February is chock full of excitement at the Staunton Antiques Center and The Artisans Loft. Not only do we always have great merchandise in the antiques* center, and an amazing new art show about to open upstairs, but we also have other reasons for you to come by. Like…
Art From Our Heart Art Opening
Our signature event of the month happens upstairs in The Artisans Loft where our first show of the year will open on February 14th, Valentine’s Day. Between the fabulous new pieces we’ll be showing, and the introduction of several new artists, and the complimentary nibbles and spirits, it’s the ultimate substantive yet cheap date for lovers and lovers of art alike.
And on that note, our theme doesn’t just speak to couples in love. It’s love in the biggest sense, love in general. It’s the love of life, love of friendship, the love of the amazing creations people make, and the love of a night out on the town whether alone, with grandma, with your kids, your best friend, or whatever. It’s the eight types of love according to the ancient Greeks, with fraternity and agape among them.
And most of all it’s the love of interesting and edgy art made by locals and Virginians at large. And we LOVE that.
So mark your calendar for Friday, February 14th, 2020, from 6-9pm. If you already have dinner plans, well come by before or stop by afterward — we’d love to see you.
(Also, tune in to next week’s blog for a more detailed preview of the art on display in this next show.)
How to Buy Vintage and Antique Jewelry + Night Time Shopping
While the art opening is abuzz upstairs on the 14th, we’ll also have a fun Valentine’s Day-themed event happening in the Staunton Antiques Center from 6-6:45pm. Our own Amy Mitchell, one of our jewelry vendors (you can see her on Instagram @ShenValleyAntiques), will be talking all about what to look for when buying vintage and antique jewelry.
What’s the right price? What brands are on trend right now? Which pieces stand the test of time? What makes a piece a standout?
Amy will display several pieces to talk about and then take your questions. She’ll also introduce you to her booth and give you a tour of the other jewelry vendors and their cases in the Staunton Antiques Center. It’s fun, and free, and there’s no obligation to buy. But we bet you’ll find some pieces simply irresistible and very tempting. They might just be perfect for you or your special someone!
And the Staunton Antiques Center will stay open until 9pm that night as we always do when we host our quarterly art openings upstairs.
A Visit From George and Martha Washington
In a time where our country too often seems divided, it’s nice on President’s Day weekend to remember the founders and what it took to create our great nation.
To that end, The Staunton Antiques Center is hosting two events on Sunday February 16th with George and Martha Washington (who would definitely be antiques if they were still alive)!
At 1pm, bring the kids out to talk to George and Martha, dressed head to toe not in “costumes,” but in authentic reproduction historic clothing from the year 1776. Yep, the real fabrics like silk and wool, the accurate cuts, the extra touches like epaulets, a sword, and pearls, great shoes and fantastic hats!
This program, geared to kids 10 and under (though all ages are welcome), and in conjunction with Black History Month, will include reading a short story about a courageous enslaved member of the Washington household who fled to freedom, along with an introduction to historic dress, a quiz, some show and tell, and a Q & A with the founding Father and Mother themselves.
From 3-4pm the Washingtons will host a program for adults and those 16 and older. It will include three topics from the time — two serious, on enslavement and on partisanship in politics (which Washington warned would be the downfall of the nation) and one on material culture, or how people lived, with examples right from our antique shop!
So come on out and visit us and get some history for President’s Day weekend!
And remember, we’re open seven days a week in walkable downtown Staunton. Hope to see you in the shop!
— Ellen Boden, Proprietress, Staunton Antiques Center
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