Aiken Center for the Arts has several events in coming months
Something old and something new is coming to the Aiken Center for the Arts.
Later this month, more than 20 vendors like Aiken's York Cottage Antiques and Oriental Rug Specialist will set up for the annual Antiques in the Heart of Aiken Show & Sale.
Items will vary from English, American and French furniture to books, rare prints and estate jewelry, according to a release. Vendors will be from all over the East Coast.
The Show & Sale will run on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Feb. 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 and will be good for each day.
“The antiques show draws approximately 1,000 people each year with many people traveling up to three hours for the show,” Elizabeth Williamson, center executive director, said.
Jane Schwab and Cindy Smith of CIRCA Interiors & Antiques will present their “The Welcoming Home: The Art of Living Graciously” book on Jan. 31 at 9 a.m.
CIRCA is located in Alabama and North Carolina.
On Feb. 1 at 9 a.m., Karin Jeffcoat of Aiken's Cote Designs will present demonstrations during her Designed by Nature, Showcased by Antiques lecture.
Tickets to either presentation are $20 and will cover admission to the Show & Sale.
The Sweetheart Cafe women will serve lunch from 11:30 to 2 p.m. on Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and 2 and desserts and drinks from 2 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.
A preview Cocktails & Collectors party will occur on Jan. 30 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
“The party is catered with musical entertainment, and attendees have the first opportunity to view and purchase this year's treasures,” Williamson said.
Tickets to this event cost $50 for center members, $60 for non-members and covers admission to the Show & Sale.
In March, celebrate one of Hollywood's biggest nights at the Aiken Center for the Arts.
In the spirit of the 86th Academy Awards, the Center is throwing a party and letting community members nominate people for Aiken Center for the Arts awards.
Award categories include the Clark Gable Award, the Grace Kelly Award, the Happy Madison Award, the Spielberg Award, the Tarantino Award and the Versace Award.
As described by the nomination form, award qualifications are as follows:
• The Clark Gable Award: Men who are considerate, charming and kind
• The Grace Kelly Award: Women who are sophisticated, polite and confident
• The Happy Madison Award: People who are funny and witty
• The Spielberg Award: People who are influential, creative and well-round
• The Tarantino Award: People who are unique, ground-breaking and out-of-box thinkers
• The Versace Award: People who are fashionable, trendy and extremely well-dressed
Submissions must include a picture of the nominee and a completed nomination form. Forms can be found on the Aiken Center for the Arts website.
Nominations should be submitted no later than Jan. 31.
Once entered, nominees will be contacted.
Those who accept their nomination will have their recognition posted to the Center's Facebook where the public will get a chance to vote.
Votes from this round will be counted on Feb. 13. The top three nominees from each category will be posted on the Center's website starting on Feb. 14.
A second round of voting will then take place. Voters will have to pay $1 to cast their votes online, by phone or in-person.
This round will end on Feb. 27.
On March 2, the night of the Academy Awards and the center's party, “the nominee for each category with the most votes will be selected as the winner,” according to a release. Attendance is not required to accept the award.
A buffet and cash bar will be part of the night, as well as the Academy Awards ceremony being screened.
The event will start at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $25 for center members and $35 for non-members. VIP tables are available for $1,000 for parties up to eight and will come with a personal attendant, a free bottle of champagne and party favors.
The party will occur in the Brooks Gallery and Brown Pavilion.
New exhibits will go up at the Center starting on Feb. 10.
Exhibits will include works from Nanette Langner, Cassandra Gillen, Aiken High School AP students and Aiken Artist Guild member Corinne Kenny.
An open reception for these exhibits will be on Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.
Other area exhibits include Aiken Artist Guild member Carolyn Bohn's at the Aiken County Family Y and Aiken Artist Guild member Ann LeMay's at the Hitchcock Center.
The Aiken Center for the Arts is at 122 Laurens St. S.W.
For more information, visit www.aikencenterforthearts.org or call 803-641-9094.
Stephanie Turner graduated from Valdosta State University in 2012. She then signed on with the Aiken Standard, where she is now the arts and entertainment reporter.