Art & Antiques Redux

Debra Maley occasionally wishes she could inspire others to have a more patient, long-term view of interior design and art. “We laugh about it, but I tell my clients, ‘If you want something really special, it takes time,’” says Maley, an interior designer and owner of A New Arrangement.

Influenced by the internet and HGTV, people often expect fabulous interiors to be instantly attainable, but Maley says they need access to a more personal approach to collecting. Art & Antiques Redux, a four-day show at the Midland Arts & Antiques Market starting December 4, aims to bridge that gap.

One of the signature events is a First Friday party, Young Collectors After Hours, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Midland Arts & Antiques Market, where you can learn how to mix art and design from different eras and styles. For the price of a $10 ticket, you get a designer-guided tour of roughly a dozen vignettes that show collaboration between the city’s best designers and artists, plus access to Designer On Call, a free consult with an interior designer who answers your design questions in an informal setting.

“One of the reasons we feel so strongly about this show is that it gives you the opportunity to meet local artists and designers who can start you on your journey of collecting,” she says. Art and design are more rewarding when they reflect your personal story, according to Maley. That’s why interesting interiors need time to brew.

There’s no better illustration of Maley’s personal philosophy than a sculpture she purchased in the 1980s from the former rental/purchase gallery in the Indianapolis Museum of Art. At the time, it was a significant investment for Maley, who was in her late 20s. Years passed before she realized that the local artist, Ruth Medernach, was the mother of one of her high school classmates, Cynthia Medernach Knabe.

Fast forward to last summer, when Medernach lost her daughter Cynthia to cancer and Maley reconnected with the family. Coincidentally, Medernach was thinking about selling some of her own work in preparation for a move. It occurred to Maley that she and Medernach would make a perfect artist/designer team for Art & Antiques Redux, which benefits Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital.

Maley told Medernach, “I so love your work, and because of what you’ve said about Cynthia’s care and this shared tapestry in our lives, I would be so honored if you would be my artist.” Medernach accepted the invitation, glad for the chance to express her gratitude toward IU Health Methodist Hospital, where her daughter received treatments.

That kind of kismet can’t be planned or purchased in an instant. “Here I am almost 40 years later, and I have the honor of working with Ruth and representing her art,” she says. “It’s my personal history with Ruth that makes this so special. I was only 27 when I bought her sculpture, and I still have it in my home.”

The designers and artists represented in the show hope to encourage young people to start collecting now, building on their own life experiences. “This is a great introduction to collecting, where you can meet artists and designers under one roof and see if there’s someone who can help you design to suit your life and tastes,” Maley says.

Food and drinks at Young Collectors After Hours are complimentary with a ticket. There’s also a preview event on December 4. Best of all, you can feel good about going. Proceeds from ticket sales and a percentage of all purchases through the weekend will benefit IU Health Methodist Hospital, thanks to sponsorship by Midland Arts & Antiques Market.

Never been to Midland Art & Antiques Market? Check out this video produced by Anna Hartwick.

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