I have been procrastinating.
I had time on my hands, so I dug out four framed prints of a Montreal artist that belonged to my parents, who have been gone but not forgotten for a few years now. They were sketches of well-known landmarks in my hometown of Montreal. I didn’t have much of an emotional connection to them, except that my parents had them on the wall at home.
The frames were old, but not in a good way. There was some damage to the actual prints. They were large and, multiplied by four, would take up a lot of real estate on the wall.
What to do? I wanted to honour my parents’ value for those pictures but wanted something more manageable in size.
Having travelled throughout England, I learned that buildings and physical objects had to be repurposed; otherwise, they would head for the dump – or tip in English terminology. A horse trough becomes a long, raised flower bed, for example. Old structures built as a pub can become a prison, then town hall, and now a bed and breakfast accommodation.
Well, before I did anything irreversible, I wanted to confirm the value of the prints. I didn’t want to become a joke on the Antiques Road Show! I checked with my local art gallery, which referred me to a certified art appraiser. He reviewed the little history I had of the prints. Then he checked several online databases. Lastly, he talked me through his findings on other similar art pieces and framing styles.
I quickly learned that these art pieces were worth about $60 each. In a way, I was relieved they weren’t worth a lot. If I tried to sell them, I expect to get considerably less than their appraised value. Best case scenario doesn’t happen very often.
So how do I repurpose these prints?
I decided to take the prints out of the frames, cut them to print size, about 5” x 7,” and have my favourite framing store put them on wooden plaques. That would make a nice collage, keep the memory alive, and remind me of my visit to the locations as a child.
Mom & Dad would be proud.
Please give this a bit of a think. What is one of your favourite family history tales, remembrances or other stories? How can you bring it forward in your family so it isn’t forgotten? As older adults, we have a greater sense of context, history, and families’ inherent value.
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