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I inherited a couple of pieces of fine art (20th century
prints), with a market value of about $45,000, that I'd like
to sell. Bonhams did the original appraisal, but I can't get
them to respond to my inquiries about auctioning the items.
Can anyone recommend another auction house or dealer who can
sell these prints for me or buy them from me? Anon
It's hard to say without knowing the artists. You could try
Franklin Bowles. www.franklinbowlesgallery.com. I'm guessing
that they are well known artists if they are that valuable.
I would bet that Bonhams is your best bet. Not sure why they
are not returning your call. Strange. You could also try
looking up the artist on a website like Askart and seeing
who sells the work and contacting them. Good luck. anon
Mahoney Suter can help you. Talk to Ellen:
Our walls are blank and it's driving us nuts. We need art!
Please recommend any galleries, artists or other outlets
where we can take a look. We love to buy direct from artists
We are picky, but I can't really tell you what we like. it
just depends on the particular piece. But anything from
unique landscapes to abstracts to monoprints to simple line
drawings. As far as budget goes, again, that depends on the
piece and what it's value is to us, but we're not rich!
I am a photographer and oddly enough we are looking more for
paintings, drawings and other non-photographic pieces, but
still, please recommend any photographers you particularly
like if that's what you know.
Of course we won't buy everything at once; over time is what
we are looking at, but we want to start now. And BTW being a
Berkeley parent our free time is limited, for what that is
Much appreciated! Thanks.
I was surprised to discover how great ebay.com is for
original art! If you look under the Art category and then
look in the 'Direct from the Artist' category, there is TONS
of art! I've found some lovely photographs and oil
paintings there - at much lower costs than in galleries.
For photographs, try the art auction at SF Camerawork. You
can get fantastic work from as little as $100 to all the way
up in the thousands for bigger, well known artists. It
really is one of the best secrets in the area for getting
good work, learning about artists, and supporting the arts
in a significant and meaningful way. I believe it's
December 3rd. Good Luck!
I'm going to recommend a couple of Berkeley friends (both
BHS parents) whose art I find compelling. Both display at
open studios, and you can look at their web sites.
Terri Saul -- mostly paintings, drawings, prints. Her work
is currently up at Mythos Gallery on Solano Ave.
Ruth Shorer -- paintings, ceramics that can be hung on a wall.
Richmond and Pinole are great places to find artists and
art. Point Richmond has a collective-The Point Richmond Art
Collective, and a cooperative-The Arts of Point Richmond, as
well as a gallery-Refined by Fire. You can find glass,
painting, photography, jewelry, metalwork, and more. I
believe AOPR is having a big event on the 10th of Dec. from
11 to 5, and there's an artwalk tomorrow night. Downtown
Point Richmond is only 4 blocks, so finding the art is
pretty easy. Pinole Artisans is another gathering of a large
number of artists and they have a storefront in downtown
Pinole. All these groups except the gallery have websites.
I have a world of ideas for you sis. First of all, have you
been to the Art Murmer? I think now they are calling it
'first Friday'. Uptown Oakland, the first Friday of the
month all the artists from 18th to 30th and telegraph open
their doors in the evening. There is some real crap and
some MIRACULOUS works. Its like being in Paris in the 20s,
really. Because they are starving the prices are very
reasonable. Some very clever folks down there, and the food
artisans are there as well, so bring the kids. Its fun.
Secondly, find a history book on your area, like Arcadia
Press or contact the Chamber of Commerce, and buy a file of
an old photo of your specific area. (about $50 bucks)
When a friend of mine moved to Lafayette into a big walled
empty space, I bought two great old files of Lafayette and
blew them up to 16 x 20 and framed them as a gift. She LOVES
THEM as they are great conversation pieces and give the home
a very solid feeling.
Lastly, ummmmmm.... pix of your family? Large unusual,
kinetic black and white?
