Sunday, January 24, 2016

Pet Adoption Benefit Booth - The Saving Hope Foundation

Pet Adoption Booth at the Show March 3,4,5

The Fort Worth Show of Antiques and Art welcomes the Saving Hope Foundation as one of our two Benefit Booths at the March 3, 4, 5, 2016 show. Instead of finding antiques in their booth, you’ll see the wagging tails of pets available for adoption with the help of the Humane Society of North Texas.  

Who knows? Maybe you will make a friend for life at the Fort Worth Show– or lend your help to the work of the Saving Hope Foundation. 

My hunch is that most people who like antiques & art & homes also love animals. Many of you reading this may live now with pets, including perhaps pets that you have adopted--- or that have adopted you. We live with three “walk ons.” Wouldn’t have it any other way.

North Texas has an over population of unwanted animals and crowded shelters. As Saving-Hope co-founder Gloria Moncrief Holmsten puts it, "Our goal is to save as many animals as possible." The Saving Hope Foundation raises and distributes funds to provide pet owner education, free and low cost spay/neuter and vaccination services and other steps to keep animals in their homes, especially in neighborhoods where the greatest number of unwanted animals are located. They work to find new homes and to reduce the pressure on area shelters. In this way, they believe that as many animals as possible can be saved and adopted into new homes. Learn more at

The Saving Hope Foundation started three years ago with the rescue of one dog, Hope, who had been tortured and left for dead just west of Fort Worth. Her story inspired the work that continues today. Over the last three years, Saving Hope has raised over $500,000, using it to provide free and low cost spay/neuter and vaccination services to over 12,000 animals. With community support, they expect to provide this help to another 4,000- 5,000 animals in 2016, as well as to advocate that North Texas families and individuals rescue their next pet.

The Saving Hope Foundation creates and supports partnerships with other local groups such as the Spay-Neuter Network, which operates the “Hope Mobile,” taking free and low cost pet medical services into communities, and the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection. Learn more at

At the Benefit Pet Adoption Booth at the Show March 3, 4, 5, you will meet The Saving Hope Foundation’s partners from The Humane Society of North Texas.

Founded in 1905, the HSNT proclaims a mission of “Kindness, Justice and Mercy to Every Living Creature.” Their staff and volunteers will help show visitors “meet and greet” the animals and process the small amount of paperwork to adopt one of the featured future pets. 

All animals in the Pet Adoption Booth will be healthy, vaccinated, spayed or neutered, micro-chipped and ready to go. Learn more at

Can’t Adopt Now? Lend Support!
If you can’t adopt right now, you can still support the Saving Hope Benefit Booth by...
 ---Purchasing a t-shirt
 ---Shopping the selection of donated vintage items
 ---Buy or support the fantastic, brand new Hope & Friends Book, a coffee table-style book with page after page of photos of pets and their families.

The Hope & Friends Book is a major fundraiser for the Saving Hope Foundation each year. Families and individuals can purchase pages in the book to feature their pets, with all funds going to the Foundation’s work. This year the cover art on the book was painted by artist Cindy Holt. Last year it was by President George W. Bush. You can also buy a print of the covers at the Benefit Booth at the Fort Worth Show.
The book is filled with great quotes and photos of all kinds of dogs, a few cats and even a pet Longhorn. My favorite quotes in the book are:

“You save an animal once, and they save you a hundred times over.” 
                 --Kit Moncrief, Co-Founder of the Saving Hope Foundation

“Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the focus of their love
 and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a
 doubt the best deal humanity has ever made.” –Roger Caras

“If there are no dogs in heaven… then when I die,  I want to go where they went.”
                                                                            --Will Rogers

Solving animal abandonment, abuse and shelter overpopulation requires multiple strategies. Working with local government, shelters and animal aid and rescue groups, The Saving Hope Foundation brings together and distributes funding to provide vaccination/spay/neuter services to help residents afford to keep their animals and to reduce the number of abandoned animals. 

At the same time, they work to encourage and support adoptions so that new homes are found and families find new pets. 

The Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art is honored to provide a three day public setting where future pets can come out into the community to seek their future families. Come by and say hi!

