Now celebrating its 32nd year, the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show will make its annual return to the Baltimore Convention Center August 23-26. The sold-out show will present the spectacular collections of more than 575 international exhibitors and will include a 90-dealer antiquarian book fair - making it Maryland’s largest antiques event and the largest indoor antiques show in the country.
“This year marks a milestone of record-breaking dealer participation,” said Scott Diament, president and CEO of the Palm Beach Show Group. “We have completely sold all of the space in the Baltimore Convention Center and anticipate a 20 to 30 percent boost in attendance due to the overwhelming interest in our show and the fine art, antiques, and jewelry industries.”
The significance of the four-day show is a direct reflection of continued success that show participants and the City of Baltimore encompass year after year. In June, The Baltimore Business Journal awarded The Baltimore Summer Antiques Show the number one ranking at the top of the list for “Conventions with the Highest Economic Impact in Baltimore in 2011.” The Baltimore Summer Antiques Show’s estimated economic impact was over $15 million last year and 2012’s show is projected to surpass those numbers.
Fine art, antique and jewelry aficionados travel from all corners of the globe to explore the show’s exquisite array of rare treasures from the last several thousand years, including furniture, American and European silver, major works of art, Asian antiquities, porcelain, rare manuscripts and books, Americana, antique and estate jewelry, glass, textiles, and more.
This year, guests at the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show can participate in complimentary show tours led by Miller Gaffney - star of the new PBS hit series “Market Warriors.” Other perks include the annual educational lecture series that will feature presentations on a wide array of topics by respected dealers and industry experts such as Dr. Robert Mintz, Chief Curator and the Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Quincy Scott Curator of Asian Art at The Walters Art Museum whose lecture this year will be focused on Ancient Chinese Lacquers. These lectures are free to the public and all show attendees.
The 32nd Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, presented by the Palm Beach Show Group, will take place August 23-26, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. Hours are Thursday, August 23, from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25, from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, August 26, from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 and are good for all four show days. For more information, please visit www.baltimoresummershow.com.