Antiques & Art Expert to Guide UVA Students Through Antiques in Charlottesville

Will Paulsen, a renowned expert in period furniture and fine arts, will guide a group of his  former students, who have taken his classes at the University of Virginia, through the exhibits at Antiques in Charlottesville. That event is taking place January 22-24, 2010 at the Holiday Inn at 1901 Emmet Street.

“It’s an up-close-and-personal tour,” says Paulsen. “We’ll walk through the show, highlighting some special pieces. This will be an opportunity to examine what has been talked about, studied, and reviewed. It will also be about developing the eye of the connoisseur.”  Paulsen strongly urges his students to research well before investing. He says, “Having this advanced look at items for sale will provide time for doing research. Paulsen says that “many of his students have become avid collectors, celebrating especially all things Southern.”

Jay Melrose, founding partner of Melrose & Duddy, the promoters and organizers of Antiques in Charlottesville, says the student tour is a particularly welcomed addition to the show.  “It’s something other show promoters talk about but few are able to accomplish,” Melrose says.

“We are grateful for Will Paulsen’s dedication to the decorative and fine arts in an educational environment,” Melrose adds. “Igniting interest among all people, especially the next generation now, is critically important because their future is our industry’s future.”

Hours for the event are Friday 1 p.m. until 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is $8, or $4 with a University of Virginia student ID.  The University Area Holiday Inn is centrally located at 1901 Emmet Street.

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