York Emerging as Premiere Americana Show

The York Antiques Show managed by Melvin (Butch) Arion has become one of the important stops on the trail of followers of Americana, Country and Folk Art. There are other dealers there as well rounding out the market for rugs, ceramics and jewelry.

The presence of dealers, Raccoon Creek, James Kilvington and Kelly Kinzle point out just how important this show is in the scheme of things. Aso the proximity to Baltimore, Philadelpia and Washington make it a destination that is pretty easy to reach.

I was there on Saturday, but I heard there were some high end sales of furniture on Friday. Well known dealer Sumpter Priddy was there to shop the show. Dealers whom I know and spoke with seemed satisfied with the crowds and sales. The Baltimore show being on the same weekend could have helped this venue since you could easily attend both shows. Some of the dealers felt otherwise.

I actually didn’t buy anything this time although I easily could have done so. There was some great stuff there. I like small folk art pieces, silhouettes, miniature paintings and baskets and I scruitinized them carefully. I was also there to browse and shop the many antiques shops and malls in the New Oxford area, twenty minutes away and to do some housekeeping in my booth in the Ivy Hall Antqiues group shop in Abbottstown.

I had great fun, good company and overall a very enjoyable weekend!

[In an Urban Art & Antiques podcast, Bettianne spoke about how the York show was positioned to become one of the premiere Americana shows in the country.]

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 artafterx.com will point to the latest updates on this weblog.

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