Art appraisers return to VPAG

Find out how much your art is worth at Heirloom Discovery Day at Vernon art gallery, Friday, May 11.

  • May. 6, 2012 5:00 p.m.
Art appraisers Anthony Westbridge and Peter Blundell examine a painting. The two will be at the Vernon Public Art Gallery with the Heirloom Discovery Day

Art appraisers Anthony Westbridge and Peter Blundell examine a painting. The two will be at the Vernon Public Art Gallery with the Heirloom Discovery Day

Do you have an old painting, print, or collectable hidden away in the house? Ever wonder who the artist is or where it came from? Does it hold any value? Let the experts unveil the mystery and reveal if you own a trinket or treasure.

Back by popular demand, the Vernon Public Art Gallery is once again hosting an Heirloom Discovery Day on Friday, May 11 with special guests, Vernon’s Peter Blundell, of Blundell Art and Antique Appraisals, and Vancouver’s Anthony Westbridge, of Westbridge Fine Art and Auction House.

“Blundell and Westbridge previously completed an Heirloom Discovery Day at the gallery in October, 2011 with great success. Several pieces were sold at auction following the event,” said VPAG marketing and programming coordinator Kelly McIntosh.

Westbridge, one of Canada’s leading art experts, will give verbal opinions on the market value of art and is particularly interested in Canadian-made paintings and sculpture.

He is looking forward to visiting the Okanagan with hopes to find a rare, unique, or highly sought after piece of art. Some of Westbridge’s books will also be available for purchase at the event, said McIntosh.

“He may also take some paintings back to Vancouver for inclusion in one of his monthly live and online auctions,” she said.

Blundell will also give verbal opinions on market value of antiques and collectibles, with some exceptions.

He cannot appraise jewelry, coins, stamps, guns, and wristwatches.  However, pocket watches and swords may be brought in. Those who want large furniture pieces assessed are asked to bring in a portion of the piece, such as a drawer along with a photograph, and the item’s measurements. (Items thought to be over 400 years old cannot be assessed in this format.)

Fifteen minute assessments will be scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the VPAG. The fee for an appointment is $35 (plus HST) for a maximum of three items.

Partial proceeds benefit exhibitions and programming at the VPAG. Auditors are welcome at no additional charge. Call the gallery at 250-545-3173 to make an appointment.