The 2014 International Appraisers Conference offers a number of great networking opportunities to catch up with old friends and make new connections. Join fellow conference colleagues for special off-site tours that have been arranged after the conference. Complete tour details are available online. Additional fees apply to off-site events, open to all attendees and guests, register online or by calling (800) 272-8258.
Sites to be visited:
Georgia Historical Society
Georgia Historical Society—Join the Gems & Jewelry attendees as they venture off–site! First stop is the Georgia Historical Society. Chartered by the Georgia General Assembly in 1839, the Georgia Historical Society is the oldest continuously operated historical society in the South. The society is located in Historic Hodgson Hall. Designed by the American Institute of Architect’s founder Detlef Lienau, Hodgson Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The visit begins with a short background presentation on the historical society. You will be given the opportunity to view a few “typically Southern” jewelry items taken from the society’s archives just for us. You can then enjoy a self-guided tour.
Owens-Thomas House—The afternoon will continue at the Owens-Thomas House. Considered by architectural historians to be one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in America, the house was designed by the young English architect William Jay (1792-1837), one of the first professionally-trained architects practicing in the United States. The elegant residence was built from 1816-1819 for a cotton merchant and his wife, and is home to one of the finest collections of sterling silver from Savannah on exhibit. In fact, their curator, Ms. Tonia Sammons is an expert and author of “The Story of Silver in Savannah: Creating and Collecting Since the 18th Century”. Small groups will enjoy a guided tour every 15 minutes. While some are touring others can be shopping in their great gift shop. Attendees extending their Savannah visit after the conference can purchase a three-house tour pass for an additional $3.95 at the gift shop. Across the street you will find establishments offering refreshing beverages. Some attendees may want to end the day with one in hand while walking the tree lined streets of this historical district.
Telfair Museum Jepson Center—The Telfair Academy is housed in a Neoclassical building designed by renowned Savannah architect, William Jay and completed in 1819. The museum was officially opened in 1886, making it the oldest public art museum in the south. Noted for its nineteenth-century period rooms filled with decorative and fine arts, the Academy houses fine examples of American Impressionism and Ashcan Realism, including masterpieces by Childe Hassam, Frederick Frieseke, Gari Melchers, Robert Henri, George Bellows, and George Luks, among others. Sylvia Shaw Judson’s Bird Girl, known for its appearance on the dust jacket of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is on long-term loan to the Telfair Academy. The Jepson Center is home to the Telfair’s Kirk Varnedoe Collection, a cornerstone of the museum’s contemporary holdings. Assembled in honor of the late Savannah native, scholar, and MoMA curator Kirk Varnedoe, the collection features works on paper by some of the most pivotal artists of the past fifty years, including Jasper Johns, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and Richard Avedon. The museum’s diverse contemporary collection also features important works by William Christenberry, Helen Levitt, Sam Gilliam, James Brooks, and many notable Georgia artists.
Ghost Tour—Join Us if You Dare! Embark on a journey into the dark side of America’s “Most Haunted City”. Spend an evening discovering why Savannah is plagued by more than its share of paranormal activity. New doors will be opened to the “spirits and ghosts” of Savannah.
Savannah History Museum
Savannah History Museum—The Savannah History Museum is located within the historic Central of Georgia Railway train shed and offers a glimpse into Savannah’s past with a story starting in 1733, spanning the American Revolution to Civil War, to the Industrial Revolution and beyond. The exhibits also highlight the City’s musical, cultural, and artistic contributions. View the bench used in the Forrest Gump movie, Johnny Mercer’s Oscar and Grammy Awards and celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting by visiting our new exhibit “Women of Merit: Featuring Juliette Gordon Low & The Girl Scouts” which opened in June 2012. Appraisers can acquaint themselves with an overview of the history of Savannah through a self-guided tour of the museum’s permanent collection.
Green-Meldrim House—General William Tecumseh Sherman used the house as headquarters when the Federal army occupied Savannah during the Civil War, upon the invitation of Mr. Green. It was at this time (December, 1864) that General Sherman sent his famous telegram to President Lincoln offering him the City of Savannah as a Christmas gift. In 1976, the house was designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior. Mr. Green was not possessed of great wealth when he arrived in Savannah. He became a cotton merchant and ship owner. By 1850, he had amassed a fortune sufficient to build the most elaborate house in Savannah at a cost of $93,000. According to Green family records, $40,000 of the cost of the building materials including flagstones, laths, planks and bricks, were brought from England as ballast on Mr. Green’s ships, Recent restorations have revealed that the bricks were actually made at a foundry in Macon, GA.The Green-Meldrim House is one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture to be found in the South. The house was constructed in the early 1850’s as the residence of Mr. Charles Green, an Englishman who came to Savannah in 1833.
Andrew Low House
Andrew Low House—The Andrew Low House preserves one of the finest collections of period furnishings relating to the history of Savannah and the Low family. It includes examples of works by some of America’s most prestigious furniture makers including Duncan Phyfe, Joseph Barry, Joseph Meeks, Charles-Honore Lannuier, and Michael Allison. Additional holdings include silver, porcelain, paintings, prints, photographs, and archival materials relating to the Low family, Georgia History and The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Georgia.
Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum—The Collection of the Ships of the Sea Museum is displayed within the historic William Scarbrough House and Gardens, and features nine galleries of ship models, maritime paintings and artifacts. The vast majority of ship models were commissioned by the Museum to interpret Savannah’s rich maritime history. The collection of models includes, colonial vessels, ironclads, ocean-going steamers, and modern navy ships. All of the models have been strenuously researched and delicately detailed. Further, the Museum’s commissioned models are conveniently built to the same scale: 3/8″ = 1′. Appraisers will experience a guided tour and time to visit one-on-one with curator Wendy Melton.
SCAD Sidewalk Art
Savannah College of Art and Design—The SCAD Museum of Art is a premier contemporary art museum established to enrich the education of SCAD students and to attract and delight visitors from around the world. Introducing new exhibitions every academic quarter, the museum showcases work by a range of highly acclaimed artists from a variety of cultural backgrounds and time periods. The permanent collection includes not only major holdings of British and American Art, but also a Modern and Contemporary Collection and the celebrated Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art. Appraisers will be treated to a special curatorial tour of select holdings.