The Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce its First Annual Art and Antiques Weekend, which takes place on October 14th and 15th. Visitors will enjoy shopping the rich offering of antiques and the arts in the Chamber’s 10-town reach, which includes Lambertville, New Hope, Stockton, Centre Bridge, Frenchtown, Milford, Lumberville, Washington Crossing, Point Pleasant and Upper Black Eddy.
The Delaware River Towns Chamber office at 77 Bridge Street in Lambertville is the gateway to the event. Maps of the participating venues will be provided and flags will be displayed outside of each of those venues. Participating venues include Rago Arts and Auction Center, The People’s Store Antiques Complex, A Touch of The Past, The New Hope Antiques Center, Stone House Antiques, The Golden Nugget Flea Market. Nancy Lloyd Fine Art, 26 Bridge Studio & Gallery, Preservation Fine Goods, Riverside Treasures, Bridge Street House & Gallery, Midiri Antiques, PROP & redSTORATION, Kline’s Court Antiques, Sally Goodman Antiques, A Mano Galleries, Artists’ Gallery and The New Hope Gallery & Print Shop, Grouse Studios, Frenchtown, Flora Lambertville and more.
Many of the stores will feature special sales, offers and merchandise featured expressly for the weekend event. Since hospitality is a hallmark of The River Towns, many will also feature refreshments, from cider to wine, cookies to cheese.
In addition to the shopping, there will be live music performances, live art shows with artists painting and creating in the windows of the galleries and shops, performance art, floral art and much, much more. The weekend also coincides with Lambertville’s Historical Society Autumn House Tour, which gives visitors the rare opportunity to visit some of the finest private homes in the area.
“Our antiques and arts community is a rich and robust one. We are proud to highlight their treasures on this special weekend,” said Glenn Davis, President of The Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce. Orchestrating an event in this genre aggregates some of the finest and most renowned artists and antiques dealers in the country, and unifying them for this weekend is an honor for us.”
MORE SPECIAL EVENTS
Rago Arts & Auction Center Special Auction Preview 10/14 & 10/15 from 12pm – 5pm
Another highlight of the weekend will be at the renowned Rago Arts and Auction Center’s special auction preview. The preview, both days from 12pm – 5pm, of their “Great Estates Auction” and their “Curiouser and Curiouser Auction” with both coincide with the weekend. Featured in the Great Estates Auction will be several lots of exceptional silver, a signed letter penned by Alexander Hamilton in 1792 to the president of the Bank of New York (est. $10K-15K) and, of particular local interest, a Revolutionary War Powder Horn sporting a carved scene of the Delaware River flanked by Trenton and Philadelphia (est. $8K-12K).
Curiouser and Curiouser features art that spans centuries and styles, from 18th c. paintings of Venetian Gobbos to contemporary works. It includes select outsider art; folk art; unusual decorative arts; one-of-a-kind animal themed antiques; sideshow related items; books; scientific and medical items; photography, erotica; and more. Seldom available, vintage prints by Morton Bartlett are on offer, as is an original drawing.
The People’s Store Art Show with Special Reception 10/14 from 4pm-8pm
Eleanor Voorhees and Kelly Sullivan, two local working artists, are well known for their open and inspiring studios on the “other 3rd floor” of The People’s Store in Lambertville. The artists are hosting their 5th annual Fall reception on October 14th – from 4pm – 8pm. Eleanor’s local landscapes and the colorful quirky cityscapes she’s known to paint will be on display, but her recent mixed media work is bold and even more playful, as she’s been experimenting with found objects, such as vintage buttons and flea market jewelry, to old pencils and paintbrushes to create the substrate for her wild cityscapes. These new works are almost 3D in nature and are filled with color and texture.
Kelly Sullivan, well known for her evocative portrait work as well as her collaborative FingerSmears will be offering an experimental, do it yourself FingerSmear project where guests will be able to collaborate on one piece of art – all weekend. The experiment will test out her new theory for her upcoming FingerSmear Kit. She will also invite guests to collaborate digitally in her new Paint.Team application to benefit the local food bank. In addition to Kelly’s open invitation to collaborate throughout the weekend, visitors will see a new series of her oil paintings, many focused on a theme of Pathways.
Both Kelly and Eleanor have recently returned from separate trips to Italy, and visitors will surely see that influence in their new works as well. It’s s real treat to meet the artists and see their light filled airy spaces with a bird’s eye view of Lambertville. Entrance to their galleries is from the 2nd floor of the People’s Store, or from their private entrance with red door, on Church St.
New Hope Arts Center Juried Photo Exhibition 10/14 & 10/15 from 12pm – 5pm
EXPOSURE 2017. Exhibition Theme: Photo documentary. Or the narrative of photography.
Through images we can imagine our own stories. Through documentary photography we chronicle events and environments relevant to history as well as everyday life. A story can be found in many styles of photography: portrait, still life, fashion and commercial, city and urban landscapes and traditional landscapes.
You can see a complete list of all of the weekend’s offerings at DelawareRiverTowns.com.
The event is hosted by the Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce and supported in part by a grant from the NJ Department of State Division of Travel & Tourism, Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau and the County of Hunterdon Department of Economic Development.