Our other 2016 Benefit Booth supports The Parenting Center.  Stay tuned for news on the work that The Parenting Center does for children and families in Fort Worth.
See you March 3,4,5, 2016 at the 53rd Annual Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art, which will soon be here!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Mix It Up with Primitives

Mix it Up --with primitives. Some of you have asked that we find good American primitive antiques for the show, as part of the diversity of styles---Pilgrim century to Mid-Century Modern. (Pilgrim Century is hard to find, but we have had it!)

Welcome aboard to Horsefeathers Antiques of KS and Good Finds (Alison Beckham) of TX and Fluff of KS and Jo Rader of TX. Glenn Lewis from Iowa will be back. Also Steve Farr, Janet Romine, Ann Williams, Cabin on the Hill, A Wilder Place in Time, Andrew's Antiques and more. All of these exhibitors offer versatile American survivors: primitives.

I define a primitive in this way: something that was most likely made by the original user, most likely in the place where it was originally used. Bench-made furniture with joinery and nails, baskets, some tools, woven coverlets and quilts, trunks, benches, small tool boxes and much more. Great tables.

An item made commercially, even in 1776, is not really a primitive. Nor necessarily is something that is chipped up, shabby, and possibly chic. If it is home-made, it's a primitive and that is true for antiques from all over the world. There are primitive Chinese antiques. 

Many of these primitives show great craftsmanship --or in many cases, craftswomanship.
Also, by their nature, most primitives are functional, especially for storage. Use them to organize and de-clutter your home. What's exciting about primitives is that they mix well with other styles, such as modern, French, industrial, western. The primitive is secure enough not to scream. It plays well with other primitives, but also with completely different styles. 
Sometimes you need a solid, quiet piece to give authenticity to a trendier space. Look for a primitive. (Andy Warhol would. In fact, many of the great modernist artists collected American primitives. You can often see the clean lines of modernism in the hand-wrought.)

One of my favorite buys at the Fort Worth Show a few years ago was from Jo Rader, who buys primitives from TX, OK and beyond. Jo brings lots of small primitives -- little cupboards, stools, boxes. But that year she had a huge wooden trophy case with sliding glass doors from a Texas panhandle school--early old glass. It was painted institutional gray and appeared to have been made in the school woodshop. Once it held team trophies, but I wisked it off to re-sell at the Marburger Farm Antique Show in Round Top. That school-made storage case was fresh, functional, serene and I'm sure it's a trophy for whoever has it now.  

Farm tables, cupboards (boards for cups), textiles, furniture painted and unpainted (oh, that original paint!). Look for them and mix them with your look. All at the Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art, which will soon be here!
Thurs, Fri, Sat March 3,4,5, 2016
Buy Tickets Now and Receive an Advance Copy of the Show Program and Map.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Adele Coming to the Fort Worth Show!

The Fort Worth Show has its own Adele. 
Adele of Adele Kerr & Company Antique Market in New Braunfels, TX.

This former Dallas antiques dealer moved to New Braunfels in 2012 to create a design and antiques venue in a historic downtown building. 
Now she has moved the entire 20 dealer group into new digs in a 1912 Arts & Crafts house, right next to the New Braunfels Post Office and expanded the offerings into the adjacent annex building, built in the 1930s to market local produce. The courtyard between the two buildings has plenty of room for architectural and oversize industrial antiques.  

The produce of Adele Kerr & Company today includes functional and beautiful antiques furniture, art, lighting, industrial and garden style. Eclectic. Fresh. Comfort. Home.

In addition to Adele's own inventory, the venue welcomes a carefully selected community of dealers, including Andrew Church, Janet Romine of Rubbish and Hector Vasquez of Fundustrial, who will all make the trek to the Fort Worth Show as exhibitors in their own booths... not too far from Adele's booth smack dab in the center aisle  of the show.

Shop with Adele Kerr March 3,4,5 at the Fort Worth Show....
A 3 Day Party!
On Jan. 8, 9, 10 Adele Kerr & Co. 
Open House - Mimosas and other treats, plus store-wide discounts and holiday markdowns. Make the trip to New Braunfels, just off I-35 between Austin and San Antonio.


Store Location and Hours:

Adele Kerr & Company Antique Market 
650 S. Seguin Ave
Historic New Braunfels, TX, next to the Post Office.
Open 7 Days, 10 am -5 pm