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“So it was that in May 1982 about a dozen of us met with Barbara Capitman….Though I found [her] eccentric, I, like everyone present, was quite impressed by the vehemence with which she exhorted us to found an Art Deco Society….[S]omeone—I forget who it was—asked me if I would take up the challenge and assume the responsibility of organizing the society. Some deep, histrionic quirk in my nature came alive and I agreed at once.” So began the odyssey of Richard Striner, first president of the Art Deco Society of Washington. What the “feisty and now-deceased” Capitman had in mind was for Washingtonians to celebrate and preserve design from the 1920s and 30s, as her own Miami Design Preservation League does. Striner & Co. have done their best to actualize Capitman’s vision, sponsoring lectures, tours, and an annual Art Deco Ball, and have worked to preserve local deco treasures like the Washington Greyhound Terminal. For the past 17 years, the society’s annual Exposition of the Decorative Arts has showcased irons that look like locomotives, Bakelite jewelry, and ceramics that Nora Charles might have thrown at Nick. (A Bakelite-and-Lucite brooch is pictured.) This year, more than 50 vendors will transform the Ernst Community Cultural Center into a veritable eBay showroom. If this show is anything like previous years’, expect about 2,000 shopping competitors and mood-enhancing vintage clothing on staff and visitors alike. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 11, at Northern Virginia Community College’s Ernst Community Cultural Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. $8. (202) 298-1100. (Janet Hopf)