Save the Date for the 2014 Art & Antiques Show benefiting Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, FL

The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital will host its 38th Annual Art & Antiques Show, featuring nationallly know speakers, to continue their ongoing commitment to raising funds for the advancement of world-class medical care for the region’s children.

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Robert McAlpine, Art & Antiques Show speaker

"The Art & Antiques Show is a premier holiday event featuring nationally known speakers who attract art and antique lovers from all over the Southeastern U.S." Grace Sarber, President, The Women's Board

Jacksonville, Florida (PRWEB) July 14, 2014

Save the Date for the 2014 Art & Antiques Show benefiting Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, FL
BOXWOODS & BowTies “A Modern Twist on Southern Traditions” to be held Dec. 5-7, 2014

Who: The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital will host its 38th Annual Art & Antiques Show to continue their ongoing commitment to raising funds for the advancement of world-class medical care for the region’s children.

What: The 2014 Art & Antiques Show is a three-day show and sale that features a black-tie opening night event and benefactor preview session, lectures and workshops led by nationally known architects, interior designers and antique and entertainment experts, a children’s fashion show and items for sale from dozens of art and antique dealers from across America.

Where: Prime Osborn Convention Center, Jacksonville, Florida

When: Friday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, 11 am – 5 pm
38th Annual Art and Antiques Show Admission: $15; Show with one Lecture: $30

Ticket info

Show’s Lecture Series:

Friday, Dec. 5, 10 am
Robert McAlpine and Susan Ferrier
Title: “Gilt by Association”
Robert McAlpine is owner of McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors in Nashville, Atlanta and New York City, and McAlpine Tankersley Architecture in Montgomery, Alabama, and author of two books. Susan Ferrier is an interior designer in partnership with McAlpine, a book author and, together with McAlpine and Ray Booth, a contributor to many industry publications, including Architectural Digest and House & Garden.

Friday, Dec. 5, 11:30 am
Juliana (Juli) Catlin and William Nash
Title: “Southern Antiques Redefined”
As principal of Catlin Design, Juli Catlin has led her firm to more than 30 years of design excellence, and has been featured in many national publications. William Nash is one of the Southeast’s up-and-coming experts in antiques and decorative arts and, in partnership with his father, runs E.W. Nash & Son, an antiques restoration and appraisal firm located in Jacksonville.

Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 am
Jan Showers
Title: “Glamorous Retreats”
Design firm and antiques business owner Jan Showers creates custom pieces for clients that are available in showrooms around the country, and her work has been featured in such publications as Architectural Digest, House Beautiful and Town & Country.

Saturday, Dec. 6, 1 pm
CIRCA Interiors & Antiques, Jane Schwab and Cindy Smith
Title: “The Welcoming House”
Co-owners of CIRCA Interiors & Antiques, friends Jane Schwab and Cindy Smith have grown their 35-year-old firm – with locations in Charlotte and Birmingham – into a premier retail destination and design source for home furnishings and interior design expertise.

Saturday, Dec. 6, 3 pm
Title: Belles & BowTies: The Children’s Fashion Show

Sunday, Dec. 7, 1 pm
Julia Reed
Title: “Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns and Other Southern Specialties”
In addition to writing several books on entertaining, Julia Reed is a contributing editor at Newsweek, for which she writes the “food and drink” column, as well as other publications such as The New York Times and Vogue. Ms. Reed is a regular guest on CNN.

Why: Since its inception in 1973, The Women’s Board has raised more than $24 million in support of Wolfson Children’s Hospital to ensure the advancement of world-class medical care for all children. Two major annual benefits – the Art & Antiques Show and the Florida Forum speaker series – currently enable the Board to donate more than $1 million a year to the hospital. In 2013, The Women’s Board accepted a new challenge to raise $4 million over five years for the creation of a Pediatric Surgery Center of Distinction at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. This center will enable a highly skilled surgical staff to work on advancing surgical techniques, expanding the use of minimally invasive and robotic surgery and helping the hospital meet the needs of pediatric trauma patients.

