About

We are the foremost source of information and breaking news in the antiques and art world.

R. Scudder Smith started Antiques and The Arts Weekly in 1963 as an insert to The Newtown Bee (the hometown newspaper of Newtown, Connecticut) and it became a distinct publication in 1974.

The information we provide is of vital importance to collectors and the trade, including auctioneers, dealers, curators, museums, historical societies, galleries, and show promoters.

Published by The Bee Publishing company, the Antiques and The Arts Weekly newspaper is mailed each Tuesday; a color E-Edition replica of the newspaper is published each Wednesday. You may subscribe online here, or call our circulation department at 203-426-3141. Select stories are made available to the public on this website each week.

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Free email services that are available to everyone: Headline News gives you our top stories each week; Weekend Events helps you plan which auctions, shows, fairs, estate sales, and exhibitions you might like to attend; Antiques Show Previews allow you to get a privileged first look at antiques shows a week or two before they open to the general public; and our biannual fine arts publication, The Gallery is full of news from dealers, galleries, and museums around the country as well as original research and essays on artists and artworks and rare opportunities.

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R. Scudder Smith
Founder, Editor and Publisher

Scudder was born into the newspaper business, first darkening the door of The Newtown Bee when his grandfather and great uncle were the owners, and in 1961, following a tour in the Marine Corps and college, returned to town to join his father, who was then the editor and publisher. Upon his father's retirement, he became editor/publisher of The Bee. His interest in antiques resulted in the founding of Antiques and The Arts Weekly in 1963, first a supplement to The Newtown Bee and in 1974 the publication was mailed out under its own postal permit. Today he still travels the country reporting on and photographing dozens of antiques shows and auctions. He was awarded the Antiques Dealers Association Award of Merit in 2006, one of the highest honors available in the antiques world.

 

 

David S. Smith
Executive Editor
 
David has been working at The Bee Publishing Company since 1975. He has been involved in virtually every aspect of the business over the years, including running the company's photography lab and managing the printing and mailing operations. He has been circulation manager, photographer, and was a long-time Assistant Editor of  Antiques and The Arts Weekly before becoming Managing Editor. David has a passion for American pottery, duck hunting, and fine decoys and is often accompanied by his chocolate Labrador retriever, "Tique." In June of 2014, David became the Executive Editor.

 


 

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Laura Beach
Managing Editor

Laura has been writing about art, antiques and design since 1986, when she joined Antiques and The Arts Weekly as its Associate Editor, and she returned full time to our editorial staff in June of 2014. A journalist specializing in antiques, art and design, Laura is the author of The Art of Stephen Huneck (Abrams) and ‘Til Death Do Us Part: Design Sources of Eighteenth Century New England Tombstones (Yale University Art Gallery). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Architectural Digest, and many other magazines and newspapers. A graduate of Yale College, where she was advised by the noted American decorative arts scholar and teacher Charles F. Montgomery, and Columbia University, she most recently served as deputy editor, special projects at The Magazine Antiques. She was publicist, exhibition coordinator and curatorial intern, respectively, at the Hudson River Museum, Museum of American Folk Art, and the Museum of International Folk Art, a division of the Museum of New Mexico.

 

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W.A. Demers
Assistant Editor

W.A. "Will" Demers writes about antiques and the arts and lives to play bluegrass. His passion for prowling antiques shows and auction galleries around New England--documenting the infinite range of what sets collectors' hearts aflutter--follows a successful career as a corporate communications executive in the high-tech industry. The bluegrass bug is more recent, but Will has been drawn to vintage acoustic stringed instruments and what they can pull from the heart since getting his first guitar in the ninth grade. Will majored in English literature at the University of New Hampshire, served as a journalist in the US Army and spent seven years as a civilian editor for travel and leisure publications in Italy and Germany. He now lives in Ridgefield, Conn., with Ann, also a writer, and their three cats.

 

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Anne Kugielsky
Assistant Editor

Anne has been editing, writing and photographing at A&A since 2004. With a BA and MA in history, she was senior production editor at Greenwood Press and copywriter at Oxford University Press. Anne is married to photographer Joseph Kugielsky, and their sons are an engineer, an industrial designer and a medical student. Anne treasures her inherited antiques and art by Abe Ajay, Done Nice, Katherine Freund, Joseph Kugielsky, and other contemporary artists. She loves to burrow through offerings at antiques shows, tag sales and junk shops to add to their collection. Recently, an old New York map and two America's Cup original posters have been found. The search continues.

 

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Andrea Valluzzo
Assistant Editor

Andrea edits press releases for auctions, antiques shows and art exhibitions whole also attending--and reporting/photographing--antiques shows and auctions and writing the occasional cover article. A journalist for weekly papers in Connecticut for nearly 30 years, she joined the A&A team in 2005 and has been enchanted with antiques ever since. With a son and daughter still in school, Andrea's small collection of majolica grows slowly, but she has developed an eye for vintage posters of the art Deco period as well as folk art, which someday will grace her home.

 

Benjamin Scudder Smith

Photo Editor

Ben has grown up in the family business and officially joined the staff in 2007 as a photo editor. He is a collector of edged weapons from World War II and earlier. Ben is an accomplished network administrator and an important part of his work at A&A is implementing multi-platform media.

