Washington Winter Show
“The Thrill of the Chase: Antiques of the Sporting Life” was the theme of this year’s Washington Winter Show held at the Katzen Art Center Jan. 10 to 13. The opening night reception was a joyous first peek at the Loan Exhibit Sporting Pastimes: Art & Objects of Leisure, drawn largely from the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg, as well the treasures of 45 exhibitors. Mason Bavin and Anne Elmore served as WWS co-chairs with Ambassador of France Franҫois Delattre and Mrs. Delattre as honorary diplomatic chairs and owner of Triple Crown winner Secretariat as honorary chair. At a Jan. 11 lecture and luncheon, Madame Ménéhould de Bazelaire, Director of Cultural Patrimony for Hermès, presented Chic Le Sport, tracing Hermès’ sporting spirit showcased in the museum above the Faubourg St. Honoré landmark of elegance. On Jan. 12, David Frei, television co-host of “Westminster: America’s Dog Show,” gave a spirited talk on the history of the Westminster Kennel Club. He presented a video of champions and shared how he and his wife Cherilyn have pioneered work with therapy dogs. These were only the highlights of several wonderful days of events that this year benefited the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys, THEARC and the Founders Board of St. John’s Community Services.