Background: The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital was founded in 1973 when Ellen Cavert invited 40 of her friends to join her to increase community awareness of the hospital and to raise funds for continued improvement of its services. The quality of Wolfson Children’s Hospital became Ellen’s mission after one of her twin granddaughters died following a premature birth. With that mission clearly in focus, nearly 400 members of The Women’s Board have raised more than $24 million for facilities, equipment and programs. The 1976 Boehm Exhibit was the first Women’s Board event. This was followed by the winter Antiques Show held in 1977, which is now called the Art & Antiques Show.

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2014 Lecturer Biographies

Bio: Bobby McAlpine
Born in an Alabama sawmill town, Bobby McAlpine designed his first house at the age of five and hasn’t stopped since. Architect, romantic, poet, and entrepreneur, he has gathered an eclectic family of professionals for his distinguished firms, McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors in Nashville, Atlanta, and New York, and McAlpine Tankersley Architecture in Montgomery, Alabama, now in its 30th year. These two firms, listed on both Architectural Digest’s AD100 and Elle Décor’s A-List, work both independently and in collaboration, attracting clients from across North America and beyond. Their designs include hundreds of residences, restaurants, a chapel, follies in a public park, and a family compound on a private island in the Caribbean. Their extensive portfolio has been widely published in several books and many periodicals including Veranda, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Southern Accents, Elle Décor, Southern Living, House & Garden, Garden & Gun, Coastal Living and Traditional Home. Bobby’s popular furniture line, McAlpine Home, is available nationwide. He holds both architecture and interior design degrees although he continues his lifetime of learning in the world’s classroom. Bobby’s critically acclaimed first book, The Home Within Us (2010), quickly became and remains a Rizzoli bestseller. His second book, also from Rizzoli, Art of the House, co-authored with Susan Ferrier, has just been released.

Bio: Susan Ferrier
Susan Ferrier is a native New Yorker who found herself graduating from interior design school in the Deep South. Her varied life experience has caused her to be an exceptionally intuitive and perceptive designer, all of which led to a partnership with Bobby McAlpine and Ray Booth in the year 2000. Susan oversees her projects with great humor and respect and with the able assistance of her Atlanta-based five-member design team. The work of McAlpine Booth & Ferrier is a favorite of the publishing world and their creative endeavors have been seen numerous times in Architectural Digest, Veranda, House Beautiful, Southern Accents, Elle Décor, House & Garden, Coastal Living and Traditional Home. She is the co-author, along with Bobby McAlpine, of Art of the House published by Rizzoli International. Susan and her husband, Adrian, a native of New Zealand, spend their free time either traveling or planning the next trip, so much so that their passports read like the table of contents of National Geographic. Susan and Adrian are completing a renovation of an historic home in Atlanta.

Bio: Juliana (Juli) Catlin
As principal of Catlin Design, Juli Catlin has led her firm to over 30 years of design excellence. She has a degree from the University of Florida with a bachelor of Design in Architecture. Not only has Juli won numerous awards and been featured in many national publications, she has been a leader on ethical and professional standards in the design profession and speaks nationally on visionary leadership. Past national president and a fellow member of ASID, Juli also served as the Inaugural Chair of the ASID Foundation Board. Antiques have been a lifelong passion for Juli and she shares her expertise with the design community as well as the public. With her knowledge of fine period furniture, she enjoys helping you refine your antique collecting.

Bio: William Nash
William Nash is one of the Southeast’s up-and-coming experts in antiques and decorative arts. He holds a B.A. in History from the University of Georgia, as well as a certificate in Appraisal Studies in Antiques and Fine Art from the University of Georgia in partnership with the American Society of Appraisers. He is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Northeast Florida and a candidate member of the American Society of Appraisers. William is carrying on the trade and tradition of his father, Bill III, who has been named “second to none” in Jacksonville for his work as an antiques restorer and conservator. Together, William and his father run E.W. Nash & Son, an antiques restoration and appraisal firm located in Jacksonville, Florida. One of the nation’s youngest in his field, William has a passion for history, tradition, and collecting, and is revitalizing the world of antiques for the next generation. He and his wife, Leanna, live in Jacksonville’s historic district of Avondale with their two children, Laurie and William V. When he is not in his workshop or out in the field appraising, William enjoys restoring and maintaining his 1924 home, which he affectionately calls “Nash Abbey.” You can learn more about William and his work at their website, http://www.ewnash.com.