I find a lot of art I love on Etsy, and you can browse it
from home and buy directly from the artist. I've also
bought a couple pieces I really love off the walls of cafes
we frequent - that's just sort of random luck, but keep your
eyes open as you go about your day. 20x200.com sells prints
in editions of various sizes (and often the originals, too)
and has truly great variety. Lastly, Lost Art Salon
(www.lostartsalon.com) in SF is fun to browse online or in
person, and the owners give good advice. Have fun! Art
What a great opportunity to make your house a home! I would
spend time at the open studios that come around this time of
year, search out artists you like, spend some time in
galleries. I would love to have this project! art lover
A wonderful selection of art can be found at Magnolia
Editions, at 2527 Magnolia St. in West Oakland. Many
treasures from many artists, at all price points. It is also
a fascinating place to visit. They have a website :
www.magnolia editions.com. Magnolia fan
Did you see the new art store on College Avenue? It's next
to the Lululemon store on College at Ashby. THey have
mostly paintings, and the prices seem reasonable. For
pricier items, you should check out the Open Studios at the
old military station in San Francisco. They have an Open
House twice-a-year (spring and fall). The fall one was just
a few weeks ago. There are many artists to choose from.
I have an artist friend that makes stunning, one-of-a-kind
fine art woodcut & linocut prints at very reasonable prices.
Check out her Etsy store:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/RedTailStudios. art lover
I've had a lot of luck going to Open Studios (mostly in SF
just because I used to live there) which gives you an
opportunity to look at a huge range of artwork at a range of
prices and feel great about buying directly from local
artists. I'd also highly recommend a Berkeley photographer
Margaretta Mitchell--full disclosure: she's my mom :)--her
work ranges from landscapes to gardens to still life to
nudes and portraits, B&W & color, photogravure, etc. She's
also amazing at helping people select artwork so she would
be able to refer you to other artists in the Bay Area. You
can always email her with your thoughts about what interests
you and start there. email@example.com (her
website is rather old though it does give you a taste of her
work). Have fun! Julia
I have several pieces of beautiful art work hanging on my
walls: The local artist and her family lives in Berkeley.
Her name is Sally K Smith and her web site is
www.sksmithart.com. Please check it out if you like. Just
recently she had an exhibition of her oil paintings hanging
in a wine store on College Avenue. Sally paints a lot of
landscapes in the Bay Area and also does commission work
(let's say you like your neighborhood, your street, house or
even a portrait of your kids). Whenever I have visitors I
get compliments on her paintings. They are warm, charming
and wonderful topics of conversation for guests. If you like
her style, I highly recommend you meet her in person! Owner
of the 'Chinese Bird Market' by Sally K. Smith
Why not go directly to local artists?
Each year about 100 studios are open during Berkeley
Artisans Holiday Open Studios. You can get a complete list
and map at www.berkeleyartisans.com This year's dates are
Saturdays and Sundays 11am-6pm, November 26-27, December 3-
4, 10-11 and 17-18.
Stop by the huge Sawtooth Building at 2547 8th St. in West
Berkeley. It's full of artists and many will be open. If
you're interested in a piece for your wall that's made of
old hardbound books visit Jim Rosenau (my husband) in space
Take a look at the art on my friend Sheila Sondik's
website--www.sheilasondik.com. She does a range of
realistic to abstract watercolors and prints, many based on
scenes in Tilden Park. I have an original in my house which
I love, and which draws frequent positive comments from
visitors. art lover
My hubby and I just invested in our 1st piece of 'real' art.
We would like to have someone come professionally hang it
and also would like to have lighting installed in the
ceiling. The lighting would need to be adjustable as the
picture takes on different looks with different lighting.
We don't know where to start looking for help with this..
Any suggestions. New Art Owner
Congratulations on your new art! You are so right to get it
installed and lit professionally. I know just the person.
Ellen Evangeliste specializes in this and is a delightful
person to boot.
email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a fun store on Grand Avenue (opposite the ex-Safeway/now
construction site) that has art consignments, but I don't know their
policies. Also, I remember seeing one on the north side of University
Avenue near Milvia. Good luck.
Oh what memories.
Contemporary Arts was the name of a consignment/rental store I bought a
fabulous piece from many years ago: Vermillion Glow by Claussen.
The artist had a studio in Berkeley and may still be listed under his name;
and therefore able to direct you to a consignment place. I also suspect
that the various art collectives in Berkeley and Emeryville could let you
know of consignment places.
Have you checked the yellow pages ? ? ?
There is an art consignment store located on Redwood Road in Oakland in
the Lincoln Square shopping center. (This is near Holy Names College.)
It's called PotPourrie and, although it mostly has craft-type things
(jewelry, pottery, woodworking, etc.), it also carries paintings,
sculpture and photography works.
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