ANTIQUES AND ART EXPERT TO GUIDE UVA STUDENTS THROUGH ANTIQUES IN CHARLOTTESVILLE Will Paulsen, a renowned expert in period furniture and fine arts, will guide a group of his former students, who have taken his classes at the University of Virginia, through the exhibits at Antique
ANTIQUES AND ART EXPERT TO GUIDE UVA STUDENTS THROUGH ANTIQUES IN CHARLOTTESVILLE
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, January 11, 2010 — Will Paulsen, a renowned expert in period furniture and fine arts, will guide a group of his former students, who have taken his classes at the University of Virginia, through the exhibits at Antiques in Charlottesville. That event is taking place January 22-24, 2010 at the Holiday Inn at 1901 Emmet Street.
“It’s an up-close-and-personal tour,” says Paulsen. “We’ll walk through the show, highlighting some special pieces. This will be an opportunity to examine what has been talked about, studied, and reviewed. It will also be about developing the eye of the connoisseur.” Paulsen strongly urges his students to research well before investing. He says, “Having this advanced look at items for sale will provide time for doing research. Paulsen says that “many of his students have become avid collectors, celebrating especially all things Southern.”
Jay Melrose, founding partner of Melrose & Duddy, the promoters and organizers of Antiques in Charlottesville, says the student tour is a particularly welcomed addition to the show. “It’s something other show promoters talk about but few are able to accomplish,” Melrose says.
“We are grateful for Will Paulsen’s dedication to the decorative and fine arts in an educational environment,” Melrose adds. “Igniting interest among all people, especially the next generation now, is critically important because their future is our industry’s future.”
Hours for the event are Friday 1 p.m. until 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is $8, or $4 with a University of Virginia student ID. The University Area Holiday Inn is centrally located at 1901 Emmet Street.
About Will Paulsen: Will Paulsen is well known in the South and especially here in central Virginia as an appraiser, collector, and teacher regarding period antiques and fine art. Paulsen began collecting at a young age and even had his first museum exhibit by age eleven. Sixty-one years later, he has had many more museum exhibits and is currently working on a special exhibit about the Burnside Expedition to Roanoke Island. Now in his senior years, and still appraising and collecting, Paulsen continues as well to teach classes about Southern Material Culture, the Art of Collecting, and the Construction Techniques of Period Furniture at the University of Virginia. His expertise includes not only the areas of period furniture and fine art, but also in some unique specialties such as manuscripts, letters, and documents and militaria.
About Melrose & Duddy: Jay Melrose, of Poland, Ohio, began selling antiques at shows in the mid 1980’s and, armed with that experience, has worked to rethink the formula of antiques show promotion. Today Melrose & Duddy shows feature an exciting array of knowledgeable dealers who are engaging generations of new buyers. More information about Antiques in Charlottesville is available on the web at www.antiquesincharlottesville.com. More information on Melrose & Duddy is available at www.melroseduddy.com.