Maine Antique Dealers Association
Maine Antique Dealers Association

Maine Antique Symposium - "A 21st Century View"

Sep 28, 2013

The Maine Antiques Dealers Association (MADA), in collaboration with the Kennebunkport Historical Society (KPHS) proudly offers to the public a daylong antique symposium. The Maine Antique Symposium – “A 21st Century View” - celebrates the heritage of decorative arts and antiques from Maine. It is a rare and exceptional opportunity to hear experts in their chosen antiques fields share their wealth of knowledge and perspective with attendees. This interactive event is surely to prove educational, enriching, and thought provoking.

Several well-known and respected individuals will serve as keynote speakers and panelists sharing their expertise and knowledge with an expected 200 attendees. We are extremely fortunate to have such renowned individuals as Ron Bourgeault, Edward Churchill, Susan Edwards, James Hastrich, Linda Laroche, Richard Keating, Kate Manko, Hap Moore, Joy Piscopo, Earle Shettleworth, and Kaja Veilleux.

The Maine Antique Symposium will be held on the grounds of the prestigious Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport, Maine on September 28, 2013 from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. In addition to presentations made and discussions held by these acclaimed individuals, attendees will begin their day with an ‘Early Bird’ Breakfast in the Hotel’s Carriage House, followed by a Buffet Luncheon in the Grand Dining Hall and conclude the day at a Cocktail Reception in the Colony’s Garden overlooking the scenic Atlantic Ocean.

Cost per person is $75.00 for the day’s activities and includes the Early Bird Breakfast, Buffet Lunch and Reception Snacks. A limited number of tickets are available and can be purchased on our MADA website below, or by check or money order via mail. Please make your checks payable to MADA and mailed to: PO Box 45, Saco, Maine 04072. Tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the event, HOWEVER seating is limited and you should contact Sandy Gnidziejko at to reserve your seats.

Schedule of Events

8:30am - Early Bird Breakfast (Carriage House)

9:00am - Earle Shettleworth – "Forever Young" - A look at Maine's History through Photo Postcards . 1900-1940.

10:00am - Susan Edwards - “A Backward Glance: Celebrating the Art And Craftsmanship of Southern ME

11:00am - Kate Manko – “The Younger View” - Growing up with antique dealers for parents.

12:00pm - Buffet Luncheon (Grand Dining Room)

1:00pm - James Hastrich & Linda Laroche - Two Maine Small-Scale Furniture Makers in the 21st

2:00pm - Ed Churchill – “Where Did It All Come From? - A look at discovering Maine Furniture.

3:00pm - Break

3:30pm - Moderated Panel Discussion: The Business of Antiques
“Where Have We Been and Where Do We Go From Here?”
(Ron Bourgeault, Richard Keating, Hap Moore,
Joy Piscopo – Moderator, and Kaja Veilleux)

5:00pm - Cocktail Reception with Cash Bar (Outside Garden)

Our Presenters

Edward Churchill. Edwin A. Churchill received his B.S. (1965) and his M.S.T. (1969) from Wisconsin State at River Falls and his Ph.D. from the University of Maine in 1979. He was employed by the Maine State Museum in 1971 and retired as Chief Curator in 2007. Over the years he has taught courses as the University of Maine, Thomas College and most recently at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport. Churchill has served on many boards and consulted with museums such as the Peabody at Harvard, Strawberry Bank, various councils, governmental agencies, law firms and companies such as Tenneco Oil. He has received awards from the Maine Historical Society for his outstanding contributions in the field of Maine history and genealogy. He has written or been editor of several books on Maine history as well as innumerable articles. Simple Forms and Vivid Colors: An Exhibition of Maine Decorated Furniture, 1800-1850 and Hail Britannia: An Exhibition of Maine Pewter and Silverplate, 1828-1941 represent tow of Churchill’s many publications.

Susan C.S.Edwards. Museum and Historic Preservation Consultant. Susan has been in the museum profession for 38 years. She came to Kennebunk in 1986 to become director of the Brick Store Museum, a position she held for 10 years. For 13 years she served as Director of Historic Resources for The Trustees of Reservations in Massachusetts where she managed a statewide program of historic structures, collections, and the administration of 10 historic house museums, including five National Historic Landmarks. Other positions have included the Berkshire County Historical Society at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead and the Shaker Museum and Library, formerly in Old Chatham, New York. Susan has written articles on American decorative arts and historic preservation for The Magazine Antiques, New England Antiques Journal, and The New York Times. She has received awards from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

James Hastrich. James is a Maker of American Painted Furniture in 1" and 2" scale HE has been making miniature American Painted Furniture, c.1680-1860, since 1979. His pieces are made by hand and true to scale in every respect. James has licensing agreements with a number of New York and New England museums giving him sole rights to reproduce, in 1" and 2" scale, specific pieces from their collections. Over the years he has been given permission to photograph and measure important pieces of American Painted Furniture from the following institutions: The Shelburne Museum, Yale University Museum, Historic Deerfield, The American Folk Art Museum, The Maine State Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (Historic New England).

