Heart of Country - American Country Antiques Show
Heart of Country Feb. 2-4, 2012 Horse weathervane

Join the fun at the famous Heart of Country Antiques Show, "The Grand-daddy of Antiques Shows", February 13, 14, 15, 2014 at the legendary Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, as it celebrates 33 fabulous years presenting paintings, folk art, furniture, decorative arts, toys, signs, ceramics, silver, jewelry, civil war, nautical, historical Americana, quilts, native American textiles and everything in between, all for sale from America's finest dealers. It's a once a year trek to the heart of the country for an amazing gathering of antiques and antiques lovers. Events include the exciting Opening Night Preview Party opening sale on Thursday night, Friday morning's popular walking tour with expert collector guides, free informative lectures and special exhibits to inspire new and seasoned collectors alike, plus visit with decorators, authors, and experts on hand to share their expertise. The award winning Opryland Hotel restaurants are open for lunch Friday and Saturday. Free parking is available.

This show is only once a year and is worth the trip, attracting visitors from across America who enjoy the special exhibits, talks, and shopping a wide selection of antiques and decorative arts from museum quality pieces to unseen finds of every price range that emerge at Heart of Country. This show continues to be the secret source for museum curators and everyday antique enthusiasts who come together to mingle, browse, shop, and discover fascinating finds at America's favorite antiques show! Nashville will be a bustling mecca for antique lovers this February as dealers and buyers converge from all across the country to show and shop at the HEART OF COUNTRY Antiques Show at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel on February 13, 14, 15, 2014.

Don't miss the SOUTHERN BUFFET PREVIEW OPENING: Thursday, February 13, 6-9 p.m.
The first opportunity to shop the show! Advance Ticket price of $60 ($65 at the door) includes glass of champagne, the best southern buffet ever, live country music, and shopping a wide selection of antiques and decorative arts offered for sale by 80 friendly and knowledgeable "Heart of Country" dealers who bring their best to this show every year. Ticket includes re-entry and daily lectures through Saturday.

GENERAL SHOW DATES: Friday, February 14, 10-8 p.m. & Saturday, February 15, 10-5 p.m.
Daily ticket is $10 or two-day pass is $15. Admission includes daily lectures.

SHOWCASE GALLERY BOOTH: WEAVE: Stunning Textile Arts Born of America's Looms. The Heart of Country Showcase Booth located in the center of the show highlights a particular genre of American Decorative Arts each year and the items presented are accumulated for display and sale from the private collections of the exhibiting dealers in the show. This year's Showcase Booth display titled "WEAVE: Stunning Textile Arts Born of America's Looms" will feature the beautiful artistry and graphic design found in American woven coverlets, Indian blankets, and homespun textiles. This beautiful "center aisle" booth will be filled to the brim with some of the finest examples of pattern and portraiture in woven form.

Navajo blankets often feature graphic designs and a cross as the symbol of bounty

Missouri Jacquard Coverlet dated 1857 involves intricate weaving designs displaying
eagles, flowers, and roosters.

Friday Morning's Popular Pre-Show Walking Tour.
Take this unique journey through the show before it opens with one of several esteemed collector/experts for personally guided walking tours Friday morning promptly at 8:30 a.m.  Perfect for new collectors and seasoned collectors alike. A Heart of Country favorite!  Tickets $25 each at the show. 

Susan Kramer Hunkins, daughter of show founders Libby and Dick Kramer, has steered the show for the past five years and is often asked what is the most popular genre at the show. "Everything is popular at Heart of Country - truly!! We try to present a broad range of dealers whose specialties complement each other and represent authentic Americana in all of its forms. An ever popular type of antique that always sells well at the show would be American country pieces with original painted surfaces whether it is on furniture, baskets, decoys, game boards, toys, tin, or folk art. People love to see the "hand" of the craftsman as reflected on the decoration of a special piece. That brings a piece to life and shows the heart and often the whimsey of its creator! In terms of popularity, the second runner up would be folk art, especially animal related such as early american weathervanes and hooked rugs. And third, would be patriotic Americana, especially featuring the stars and stripes of our American flag!"

 Heart of Country show-goers love to kick up their heels in Nashville! Nashville's famous Gaylord Opryland Hotel spans 16 acres of lodging and indoor gardens to create a southern destination experience that never disappoints! The Heart of Country Antiques Show takes place every year at Opryland where tradition and history take center stage blending the welcoming southern spirit of down home fun and warm hospitality with a ton of amazing amenities, restaurants, river walks, and honky-tonk fun! Staying at the Opryland Hotel and walking indoors to the show is a great way to spend a southern getaway in the middle of February. Free parking is also available for those who drive in to attend the show. The Nashville international airport is ten minutes away, too. Attendees come to the show from 42 states as of last year, including Alaska!

For show information or advance ticket purchase visit www.heartofcountry.com or contact Susan Kramer Hunkins at susan@heartofcountry.com or 314-962-8580. To reserve the special Heart of Country rate of $189 at Gaylord Opryland Hotel call 800-947-8243 or make reservations online at www.heartofcountry.com.