Art & Auction: Winter Wonders

The Washington Winter Show returns to Katzen Arts Center with antiques to dazzle on January 7. 

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St. Julian weathervane circa 1880. (Photo courtesy of Fisk and Co.)

St. Julian weathervane circa 1880. (Photo courtesy of Fisk and Co.)

While our social calendars slow down after the holidays, they pick right up again in January with the annual Washington Winter Show, the second oldest charity antiques show in the United States. Since its founding in 1955 (as the Washington Antiques Show), the event has raised more than $8 million for local charities serving at-risk children and their families. This year’s partner is THEARC, a state-of-the-art campus in Ward 8 that houses 11 nonprofit agencies with the goal of “helping children and adults reach their true potential.”

Fittingly, this year’s theme is “Through the Eyes of a Child.”

“The 2016 show brings a unique perspective to the importance of passing down the tradition of collecting and its place in preserving history,” executive director Jonathan Willen says. “Co-chairs Patricia Montague and Frances Talley bring an exuberance and youthful enthusiasm to presenting our history and relating it to the next generation of collectors.”

Willen says that highlights will include a loan exhibit from Gunston Hall, the Virginia plantation of George Mason, one of the original architects of the United States Bill of Rights. As always, be prepared to browse and shop all weekend, with fine arts and antiques filling three floors of the Katzen Arts Center at American University.

Washington Winter Show runs Jan. 8-10 with a benefit preview night on Jan. 7. Visit washingtonwintershow.com to purchase tickets and view exhibitors.

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