One of the best parts of collecting, in our minds anyway, is learning. And some of the best places to learn are at museums and conferences. With that in mind, here is a short list of some upcoming events that might be of interest:
Early August: New Orleans Antiques Forum, sponsored by The Historic New Orleans Collection. This year, learn about Creole and Acadian furniture.
February: Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum. In its 63rd year. The 2011 topic: decorative arts forensics...the nuts and bolts of researching this stuff.
March: Winterthur Furniture Forum. This year, it'll highlight the arts and crafts of southeastern Pennsylvania to coincide with a major exhibition and catalog by curators Wendy Cooper and Lisa Minardi.
January-June: exhibition of early Ohio decorative arts at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio. Everything from furniture to glass to samplers from 1788-1860. Check DACO's website for details as they become available.
May: Conference on Midwestern decorative arts (still in development...stay tuned for details).