Audrey J. Bernard

*The Winter Antiques Show celebrated its 56th successful year as this country’s most prestigious antiques show at the affluent Park Avenue Armory at Park Avenue at 67th Street, New York City, to benefit the non-profit East Side House Settlement (ESHS) in the South Bronx, New York.

The show ran from Friday, January 22, 2010 to Sunday, January 31, 2010, and all net proceeds from sponsors, special events, and ticket sales support ESHS stated Catherine Sweeney Singer, executive director, the Winter Antiques Show

The Show featured renowned experts in American, English, European, and Asian fine and decorative arts in a fully vetted antiques show, providing museums, established collectors, dealers, design professionals and first-time buyers with opportunities to see and purchase exceptional pieces showcased by 75 exhibitors.

The Show’s impressive displays specialized in 18th and early 19th century American furniture, 20th century fine and decorative arts, and Chinese furniture.  From an Egyptian sarcophagus from 1000 B.C. through mid–century modern furniture — every object exhibited at the Winter Antiques Show was the real thing having been vetted for quality and authenticity under the sharp scrutiny of a committee chaired by Wendell Garrett, vetting committee honorary chairman.

There were many highlights at this year’s stellar show including a new Loan Exhibition, Colonial to Modern: A Century of Collecting at Historic New England, from historic New England.  Chubb Personal Insurance was the proud sponsor of the Loan Exhibition for the fourteenth year

Andrew Frazier, CPA, president & COO, A & J Mgmt. Inc., Winter Antiques Show coordinator, Eula Johnson, and Alvin D. Byrd, president & owner, ADB & Associates (Photo by Audrey J. Bernard)

Peter M. Brant, chairman, Brant Publications, and a passionate patron of the arts, served as the Winter Antiques Show’s honorary chairman for 2010 and Arie L. Kopelman served as chairman of the Show.  Patrick Bell served as dealers’ committee chairman.

The Winter Antiques Show was established in 1955 by ESHS, a social services institution located in the South Bronx that provides social services to community residents and its new initiative, the Winter Antiques Show Education Fund, which is proudly sponsored by Bank of America which returned as Show sponsor.

Sallie Krawcheck, Bank of America’s president of Global Wealth & Investment Management, served as chair of the show’s signature Opening Night Party held on Thursday, January 21, 2010.  “Bank of America is proud to sponsor the 56th annual Winter Antiques Show,” said Ms. Krawcheck.  “The support of this event, and in turn, East Side House Settlement, is part of our commitment to strengthen the communities we serve.”

Winter Antiques Education Fund proceeds will benefit the East Side House Settlement Students from Mott Haven Village Preparatory High School and Bronx Haven High School (Photo by Robert Phillips)

ESHS president Peter D. Standish along with executive director John A. Sanchez and associate executive director Josue Rodriguez thanked Bank of America for another successful annual event with special acknowledgement of the outstanding Opening Night festivities.  To that end, ESHS would like to thank and acknowledge special events committee chairman Mrs. Roland W. Donnem with special gratitude to show coordinator, Eula C. Johnson.

Kudos also to Jeff Daly, who recently retired as senior design advisor to the director at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and now heads his own design firm, who did a phenomenal job designing the loan exhibition.  The Magazine Antiques was the 2010 show sponsor and Opening Night guests received a copy of the show’s award-winning catalogue.

The Winter Antiques Show has provided crucial financial support for ESHS for more than fifty years.  ESHS offers a variety of social services and educational programs to those living in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx, one of the poorest congressional districts in America.  Recognizing that education is the key to opportunity, East Side House — in partnership with New York City’s Department of Education — founded two new schools in the community.

The Winter Antiques Show Education Fund was established to provide college readiness and other programs for these students as they strive to obtain a high school diploma and college education. The schools’ initial enrollment of 70 will soon reach 700 students, with impressive graduation and college acceptance rates.

Among the initiatives that focus on educational attainment as the gateway out of poverty is the innovative and highly acclaimed Mott Haven Village Preparatory School, a national model profiled in Business Week.  For more information, please visit www.eastsidehouse.org.

East Side House Settlement was founded in 1891 to help immigrants and lower income families on the East Side of Manhattan.  In 1962, it moved to the South Bronx where it serves 8,000 residents annually within one of America’s poorest congressional districts, the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx.

Audrey J. Bernard is an established chronicler of Black society and Urban happenings based in the New York City area.