Art, antique and jewelry in spotlight at Navy Pier

2014-04-24T02:00:00Z 2014-04-24T12:12:06Z Art, antique and jewelry in spotlight at Navy PierEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

Arts fans will want to head to Navy Pier for the Chicago International Art, Antique and Jewelry Show.

The show, new to Chicago and in its inaugural year, runs today through Monday at Navy Pier's Festival Hall. It's presented by Palm Beach Show Group.

Scott Diament, President and CEO of Palm Beach Show Group, said it's Chicago's dynamic cultural scene and world class status that makes it "ideal" for hosting a show of this kind.

"We identified Chicago as one of the cities we wanted to have this event," Diament said. "Chicago has incredible architecture, incredible food and great museums" as part of its impressive cultural landscape.

Diament said more than 100 exhibitors will showcase treasures of all types.

"There's a lot of breadth and depth to the show," he said, adding it will appeal to "anyone that's interested in the three major categories of fine art, antiques and jewelry."

A variety of art works from many cultures and over various time periods will be featured. In the spotlight will be everything from paintings, American and European silver, sculpture, various estate and antique jewelry, textiles and more.

Palm Beach Show Group, Diament said, has presented the show in many places throughout the country and the events always draw good crowds. From the beginning of the year, the group has been to Los Angeles, Naples, Fla. and Palm Beach, Fla. Later in the year, the event will be held in Baltimore, New York and Dallas, among other cities.

Diament said they're expecting about 15,000 people to attend the first Windy City show.

As a special attraction, consumers will also see room vignettes designed by four different designers at the event.

"It'll be very interesting," Diament said. "Nationally recognized designers in Chicago will use items and (place them in the vignettes) so people can see what they'd look like in your home or a room. They'll mix different items from different exhibitors," he said.

"We're bringing this all to the doorstep of Chicagoans," he said.

FYI: The Chicago International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show runs today through Monday at Navy Pier's Festival Hall, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. today (featuring an opening night benefit for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago).; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Cost is $20; patron ticket for the opening benefit is $150. Members of the design industry receive comp admission for two with a business card. Visit palmbeachshowgroup.com or CollectorsNet.com

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