For nearly a half-century, the annual Connecticut Spring Antiques Show has endured a number of challenges, from overpowering nor’easters to prolonged economic downturns. Perhaps its greatest challenge has come in the past decade or so, as certain categories of the trade have seen waning interest.

Moses Pendleton often sits at home by a roaring fire, listening to classical music and studying how the logs break apart and form abstract shapes. Flames leap and dance hypnotically, almost like the serpentine movements of the dancers who bring his choreography to life.