West Palm Beach Antiques Festival a success under new ownership

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival continues to break new ground under the new ownership of veteran show promoters Kay and Bill Puchstein and Yvonne and Jim Tucker, who acquired the show from dmg world media in December 2008. Yvonne Tucker reported a record attendance for the annual three-day sale Feb. 6-8.

The new owners continue to adjust the details of the festival to enhance the experience for both visitors and dealers. The entry courtyard is being renovated to promote a new “garden” atmosphere that will feature dealers with specialties in live plants and  architectural garden artifacts such as iron accessories, gates, statuary and seating. A new early admission category will be in place for the next festival, April 3-5. The early admission entry fee of $25 will allow entry to the show from 9 a.m.-Noon on Friday.

West Palm Beach Antiques Festival offers a variety of merchandise. One of the dealers offering items on the decidedly upscale end of the spectrum is Rosemary Dawson’s Cathedral Place Gallery of St. Augustine. Dawson specializes in hard-to-find porcelain sculptures from Giuseppe Armani, Lladro, Boehm, Old Staffordshire and other antique selections. She prefers the more intricate works from both houses and has a nice selection of sculptures in Lladro gres, a material whose earthy tonality and matte finish adds warmth to the pieces and allows for a wide spectrum of colors.

Dawson and her husband Gary also carry a fine selection of American antiques including pewter and feature art works by such artists as Pierre H. Matisse, the grandson of Henri Matisse, and California-based floral artist Brian Davis, who uses a French painting technique called “pouchoir” and a color technique he calls “value painting.”

The Americraft Expo Center at the South Florida Fair is located off Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Fla. Show hours are noon-5 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Sunday with early admission 9 a.m.-Noon on Friday. Daily admission is $7 for adults. Discount coupons are available on the Web site. Anyone under 18 is admitted free. There is no charge for parking at the fairgrounds.

For more information call 941-697-7475 or visit www.wpbaf.com.