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    Appraisal Day is returning to the Gratz Gallery & Conservation Studio. People travel from near and far to this annual event, with paintings and frames in-tow, to get guidance on the value of their prized works of art and fine frames. If you've always wondered what that painting is worth that your grandparents gave you, or what it would take to repair the rip in the painting that fell off the wall last year, Gratz Gallery & Conservation Studio will be offering a day of appraisals and conservation estimates on Saturday, May 5th, from 11am to 4pm. This year, to make the event even more exciting, we are encouraging a donation of $20, which will directly benefit A Woman's Place, Bucks County's only domestic violence community benefit organization.  Bring your grandmother's portrait for a fair-market appraisal; find out what's underneath that soot-darkened painting in your attic; bring your Bucks County art for a cleaning and repair estimate.  This year the event will feature three 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; and Lauren Bradley ISA AM, Assistant Gallery Director of Gratz Gallery and an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers. 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.

    Your donation at the Gratz Gallery Appraisal Day Event will help support A Woman's Place (AWP). A Woman's Place is the only domestic violence community benefit organization in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. AWP has provided free, private, confidential, and comprehensive shelter, service, support, advocacy, outreach, training, and education to victims of domestic abuse and violence and their children and the community for the past 35 years. The free, private, and confidential hotline (1.800.220.8116) is available 24-hours a day. You can access information about AWP, domestic violence, and building a safe community at www.awomansplace.org

    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 to the Board of the International Society of Appraisers.

    Lauren Bradley ISA AM, has been with the gallery for nearly four years as the Assistant Gallery Director. 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.

    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 www.gratzgallery.com.