The Belle Clair Fairgrounds is located 6 ½ mi. off of I-64, exit 12, south on Hwy. 159 at Hwy 13. The show is held inside a climate-controlled building with plenty of free parking. Admission is $6.

About Art After X

With the death of President Kennedy in 1963, America changed. As hard as it is to minimize that sentiment, the effect of Dallas was even greater. The same year saw the merging of the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, which had been central to the art scene, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Douglas MacAgy, then the director of DMCA, not only opposed the merger, but also declined to directorship of the combined museum. The regionalist movement which had been strong for decades, was giving way to more of an interest in what was going on nationally, and internationally. Like it or not, Dallas was on the national stage.

When the Kennedy’s arrived in Fort Worth, local collectors had decorated a hotel room with internationally-renowned works. While the president and his wife learned a great deal about the ability of Texans to collect major art, there was little they could glean about the local scene in this era-defining city.

With this in mind, we have begun a project to look not back at the art scene in Dallas, but foreword from 1963. We are interviewing gallery owners, curators and others involved in the art scene then, but this will be a story told mostly through interviews with artists active in the city from that point into the 1980s.

The result will be a book with a video component.

We hope you will join us in our journey. The hashtag for the project is #artafterx and the url will point to the latest updates on this weblog.


My Moms estate has 6 VERY pre-civil war antique knives, including a knife that the Smithsonian Institute wants. Can you date , then purchase said pieces? I also have 6 antique train lanterns from the 1900’s that I need to sell. Do you purchase something like this?My cell phone is 636-399-4444.

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