Have you ever wondered what that old family clock on the shelf is really worth? You can learn how heirlooms and collectables are appraised by nationally renowned certified appraiser Sean Morton of Morton Appraisals in Scottsdale on Saturday, April 6 at the Peoria Arts & Cultural Festival in Old Town Peoria. Morton will give a series of art appraisal evaluations and talks at 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the Pine Room at Peoria City Hall, located at 8401 W. Monroe Street. The programs are free.
Attendees are encouraged to bring an art item, family heirloom or treasured collectible to receive verbal evaluation. It is a great opportunity for people to learn more about family treasures, evaluating their art and potential for buying or selling.
In addition to the appraisal demonstrations and discussions, The City Hall Art Gallery, home to the West Valley Art Museum will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The current exhibit in the Gallery features the AZ Clay Association with juried displays of 44 outstanding clay works by 23 artists from throughout Arizona.
The Peoria Arts & Cultural Festival is a collaborative event between the city and school district to honor the community’s past and celebrates the future. Events will take place at and around Osuna Park at 83rd and Grand avenues in the Peoria Old Town district. Parking is available at City Hall, which is a short walking distance to the activities.
Students from Peoria Unified School District will exhibit their artwork; perform dance routines, theater acts, choir and band. Attendees also can watch pottery being made or for a small fee, participate in a 5K run, family bike ride, wagon rides, and a kid’s zone.
The Peoria Community Center will be re-dedicated at 9 a.m. to showcase the facility’s transformational “facelift.” Visitors to the center can stroll through the art gallery or sign up for the Old Town Public Art Walking Tour.
Thanks to Larry Miller Toyota’s generosity, admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaaz.gov/specialevents or call 623-773-7137.