Two of Manhattan’s largest and best-known antiques shows are now under new management following the acquisition of the ‘Pier Antiques Show’ and the ‘Antiques at the Armory Show’ by GLM from Stella Show Management.
The move signals the continued expansion of
GLM's US Antiques Show division, which is based in Naples, Florida.
They acquired the Miami National Antiques Show from
Dolphin Promotions in January and already run the Original
Miami Beach Antiques Show (OMBAS), as well as successful
antique jewellery and watch shows in Las Vegas, Miami Beach, New
York and Los Angeles.
Dan Darby, GLM vice president, said that the
acquisition made US Antique Shows the world's leading producer of
indoor antique shows.
The Pier Antiques Show is run
twice a year in March and November with 500 exhibitors at Pier 94,
one of the former ship-berthing terminals on the Hudson River.
Antiques at the Armory runs each year at the same
time as the Winter Antiques Show during New York's
Americana week in January, with 100 dealers offering a wide range
of antiques and decorative items as well as Americana.
The family company, Stella Show Management,
will continue to run their established Country Living Fairs and
other lifestyle events, but Irene Stella's retirement from the
business after more than 40 years as a respected and innovative
antiques show organiser has prompted a change of ownership for the
antiques fairs. At one time her innovative riverside events spread
across three of New York's passenger piers before coming under one
roof at the more spacious Pier 94 in 2006.
"Words can't express the extreme admiration
I have always had and still feel for the hard work, knowledge and
camaraderie of antiques dealers and the love and appreciation I
feel for all their faith in Stella Show events over the past 45
years and the great people, characters and amazing friendships this
business brought to my life," she said.
The former Stella shows will now come under
the watchful eye of Andrea Canady, fairs development director at US
Antique Shows, who earned her reputation in building up OMBAS into
what is now the largest indoor antiques fair in the world with 800
dealers and a favourite with the UK trade.
"The Pier Antiques Shows and
Armory Antique Show are a natural fit for US Antique
Shows," she said. "Producing these incredibly unique shows will
allow us to develop new, more distinct and comprehensive selling
opportunities for dealers, including dealers who have exhibited
with US Antique Shows for more than 40 years, while broadening the
reach for each of these well-established events."
Meanwhile, from their power base on the West
Coast the Palm Beach Show Group (PBSG) are also in expansive mood
and have announced the launch of the Chicago International Art,
Antiques and Jewelry Show at the Navy Pier in Chicago in
Having launched their flagship event in Palm
Beach in 2001, the group will now run seven shows annually, with
other events in Dallas, Baltimore, Naples (Florida) and two
in Los Angeles. PBSG are initially aiming for 100 exhibitors in
Chicago and are confident that will be reaching a significant new
"There is a remarkable legacy for trade
shows and art fairs that began at Navy Pier," said Laurette
Lutiger, the newly appointed managing partner of the Chicago
"In recent years, Chicago has established
itself as a leading arts and cultural city in the Mid West and
represents collectors of every age and level of interest who have
been waiting for a show of this calibre to emerge."