From Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, the 15th annual Antiques in the Heart of Aiken Show and Sale was attended by more than 1,000 people and was a very successful fundraiser to benefit the Aiken Center for the Arts. Thank you to all you came to support this exceptional event. Proceeds provide funds for gallery showings, programs, classes and scholarships.

Our appreciation goes to the companies and the many individual sponsors as well as to businesses that placed ads in our program, donated food and beverages and welcomed our out of town visitors. Your support and that of the staff and board of the Art Center is vital to the success of the Show.

No event of this magnitude takes place without dedicated committee chairmen and volunteers. More than 150 volunteers willingly gave of their time over the past few months to handle the many necessary tasks. Each of you played a significant role in the success of the event, and we thank you.

Special appreciation must be extended to Lisa Castles, our dealer and lecture coordinator and to Catherine Thomas, our graphic designer. Many thanks also to Dana Massey and Leslie Wyatt and their team who truly made the Cocktails and Collectors Preview Party a gala affair. We are very grateful for our chef Juli Davis and her crew who prepared the delicious food for the Sweetheart Café and to all the ladies who assisted Dona O’Leary and Carole Paveglio in serving. Our dealers very much appreciated the men of St. John’s Church who have assisted in unloading and loading all their wonderful antiques year after year.

We wish everyone involved in the show could have heard the accolades from so many attendees about the quality of the show, the delicious food and the friendliness of Aiken. Antiques in the Heart of Aiken was a delightful event and showcased the wonderful people of Aiken and the Arts Center as a gem in our very charming downtown.

Jean Schwalbert and Cissie Sullivan

Co-chairs, Antiques in the Heart of Aiken