International Society of Appraisers sets ‘Assets 2010’ Conference in Toronto

passport_to_toronto_logo_LGTORONTO, Canada – The International Society of Appraisers will celebrate its 30 anniversary with an in-depth, three-pronged conference entitled “Assets 2010” in Toronto on April 30-May 3, 2010, offering programs in Fine Arts, Antiques and Residential Contents and Gems & Jewelry.

The conference—hosted by coordinator Kathryn Minard, ISA, CAPP, and conference co-chairs Irene Szylinger and Catherine Williams and Jim Poag, Gems and Jewelry program coordinator—will feature a lineup of credentialed powerhouse presenters for each session, a pair of dynamic keynote speakers in Robert Ramsay and David Ben, and scheduled tours of such important venues as the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics, the Bata Shoe Museum, the Textile Museum of Canada, Corona Jewelry Company, the Stephen Bulger Gallery and a tour of a private residence featuring Jamieson Tribal Art.

Minard said that one of the main points of emphasis for the conference is affordability and flexibility, adding that ISA has arranged very generous rates for participants at the host hotel, the Park Hyatt Toronto in downtown Ontario. It is close to convenient public transportation and is surrounded by a wide variety of eating establishments for all tastes and budgets.

While the conference will have three distinct sections, participants will be encouraged to pick and choose among sessions to accommodate the cross-over interests of many attendees.

The Fine Art program will feature sessions on the art market, contemporary photography, Inuit art, authentication, insurance appraisals, cross border appraisals and report writing. Presenters will include Nicholas Metivier, owner Nicholas Metivier Gallery; Chris Varley private art dealer, Christopher Varley Fine Art; Patterson Sims, freelance curator, writer and lecturer; Robert Heffel, auctioneer, Heffel Fine Art; Doina Popescu, Curator, The Black Star Photography Collection, Ryerson University; Pat Feheley, Associate Professor, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University; Vivian Ebersman and Ann-Louise Seago of AXA Art Insurance headquartered in New York; Peter Paul Biro, Art Access & Research Limited; Marie-Claude Corbeil from the Canadian Conservation Institute; Cathy Peters, ISA, CAPP and Cross Border Appraisal presenters Leon Castner, ISA, CAPP, Kathryn Minard, ISA, CAPP, Norman Hurst, ISA, CAPP, and Sonia Lismer from the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board.

The Antiques and Residential Contents program will feature sessions on hallmarks, quilts, Victorian, style and design, paperweights, insurance appraisals, appraising pop culture, cross border appraisals and report writing. Presenters include some of the same presenters in the Fine Art program plus Bill Whetstone and Danusia Nikelwicz of the Hallmark Research Institute; Brian Musselewhite, Assistant Curator of the Royal Ontario Museum; Judy Lyons, ISA, AM, CPPAG of the American Quilters Association, and Lee Dunbar, a collection management specialist with Leila Dunbar Appraisals and Consulting.

The Gems & Jewelry adds Carole Tanenbaum, a costume jewelry expert; Dave Sawatzky from Korite International, the maker of Ammolite jewelry from Calgary; Ravi Poddar, a representative from Ontario based Byrex Gems; John Borzak, author of the Rolex Report and Paul Cassarino, ISA, CASPP, presenter of the report writing workshop.

Registration fees for the conference start at $575 for ISA members with Super Saver early registration, which ends Jan. 31, 2010. Rates are slightly higher after that. Special rates are available for single-day events and for spouses/guests. The tours and events are also very reasonably priced. To register online go to the “Assets 2010” Conference Web site.

For more information, contact the International Society of Appraisers, 737 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2100, Chicago IL 60611, call 312.981.6778, fax 312.981.6787, e-mail, or visit the ISA Web site.

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