Arts fund-raiser succeeded

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The Aiken Center for the Arts has enjoyed another very successful fund-raising event – the 14th Antiques In the Heart of Aiken Show and Sale.

The success of this year’s show is directly related to the more than 150 community volunteers who participated on 25 committees. Participating in the show were 22 exceptional antique dealers displaying artwork, English and French furniture, silver, linens, carpets and collectibles. Many dealers travelled to Aiken from across the country to participate in this show.

The show would not go on without the support from the staff at the Aiken Center for the Arts, the center’s board members, our most generous sponsors, our local businesses and all who attended the event. Thank you all for your remarkable contributions.

The performance of pianist Jeff Scott at the Preview Party, with its theme “Uptown Down South,” was a special treat for party-goers. The party offered great food, decadent desserts and champagne.

Lecturers Harry Robertson and Kathryn Greeley fascinated their listeners with their vast knowledge of the ceremony of tea, silver and the art of tabletop design.

Through the efforts of so many, the Aiken Center for the Arts is able to provide art education and cultural events for the community. In the past year the center held 48 gallery exhibitions, provided 100 scholarships for children and adults and offered 200 programs. This event helped fund many of those activities.

Thank you so very much to everyone who gives back to this community, and especially to those who support the Antiques In the Heart of Aiken Show and Sale for the benefit of the Aiken Center for the Arts.

(The writers are the 2013 co-chairwomen of Antiques In the Heart of Aiken Show and Sale.)

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