Heart of Country Antiques Show announces new forum: Speaking from the Heart

The famous 28th annual Heart of Country Antiques Show, to be held March 12-14, 2009, at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., introduces a new event for its loyal antiques enthusiasts who flock from some 40 states each year to learn and buy from the best.

In addition to presenting quality dealers with a broad array of American fine art, folk art, and decorative furnishings, this event is designed to re-emphasize the need to learn and grow as a collector and is dedicated to education – the road to good, better, best in antiquing!

Novice shoppers and experienced buyers alike can attend the first in a series of groundbreaking round table discussions, Speaking from the Heart, a powerful learning opportunity at Heart of Country to hear from three highly successful antiques dealers, each an expert in their own field. This premiere presentation will provide attendees with access to in-depth educational information about what to look for at a quality antiques show, steps to building a meaningful collection in today’s market, how to invest wisely and find the best value in purchasing genuine antiques.

This year’s first Speaking From the Heart forum features three accomplished dealers: George Allen of Raccoon Creek Antiques, 20 year veteran in the business and noted authority in Americana, painted furniture, and redware pottery; Makala Munday of Munday & Munday Antiques, a passionate and full-time young dealer in American folk art and expert in yellowware; and Dan Morphy of Morphy Antiques, an author/auctioneer/dealer and specialist in many fields, especially mechanical banks and toys.

Additionally, two non-dealers will be invited to join in the conversation providing their own unique journey to collecting. This year, the round table includes Patricia Lloyd, a long-time Heart of Country Antiques Show attendee and experienced collector, who has amassed a fine collection of early Americana and folk art; and college senior Sarah Jane Hunkins. Sarah Jane, inspired by conversations with dealers at Heart and the knowledge she has received through them, recently made her first solo antique purchase. Sarah brings a fresh, young outlook to the subject of antique collecting and says, “Today’s world is addicted to ‘virtual reality’ and we need to reconnect with what is ‘real.’ Learning from these dealers makes the world of antiques more relevant to me, their stories and knowledge enhances my understanding and gets me excited about collecting.”

For nearly three decades running, Heart of Country continues to be a source for the best dealers with genuine antiques displayed in room settings, and informative seminars on how to build a good collection, invest in antiques, and furnish a home with things that will enhance a collector’s life both personally and financially. Heart of Country’s experienced dealers are known for sharing their knowledge, and guiding shoppers in making a sound purchase so they have the added satisfaction of knowing those pieces will hold their value and meaning for many years to come. To illustrate this, Heart of Country will present the Gallery Exhibit, A Collectors Collection. On view for the first time publicly, and available for purchase, this exhibit will feature select items from the private collection of Charles and Barbara Hunter. Many of these pieces were purchased by the Hunters over 28 years of shopping at Heart of Country.

This special March edition of Heart of Country starts with the famous champagne Preview Party opener on Thursday, March 12, from 6 to 10 p.m. with its lavish buffet and live music. Tickets for this evening allow for free daily readmission throughout the show dates which continue Friday, March 13 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A Young Collectors Special will offer discounted tickets to young adults up to age 35.

Special events during the show include Friday’s popular early morning pre-show Walking Tour with collector/experts at 8:30 a.m., the afternoon’s new round table Speaking from the Heart at 1 p.m., and a Friday evening “happy hour” with antique specialists on hand to serve as “personal shoppers” offering advice and answering questions for shoppers.

On Saturday, March 14, a 1 p.m. presentation features Hooked Rugs: Collect, Preserve, Display. Restoration expert Kathy Wilson, noted for taking these rugs from floor to wall, will share her secrets on the proper mounting and care to keep them beautiful for years to come.

Additionally, this whimsical folk art, an important and perennial favorite among collectors, will be on special display along the center aisle of the show with an emphasis on cat rugs.

For more details on the Heart of Country show, visit www.heartofcountry.com or call 314-962-8580 with questions.

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