Learn how to be an art collector

Tim Newton

Buying an original piece of art — be it a painting, drawing, or sculpture — can be an intimidating proposition for many folks. Besides owning a piece for your own personal enjoyment, could the purchase also serve as a longer term investment? How does one be more than an art buyer, and learn to be an art collector?

Answers to these questions and more are being presented in a special program by Tim Newton at the Mark Twain Library tonight, Thursday, Dec. 6, beginning at 7. An art collector since the early 1990s, Mr. Newton will discuss the excitement of collecting art, what he has personally learned during his own odyssey as a buyer, and his approach to building an enjoyable and valuable collection.

Mr. Newton is the founder and curator of “American Masters,” one of America’s foremost art exhibitions and sales, held annually at New York City’s Salmagundi Club, where he is chairman of the board. For more than 130 years, the Salmagundi Club has been a Who’s Who of American art, serving as a home away from home for such greats as Childe Hassam, William Merritt Chase, Frederick Church, Howard Pyle, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Stanford White, and N.C. Wyeth, as well as for those who appreciate and collect fine art. The club serves as a bastion of American representational art, and is the flagship location of a movement to restore traditional values of art.

Mr. Newton now has more than 200 paintings and sculptures in his collection. He is a regular attendee at many of the top collecting shows throughout the country and has come to know many of the artists working today.

He will provide his program audience with the skills to make decisions about purchasing art with knowledge and confidence; and like collecting art, those who attend are sure to have fun in the process.

Admission to the event is free. To reserve a seat, RSVP at the front desk, by phone at 203-938-2545, or reply online at www.marktwainlibrary.org. The special lecture is part of a weeklong series of programs meant to highlight the arts during Mark Twain Library’s 40th annual Art Show.

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