Thursday, July 26, 2012

Foundation for Appraisal Education announces Decorative Arts Seminar


Showcasing a cast of nationally known decorative and fine arts experts as speakers, The Foundation for Appraisal Education, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting ISA, is offering a decorative arts seminar at Quinn's Auction Gallery in Falls Church Virginia on September 6th and 7th of 2012, beginning with a reception on the evening of September 5th.  With the support and underwriting of Quinn’s Auction Galleries, the Foundation is offering a diverse educational seminar which is open to all appraisers as well as the public.

The program features a wide variety of subjects which would be of interest of generalists, experts and connoisseurs of decorative and fine art. The seminar will include sessions on Mid-century furniture,  current trends in Asian Art, the changing times of Art Pottery, valuation of prints and fine art, contemporary glass, netsukes, legalities around ivory and migratory birds, and folk art, just to name a few.  Features speakers include David Rago, Lark Mason, Suzanne Perrault, Ken Farmer, Dale Sorenson, Oscar Fitzgerald, Matt Quinn and others.  Not only do attendees have the chance to meet with these nationally known experts, but many subjects involve areas for which education and training is often difficult to find.  Where else can you learn about the legalities of buying and selling ivory and feathers?  Where else can you see and handle one of the country’s foremost collections of netsukes?  This seminar promises to not only be educational but lively and fun!  Evening receptions are being planned to provide an opportunity to meet and talk with speakers and other seminar attendees.

The seminar registration fee is reasonably priced at $375.00, with $200.00 of that registration fee being a deductible contribution to the Foundation for Appraisal Education.  This not-for-profit organization promotes the advancement of education related to personal property appraising.  The Foundation offers educational grants for the purposes of appraisal education as well as scholarships to individuals for fine art and decorative art appraisal education, and it strives to educate the public about fine and decorative arts appraisals.  The Foundation routinely provides grants to ISA and many ISA members have been recipients of their scholarships.

This seminar promises to be one of the best of the year, and is expected to sell out quickly.  With only 100 seats available, plan to register early.  For the registration form and for additional information, see the website for the Foundation for Appraisal Education at  or contact Quinn’s Auction Galleries at 703-532-5632.  A block of hotel rooms is being held for out of town participants and accommodations are not included in the seminar registration cost.

For more information on this release, please contact Vicky Nash Shaw, President of The Foundation for Appraisal Education at 312 924-1832.

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