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A love of art
Local collector donating pieces to Florence Museum
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Andy Van Dam stands next to a marble statue of Roman Emperor Augustus during a tour of his downtown art and antique store in Camden. The exotic artworks he has collected are now being featured at the Florence Museum of Art. - photo by Michael Ulmer
Local antique and art dealer Andy Van Dam has traveled the world for decades looking for intriguing and exotic collectables to add to his collection. Although Van Dam will soon be retiring from his antique business on Market Street and convert it into a museum, he still has plans to allow others to view and enjoy his assortment of artwork. The Florence Museum of Art will soon display several pieces from Van Dam’s collection of African and Middle Eastern art as part of their ethnographic collection focusing on rare textiles.