Talented designers and artists have created inspirational vignettes at the entrance of the Theta Charity Antiques Show.

Building on Strength: Theta Charity Antiques Show Gifts to Bayou Bend

Houston philanthropist Miss Ima Hogg built Bayou Bend in the late 1920s as a residence for herself and her brothers. The house, set within a romantic and evocative garden, was first a setting for her fine collection of American decorative arts, and later became a museum presenting a broad panorama of American art and history. Naturally, Miss Hogg was an early and enthusiastic supporter of the Theta Charity Antiques Show. The Thetas responded by establishing a tradition of generous giving in support of museum acquisitions. Theta gifts have made possible many important additions to the Bayou Bend Collection, from silver to paintings, dating from the seventeenth century to the nineteenth.

Presented by Bayou Bend/The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

ever true love ever by McKay Otto

Artist McKay Otto paints differently, allowing the viewer to see color and shadow indirectly—a first of its kind. Tibetan singing bowls serve as an important element to each piece he paints. The paint dissolves, orbs, grids; and nanos come to life in the dark producing an experience for the onlooker. In consideration of the dimensional relationships that exist between drawing, painting, and sculpture, this work is concerned with freeing two-dimensionality in painting. The specially formulated “canvas” provides the opportunity to work within and transform the traditional support of painting. This current body of work may serve as a metaphor for humanity’s capacity to transcend itself.

Presented by Kate Scott Designs and Dovetail Global

Flight of Fancy

Undertaking the creative process in Bangkok injects a raw energy into Matthew’s work, reflecting the blissful chaos of his life, filled with perpetual travel and direction change. Difficult to perceive from afar, there is systematic movement within this sprawling metropolis. Similarly, a flock of birds, soaring above the buildings, may seem to move unpredictably, yet they all flow in ethereal unison. The smallest variation from one creature moves the whole to instinctively adapt.

Matthew’s carved avian sculptures emerged freely from his subconscious, and were released organically from the block. He empowered his figures, to divert and digress in form, just as birds in flight. Cast in aluminum and finished in pearlescent pigment, Flight of Fancy represents the minute flutters of change in life that impact our future, with an innate optimism. Underlying the undulations of Matthew’s avian forms is the reassurance that if we allow change and adapt, we too can feel as free as a bird.

Presented by Matthew Campbell Laurenza

Jardin Sauvage

Inspired by this year’s botanical-themed Show, an abandoned overgrown garden set in Paris invites guests to experience nature at her wildest. A pair of Parisian doors with gates serve as a backdrop to this vignette. A sofa twined with vines and grass cushions beckons as a resting space in the garden surrounded by mushroom stools, concrete yard art and other garden elements. Three large spheres twined with greenery, flowers and vines illuminate the garden which is punctuated colorfully by large urns of wild flowers.

Presented by Rebekah Johnson

Ladies That Lunch… Rose All Day

A custom upholstered banquette in a rose file fabric from Schumacher sits against the back wall which is covered in Ashley Woodson Bailey’s Ariella wallpaper. A geometric Turkish rug on loan from Turkish Carpets covers the floor and lends pops of color with a chandelier from Circa lighting hanging overhead. A faux window is attached to the back wall where I have a custom green satin drape with Samuel and Sons trim. I am incorporating a bar cart, table scape complete with Leontine Linens and an art wall. All art pieces are on loan from Dimmit Contemporary Art and Reagan Corbett Art. Custom drapery is provided by D&D Drapery and custom faux wall finishes are painted by Segreto Finishes. I am hoping to create a whimsical vignette that showcases the old mixed with the new and gives the audience a sense of playfulness. Life is Short, Make it Beautiful.

Presented by Nicole Zarr with Triangle Interiors

A Touch of Turquoise

This vignette features my love of turquoise as well as my love of antiques and some fun pieces from the 1960’s and 70’s which belonged to my mother Sally Tinkham.

Framing the entrance to the booth which lets you get a peek inside, is a happy leopard print by Thibaut. Drawing your eye to the back wall is an antique Venetian mirror hung on a Groundworks metallic wallpaper. Framing the mirror are a playful pair of tole palm tree lamps and a glorious Dodie Thayer lettuce leaf tureen. On the loveseat, which is covered in a Kravet linen, are a pair of Brunschwig et Fils green spotted leopard print pillows. The white faux bamboo cocktail table is from the 70’s and the French Louis XVI bergere, which is upholstered in a Brunschwig et Fils linen, is from the 18th century. The space is all pulled together by the contemporary silk rug compliments of Carol Piper Rugs.

By Heather Bowen Interiors