Unfortunately, most "family" art does not sell. Husband's family went through this when an aunt died...no one was interested in her paintings. I do not know what happened to them.
Does this hat make my butt look big?
i have 3 oils 2 by one lady, one by another...and havn't a clue wha the floral rose watercolors painted by a actor friend, would get..he wasn't a "name" and mostly played bit parts...was in the old series of hazel (1960)i supposei'd take the art and show it at a local flea market..(if you need to get rid of it...frankly your pieces are nice, homey and colorful...but them i'm also 66, homey, and comfortable, lol..
not sure what part of "upstate " you are in, but at the Arnot Mall, near Elmira/Corning they have a galery that is devoted to the works of elderly "primitive" painters. Local older people who paint because they love to and the art is sold through the store/galery.
I;m sorry I can't tell you more, I just know I've seen it when I shop there, every year or so.
Also check with your local office for the aging, local art association and the local library they may have sources for selling local art.
Life is GOOD!!
These are the works of what is known as a Sunday artist, someone who is self-taught and paints as a hobby. Most have no real value beyond the sentimental.
I have seen pieces like this for sale in garage sales or flea markets, but for a very low asking price. You can go this route or donate them to Goodwill. There are people (mostly young) who like to buy and frame these pieces specifically because they add an eclectic and pleasingly kitschy touch to their decor, for very little money.
I agree with aychihuahua.
weakestlink, Honestly I think you have been working way too hard with way too much effort on these estates you are attempting to liquidate. Life is short...please live it and let this stuff just go.
Some of the price tags I found on her paintings were in the hundreds of dollars range. I wonder if she really ever sold that many because I can't sell any for over $5, even with ornate frames. Apparently she was good enough to win awards and give exhibitions around our area. Here is one I found with 2 prize ribbons attached.
Prices that artists put on their pieces are not normally a good indicator of actual value. The fact that she still had them is often telling enough.
Local exhibitions/shows are also not necessarily any indication of skill or value. (Awards are given on the basis of local competition) Once again the fact that you say that no one wants to purchase them for over 5 dollars is also revealing. Sorry.
Hey ! Check this out www.exportingart.com. They are providing a space to show works of visual art, art galleries etc. There is a huge collection of antiques and collectibles too.
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