Age lends a patina of dignity to everyday objects, which is why early-20th-century baseball cards are worth so much and why today’s takeout menus are tomorrow’s loan collateral. Pick up some profitably aged wares with this Groupon deal to the Art & Antiques Show, held at the Marsh Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds from Friday, March 9, through Sunday, March 11.
- For $10, you get one three-day pass or two one-day passes valid from Friday, March 9, through Sunday, March 11 (up to a $24 value).
- For $35, you get one ticket to A Taste of Elegance opening-night preview and gala on Thursday, March 8, at 6 p.m. (a $75 value).
- For $59, you get two tickets to A Taste of Elegance opening-night preview (a $125 value).<p>
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Arts & Antiques Show surrounds shoppers with respectably mature objets d’art and home furnishings. Aesthetes wander through the 69,000-square-foot Marsh Blue Ribbon Pavilion, carefully checking out antique china, estate jewelry, and bronze sculptures for signs of historical interest and curses that turn every channel into the Home Shopping Network. Local artists converge on the courtyard on Saturday, with globetrotting abstractionist Jennifer Mujezinovic painting portraits and Rita Spalding rendering realistic florals and still lifes that deftly hide the constant motion of hyperactive fruit. Alternatively, A Taste of Elegance lets shoppers swoop in on the best deals before the official opening time. Live entertainment keeps ears from wandering off during the silent auction, and 20 of Indianapolis’ top restaurants and caterers proffer upscale snacks.
Art & Antiques Show
When speaking about the 25th annual show in 2012, Tom Vriesman of the Indiana Design Center did not hesitate to say, “the Art & Antiques Show is the State of Indiana’s premiere show for the design community.” As proof of his words, booths brim with valuable pieces of home décor such as antique china, Oriental rugs, bronze sculptures, and freshly painted works of contemporary art, and live performances by painters and musicians lend a personal touch to a weekend of artistic elegance. In addition to enhancing each lucky buyer’s home, the sale of all these elegant keepsakes and artifacts goes to support the Methodist Health Foundation](http://www.methodisthealthfoundation.org/).