Art Appraiser to Give Gallery Talk at Sunset River Marketplace

If you have ever wondered what a piece of art is worth, if you’ve wished you knew what to look for when purchasing art or you have other questions about art appraisals, you might want to attend the next Creative Exchange event at Calabash, N.C. art gallery Sunset River Marketplace.

Professional art appraiser Amy Chapman from Columbia, S.C. will explain what she does, how art is valued, and when a formal appraisal is necessary. She will also offer tips on proper storage and what to look for when buying art.

“I want to demystify some of the aspects of art appraisal,” says Chapman. I’ll be covering topics such as: Who needs to have an appraisal and why? What is involved in an appraisal? Why do appraisals cost what they do? Why are some things you can look at before you buy art or hire an appraiser? How can you keep your valuables safe from damage?

Chapman, who grew up in Myrtle Beach, S.C., attended the Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology where she studied advanced art. Since then she has explored the history and making of art, earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in art history.

Her personal art experience is in oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing, jewelry-making, book-making and ceramics. Chapman has attended numerous courses offered through the American Society of Appraisers at Pratt Institute in New York, including: Personal Property Methodology-Research and Analysis, Personal Property and the Legal Environment, National Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), and Advanced Research Methods.

She also studied with renowned appraiser Judith Vance and attended the 2010 ASA Personal Property Conference. Amy has experience gained from working with local art conservators Craig and Carol Crawford as well as art appraiser Sharon Campbell of Campbell Fine Art Appraisal. She has owned and operated her business, Amy’s Fine Art Appraisal LLC since May of 2011. She is based out of Columbia, but travels throughout the state for her work.

Since opening in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has become an active supporter of performing, literary and visual arts in the area. The gallery hosted Brunswick Arts Council’s Evening of Miniature Masterpieces fundraiser multiple times and is a Silver Sponsor for the Friday evening Summer Concert Series at Ocean Isle Beach.

Creative Exchange is an interactive community event held at Sunset River Marketplace. The gallery is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (Hwy. 179) in Calabash, N.C. Amy Chapman’s presentation on art appraisal takes place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on March 14. There is a $7 fee and lunch is included. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. For more information, call 910-575-5999 or email the gallery. If you’d like to be notified about upcoming Creative Exchange, Coffee With the Authors or other gallery events, send an email to Gallery news is also posted on the website: and on the gallery’s Facebook page.