Appraisal Day 2014: To Benefit The Salvation Army

It's that time of year, again! Appraisal Day is returning to Gratz Gallery & Conservation Studio. Have you uncovered a long lost treasure while spring cleaning? Curious as to whether the painting you picked up at a local flea market has any value? Bring your fine art down to Gratz Gallery on May 18, 2014 from 12 pm to 5pm and we will provide you with a free appraisal or a conservation estimate. This year, to make the event even more exciting, we are encouraging a donation of $20, which will directly benefit The Salvation Army, an organization long devoted to helping individuals, families and communities in need.  Bring the landscape over your couch for a fair-market appraisal; find out what's underneath that dusty painting in your basement; bring your treasured Bucks County art for a cleaning and repair estimate.  This year the event will feature four fine art specialists: Paul Gratz, owner and head conservator at Gratz Gallery & Conservation Studio; Cindy Charleston Rosenberg ISA CAPP, President and Founder of The Art Appraisal Firm; Lauren Bradley ISA AM, an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers; and Marge Gratz ISA AM, a member of the International Society of Appraisers and longtime Gratz Gallery sales associate. Due to the popularity of this annual event, patrons are requested to limit their inquiries to two pieces per family.  The appraisers will get to all the paintings they possibly can in the day.

The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia is a faith-based, comprehensive human service organization whose programs help individuals, families and whole communities lead healthier, safer, and more productive lives. For 134 years, The Salvation Army has responded to both acute disasters such as fires and floods as well as the daily, ongoing struggles of the region's less fortunate individuals. The Salvation Army's programming operates from 17 community centers and facilities throughout the Philadelphia region offering shelter, hot meals, day care, recreational opportunities, music programs, after-school homework support, job training, senior activities, worship services, and drug rehabilitation. For more information, please visit

Specializing in the conservation of oil paintings and gilded frames for twenty-five years, Paul Gratz's formal training began at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and was developed through various apprenticeships with some of the nation's most respected art conservators.  Today, Paul leads a team of skilled artisans in combining modern techniques with Old World craftsmanship to offer the finest in treatment for oil paintings, murals and gilt objects.  Since 1982 Gratz has provided his services to museums, historical societies, universities, churches and many private collections.  "Truly skilled conservation of your art", says Gratz, "preserves as much as is possible of the original art itself, and therefore preserves its utmost value.  Conservation treatment restores original radiance, color and detail to your treasured oil paintings, adding years of life and maximum value to even the most damaged artwork. Our dedication to the quality of care for your investment is surpassed only, perhaps, by our passion for the beauty of the craft itself."

Cindy Charleston Rosenberg, ISA CAPP, is the founder and President of The Art Appraisal Firm, an independent appraisal company dedicated exclusively to the appraisal of fine art.  Ms. Rosenberg has distinguished the firm within the industry by removing potential bias from the appraisal process.   Art Appraisal Firm appraisers do not sell, broker, or represent fine art for sale in any capacity.  For this reason, prominent auction houses, prestigious galleries, national museums, financial advisors, attorneys and private collectors from around the country rely confidently upon her expertise as an unbiased independent appraiser and art consultant.  A fully Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA), Cindy utilizes her more than twenty years experience in the marketplace to evaluate collections of American and European paintings and sculpture. In 2007, Ms. Rosenberg was awarded the ISA CAPP distinction by completing the experience, continuing education, report writing, and qualifying examination requirements for ISA Certification to Appraise Fine Art (CAPP).  CAPP status is the highest level of recognition ISA can bestow.  As of this writing, there are fewer than 25 individuals holding the ISA CAPP designation in Fine Art in the United States and Canada. Certification to appraise personal property issued through this program is the result of a several year process of study that includes instruction, research, testing and peer review. ISA Certified membership also requires continuing education and a re-qualification examination every five years. Cindy has recently received the distinguished honor of being elected President of the International Society of Appraisers.

Lauren Bradley ISA AM, has been associated with the gallery for nearly six years. Prior to her employment at the gallery she was an Associate Specialist at Freeman's Auction in the Fine Art Department, where she specialized in Prints and Multiples. Lauren has worked with a selection of appraisers and art dealers throughout the Delaware Valley, and holds a BA in Art History from American University. She has supplemented her education with continuing education classes at New York University. She was one of three to receive a scholarship from the Foundation for Appraisal Education in 2011, which allowed her to finish coursework that elevated her to Accredited Member status within the International Society of Appraisers.

Marge Gratz ISA AM, has been a sales associate at Gratz Gallery since its founding in 2000. Gratz has a strong knowledge of Pennsylvania Impressionism. Through her years at the gallery, Marge has been exposed to a vast range of fine art which has enabled her to develop a keen eye for the nuances of the New Hope Circle artists. She completed her appraisal course education, and recently achieved accreditation in Fine Art Appraisal through the International Society of Appraisers. Marge completed her USPAP training via The American Society of Appraisers.

Located at 68 S. Main Street in Doylestown, the Gratz Gallery & Conservation Studio specializes in 19th and 20th century American paintings, with a focus on painters from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  In addition to art investment Gratz Gallery also offers custom framing, and run a conservation studio specializing in the treatment and stabilization of oil paintings.  The gallery is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sundays, 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m., as well as by appointment. Call 215-348-2500 or visit the Gratz Gallery and Conservation Studio website at

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