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Remembering Don Bennett
|Thirty-six years ago, Antique Indian Arts collector, Don Bennett, thought it would be a good idea to get some of his fellow collectors together so that they could buy, sell and trade from each other. Bennett invited about 100 dealers to join him at the Santa Fe Hilton Hotel and dealers and collectors went from room to room. Those dealers who couldn’t get into the hotel sold in the parking lot from the trunks of their cars. Thus, the Whitehawk shows were born.|
"These shows seem to be more comprehensive and diverse which is great. There's something for the ultimate collector as well as the beginner collector." Walter Seifried, Cincinnati, OH
|In 1996, Don Bennett decided he wanted to spend more time collecting and sold the company to Sherry Maxwell and Nikki Rivera, who were both collectors and gallery owners. Don continued his presence as a dealer in the shows. In 2004, the ladies decided they wanted to have more time to pursue other interests and they sold the company to Marcia Berridge, a seasoned events planner and collector of ethnographic antique art.|
|"The original process was just to get people together who were interested in American Indian Art. For a lot of us collectors and dealers, this was a huge social event. I'm happy the show has continued on and kept up the quality." Don Bennett, (the original promoter of the Whitehawk Shows) Agora, CA||“To me, it’s one of the most interesting and exciting shows because of the variety of people and collection of art from around the world. It’s my favorite show and I look forward to it each year.” Spencer Throckmorton, Throckmorton Fine Art, Inc. – New York, NY
"It's the people's show which makes it inviting to everyone and it works". Orlando Rigono, New York, NY
Thirty-four years later, many of the original dealers plus plenty of new ones (those who have only been around 15-20 years!) still come together every August in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Whitehawk Antique Shows, Inc. consists of two shows: the Antique American Indian Art Show and the Antique Ethnographic Art Show.
“The Ethnographic Show is one of the country’s best shows for people to see a vast selection of treasures under one roof. There is a great dealer selection, great material and Santa Fe in August – what could be better?” Allan Bone, Allan N. Bone Gallery,
The venue may have changed and shows are set up with gallery-like booths with professional lighting, but the spirit remains the same... dealers and collectors coming together to buy, sell and trade and indulge in a shared passion.
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Whitehawk Antique Shows Producer, Marcia Berridge, welcomes questions, comments and suggestions and can be reached at:
Address: PO Box 1272, Santa Fe, NM 87504
Tickets for all events are available at the door - Cash, Check or Credit Card accepted.
All shows will be held at the new
Located at the corner of Grant and Marcy
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