Antiques show this weekend

Published 9:53 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017

More than three dozen antiques and collectibles dealers will be in Suffolk this weekend for the Suffolk Art League’s 34th annual antiques show and sale.

The fundraiser will take place at King’s Fork Middle School, 350 Kings Fork Road, on Saturday and Sunday. It is one of the biggest sources of income for the art league, which conducts many art exhibits, classes and workshops, lectures and the like throughout the year and also runs two student scholarship programs for youngsters to continue their artistic endeavors.

“There wouldn’t be an art league after a while if we didn’t have this,” said Dixie Peachy, the art show chairman.

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The 40 dealers on hand will be a mix of longtime favorites as well as new ones offering purple art glass, vintage fur coats and more.

On offer will be silver, jewelry, porcelain, artwork, linens, furniture and more. Clock repair by Father Time Antiques and crystal repair by Art Glass of Tidewater will be available.

The Peanut Pals organization will also be on hand and will have Planters and Mr. Peanut memorabilia for display and sale.

Lunch will also be available, with barbecue and Brunswick stew from Rodman’s, homemade chicken salad and desserts, hot dogs and more.

“You can make a real outing out of it,” said art league Executive Director Linda Bunch.

“You can have lunch and support your art league,” Peachy said.

Bunch said many people believe they don’t have enough money to attend the antiques show, but that’s not true. Many small items are priced at just a few dollars, she noted.

“The price range is from a few dollars to thousands of dollars,” she said.

It’s a great place to find things for artists to work with, too, she noted, particularly those looking for mixed-media materials or a subject for a still-life drawing or painting.

“I often tell artists it’s a great place to find things,” she said. “There’s some really neat things to work with, and it’s not all really expensive.”

Plenty of folks come to the show every year just to fill out their silver collections, also.

“You can often find that eighth one, if you’ve got seven forks and you want eight,” Bunch said.

Also at the show, raffles will be held for items including an original painting by the late, locally renowned artist John Taylor; a Nags Head cottage vacation; and a night at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino. Raffle tickets are $5.

Bunch said the art league appreciates the support of the Suffolk Department of Parks and Recreation and Suffolk Public Schools in putting on the show.

The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6. Call 925-0448 for more information.