Blanche Greenstein and Thos. K. Woodard opened their small second-floor shop on Lexington Avenue in New York City in 1971. Collectors, designers and celebrities from all over the world managed to climb up a flight of steps to check out their American antique quilts and folk art. Since then, Woodard & Greenstein have exhibited at major antiques shows in the U.S. and London, shown at dozens of New England flea markets, written three books on American quilts, given talks on textiles at seminars and educational institutions, and served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Antiques Dealers.
Antique quilts from Woodard & Greenstein are in private collections in the U.S., Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia, as well as the Dallas Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Baltimore Museum of Art, American Folk Art Museum and the American Museum in Bath, England. Woodard & Greenstein have donated quilts to the U.S. Friends of Art and Preservation in Embassies Program, and the Peconic Land Trust on Long Island's East End.
The New York Times has featured articles about exhibitions and sales held in their Madison Avenue gallery, including "Divine Inspiration" (1985), the first major collection of authentic, museum quality Shaker furnishings offered for sale in New York City in twenty-five years. Woodard & Greenstein were guest curators at the Museum of American Folk Art in NYC for "Hawaiian Quilts: Treasures of an Island Folk Art" (1979), the first major exhibition of Hawaiian quilts on the mainland.
Architectural preservation projects by Woodard & Greenstein include twelve houses on Long Island's East End, beginning with a classic federal style post-and-beam house in Fall River, MA, rescued from the threat of demolition and restored in East Hampton, NY. Other projects include 19th Century barns moved from Vermont which have appeared in House Beautiful Magazine, Country Living Magazine and The New York Times, and numerous decorating and design books.
Inspired by antique American rugs that have become difficult to find, Woodard & Greenstein, created WOODARD WEAVE® Classic American Woven Rugs in 1981. In a chance meeting with a new manufacturer from India, a partnership began that has continued for over thirty years. Their collection of hand-made, traditional style rugs are very much at home with both antique and contemporary decors.
Woodard & Greenstein Hooked Rugs ™ are also available in custom sizes from runners to room sized area rugs. Request a digital catalog to begin browsing the collection.
A "web portrait" of Woodard & Greenstein created by the Alliance for American Quilts, the Michigan State University Museum, and MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences OnLine can be found at their web site: http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/treasures.