Antiques from rare prints to fine porcelains will all be on display during the 14th annual Aiken Center for the Arts' Antiques in the Heart of Aiken event starting this Friday.


More than 20 vendors from Virginia to Texas will display their art at the Center, located at 122 Laurens St., from Friday to Sunday. Tickets are $10, and are good for each show day. The Show & Sale will run from Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


“Antiques in the Heart of Aiken is an extraordinary event put together by more than 100 dedicated volunteers,” Elizabeth Williamson, executive director of the Aiken Center for the Arts, said. “Visitors will have the opportunity to view and purchase antiques from more than 20 dealers representing the best of the Southeast.”


A chance to preview the antiques will take place during the Cocktails & Collectors event Thursday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saxophonist Hyland Brooks will play as people meet and greet with the dealers. Refreshments of specialty cocktails, wine and appetizers will be served. Local shops La Dolce and La Bonbonnière will provide desserts, while local resident Carston Woodhouse will supply gourmet espresso. Tickets for the preview party are $50 for center members, $60 for non-center members and includes admission to the Show & Sale.


From CIRCA Interiors & Antiques, Jane Schwab and Cindy Smith will present and sign their “The Welcoming Home: The Art of Living Graciously” book on Friday at 9 a.m. and Karin Jeffcoat of Aiken's Côte Designs will combine antiques and nature in her Designed by Nature showcase on Saturday at 9 a.m.


Visitors can also get their hands on treats and sweets at the Sweetheart Cage from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.


The event is more than just an antique show and sale, according to Williamson.


“It is the largest fundraiser for the Aiken Center for the Arts,” Williamson said. “By attending, guests are helping to foster self-esteem and self-discovery, to develop communication skills and to provide access to the arts for 35,000 people who visit the Aiken Center for the Arts each year. The support from all who are involved and attend truly make this a remarkable event.”


Tickets to each event are recommended to be bought in advance.


For more information, call 803-641-9094 or visit www.aikencenterforthearts.org.


Maayan Schechter is the city beat reporter with Aiken Standard. An Atlanta native, she has a mass communications-journalism degree from the University of North Carolina Asheville. Follow her on Twitter @MaayanSchechter.


Editor's note: This version of this story has been updated to correct the date of the preview party.