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Antiques Round-Up at The Grace Museum to Feature Public TV Personality

Family heirlooms, garage and estate sale finds, oddities and antiquities will find their way to The Grace Museum’s Antiques Round-Up July 31. A group of professional appraisers from across Texas and Oklahoma will staff the event, highlighted by the appearance of public TV personality and antiques appraiser John Buxton. Each appraiser has donated his or her time and travel costs to assist with the event, which is the first-ever appraisal event to be held at The Grace.

Buxton is a well-known personality on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, a program whose participants frequently stand in line for hours to learn the values of their possessions. Antiques Round-Up at The Grace Museum closely follows the format of the PBS show; Buxton will entertain attendees with interviews and on-the-spot discussions highlighting some of the most interesting items brought in to the event.

Activities begin Friday night, July 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the Historic Ballroom of The Grace Museum. Buxton will present a review of his time during Antiques Roadshow and display highlights from the show. Tickets are $25 for museum members and $30 for non-members. The talk will be followed by a wine and dessert buffet, hosted by BJ Naranjo-Smith of Antique and Almost.

Saturday, July 31, at 10 a.m., the guest appraisers will participate in a panel discussion at the museum. Appraisers will answer questions regarding conservation and renovation, where to buy and sell items, and how to have items authenticated. The panel discussion is $10 per person and will include a light breakfast of pastries, fruit and coffee for attendees.

The Antiques Round-Up appraisal show will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are available in advance or at the door, and ticket holders will be directed to the appropriate appraiser for each of their items. Appraisers at the event will be qualified to appraise paintings and prints; gems and fine jewelry; quilts; Native American Indian jewelry, rugs and pottery; Oriental rugs; art pottery and art glass; residential contents, which include crystal, porcelain, china, lamps, silver and decorative accessories; guns; primitives; Western memorabilia; and more.

Tickets for the appraisal event are $20 for one item, $35 for two items and $50 for three items.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, Ellen Amirkhan, a certified appraiser specializing in Oriental rugs, will give a gallery talk on the care and conservation of Oriental rugs. Amirkhan will bring a large assortment of Oriental rugs, and her appraisals during the appraisal show will take place in a bazaar-type setting. All rugs will be for sale with a portion of the cost going to benefit The Grace Museum. Tickets to the 1 p.m. gallery talk are $10 each. Rugs may be viewed throughout the day without the purchase of a ticket.

The doors to the appraisal show will close at 4 p.m., but all ticket holders will have access to the appraisers.

For more information and advance ticket sales, call The Grace Museum at (325) 673-4587, or visit

The Grace Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and houses a children’s museum, history museum, and art museum. At 55,000 square feet, The Grace Museum is the tenth largest general museum in Texas, and is the cornerstone of cultural arts and education in West Texas. The museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Grace Museum is a non-profit organization, and the museum’s exhibitions and educational programs are supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, the City of Abilene, Taylor County, and the Downtown Revitalization Program of the Tax Increment Finance District.

The Grace Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Thursday. Admission is free Thursday evening after 5 p.m.

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