Interesting Doll Exhibit

If you find yourself in the San Deigo area in the near future, you may want to get to the Mingei International Museum where a very interesting collection will be on display. Deborah J. Neff, a toy collector in suburban Connecticut, has hundreds of antique cloth dolls. They all depict African-Americans and were hand made between 1850 and 1930. Little information has survived about their backgrounds and original owners. About 125 of these dolls and photos of people playing with them, are on display.

Frank Maresca, editor of the Mingei show’s catalog, said that Neff dolls “were made with dignity and love.” Ms. Neff explains that her collection came from about a hundred sources from flea markets and high-end antique shows to other places. One of the dolls has “an inked inscription on her torso from a St. Louis mother to her son dated Christmas 1879.” Ms. Neff wants to keep the dolls together “permanently in a public collection.”

But for the moment, she is not ready to give them up. She misses them already since they’ve been shipping temporarily to San Diego.

Sweet Savage Expands

Flea markets have become all the rage – and often with good reason. People can find real gems in these locations, and many of them have started having upscale home decor. Sweet Salvage, for instance, in Phoenix, Arizona, has recently doubled its retail space. They now have a 5000 square foot warehouse, bringing their retail…

Printing the Old Fashioned Way

Some of the best companies are ones that realize that not everything has to be fast-paced and modern. Smock is one of these companies, based in Syracuse, New York. They are actually using letterpress techniques with the same technology that was created by Johannes Gutenberg in 1436 for their specialty stationary. As Smock President Harold…

Black Friday Antique Offerings

Certainly, with Black Friday approaching and everyone getting ready for the holidays, it’s important to think about where you want to shop. If you’re like most of us reading this site, you don’t want something junky or temporary. You’re looking for a lovely antique or something that will decorate the house for years to come….

The Morristown Armory Antiques Show

Anyone who loves antiques should get to the Morristown Armory Antiques Show today and tomorrow. This yearly event includes more than 100 exhibitors. Items One antique dealer, Mimi Gunn of Morristown said, “I’ve been in antiques for 44 years. I learned early on. I started doing this when I was a child following my mother….

New York Jazz Performances

Jazz musicians living in New York have their fair share of entertainment pics this week. For individuals such as Beyler Eyubov, a passionate jazz musician from Azerbaijan, jazz pianist Bill Charlap and Latin jazz musician Arturo O’Farrill, the choices are almost too great! For example, playing this week at Smoke, located on Broadway at 106th…

Barrett Wissman: “A New Meaning for Performance Arts”

Art shouldn’t be about money, profits and making a business. At least, that’s what businessman and art patron Barrett Wissman believes. Described by Gulf Elite magazine as “the Medici of the 21st century,” Wissman “sees innovation in differentiation.” And with this, the Los Angeles, California, IMG Artists visionary has been making a name for himself…

Savannah Collections Opens Tomorrow

For anyone heading to Savannah, it is highly worthwhile to go to the Savannah Collects exhibit running from October 3, 2014 through January 18th, 2015 at the Jepson Center on 207 W. York Street. As Telfair Museum’s director and CEO Lisa Grove explains, “One reason we’re doing this show is to really enable us to…

Pop Departures Comes to Seattle

If you’ll be anywhere near Seattle this fall, it will be worth it to pop into the Seattle Art Museum. They will be showing the artwork of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and other pioneers in the pop art movement from October 9th 2014 to January 11th, 2015. The show will also include Lynn Hershman Leeson,…

Healdsburg Museum Fair

If you missed the Healdsburg Museum Antiques, Arts and Collectibles Fair this year, it’s certainly worth putting it on the calendar for next year. The fair took place at the Healdsburg Plaza on Sunday, August 24 from 9-4. Over 90 vendors attended and were displaying everything from Persian rugs and pottery to antique prints and…