What's it Worth? March 14 2014

Arts on Douglas Hosts A Lecture and Antique Roadshow-Style Fine Art Valuation Program.

Friday, April 11, 6-7pm:
Certified Fine Art Appraiser, Mark Alexander Lecture, Spy in the House: Confessions of a Fine Art Appraiser

Saturday, April 12, 9-5pm:
Antique Roadshow-Style Fine Art Valuation Day 

two day community arts programHave you ever wondered if those old paintings and drawings that you inherited from Aunt Lucille were genuine or junk? If so, dust off those works of art and get them professionally evaluated at What’s it Worth?, a 2-day fundraising event at Arts on Douglas. This 2-day program includes a captivating lecture on Friday, April 11, 2014 from 6-7pm and antique roadshow-style fine art valuation on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 9-5.

Recognized fine art expert, and Director of Art Services 2000 Ltd, Mark Alexander will present a lecture, titled A Spy in the House: Confessions of a Fine Art Appraiser, on Friday April 11th from 6-7pm, followed by a Q/A session.  The lecture will interest collectors, artists, and art enthusiasts alike. During the presentation, Alexander will describe what it is like to be a fine art super sleuth. He will reveal some of the spellbinding stories surrounding works of art that he has uncovered over the years. He will cover major aspects of the art appraisal processes–– extensive research, catalog raisonnés, provenance, authentication, and innovative scientific testing techniques–– that are used to identify originals, copies, fakes, and forgeries. The lecture is free and open to the public.

On Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 9-5, attendees are invited to bring oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, sculptures, and limited edition fine art prints from their personal collections to be evaluated by Mark Alexander, a fully accredited member of the the International Society of Appraisers (ISA). Antiques, glass, ceramics, furniture, collectibles, coins, jewelry, decorative or craft items will not be considered. For a nominal fee participants will receive a one-on-one verbal valuation as well as advice on the care and documentation of artworks and resources for determining their potential value. Please call 386-428-1133 to reserve an appointment for your one-on-one art valuation. 

ACA members: $10 for up to 3 items
Non-members: $20 for up to 3 items 
*All proceeds will be donated to Atlantic Center for the Arts Community Arts Programs.

Please note: a formal written valuation will not be distributed.

Mark Alexander is a fully accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) with a Fine Art specialization. He has researched, appraised, and brokered many works of art from 16th century Tudor paintings to well-known 20th century masters, such as Andre Derain, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, and many more. His international clientele includes cultural institutions, government agencies, insurance professionals, corporation, and private collectors. Mark Alexander was selected by the US Department of Justice to provide fine art valuation consultations to the US Marshals Service Department of Asset and Forfeiture on cases involving artworks seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), US Postal Inspectors Service, and Homeland Security. As a professional fine art broker he has worked with specialists from many of the world’s leading international auction houses, including: Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Phillips de Pury, Jackson, Skinner, Neal, and Bonham’s. He holds an MFA from Florida State University. He has held executive director and curatorial positions at prominent American universities. Mark Alexander is the curator of John James Audubon, American Artist and Naturalist, a nationally traveling exhibition.