SALEM, MASS.—The Annual Antiques Show at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) will return Thanksgiving weekend, 2006. The event features nearly 30 dealers from England and across the United States showcasing exceptional silver, furniture, paintings, porcelain, jewelry, and decorative accessories. Proceeds from the show support the museum’s education and outreach programs, which serve over 40,000 children and families each year.

The Antiques Show runs Saturday, Nov. 25, and Sunday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entry to the show is included with museum admission (Adults, $13; seniors, $11; students, $9; 16 and under and residents of Salem, free).

The Show kicks off with an elegant preview party on Friday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m., a long-standing Antiques Show tradition. Guests will have an exclusive preview of dealer booths and the first opportunity to purchase antiques while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Tickets for the preview party are $125 with advance purchase, and $150 at the door. A special raffle will feature a grand prize of $5,000 to be spent at the Antiques Show over the weekend. Tickets for the raffle are $50 per ticket. Elizabeth Mitchell Hunt is this year’s Committee Chair for the 34th Annual Antiques Show at the Peabody Essex Museum, a volunteer fundraising position. Mitchell, a strategic marketing consultant, is joined by honorary co-chairs Eric and Dorothy Hayes. Eric currently serves on PEM's board of overseers and was recently promoted to regional CEO for the Northeastern Region at the United States Trust Company. Dorothy is an environmental attorney with the EPA.

Visitors attending the Show can also explore PEM’s exceptional art collections. The American Art gallery, for example, will have excellent examples of furniture, paintings, and needlework. The Asian Export Art collection features silver, porcelain, and other objects made in Asia for export to the West. Visitors will also want to explore PEM’s exciting line-up of new fall exhibitions. Inspired by China: Contemporary Furnituremakers Explore Chinese Traditions brings 30 examples of historic furniture together with 28 contemporary works created specifically for the exhibition. See the innovative creations of 22 leading studio furniture artists and the traditional furniture that inspired them. Epic India: Paintings by M.F. Husain features about 20 works by India’s best-known contemporary artist focusing on the timeless epic, the Mahabharata. In The Emperor Looks West, an exquisite 18th-century Chinese painting receives its American museum debut. The 19-foot long scroll gives a glimpse of a once closed part of Chinese society – the Forbidden City.

Education Programs at PEM

Proceeds from this event support educational initiatives and school outreach programs offered by the museum. The Peabody Essex Museum has initiated the development of new models for museum educational programs, such as the Museum Action Corps (MAC) internship program, which incorporates museum studies with leadership activities for youth from Salem and other communities on Boston’s North Shore. Additionally, the museum works with elementary schools and school groups to incorporate art and culture into the classroom.

Schedule of Events

Preview Party — Friday, Nov. 24, 7 p.m.
Tickets $125 in advance, $150 at the door. On sale at PEM, Foodies Feast
(114 Washington Street, Marblehead) and Waters & Brown (281 Derby Street, Salem)
Antiques Show Hours Saturday, Nov. 25 and Sunday, Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Entry to the Antiques Show is included in the general museum admission fee ($13 adults; $11 seniors, $9 students; 16 and under and residents of Salem, MA, free)

The 34th Annual Antiques Show at the Peabody Essex Museum is made possible in part
by presenting sponsor Ira Porsche Danvers, premier sponsor Eaton Vance Management, as well as supporting sponsor Brewer & Lord LLC and donors-in-kind, Deschamps Printing, FreeRange™ Wines, Jules Catering, and Louise Michaud Photography.

2006 Antiques Show Committee

Chair: Elizabeth Mitchell Hunt, Marblehead, MA

Deb Beatty, Swampscott, MA
Joanie Vaughan Ingraham, Prides Crossing, MA
Kim Menard, Marblehead, MA
Rebecca Putnam, Salem, MA
Lisa Shotwell, Essex, MA
Leslie Tuttle, Salem, MA
Dorothy Urlich, Marblehead, MA
Julie Vinette, Marblehead, MA
Susanna B. Weld, Essex, MA
Penny Whitlock, Salem, MA

About the Peabody Essex Museum

The recently transformed Peabody Essex Museum presents art and culture from New England and around the world. The museum's collections are among the finest of their kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture (including four National Historic Landmark buildings) and outstanding Asian, Asian Export, Native American, African, Oceanic, Maritime, and Photography collections. In addition to its vast collections, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and public programs, plus a hands-on education center. In 2006, PEM was named one of the nation's "Top 10 Art Museums for Kids" by Child magazine. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens and 24 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture in

the United States. The Peabody Essex Museum is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. General museum

admission: Adults $13; seniors $11; students $9. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $4. Members, youth 16 and under, and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang. Special exhibitions may require an additional fee. Location: East India Square, Salem, MA 01970. Call 866-745-1876 or visit our Web site at

Media Contact:

Colette Randall
Public Relations Associate
978-745-9500 x3228


Chair bio:

Elizabeth Mitchell Hunt the Committee Chair for the 34th Annual Antiques Show at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem is a Strategic Marketing Consultant with experience working for Conde Nast Publications, ELLE magazine, Gourmet magazine and Martha Stewart Living Television. After 10 plus years living and working in New York City, the Newton native now lives in Marblehead with her husband Kevin and their baby boy. Elizabeth received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and studied Art History and Italian in Florence Italy on a University of Michigan program.

Honorary Chairs’ Bio:

Eric Hayes currently serves on PEM's board of overseers and was recently promoted to Regional CEO for the Northeastern Region at the United States Trust Company. His wife, Dorothy, is an environmental attorney with the EPA. Both are avid antiques collectors and are presently restoring a 17th-century home in Beverly, Massachusetts.


PR Contacts:

April Swieconek  -  Director of Public Relations  -  978-745-9500 X3109  -

Whitney Van Dyke  -  Director of Communications  -  978-542-1828  -

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