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March 30, 2020 – 07:15 am

Wes Cowan, of Antiques Roadshow and History Detective Fame, Will Talk in Cleveland This Saturday Afternoon

click to enlarge screen_shot_2015-03-03_at_1.50.37_pm.png At 1 p.m., this Saturday, Mar. 7, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) continues its series of lectures examining current trends in the art market with a special presentation by Antiques Roadshow and History Detective celebrity, Wes Cowan.

Cowan will discuss the current state of the art market from the auction perspective, and specifically how the internet has drastically changed the auction world, both in terms of competition, as well as the quality value of items being offered.

“The Artists Archives is thrilled to have auctioneer and PBS celebrity Wes Cowan as a guest lecturer for the second topic in our Collecting Art Series, ” says AAWR’s Executive Director Mindy Tousley. “Wes is highly qualified to speak on the state of the art market as he is in a position to see the fluctuations and patterns that occur within the auction market on a daily basis. “

Since leaving academia in 1995, Cowan’s Auctions has grown from a one-man shop into a nationally renowned business with $20 million in annual sales.

“Another reason we invited Wes, ” continues Tousley, “Is that something interesting has happened recently here in Cleveland – Auction houses are opening left and right. Why is that? It is not by coincidence that Cowan’s opened up a branch here last September, and Aspire Auctions a few years before them, Gray Auctioneers before that and Rachel Davis Fine Arts and of course Wolfs (Davis & Wolfs which were the original two auction houses in Cleveland when I moved here 22 years ago). Why are all these auction houses opening and thriving here in a mid-sized city in the middle of the Midwest, at this time? So this is one of the questions that Wes Cowan can address for our audience. I will be interested to hear what he has to say about these topics as will our audience I’m sure.”

Collecting Art: State of the Art Market is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. Reserve your spot through or call AAWR directly.



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