TRI DELTA Charity Antiques Show

Interest in antiques and collectibles, from textiles to garden fountains, has reached new height throughout the United States. Auction houses, estate sales and antiques dealers are experiencing strong business. Dallas is no exception, especially noticeable here as the region rebounds from the economic downswing of the last decade. Public television’s Antiques Roadshow had eight venues across the country last year with over 6,000 people attending the Dallas taping last summer. (The Dallas show will be broadcast on KERA on April 6 at 7:00 p.m.) The local icon to the antiques trade is the Tri Delta Charity Antiques Show having exhibited top quality items for twenty years. The Show provides a showcase for top United States and foreign dealers and a place to learn and purchase find antiques.

Since 1975, the Dallas and Richardson alumna chapters of Tri Delta sorority have presented to the area public, at a nominal charge, multiple antiques authorities in one place. Annually, the Show presents over fifty dealers from the United States and abroad offer-ing an array of top quality antiques. Show organiz-ers mount a museum quality Loan Exhibition which has included the Cartier Museum Collection, vintage cars from the same era and various treasures from the Dallas Museum of Fine Art. Audiences continue to grow for educational symposiums led by internationally renowned antiques and design personalities. Expenses of the show are underwritten by local businesses, individuals and exhibitor fees with gate receipts and donations supporting local non-profit institutions. Currently proceeds are distributed among The Dallas Museum of Art/Decorative Arts Fund, Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Baylor University Medical Center, Tri Delta Endowed Scholarship Fund at Southern Methodist University, Camp Esperanza and the Children’s Medical Center at Dallas. To date, more than $2.8 million has been given to these and other local charities.

The goals of the Show are to provide a wide variety of antiques with an equal variety of prices while benefiting its local chosen charities. For the beginning collector, the Show is a good place to start-browsing, asking questions of the many qualified dealers and buying. Traditionally, antiques shows provide a venue for reference books, many of which are our of print and valuable within themselves. The Dallas Show annually hosts Hayden & Fandetta, an internationally recognized book dealer who provides this resource as well as their own vast knowledge of the antiques trade- The variety is endless, and often surprising. Jim Yeager Antique Toys from Kansas City brings toys, banks and related items, Wm. Blair Ltd., Inc. from New Orleans provides Dallas collectors the best in English antique furniture and accessories. Local dealer Proler Oeggerli finds the best in European garden pieces, particularly through their private resources in Italy and France. London dealer, Somlo Antiques, offers collectors choices of watches and clocks. The Ensinger Collection from Palm Beach has been a collector and dealer of China Trade porcelains for 27 year. Kathryn Berenson brings French quilts from Provence; Ms. Berenson has also written a book, Quilts of Provence.

Dealers and supporters of the Antiques Show hasten to suggest that the initial price of an antique often compares favorably to that of a new reproducrion, plus there is added value. The softened edges, patina, aged colors, the sense of history and past use – which are a part of antiques, add to the pleasure of ownership and use.

Local interior designers, such as Linda Pasley who is a member of the Tri Delta Charity Antiques Show Committee, encourage adding antiques to a home. Ms. Pasley states, “The Antiques Show otters area shoppers an opportunity to buy top quality antiques at all price levels. In my experience, whether a client is looking for pieces to create a ’drop-dead, gorgeous’ interior or a more relaxed, but together look, antique furniture and accessories arc very helpful in achieving both of these looks. Antiques bring personality and interest to a home. My clients and I find the pursuit of antiques and learning about them to be intellectually stimulating and great fun! The Show with these top dealers from the United States and many foreign bases offer everyone a terrific opportunity to make ’a find’.”

Personal and corporate underwriting make the Tri Delta Charity Antiques Show possible, Lynda Adleta, co-owner of Adle-ta & Poston, Realtors and a Tri Delta, has since 1980, underwritten several areas of the Show, Other underwriters include American Airlines. British Airways, Many Anne and Dick Cree, Sewell Village Cadillac, The Eugene McDermott Foundation, Betty Beasley Fiedler and Dr. and Mrs. Leonard M Riggs, Jr. New underwriters such as the new Park Cities office of SAFECO Land Title enable the show to expand and increase support of the chosen charities.

Over the years, honorary chairpersons have added prestige and advice to the Show. This year, Dallas philanthropist Nancy Hamon serves in this capacity. Previous advisors have included Stanley Marcus, Lady Bird Johnson, Vin Prothro, Caroline Rose Hunt, Deedie and Rusty Rose, Mr. and Mrs. Peter O’Donnell, Jr. and Mrs. Eugene McDermott.

The fuel for the Show is the volunteer work of the Dallas and Richardson Alumnae Chapters of Tri Delta sorority. Over 100 women and their families each year devote time, talents and often professional career experience to the success of the Show.

Each year, a museum quality Loan Exhibition is mounted. This year, two Loan Exhibitions will feature painted furniture from the Dallas Museum of Art and antique miniature furniture from Dallas collectors Pat and Richard Trimble. Special lecture guests include Southern Accents’ travel and lifestyle editor Barbara Milo Ohrbach who is the author of 14 books including her latest release, Tabletops. Ms. Ohrbach will be the principal speaker at the Lecture Luncheon on Friday February 20. Guest speaker at the Lecture/Study Sessions on Thursday, February 19 will be Jonathan Fairbanks, Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Boston Museum of Fine Art. One can preview the Tri Delta Charity Antiques Show at the Collectors’ Hour and Preview Party on (he evening of February 18.

The 1998 Tri Delta Charity Antiques Show will benefit the following organizations:

Dallas Museum of Art/Decorative Arts Fund: The Antiques Show will complete its $1.5 million pledge this year, making them the lead donor for the collection,

Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Baylor University Medical Center: Since 1976, the show has donated more than $1 million to the Sammons Cancer Center at Baylor for the expansion of their bone marrow transplant facility. Through their donations, an inpatient clinic has been expanded and a new outpatient clinic will soon open, making the Center one of the largest in the country in terms of bed size and patient volume.

Tri Delta Endowed Scholarship Fund at Southern Methodist University: This scholarship fund, established in 1977, has a current value in excess of $200,000 and provides three or more scholarships per year to outstanding students from Dallas area high schools.

Camp Esperanza: A place for children with cancer to enjoy a summer camp atmosphere, Camp Esperanza’s programs act as a balance to the children’s often usual routine of necessary, frequently painful, hospital and clinical treatments. With the help of Tri Delta, more than 1,000 children have participated in the week-long camp that provides therapeutic, outdoor camp activities. Since 1989, more than $27,000 has been donated to this cause.

Children’s Medical Center: The oncology program at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders is one of the premier programs of its kind in the United States. The center furnishes families from Texas and other parts of the nation with superior diagnosis and treatment for all types of childhood malignant diseases. A recent addition to the list of beneficiaries, the center has received $36,000 in proceeds from the annual antiques show.

Tickets are available through Tri Delta alumnae and at the door. Show admission tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Hours are 11:00-7:00 Thursday and Saturday, February 19 and 21; 11:00-8:00 on Fridav. February 20 ; and noon-5:00 on Sunday, February 22. For additional show information, please phone or fax (214) 691-3533.

February 19 through 22 are the data for the 23rd Annual Tri Delta Charily Antiques Show. The Honorary Show Chairperson is Nancy Hamon and the Chairperson is Mrs. (Jane) Andrew Rooker. The event will he held at the Dallas Convention Center Hall “C” where over 50 antique dealers from the United States and abroad convene for the most important annual antiques show in this five-state area.


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