Director’s Favorite is a new exhibit at The W.H. Stark House in Orange, Texas, showcasing retiring Managing Director Patsy Herrington’s favorite decorative art objects from The W.H. Stark House collections. Items are currently on display in the adjacent Carriage House and can be viewed through Saturday, April 20, 2013.

Patsy L. Herrington, began working for the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation in 1980, has been the Managing Director of The W.H. Stark House since 2000. In honor of Patsy, her favorite decorative arts objects from the collections are exhibited together for the first time. On her fist visit to the Stark House in September, 1980, Patsy saw the Japanese Cloisonné Vase decorated with swimming carp and water lilies in the Stark House Breakfast Room, from that point forward it became her favorite. Also on display in this exhibit is the 1902 Arts and Crafts pottery vase Toast Cup signed by Artus Van Briggle ranking as Herrington’s second favorite decorative art object. Other special pieces include the Harriet Whitney Frishmuth bronze sculpture, Crest of the Wave and the Thomas G. Hawkes American Brilliant Period cut glass Melon Platter. These items and more will be displayed through April 20.

The decorative art collections of William Henry and Miriam Lutcher Stark are broad in scope, and while all the objects are impressive, fifty objects that make up this exhibit hold special meaning to Herrington. “In the past thirty-three years, it has been my pleasure to care for this outstanding collection, while insuring it will be enjoyed by future audiences. The pieces shown in this exhibit are decorative objects of history which “speak” to me and which I will always remember,” said Herrington.

Guided tours are available on Tuesday through Saturday. Call 409-883.-0871 to schedule a tour.

The W.H. Stark House Carriage House is at 610 W. Main Street in Orange, Texas, and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Group tours are available and the last tour begins at 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 409.883.0871 or visit

Harriet Whitney Frishmuth, Crest of the Wave, American (1880-1980), Bronze, shown in the Blue Bedroom, The W.H. Stark House, Orange, Texas, 21.41.1.