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IRVING, Texas — November 4, 2011 — High-profile collectors, art and antique connoisseurs, and enthusiastic buyers from all across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex gathered at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas on Wednesday, November 2 for the exclusive Opening Night Private Preview Evening of the Dallas International Art, Antique and Jewelry Show. The world-class selection of fine art, antiques and jewelry on display exceeded all guests' expectations, resulting in significant sales reports from exhibitors throughout the night and into the next show day.

The Dallas International Art, Antique and Jewelry Show features more than 100 of the world's most prestigious galleries, including TEFAF Maastricht exhibitors Antiquariaat FORUM BV, Daniel Crouch Rare Books, Dr. Joern Guenther Rare Books AG and Inlibris, who are each showcasing their impressive collections of rare books, manuscripts and autographs. Additional genres represented at the show include fine art, antique and estate jewelry, furniture, porcelain, Asian antiquities, American and European silver, glass, textiles, sculpture, contemporary art and more.

The A-List of opening night guests enjoying champagne and previewing the show included: Joyce and Larry Lacerte; Patricia and Curtis Meadows; Gail and Chad Cook; Nancy Dedman; Caroline Rose Hunt; Faye Briggs; Linda Gibbons; Lynn McBee; Barbara Daseke; Patsy Donosky; Lisa and George Longino; Kelly and Norm Green; Joyce Fox; Billie Lee RIppey; Rachel and Christopher Trowbridge; Tre and Pat Hodges; Sue and Phil John; Carol Seay; Patti Flowers; Tom Swiley; and Carter Montgomery.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show's $15,0000 donation to TACA, the beneficiary charity of the Opening Night Private Preview Evening. Since 1966, TACA has promoted a diverse and vibrant North Texas arts scene by providing financial support, building public awareness and increasing participation for performing arts organizations. TACA began as an auction to benefit the Dallas Theater Center, and has grown into a year-round organization that has donated millions of dollars to approximately 75 arts organizations.

"We are so pleased that the Palm Beach Show Group has selected TACA as the beneficiary of the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show's Opening Night and are ecstatic to have this amazing show in the Metroplex," said Becky Young, Executive Director of TACA.

Several exhibitors reported strong sales on Opening Night and the first show day, including Earle Vandekar of Knightsbridge, Haynes Fine Art of Broadway, Carlson & Stevenson Antiques, Sonny Ideker Bookseller, D & D Gallery, Only Authentic, Art Link International and Gioia, among many others.

"This is my first time in Dallas and on opening night I met great people who were knowledgeable, sophisticated and extremely nice," said Paul Vandekar of Earle Vandekar of Knightsbridge. "We are happy to be back in Dallas," said Phyllis Carlson Stevenson of Carlson and Stevenson Antiques. "The Palm Beach Show Group has done a great job promoting the show and selecting this wonderful venue."

"The show is beautifully run, the collection of dealers is awesome and opening night had great momentum," commented Rafaela Amini of Gioia.

D & D Gallery owner, John Amann, adds, "The Dallas/Fort Worth crowd is elegant and rivals Palm Beach—this was the best opening night I have ever had at a show."

"I added a second booth to exhibit my art and from the high level of interest I sensed on opening night, I think this show is going to be tops," said Dean Borghi of DB Fine Art.

Sales highlights from Opening Night and the first show day include:

  • Carlson and Stevenson sold the "Music Man," a late 19th century doll with a wood carved head, leather hands and a body stuffed with straw, which they acquired from a private collection. They also sold a dressmaker's doll circa early 19th century, which was deasseted from a Texas museum in 1929.
  • Haynes Fine Art of Broadway sold three paintings, including "La lecture; trios elegantes sur la terrasse" by Delphin Enjolras.
  • Gioia sold a signature turquoise, oynx and diamond bracelet.
  • Earle Vandekar of Knightsbridge sold an 1840 Chinese botanical water color and a 1740 Weinmann botanical engraving.
  • Sonny Ideker Bookseller had five significant sales, including an architectural book, a three volume set of literature, a five volume set of literature and a three volume set of history.
  • Only Authentic sold three fabulous handbags and four pairs of earrings.
  • D & D Gallery sold a golf lamp and a whimsical golf orb.
  • Art Link International sold thre Daisey Papp pop art boot paintings, a Salvador Dali etching, two Peter Max mixed media set and the Wladyslaw Chmielinski painting, titled "Running Through the Snow."
  • Dean Borghi reported he sold Louis Ritman's "Circus Broadside," circa the 1880s.

"The show is easy to get to and the exhibitors are the crème de la créme. What a great mix of treasures," said Julie and Dan McCarty from Fort Worth. "This is our first time in the new convention center, and we are impressed."

The Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show runs Friday, November 4–Sunday, November 6 at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas. Hours are Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and include admission into the show's educational lecture series. For more information, please call 561.822.5440 or visit www.dallasfallshow.com.