Karen DiSaia To Bring A Fresh Eye, Seasoned Experience To Garden Show

NEW YORK CITY — Long known as the Antiques Garden Furniture Show and Sale at The New York Botanical Garden, which made some big changes last year, including its name to the Garden Sculpture And Antiques Fair: 1750–2013, the show now has a new show manager — Karen DiSaia.

A seasoned show promoter, DiSaia was approached in late August to take over the show, which had been run recently by Catherine Sweeney Singer, who gave up management earlier this year when she was tapped to run the Philadelphia Antiques Show.

“I really am taking the opportunity to make a fresh start with the show and looking forward to bringing it back to being specifically a show of antiques for the garden and for the garden room,” DiSaia said, noting that like her Connecticut Spring Antiques Show, which is known as an Americana show, focused shows have their place and derive strength from sticking to their core focus.

“We’re going to be looking at everything with a fresh eye,” she said, adding that she was thrilled with the commitment and involvement from the garden staff so far and the “tremendous” support from dealers.

Acknowledging a garden antiques show is a bit of a departure from her Americana-centric antiques shows, DiSaia said, “I’m excited to try something new…I think it will be very exciting.”

DiSaia has already contacted the show’s dealers and is actively seeking their input as to the show’s future. “I think all shows at some point need to take a good hard look at things and in some ways start fresh…so I think we’re looking at this as an opportunity to do that...with respect to all the dealers who have invested years.”

The show will open with a preview on Thursday, April 24, and the show will run April 25–27. For more information, 860-908-0076.

—Andrea Valluzzo

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