 

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Carol Sims
Assistant Editor, Gallery Editor

Carol joined the editing staff in 1999 and she's written countless reviews for auctions, antiques shows and art fairs. At one time or another, she was a Vail ski instructor, a greens keeper for the front nine holes of the Beaver Creek Golf Course, national advertising manager for a culinary magazine, and director of a 300-member guild of artists with three galleries. She currently handles special marketing projects in addition to editing The Gallery. She loves writing middle grade and teen fiction and was winner of Connecticut's Tassy Walden Award for New Voices in Children's Literature. She and her husband Bill enjoy collecting vintage ski equipment. Their Eighteenth Century home is full of art from four generations.


Sharon Cohen

Contributing Writer

Sharon L. Cohen has lived in Newtown, Conn., since 1986, where she and her husband, Jean-Henry Mathurin, raised two children, Seth and Jordan. Sharon worked for City Savings Bank (BankMart) as a communication officer and then on her own as Sharon L. Cohen, Communicator. As a communications consultant, she wrote and produced marketing materials for businesses and nonprofits for both print and digital vehicles. She co-wrote a book about several Connecticut cities, including Bridgeport, and authored three books on how to start an online business. She has long enjoyed buying and selling antiques and going to auctions, so writing for Antiques and the Arts Weekly is a special editorial treat.


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Stephen May
Contributing Writer

Stephen is an independent historian, author, and lecturer about art and culture who has been writing for Antiques and The Arts Weekly for about 20 years. He has also written for many other periodicals from American Artist to Smithsonian Magazine and newspapers including the New York Times and the Washington Post. He has delivered lectures at roughly 100 museums, universities and other organizations. May's first career included service in local and state governments in New York, and as an aide in Congress and an assistant secretary in the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. He has practiced law, visited all 50 states as well as 60 countries, and has written and spoken widely about his observations. A native of Rochester, N.Y., May is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University, and Georgetown Law School. Nowadays, he divides his time between Washington, DC and mid-coast Maine. He is married to Kathryn B. Wilson.

 

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Thomas O'Hara
Contributing Writer

Tom has been writing for Antiques and The Arts Weekly for more than ten years, covering events from Maine to Texas and sometimes Europe. An antiques dealer in Sharon, Conn., he exhibits around the country and began trading antiques as a pre-teen when he bought at New England auctions to sell to family and a few area dealers in the 1950s. He began writing about 25 years ago in various trade journals on building/construction techniques and innovations. His recreation includes time with his ten grandchildren--nine boys and one girl--all living within 100 miles of home.

Victoria Winslow

Contributing Writer

Victoria is a second generation antiques dealer who grew up attending art fairs and antiques auctions. She has a BA in art history and studied art conservation in Florence, Italy. A partner in an art/antiques gallery in midtown Manhattan since 1999, she has been doing art historical research and writing about art for over 20 years. Victoria enjoys attending art exhibitions, is an avid skier and collects early wrought iron hearth implements. She joined the Antiques and The Arts Weekly staff in 2014.

 

 

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Sue Capponi
Advertising Manager

Sue came aboard in 1986 as understudy to A&A's first ad manager, Anita Maestas. Sue took over the department upon Anita's retirement at age 83 in 2004. Sue and her husband Gary make their home in Southbury and share five wonderful daughters and seven spirited grandsons. Blend in some NASCAR, Steelers football, Red Sox baseball, auction-hunting and cruises in the Chevy SSR, and you've got a snapshot of Sue.

 

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Kate Sasanoff
Advertising Traffic Coordinator

Kate joined our team in 2004 to assist with customer service in advertising. To better understand A&A advertisers' needs, she earned an Appraisal Certificate (antiques, fine and decorative arts) from Rhode Island School of Design in 2010. She came to us with an art and science background. With a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art she went on to do graduate work at MIT at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies where she worked on the JPL Voyager Fly By Imaging and the NASA Mars Rovers Mission projects. Most recently she completed an 152-inch acrylic on canvas triptych that was begun in 1993. Kate lives with her husband Kevin in Sandy Hook, Conn.

 

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Tim Kerr
Account Executive

Tim joins our staff to assist antiques dealers, group shops/malls/brokers, and show promoters with advertising across all platforms, including our newspaper/E-Edition, website, and social media. He is a lifelong resident of Newtown. He comes to A&A with a 2012 degree in Communications from Grove City College in Pennsylvania. A collegiate varsity golfer, Tim is also a photographer, videographer, and writer. He and his wife Amy live in Newtown.

 

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The Dogs of The Bee Publishing Co.

Four footed staff members include golden retriever Rose, who is particularly good at delivering Fed Ex packages from reception to our A&A advertising office; Tique, a chocolate Labrador retriever who is a wonderful tennis ball chaser; and Yorkshire terrier An (not pictured), Tique's counterpart (An-Tique), who is fond of providing therapy for any family member or staffer who needs to hold something small and furry in their arms. The youngest member of our dog team is golden retriever Piper, whose principal occupation is mooching handouts from Scudder and anyone else with spare lunch, as well as modeling for "Piper's Picks" advertisements in Antiques and The Arts Weekly.