Hingham’s South Street Gallery will again host “Art Appraisal Day” this Saturday, with professional art appraiser Arthur Garrity.
A successful event in the past, the event gives visitors the chance to have Garrity appraise one piece of artwork for $10, or three for $25. There is a limit of three appraisal items per customer per visit.
Etchings, prints, or origioal oil or watercolor paintings may be submitted for review. All the proceeds will be donated to the Salvation Army.
Garrity, a nationally recognized art researcher and appraiser, has worked with museums, individuals, and corporations, and says art appraisal has a long history in this country.
“In the past, artwork has always been a hedge against inflation,'' he said. "Many wealthy families that once lost their fortunes during the Depression, for example, but held on to their art collections, were able to rebound by selling their artwork years later."
In Hingham, he will use an art reference library of 4,000 volumes on art and art history to help him in his work.
According to Kate Sotolova, South Street Gallery’s manager, “This is an excellent opportunity for people to get a professional evaluation of art that may have been in their household or family for years. Individuals may wish to know this information for any number of reasons, whether they want to sell, insure, or just for their own knowledge."
Active in collecting American and European art and antiques for 25 years, Garrity began collecting while a high school student in Salem, Mass. Today, he lectures on collecting, collection development, and investment portfolio diversification.
“Some of the artists that he has handled include Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent, Irving Wiles, William M. Chase, Winslow Homer, and Abbott Graves, to name a few,'' said Sotolova.
Garrity was the driving force behind the opening exhibition of paintings at the Hingham Library, "Past Hingham Artists," and collaborated on a recent book, "A Charmed Couple: The Life and Art of Walter and Matilda Gay," written by Bill Rieder, the gallery said in a release.
Locals may visit the gallery on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for their appraisals. For more information, call 781-749-0430 or visit www.southstreetgallery.com.