You want to start a personal art collection and are not sure how to start? Free seminar at the BAC.

By Pepper Parr


January 13th, 2014

Is art collecting just for those with bags of money?  If it’s for the rest of us – where do you start?  How do you find out how to start?

The Burlington Art Centre (BAC) holds an annual Art Auction where some pretty impressive names appear on the list of items being auctioned.  This year Robert Bateman is doing a piece especially for the Auction.  He is a little out of my league but at what point does one include a Bateman – even if it is just a print in their collection?

This year the BAC is putting on two Pre-Auction Seminars on How to Start a Collection.

Don Graves, a Burlington artist in the process of selling a piece of his art to a young woman who was on the Art in Action Tour and wanted to begin her personal art collection. She bought the painting.

One will be led by Denis Longchamps, Director of Programs who will tell you about the first piece of art he bought, which he still has.  Denis will also tell you that while he is no longer all that fond about the piece, he kept it because it was the first piece he bought.

Jonathan Smith, Permanent Collection Curator will talk about collecting ceramics.  Not nearly enough people know about the very impressive collection of ceramics Burlington has; one of the very best in North America and considered the best in its field.

The Seminars take place on Wednesday January 29th: 7 p.m. and Thursday February 6th: at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

For those who attend this event you will have the pleasure of hearing both Smith and Longchamps who will each speak for 15 to 20 minutes on their individual areas of expertise and then open things up for questions and answers.

In the world of art there is no such things as a dumb question.  So don’t feel you have to know a lot to attend – this event is for those who don’t know all that much and want to know more.  And you are not likely to find two people more than capable of telling you how to get started.

To register call the Burlington Art Centre ; 905-332- 7796 Ext 326  Leave a call back number – they may want to talk to you.

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