If you’re yearning for the sparkle of estate jewelry, the glam of antique silver and glass along with the elegant brushstrokes of world-class painters, it must be time for the cultural event of the season, The Palm Beach Jewelry, Art and Antique Show.
The show, which includes the invitation-only, exclusive Vernissage Preview, a VIP Opening Night Preview Party and six general admission show days, is scheduled for Feb. 14-20 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
Although art is the draw, the show does much more than help patrons find the perfect antique treasure. The Palm Beach Show Group has partnered with The Cancer Alliance of Help and Hope as the benefiting charity for the event.
And just like jewelry completes a perfect outfit or antiques and art help create a stunning room, the event pairs together the Palm Beach Show Group and the Cancer Alliance to make a greater impact together in the Palm Beach community.
An important cause
The Cancer Alliance of Help and Hope was created by Charles Fischer and Greta Jean Fischer in 2003. Having served on local and state boards of national cancer organizations, they knew money was being raised for research and other needs, but noticed a need for emergency monetary support among cancer patients and their families in Palm Beach County. By raising money through glamorous events such as champagne brunchesand golf tournaments, since its inception, the grassroots nonprofit has distributed $2 million to more than 2,000 people in need.
“We are thrilled to have partnered with the Cancer Alliance of Help and Hope this year and look forward to assisting them in their humanitarian efforts in Palm Beach,” said Scott Diament, president and CEO of the Palm Beach Show Group.
The perfect partnership
Each year, the Palm Beach Show Group chooses a charity to support through the art show. Diament said the group has supported a number of charities through the years, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Americaand the Hope for Depression Research Foundation.
“The Cancer Alliance is a fantastic charity,” he said. “Cancer affects 25 percent of the U.S. population, and so we’re working with a charity that affects so many people. Plus, they keep the money they raise within our area.”
It’s an “ideal” fit, he added.
Cancer Alliance CEO Stanton Collemer said both groups are “committed to hosting events that are synonymous with luxury, yet help to improve the quality of life of others. Together, we can raise much-needed funding to assist individuals and families who have faced a cancer diagnosis, and subsequent treatment, by providing need-based financial assistance, information resources, and access to services and support groups right here in our community.”
Cultural event of the season
The Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show features more than 170 international exhibitors and a lecture series. The show displays thousands of pieces of fine art, sculpture, estate jewelry, furniture, glass, textiles, porcelain and more, ranging from ancient to contemporary pieces.
“There’s no other place in the U.S. to see this combination of exhibitors in one place at one time,” Diament said.
The multifaceted event is appealing because of its cultural, entertainment and even long-term economic components.
“For the cultural component, we’re displaying human creativity across cultures. For the entertainment component, visitors can speak to the various dealers who are experts in their fields. For the economic component, the items that may be purchased are ones that will store value,” Diament said.
After the show’s invitation-only Vernissage party on Feb. 14, VIPs can attend a Preview Party from 7-10 p.m. that same night. The show opens to the public from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 15-20. VIP tickets are $150 and general admission tickets are $20. Attendees will find plenty of parking in a new 3,000-space, multi-level parking garage adjacent to the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
Double the impact
He said he hopes the exposure the Cancer Alliance receives through the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art and Antique Show will help promote its Shop the Day Away Luncheon and silent auction on Feb. 21.
Money raised will be used to support the Cancer Alliance’s “work to assist patients with their ordinary living expenses, such as rent and mortgage, utilities, auto and health insurance, car payments, food and other basic necessities,” Collemer said. “We have recently launched a new program in which clients receive gift baskets filled with these items so the family can focus on their treatment rather than choosing between that treatment or paying bills.”