A widely circulated rumor was confirmed on May 20 when show producer GLM announced it had acquired the Pier Antiques Show and Antiques at the Armory from Stella Show Management Company.
The Pier Antiques Show, one of New York City’s largest, is held semiannually in March and November at Pier 94 and features 500 exhibitors of antique furniture, decorative arts, and fine art. The next Pier Antiques Show will be held November 23 and 24. Launched in 1995, Antiques at the Armory has become a mainstay of Americana Week in New York City each January. The show features 100 exhibitors of American and European antiques, period furniture, Americana, folk art, garden and architectural artifacts, fine art, and prints.
“Following the recent addition of the Miami National Antiques Show to our annual events, the acquisition of these established shows in New York further strengthens U.S. Antique Shows’ position as the world’s leading producer of indoor antique shows,” said Dan Darby, GLM vice president and U.S. Antique Shows group show director. U.S. Antique Shows is a division of GLM Shows.
A press release on the Stella Web site noted that “Irene Stella wishes to retire and pursue with more attention some of her life’s other interests. In order for her to do so, we have undertaken a reorganization of Stella Show Mgmt. Co. that includes the sale of the three New York events.” Stella Show Mgmt. Co. will “continue to focus on more specialized, lifestyle events such as the Country Living Fairs, the Chicago Botanic Garden Antiques & Garden Fair, and some other new and innovative events that are in the planning stages.”
“The Pier Antiques Shows and Armory Antique Show are a natural fit for U.S. Antique Shows,” said Andrea Canady, director of business development for U.S. Antique Shows. “Producing these incredibly unique shows will allow us to develop new, more distinct, and comprehensive selling opportunities for dealers, including dealers who have exhibited with U.S. Antique Shows for more than forty years, while broadening the reach for each of these well-established events.”
Originally published in the July 2013 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest