ACADEMY AWARD WINNER & BESTSELLING AUTHOR DIANE KEATON JOINED BY BLACKBERRY FARM’S KREIS BEALL, GARDEN & GUN CEO REBECCA DARWIN AS 2015 HEADLINERS
Nationally Recognized ‘Style Celebrities’ Confirmed Along With ‘Annie Hall’ and ‘Father of the Bride’ Actress & Author to Highlight 25th Anniversary of Charity Event
NASHVILLE, Tenn., September 16, 2014 — Diane Keaton, the Oscar-winning film actress who has authored two books on unique residential design, will present the keynote lecture at the 2015 Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville, running Jan. 30 through Feb. 1, 2015 at the Music City Center.
Keaton’s appearance — set for 11 a.m. on opening day, Friday, Jan. 30 — kicks off a series of presentations by leading style authorities. They include Kreis Beall, whose Blackberry Farm near Knoxville, Tenn., ranks among the country’s premier luxury resorts; Rebecca Darwin, President and CEO of the award-winning magazine Garden & Gun; and Suzanne Kasler, the noted Atlanta-based designer. Prominent New York designers Markham Roberts and Christopher Spitzmiller are also confirmed for the 25th anniversary show.
Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta and his wife, Annette, will serve as honorary chairmen of the 2015 event, presented by TVV Capital. What do these leading lights of design, fashion and film have in common? For event chairmen Julie Fleming and Kae Gallagher, the short answer is style — the theme for 2015.
“We have talented, stylish people engaged with beautiful, stylish things,” Fleming says. “Our honorees made it easy to choose a theme.”
Kreis Beall and her husband, Sandy, purchased the Blackberry Farm estate more than 30 years ago as a family retreat in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Then came the inspiration to create a signature getaway of “Southern hospitality, gourmet cuisine and cherished experiences.” These days, the proprietor of the 4,200-acre gastronomic mecca and working farm is Sam Beall, their son, leaving his mother time to pursue her longtime interest in lifestyle design. Kreis Beall’s acclaimed high country style has been featured in Southern Accents, Southern Living, Bon Appétit, Town & Country and Travel & Leisure, and on HGTV and PBS.
Appearing jointly at the event with Kreis Beall is Suzanne Kasler, one of America’s top interior designers. The classic interiors of Kasler, based in Atlanta, have appeared in Elle Décor, House Beautiful, House & Garden, Southern Accents, Traditional Home and Veranda. Her work on the Hermitage-inspired home of Sam and Mary Celeste Beall, Kreis Beall’s son and daughter-in-law, was recently featured in Architectural Digest.
Another much-anticipated speaker for 2015 is Rebecca Wesson Darwin, President and CEO of Garden & Gun, the award-winning national magazine based in Charleston, SC. Darwin will appear with Haskell Harris, the magazine’s style editor. Garden & Gun defines its subject as the “best of the South” — sporting culture, food, music, art, literature, people and ideas. The magazine’s name, Darwin says, is a “metaphor for the South—its land, the people, their lifestyle, and their heritage.” Launched in 2007, Garden & Gun now reaches over one million readers.
Other 2015 highlights:
• Markham Roberts of New York is another in-demand designer. He’s known for bringing a fresh, modern approach to classical design. His work has been described as “the very definition of chic” and praised for an “inventive combination of layered pattern and color as well as its bold juxtaposition of fine furniture and works of art.”
• New York-based Christopher Spitzmiller is renowned for his classically inspired ceramic lamp designs. More recently, he’s expanded his work to tableware and other ceramic accessories. He has been featured in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, Departures, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Spitzmiller has also made lamps for the current Oval Office, as well as the past two White House administrations.
• An auction of rare sketches by the late Albert Hadley, the Springfield, Tennessee native who won numerous international design awards as an interior designer and decorator. His work ranges in style from Victorian and Georgian to modern. Betty Hadley, Albert’s sister, has one last collection of her brother’s sketches that he wanted auctioned on behalf of Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum, a beneficiary of the show. Some feature dresses, capes and other garments that reveal Hadley’s interest in fashion and reflect his longtime friendship — and creative interaction — with Oscar and Annette de la Renta, honorary chairmen for 2015.
The Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville is the largest of its kind in the United States. The three-day event typically draws more than 10,000 visitors. Founded in 1990, it has to date raised nearly $6 million on behalf of Cheekwood and the many area charities supported by the Economic Club of Nashville (ECON), formerly Nashville Exchange Club.
During her Nashville appearance, Keaton will receive an award from Cheekwood recognizing her ongoing efforts in historic restoration, says Patrick Larkin, Cheekwood’s Senior Vice President of Gardens and Facilities. Cheekwood recently announced a multi-year plan to restore and furnish the mansion’s lower levels. Creating a new award that celebrates individuals devoted to preservation and restoration is a natural extension of that initiative, Larkin says.
Following her keynote, Keaton will participate in a book signing. Her latest architecture book, House, published in 2012, has been described as a “luxurious, graphically compelling vision for contemporary domestic living.” It explores “rusticated, reimagined or repurposed” spaces from across the country, showcasing the creativity of such designers as Annabelle Selldorf, Roy McMakin, Rick Joy and Tom Kundig. The book’s purpose, in part, is to reveal “possibilities we might bring to our own domestic spaces.” Keaton’s first design book was California Romantica, a celebration of important but rarely seen California homes built in the California Mission and Spanish Colonial styles. Among the residences featured in that book is Keaton’s own former home in Beverly Hills.
Advance tickets to Keaton’s appearance are $50 and include admission to the entire three-day event, which promises an outstanding combination of spectacular gardens, fine antiques and horticultural items. Tickets to the show without admission to Keaton’s keynote are $12-$15 in advance. All tickets will be on sale soon at www.antiquesandgardenshow.com. Groups of 10 or more can register now at the website for discounted tickets.
About the Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville
The Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville brings together top interior designers, landscape architects and purveyors of fine furnishings for a three-day event that showcases the elements – indoors and outdoors – that make a house a home. The charitable event was founded in 1990 by Connie Cigarran and the late Sigourney Cheek. It is produced in partnership with the Economic Club of Nashville, formerly The Nashville Exchange Club, and more than 200 volunteers. Since its founding, The Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville has raised nearly $6 million for Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum, as well as many Nashville charities supported by The Economic Club, such as Big Brothers of Nashville, Fannie Mae Battle Home for Children, Martha O’Bryan Center, the W.O. Smith Nashville Community Music School and the YWCA of Nashville. For more information, please visit www.antiquesandgardenshow.com.
About the Beneficiaries
Cheekwood is Nashville’s beloved 55-acre estate, Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. Awarded sixth best on the list of “Top 10 Best Public Gardens” in USA Today’s Reader’s Choice Awards, Cheekwood brings art, education and horticulture to hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, while enhancing lives through Outreach and Educational Programs. Each year, at no charge, thousands of schoolchildren are offered the chance to experience art & horticulture and develop an appreciation for culture in their community.
The Economic Club of Nashville (ECON) is a non-profit dedicated to raising funds for over 20 Nashville area charities with a focus on children and families. It provides a dynamic forum for community leaders to discuss issues of special interest to Nashvillians.