Heffel to Host Free Appraisal Day in Calgary

Tuesday August 24 at Fort Calgary

For Immediate release:
August 14, 2010 

Heffel Fine Art Auction House is set to host its first Calgary appraisal day on August 24 at the Fort Calgary National Historic Site, further establishing their national presence through their Calgary office. Heffel is the leading auction house in the Canadian fine art auction business, setting many artist records and consistently posting the highest dollar-value sales over the past several years. Heffel has offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

Heffel’s Calgary expert Lisa Christensen, along with art experts from Heffel’s Vancouver office, will host this by appointment event, in which Calgarians can bring in their works of art for a free verbal appraisal. “Calgary has an active community of collectors,” says Christensen, “they are very knowledgeable people who collect along a variety of lines, from modern and contemporary Canadian art to historical Canadian art, including the Group of Seven, Emily Carr and Maurice Cullen. Contemporary works by sculptor Joe Fafard can be found in local collections, along with international works such as the American wildlife painter Carl Rungius, who had a studio in Banff.” Heffel specializes in the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, Emily Carr and Tom Thomson, as well as Canadian Post-War & Contemporary artists such as Jean-Paul Riopelle and Paul-Émile Borduas.

Hosting a Valuation Day is an opportunity for Calgarians to bring their treasures to Heffel’s staff for a free verbal appraisal. “It is our version of the Antiques Roadshow, focused solely on fine art,” says Christensen. “Collectors can call us for an appointment, and then bring their works down to Fort Calgary for us to look at.” Collectors should bring as much information as they can with them about the work they wish to have evaluated, as the provenance, or history of ownership of the work, is vitally important in the determination of authenticity and value.  

Since opening Heffel’s Calgary office, art expert Christensen has seen artwork of every imaginable type, including works by members of the Group of Seven, James Wilson Morrice, David Milne, Emily Carr and printmakers W.J. Phillips and Sybil Andrews. She has also seen important early Northwest Coast and First Nations works, as well as well-known Calgary artists such as Maxwell Bates and Marion Nicoll. “One of the most memorable works is also one of the first ones I handled as Heffel’s Calgary agent,” says Christensen. “It was a Frederick Varley painting entitled Dusk – Tantalus Range, and it was absolutely gorgeous, an inky blue and purple landscape with the afterglow of a sunset over the coastal mountains. It was such a striking painting, I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.”

Heffel’s Calgary Valuation Day will take place on Tuesday, August 24, 2010, 11 am – 6 pm, by appointment only, in the J.O.W. Gallery at Fort Calgary, 750 – 9th Avenue SE (map and directions). To book an appointment, please call Lisa Christensen at 403 238-6505.

Media contact:
Lisa Christensen ~ 403 238-6505
Email: Lisa@heffel.com

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