What’s better than a great antiques show? An antiques show for a good cause, of course! Since 1952, the Houston Kappa Alpha Theta alumnae organization has organized the beloved Theta Charity Antiques Show, all for the benefit of the local community. This year the show took place in its new venue, the Bayou City Event Center, with the theme of “London’s Calling.” Shopping enthusiasts and antique aficionados perused the best offerings from fine art and furniture to jewelry and objects.
Throughout its 63-year history, the Theta Charity Antiques Show has raised over 6.7 million dollars, mostly through ticket sales, distributing thousands of dollars each year to local charitable organizations. The show has supported the education and health of Houston’s children, as well as family assistance programs, services to senior citizens, and organizations in Houston’s cultural communities.
The Theta Charity Antiques Show continued its tradition this year of hosting an inspirational series of conversations with renowned speakers, which this year included Cynthia Brumback, Bettie Bearden Pardee, Rebecca Rabinow, and Robert Edsel, author of the Monument Men and Founder and President of the Monument Men Foundation.
In addition, a new interactive “Designers Walk” led by notable Houston design professionals Lindsey Herod, Jane Osborne, Ben Johnston, Bob Wakefield, Courtnay Tartt Elias, and Bill Stubbs inspired guests with ideas on enjoying antiques in a variety of different interior styles.
“The idea for the ‘Designers Walk’ was to have design professionals lead guests through the show and discuss what they love about antiques, why they love it, and how they would incorporate the items into their homes and decor,” says Wright. “Our six designers helped us develop the event concept, and we had two Thetas, Sandy Lucas and Sarah Eilers, who are both well-regarded and own their own design firm.”
HighBoy dealers Olivier Fleury French Antiques and Fletcher/Copenhaver Fine Art also exhibited at the Theta Show. Olivier, who has been an exhibitor at the show for 10 years, says the Theta show is certainly a special show: “There’s always an impressive variety of quality antiques from the past three centuries under one roof,” he says.
Lois Wright, this year’s Theta show chair, says many dealers return year after year. “Dealers contact us and we continue to have strong interest from them around the country,” she says. There were 13 new dealers this year.
Wright says she enjoys the show because it provides a fun and meaningful way for the Thetas to work together for a common cause. “We now have some second generation Thetas working on the Show,” she says. “Thetas are passionate about making this show great because we are able to give more back to the community.”
And there’s already talk of 2016, of course! The theme for next year’s show is “A Touch of Gold,” and the future co-chairs are already brainstorming ideas and participants. The Preview Party will be Thursday, November 10, and the show will run November 11, 12, and 13, 2016.
Preview Party Photography by: Bobby Diba