Auctions 101: ArtSpan Collectors Evening, April 11

What: Auctions 101: Collectors Evening at the ArtSpan Benefit Auction

When: Thursday, April 11, 6–8pm

Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)

How Much: $10 admission or free for ArtSpan members

Join ArtSpan for an educational and art-filled panel discussion in anticipation of ArtSpan’s Benefit Art Auction. Art auctions can be thrilling opportunities for collectors and enthusiasts to find their next art love. For this special event, the gallery becomes a classroom for experienced collectors and art-curious newbies alike to learn how auctions really work, discern how to make good choices, and decide how to make good purchases. Hear from auction experts while enjoying an early viewing of work for sale at ArtSpan’s Benefit Art Auction.


6–6:30pm: Early-viewing of artwork

6:30–7:30pm: Panel discussion

7:30–8pm: Light snacks and refreshments


About The Panelists:

Aaron Bastian is a Specialist of Fine Arts at Bonhams in San Francisco. His primary responsibilities include appraisals, acquiring property for auctions and the day-to-day operations within his department. Bastian is an Auctioneer for Bonhams sales, as well as charitable auctions including AmfAR, the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Opera, and numerous schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, he is a featured Appraiser on PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow®.”

Vanessa Critchell brings over a decade of curatorial experience and perspective to the discussion. Prior to working as Gallery Director at New York gallery Luhring Augustine from 2004-2012, Vanessa worked as Assistant Curator at Fondation Cartier in Paris. She is a Junior Council and Founding Member of Artadia, and holds degrees in Art History and French Literature from Barnard College, NY.

Heather Villyard is the Executive Direcotr at ArtSpan. Before coming to ArtSpan, she worked at SFMOMA managing the SECA membership auxiliary and special museum events. Heather formerly served as the Chair of the SECA 50th Anniversary on the SECA Council at SFMOMA and was formerly the Chair of the San Francisco Arts Comission Gallery Advisory Board. She runs a contemporary art gallery with her husband out of her home in Noe Valley called TrueSilver SF.

Moderated by Linda Zweig, ArtSpan Auction Coordinator

Linda Zweig is an independent art consultant who works with an extensive network of artists and galleries to enhance and define private and corporate collections. Her expertise has been acquired as a collector, gallery owner, curator, and art consultant for individuals and corporations.

This educational program is presented at SOMArts through participation in the Affordable Space Program, which provides below-market rental space, production and publicity assistance to nonprofit organizations. For more information visit our rentals page.