Happy Hour at Dolly Johnson

Dolly Johnson ShowIf you’ve never been to antiques shows in Texas, when finally make it, you find they have their own look and do their own thing. Today might be the day to make the trip to Fort Worth for “the oldest antiques show in the west,” the Dolly Johnson Antiques and Art Show. The show was founded in 1963 by Dolly Johnson, wife of long-time Will Rogers Memorial Center Director Rip Johnson. It is now run by Jan Harter. 

We made it in time for happy hour Friday (the show runs Fri-Sat), and we found a festive atmosphere with live jazz music and most dealers offering treats of one kind or another. In addition several booths featuring the white-washed country French (or should I say country Paris, Texas look), English antiques, jewelry and mid-century furniture, we found a booth with a good deal of Fort Worth memorabilia including an ashtray from the hotel JFK stayed at before making the fateful decision to visit Dallas.

New additions this year include a booth of paintings by Gordon Harrision and a booth from the vintage-centric Uncommon Objects of Austin.

Enjoy some photos (some are from previous years).

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Eric Miller is co-founder and contributor to Urban Art & Antiques. His website is ericmiller.me

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