At the eighth annual New Orleans Antiques Forum 2015, the theme “It’s Only Natural,” lent to discussions about the use of nature and natural elements in the creation and ornamentation of decorative arts. It attracted experienced collectors and developing enthusiasts throughout the country, who gathered to learn and celebrate the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. For the first time, this year’s forum was presented in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name at the Williams Research Center.
Between the cocktail hour and dinner, Drew Jardine, Board President of The Historic New Orleans Collection, welcomed attendees and thanked them for their support of the forum. Jack Pruitt, THNOC’s director of development and community relations and organizer of the 2015 New Orleans Antiques Forum, echoed Jardine’s remarks, recognizing the speakers, the members of the honorary advisory committee and the event sponsors.
The art pieces on view at the dinner included flora and fauna of the South, including designs by Terry Conerly from Conerly Floral of Oxford, Mississippi, incorporating McCarty pottery from Conerly’s personal collection that illustrated the theme. Many pieces bore the signature curving black line that represents the Mississippi River.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: New Orleans Antiques Forum 2015 Speaker/Sponsor Dinner, benefiting The Historic New Orleans Collection
When: Saturday, August 1
Where: Hotel Monteleone