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O.P.E.N. hosts Antique Appraisal Faire

Provided to the TribuneCatherine Laing, left, stumps appraisers Lynne and Bob Peterson of Abell House Antiques with her pewter "what in the world is it?"
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Ordinary People meeting ExtraOrdinary Needs will host it third annual Antique Appraisal Faire from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

Added to the faire this year will be “Art in the Park,” an exhibit of carvings, paintings and photographs, which will nestle in the pines between the senior center and the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Complex. The coordinator of these art objects is Larry Kendall, a relative newcomer to oil painting and wood carving, who in the past two years has sold seven paintings and more than 150 wild animal carvings in-the-round. He has intense respect for “the artist in every human being” and wants affordable creations offered at this exhibit. “No prices will exceed $200,” Kendall said. Art in the Park will open at 10 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m., so Appraisal Faire volunteers may also participate. Anyone who would like to enter art work in the Art in the Park exhibit may do so by calling Kendall at (530) 544-4967. The fee for each artist to participate is $5 plus $1 for each art object entered. The fees will benefit O.P.E.N. There is no charge for people to attend Art in the Park. Looking is free and buying will enrich the purchaser’s sense of beauty. The sale of any art work goes to the “starving artists.”

Parking at the senior center is very limited so everyone is asked to use the close-by spaces for loading and unloading for the events. Only parking at the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce end and the Recreation Complex areas should be used for long-term parking to avoid congestion.



People who wish to have items appraised at the Appraisal Faire will be charged $7 per item or $20 for three items. Multiples such as postcards, photographs, records, collectible card/games, comic books, stock certificates or autographs count as one item. Verbal evaluations only will be given. No written evaluations will be available.

Beverages will be sold and consumed outside for $1 each. No food will be sold. Basket raffles with different themes will be raffled within the senior center. A few finer items will be offered in a silent auction.




O.P.E.N. originated in 1990 to help Marie and Will Cluff’s neighbor, Terri Martin, with life threatening medical expenses. Since then, the club has increased those served to include “The Lake,” its entire area and people. O.P.E.N. is pleased to offer to Tahoe a fall afternoon of art and antiques, which will enrich souls and at the same time help others in need of greater health. “Together, we can make a difference.”

The appraisers who are participating in the Antique Appraisal Faire include:

Stan Griffeth, owner of Tahoe Coins and Collectibles. He has been in business nine years and specializes in coins, tokens and metals — U.S., world and ancient, stamps, covers, currencies, Nevada casino chips and other collectibles. He has been a collector for 55 years.

Lori Hickey and Audrey Cain have co-owned Genoa’s Historic Laura Springs Ranch and Country Antiques for 10 years. They have advised and mentored O.P.E.N. members toward successful antique appraisal events. They are based at 1456 Foothill Road in Genoa, Nev., 20 minutes for Stateline.

David A. Russo, specializing in oil paintings, formerly owned The Oak Tree Gallery in Sunol, Calif., and The Picasso and I in Danville, Calif. Now retired, he has 40 years painting, restoring and appraising experience. He has offered to help by appraising any art media, whether antique or modern.

Marcia Heaton is an independent appraiser from Dayton, Nev. She received her certification from New York University and the Gemalogical Institute of American. She will appraise antique jewelry, silver, decorative arts, household and Asian items.

Lena Back is from Comstock Hotel Antiques in Reno. Although she appraises linens, vintage clothing and hats, Black of “Old Dolls,” really loves antique dolls and has earned much recognition in this speciality.

Randall Abbott of Fair Oaks, Calif., specializes in Chinese and Japanese decorative arts of the 17th through 19th centuries. He has a wide range of antique knowledge and his most specific interest is in three-dimensional objects such as pottery, porcelain, metalware, carvings and lacquer ware.

Chuck Wayne is owner of Wayne’s Family Music of Gardnerville and has been in the music field for 35 years. He teaches more than a dozen instruments and repairs them as well. He will appraise instruments when he is not playing the piano at the senior center.

Cheryl Sillings and George Alm of Taylor Creek Auctions specialize in estate and lien sales as well as general antique appraisals. Sillings graduated from the Certified Appraisers Guild of America training school in January 2001 and Alm is especially interested in clocks.

LaVonne Fraga has 30 years experience as an independent appraiser. Also a frequent lecturer, she welcomes the challenges inherent with antiques. She will be accompanied by n Marcia Kestall n of Placerville Antiques.

Taryn Miller of Reno is the former director of fine jewelry for Butterfield and Butterfield Auction House, San Francisco and Los Angeles; director of fine jewelry on the West Coast for Christie’s Auction House in Boston; and head estate buyer for Shreve & Co. in San Francisco. She is a gemologist.

n Fred Holabird n of Fred Holabird Americana of Reno is an expert in Western Americana, including stock certificates relating to mines, rare books, autographs, photographs, western railroadiana, trade tokens and antique bottles. He also specializes in any item dealing with western history.

n Bud and Jo Ann Orange n, owners of The House of Orange in Minden, Nev., have been in business for more than 25 years. Jo Ann will appraise decorative art, china, porcelain, crystal and prints. Bud will appraise furniture, tools, fishing, nautical and sports items, kitchen, advertising, telephones, scientific instruments, medical and dental items and collectible knives.


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