Particularly interested in French and Italian furniture of the 18th century and Renaissance furniture, Helen Costantino Fioratti was inspired by her mother Ruth, who was the first female fine arts dealer of antiques in the United States. Because of this, she was bought up with antiques all around her. Ms. Fioratti had her first solo show when she was six or seven years old with a clay sculpture exhibit in the lobby of Hunter College Elementary School. Today, she serves as the president of noted art gallery, L’Antiquaire and the Connoisseur, Inc., in New York since 1988. She has also done interior design for the Royal Family of Kuwait, decorating multiple homes for them during the invasion of their country.
Born in Japan despite being a descendent of the Korean ruling family, Joy Powell Gebhard witnessed a lot of brutality as a child. She vowed then to fight for world peace for the rest of her life, and she has held fast to her goals. Ms. Powell Gebhard founded Healing Inc. in 1997 to help humanitarian and education needs. She remains involved in the organization, which mainly focuses on children from North Korea, to this day. Other notable achievements include founding the Meadow Peace Park, co-founding the Washington Korean Writers Association, and serving as the president of Washington Jeonju Lee Chosun Dynasty Royal Family Association. Outside of her organizations, Ms. Powell Gebhard found that another way to achieve her goals
Doris Ann Christensen’s love for the fine arts and appreciation for good craftsmanship initially began in high school, where she took music lessons, joined the choir, and enrolled in shop classes, and has only grown over the years. Her early creations include beautiful designs on leather belts and wallets and salt shakers made out of plastic. She proceeded to attend Eastern Arizona College, and when her teacher was promoted to dean of admissions, she became his secretary. Upon marrying her husband, Ms. Christensen moved to Washington and continued her secretarial duties for more than three decades. Although she and her husband both worked full time, they spent their free time selling antiques and participating in collectible shows. This eventually led her