The Penticton Art Gallery and Penticton Museum are hosting a fundraiser with the assistance of antique

Penticton art gallery hosting antiques appraisal fundaiser

Penticton Art Gallery is inviting the public to come through their doors on May 8 to have their antiques, art and collectibles appraised.

Do you have fortune hiding in your attic, a million dollars hanging on your wall?

The Penticton Art Gallery is inviting the public to come through their doors on May 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and two experts will appraise your antiques, collectables and fine art. The event is a partial fundraiser for the Penticton Art Gallery and the Penticton Museum.

Two of British Columbia’s leading experts in their respective fields will be appraising pieces. Anthony Westbridge, of Westbridge Fine Arts in Vancouver, and publisher of the Canadian Arts Sales Index and Peter Blundell, a nationally recognized certified appraiser and owner of Blundell Art and Antiques in Vernon.

Blundell will be giving verbal appraisals on the values of antiques, collectibles and prints or reproductions, with a few minor exceptions. He cannot appraise jewelry, coins, stamps, guns and wristwatches. However pocket watches and swords may be brought in for an evaluation. Individuals who wish to have large furniture pieces assessed are asked to bring in a portion of the piece (a drawer) along with a good photo and the item’s measurements. Items thought to be over 400 years old cannot be assessed, but arrangements can be made for a later date.

Westbridge gives verbal appraisals on original works of art, with the possible prospect of taking some pieces to Vancouver for inclusion in one of his live or online monthly fine art auctions. His particular expertise and interest is in the work done by living and historic Canadian artists. Westbridge is highly regarded as one of Canada’s leading experts on the assessment and appraisal of Canadian fine art and is the publisher of the Collector’s Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction, and the Canadian Arts Sales Index. Copies of Mr. Westbridge’s books will also be available for sale at this event.

To make an appointment, call the art gallery at 250-493-2928. Payment is required at the time of booking in order to secure your place. Cost for a 15 minute verbal appraisal is $40 for gallery members and members of the S.S. Sicamous and Penticton Museum and $50 for non-members. Spectators are welcome at no cost. For more about this visit www.pentictonartgallery.com.

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