Dolphin Promotions maintains offices in both Chicago and Fort. Lauderdale.
P.O. BOX 224
Forest Park, IL
P.O. BOX 7320
Fort Lauderdale, FL
P.O. BOX 7320
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Dolphin Promotions shows are among the leading venues for antiques and 20th century decorative and fine arts in North America.
Established over 35 years ago by Bob Smith, Dolphin Promotions is currently owned and operated by Rosemary Krieger. With over 30 years of industry experience, Rosemary is assisted by her media director, Gordon Merkle and her executive assistant, Charlie Walter, both with 20 years of experience. The combined expertise of this team is instrumental in the success of the company and the shows they produce.
Dolphin currently produces 12 shows annually across the country. All of these events are distinguished by the solid reputation of the participating dealers, and the diversity of the high quality merchandise. Major antiques shows in Fort Lauderdale, Houston, and Los Angeles rank among the finest quality events in their region and attract many local, national and international exhibitors and collectors. A new antiques show in Sarasota will be introduced in January 2015. All of these shows offer a wide range of antiques and are very well attended.
Beginning in 2000, Dolphin introduced its first 20th century show, Palm Springs Modernism. Since then, Dolphin has expanded its modernism schedule to include Los Angeles Modernism and is introducing a fall version of the Palm Springs Modernism Show in October 2014. A solid reputation and creative and innovative shows continue to make Dolphin Promotions antiques and modernism shows successful both with exhibitors, collectors and the design community worldwide.
For more than 30 years, long before she became president and owner of the company, Rosemary has been the face of Dolphin Promotions to most dealers and collectors alike. Inspired by her mentors Bob Smith and Frank Farbenbloom, who established huge, world-renowned antiques shows in Chicago, Cleveland, Fort Lauderdale and Miami, she organized and ran the events both behind the scenes and on-site.
Having acquired vast experience and savvy from her many years in the business, she purchased the company from Bob in 2003, a few years before he passed away. Under her stewardship, new antiques shows were established in Chicago and South Florida, and Dolphin ventured into new territory producing 20th century modernism shows – starting in Palm Springs in 2000 and expanding to other markets including Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and San Francisco. In 2014/2015, the company continues to grow its presence with four new events: Houston Antiques + Art + Design Shows held in September and March, a Fall Edition of the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale in October, and the Sarasota Winter Art & Antiques Show in January.
Many of the shows have included opening night parties benefiting major charities including New York’s Bard Graduate Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, P.S. ARTS in Los Angeles, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Miami’s Wolfsonian Museum, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for these important institutions dedicated to art and design education.
Rosemary was born and raised in a huge Irish Catholic family (the middle of NINE children), and while she adores Chicago – her absolute favorite city is Palm Springs. The beauty of the mid-century architecture combined with the mountains views is unmatched anywhere in the U.S. She and her husband Rich have a far more manageable two children: her daughter Meghan, an architect who lives in Boston with her husband Eric, and her son Rick in Chicago, who would mostly rather be golfing than anything else in the world. Her children were the fourth generation of Kriegers raised in a beautiful completely renovated Prairie style home built by Rich’s grandfather in 1905.
She is an avid Chicago sports fan and while the Blackhawks hold her heart, there is room for the Bears and White Sox too. Favorite color - purple in Prada especially!
Gordon has been interested in art & design since growing up in Shippensburg, PA, but followed a different path for awhile. After an aborted effort to study architecture, he graduated from University of Michigan with a degree in Political Science. Following a DC internship with the Democratic National Committee, he worked in a congressional office in LA while his partner Rob finished school at USC, and then back in DC tried to guide federal AIDS policy as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill.
During that time he helped his brother-in-law do antique shows in DC, Baltimore and New York – and met Bob Smith, founder of Dolphin Promotions. Looking for a game change, he moved to Fort Lauderdale to handle media and PR for the company which was rapidly expanding its presence, soon launching new shows in Chicago, Naples, New Orleans, Palm Springs, San Francisco and Sarasota.
Nearly 20 years in, he continues to love the challenge and adventure of organizing shows – and especially enjoys time spent with his co-workers and new and longtime dealer friends. When not working, he hangs with his husband Jimmy, dog and cat – usually by the pool or at a beach.
Charlie hails from West Bend, Wisconsin, where his family owned a brewery – in fact as a child he had a beer named after him, Little Chuckie’s! After graduating from college in Milwaukee, he taught high school social studies.
Although he’s lived in Fort Lauderdale for more than 20 years, he remains a ridiculously die-hard Green Bay Packers fan – which earns him the frequent ridicule of his boss Rosemary, who’s (of course) an equally vocal Chicago Bears groupie!
Charlie has been with Dolphin Promotions for almost 20 years, has developed close relationships with literally hundreds of dealers, and is the go-to-guy for answers to an infinite number of show-related questions.
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Dolphin Promotions antiques and modernism shows are among the leading venues for antiques and 20th century decorative and fine arts in North America.
Established over 30 years ago by Bob Smith, Dolphin Promotions is currently owned and operated by Rosemary Krieger. With over 25 years of industry experience, Rosemary is assisted by her media director, Gordon Merkle and her executive assistant, Charlie Walter, both with 20 years of experience. The combined expertise of this team is instrumental in the success of the company and the shows they produce.
1stdibs has partnered with Dolphin Promotions sponsoring their many shows for over 10 years. Nobody works harder than Rosemary Krieger to ensure that both the dealers and those who attend her shows have a fantastic experience.
Michael Bruno, Founder and Chairman, 1stdibs
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