October 23rd, 2008

Shawna Moore’s encaustic work at Gallery MAR

Don’t consider your own fine art appraising until it’s too late. In the past few years I’ve seen many clients who have had the misfortune of house fires, floods, and thefts. Always ask your gallery for a fine art evaluation and receipt with every purchase you make, and keep all of these documents in a safe, fire-proof place. Send copies to your insurance company, and take photos of your works and document in which home your pieces are placed.

Local gallerista and Parkite Melissa Soltesz owns Soltesz Fine Art Consulting, a Fine Art Appraisal business in Park City. In our state, we have very few qualified fine art appraisers. I highly recommend Soltesz’s services to my clients and friends.

A message from Soltesz: “We all share a love of art and have spent years and/or even a lifetime building our art collection, however we frequently overlook its protection until something terrible happens.  Enlisting the services of Soltesz Fine Art Consulting will ensure that you have a qualified appraiser value your collection.   With an appraisal for insurance coverage your artwork will be protected in the event of a disaster and your mind set at ease.”

Soltesz has worked in the art industry for thirteen years, here in Park City and in New York City, has a BA degree in art, and completed the Certificate Program for Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts at the University of California in Irvine. UC Irvineʼs program is the only one on the west coast affiliated with the esteemed American Society of Appraisers.

Call the gallery for more information, or contact Melissa Soltesz directly at 435-901-0961 or at solteszfineart@yahoo.com.