Bio: Jan Showers
Understated glamour, the combination of a variety of periods and styles and the creation of comfortable spaces are the foundation of Jan Showers’ style. Jan is inspired by art, travel, fashion, fine antiques and objects, and nature. Her design firm is recognized as one of the most distinguished in the nation as is her antiques business. In January 2014, Architectural Digest named Jan Showers & Associates to the AD100 list of top design & architecture firms.
In early 2000, Showers decided to make custom pieces she had been designing for her clients available to showrooms across the United States, thus creating The Jan Showers Collection. The Collection is available through showrooms in Dallas, Dania, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Atlanta. Jan is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers. She has been featured in Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, InStyle Home, In Style, Town & Country, Western Interiors, Veranda, Traditional Home, Luxe and Southern Accents. Showers has been named as one of “The Top 100 Interior Designers in America” by House Beautiful, Western Interiors “Gold List” and has been one of the featured designers in Andrew Martin’s “International Book of Design.” In January 2008, Jan received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Interior Design from the Fashion Group International. Jan is the author of “Glamorous Rooms” published by Harry Abrams. The book is a compilation of Jan’s work over the past 25 years and is in its sixth printing. In October 2013, Jan's second book, "Glamorous Retreats" showcases the designer's most luxurious interiors—beautiful vacation locales across North America and the Caribbean.

Business Bio: CIRCA Interiors & Antiques, Jane Schwab and Cindy Smith
Best friends and long-time design enthusiasts, Jane Schwab and Cindy Smith began collaborating at CIRCA in 1988. What started out in 1979 as a small bungalow full of treasures collected from near and far has grown into a premier retail destination and go-to design source for home furnishings and interior design expertise. With unique shops in Charlotte and Birmingham, a design studio in Charlotte, and interiors projects around the country, CIRCA has been recognized by the media, the design industry and happy clients alike as an interiors and decorating leader. From first homes to vacation homes, the CIRCA in-house design team brings extensive knowledge and vision to a wide variety of projects. A signature love of neutrals, an elegant mix of antiques, and a light touch of the “now” give CIRCA homes an elegant, peaceful and timeless beauty.

Bio: Cindy Smith
As a college student, Cindy was exposed to the effects of beauty in daily living while studying in France. Combining this joie de vivre and her love of antiques, she opened the doors of CIRCA Interiors and Antiques in 1979. Drawing on her knowledge of antiques, understanding of design and passion for quality, Cindy has created a style showcased in leading design magazines including Southern Accents, House Beautiful, Southern Living, VERANDA and House and Garden. Under her tutelage, Cindy has fostered the education and design careers of all who worked under CIRCA's roof. A grandmother of six, Cindy loves spending time with family, traveling, cooking and entertaining.

Bio: Jane Schwab
Dedicated to quiet elegance and classic comfort, Jane creates homes that naturally encourage the gathering and entertaining of family and friends. She designs beautifully arranged spaces in which color, fabric and furnishings harmonize perfectly to provide visual pleasure, physical comfort, and an overall sense of well being. Her work has been featured in numerous design publications, including Veranda, Southern Accents and Southern Living. Jane attended The Parsons School of Design, NY, and has degrees from Converse College and The University of South Carolina. After working for several years at the New York firm of Marshall Schule Associates, Jane joined CIRCA in 1988. She serves on several nonprofit boards and enjoys being involved with community organizations that focus on historical preservation and women's issues.

Bio: Julia Reed
Julia Reed, a master storyteller with an inimitable voice and a limitless capacity for fun, will show you how to entertain guests with style, have a good time yourself. She is the author of: “Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena”; “The House on First Street,” “My New Orleans Story”; “Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns, and Other Southern Specialties: An Entertaining Life (With Recipes)”; and her latest book, “But Mama Always Put Vodka in her Sangria: Adventures in Eating, Drinking and Making Merry.” She is a contributing editor at Newsweek, where she writes the “food and drink” column, and creative director of taigan.com, a retail website where she also edits the site’s “magazine,” Fetch. She appears regularly on CNN and is a contributor to Garden and Gun, Conde Nast Traveler, Elle Décor, The New York Times and Vogue. From 1988 to 2008, she was senior writer at Vogue, where her profile subjects ranged from George and Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Edwards to Robert DeNiro, Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta. She is chairman of the board of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, where she lives with her husband John Pearce and her beagle Henry.