Karen Knapstein

About Karen Knapstein

Karen L. Knapstein is Print Editor for Antique Trader. A lifelong collector and student of antiques, she lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Joseph, and daughter, Faye.

Wool Art: Antique hooked rugs move from the floor to the wall

antique hooked rug

Beginning about a century-and-a-half ago, men and women created hooked rugs to warm their hearths and homes. Wool rug hooking is thought to have begun in Canada’s easternmost provinces and in the Northeast United States. These folk art floor coverings, which were originally made to cover dirt floors, were fashioned out of ingenuity and frugality and are now highly valued in collectors’ and decorators’ markets. Read More +

Cache of Spicuzza oils offered in inaugural Milwaukee art and antique auction

Francesco Spicuzza painting

Chicago-based Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will hold its summer auction July 26, 2012 at the firm’s newly opened office at 414 East Mason St., MIlwaukee. Hindman is thrilled to present a selection of nearly a dozen paintings from Francesco Spicuzza (American, 1883-1962), one of Wisconsin’s most prolific artists. He is best remembered for his beach scenes; “McKinley Beach,” 1910, oil-on-board signed lower left “F. Spicuzza” and dated on the verso, is estimated at $700 to $900. Read More +

New York’s Museum Mile festival returns June 12

BlueStarMuseum

Ten Fifth Avenue museums along New York’s Museum Mile are opening their doors for free for a mile-long block party and visual art celebration known as the Museum Mile Festival June 12. More than 1,600 museums across the country have opened their doors for free through Labor Day for active-duty military personnel and their families. Read More +