Housed in the Bohemian National Hall, the New York Ceramics & Glass Fair is the only fair of its kind in the United States that specializes in ceramics, pottery and glass from the 17th-21st centuries. The show brings together exhibitors from all over the United States, England, Asia, and Europe.
The Bohemian National Hall (BNH) was originally a Center for Czech and Slovak immigrants and is well known for being a diplomatic, cultural and social center since its grand opening in October 2008. Grandiosely re-opened after a complete and vast restoration during the period of 2003-2008, it became the seat of the Consulate General of the Czech Republic, the Czech Center New York and the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association (BBLA).
Meg Wendy has been around the “show business” side of the arts and antiques business her entire life. An industry leader and innovator, Meg understands the changes necessary to give new life to the business she and so many others love– while introducing this wonderful “world” to new people in a friendly and easy way using the internet. Her experience, knowledge and contacts come from a lifetime of involvement and passion.
Shortly after college, Meg joined her mother, Diane Wendy in the business. Beginning in 1979, the “Wendy Shows”, promoted as many as 18 shows a year, including 30 years at the 7th Regiment Armory on Park Avenue & 67th Street, now called the Park Avenue Armory. In fact, the company held shows at just about every major venue in New York: The New York Coliseum, The 34th Street Armory, The 26th Street Armory, The Javits Center, The Sacred Heart School and St. Ignatius Loyola.
The mother/daughter team also produced shows in cities outside of New York City including White Plains, NY, Greenwich, Ct., Stamford, Ct., Morristown, NJ, Chicago, Il., Boston, Ma., Washington, DC and Charleston SC.
Photos by Savona Bailey-McClain
The economic crisis in 2008 made it clear that the world had changed forever and that going forward, the industry would have to adapt to these changes. Meg left “show business” to begin the work that is now NEWFOCUSON.COM – an online showcase for jewelry, art, design, antiques and travel. For Meg, the internet is an extension of all she knows from promoting shows, tailored for today’s web-based global audience. The site is a place to bring buyers and sellers together; to provide industry news and an events calendar with shows, auctions and exhibitions; interesting content and dealer profiles. A “forum” for people to share ideas is planned for the near future.