Linda Laroche. Linda has been making miniature furniture for more than three decades. She began her career in wood working, studying as a miniature ship builder and cabinet-maker. However, she found passion in the intricacies of miniature furniture. Laroche is a specialist in creating highly elaborate carved miniatures and currently works in Maine. The Toy and Miniature Museum owns many of her works.

Kate Manko. Kate is a seasoned dealer and collector, having begun at age 4 with her first acquisition, a treasured woodcock, circa 1900–1920s, crafted in the style of Elmer Crowell, the East Harwich, Mass., carver. She spied the finely painted game bird at a flea market in Kennebunk, Maine, while accompanying her father, and she asked him to get it for her because it reminded her of the marshland birds she saw in her yard.

Earle Shettleworth, Jr... A native of Portland, Earle attended Deering High School, Colby College, and Boston University and was the recipient of honorary doctorates from Bowdoin College and the Maine College of Art. At the age of thirteen, Shettleworth became interested in historic preservation as a result of the destruction of Portland’s Union Station in 1961. A year later he joined the Sills Committee, which founded Greater Portland Landmarks in 1964. In 1971 he was appointed by Governor Curtis to serve on the first board of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, for which he became architectural historian in 1973 and director in 1976. He became Maine’s sixth State Historian, appointed by Governor Baldacci in 2004 and reappointed in 2008. Among his many honors is the naming of the Maine Historical Society’s auditorium in Portland for him in 1999. He is the longest actively serving State Historic Preservation Officer in the nation. Shettleworth has lectured and written extensively on Maine history and architecture, his most recent publication being Waterville, which he authored in 2012.

Our Panelists

Ron Bourgeault. Ron has been involved with American antiques since he was a youngster, with early interests in coins, glass and Currier & Ives prints. He was exhibiting at the prestigious New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association show at age 14, and at 23 was the youngest exhibitor at the preeminent East Side Winter Antiques show at the Armory in New York. Mr. Bourgeault spent the next 25 years exhibiting at these and other major antique shows in cities across the country. During this time he refined his expertise in American antiques and folk art and broadened his knowledge of general antiques. In addition to exhibiting as a dealer, he maintained an antiques shop first in Salem, Massachusetts, and then in Hampton, New Hampshire. The success of his first auction led him to continue in the auction arena. By 1987, he made a commitment to devote his time solely to Northeast Auctions.

Richard Keating. Partner and co-owner of J.J. Keating Inc., Kennebunk, Maine, a family held business specializing in marketing, appraisal, and auctioning of antique and household chattels. Working out of a large “barn” gallery on Route 1 in Kennebunk, Rickard and his brother Jim have been involved with antiques since early childhood. Their father, James J. Keating Jr., served as a mentor to the boys and was known as an honest, knowledgeable dealer of antiques in Maine, New England, and beyond. Today auctions are conducted from April to November. Fresh antiques from New England Estates, Collections, and consignments from down-sizing retirees continue to draw large crowds from their long established clientele.

Hap Moore. Licensed and active as an auctioneer of antiques and personal property in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, Hap has been appraising and auctioning estates, collections, old households and single items of merit since 1985, having bought and sold antiques since 1971. He is a certified appraiser of personal property in accordance with The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and his experience covers the international spectrum. He is a sitting member on the Board of Directors of the Maine Auctioneers Association and a member of various professional and historical organizations.

Kaja Veilleux. With over 35 years experience in the art and antiques business, Kaja has built a reputation for handling fine objects. He is a licensed auctioneer and professional appraiser, and his auctions consistently draw a lively and enthusiastic international crowd. Founder and owner of Thomaston Place, Kaja is the original creator of the Free Appraisal Day – one day each week when people can bring their heirlooms and precious possessions to the Gallery for a free valuation. Depending on the need, we also arrange “house calls” for in home appraisals of art or antiques collections.

Joy Piscopo.(Panel Moderator) F.O.Bailey Antiquarians was establish in 1819, and is Maine’s oldest continuous business and the second oldest auction house in the nation. Joy Piscopo became owner of this respected firm in 1977. With over 45 years of experience in the business of appraising, brokering, buying and marketing antiques and estates’ contests, F.O. Bailey has been designated the appraiser and/or seller of choice in individual wills. Joy Piscopo had appraised for private clients, collectors, insurance companies, trust departments, banks, real estate agents and attorneys throughout the state of Maine and southern New England. She is a long time member of the Maine Antiques Dealers Association and Maine Auctioneers Association.


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