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Zonta to kick off auction and appraisals for repurposed ‘Peek’

By ZONTA CLUB - | Feb 23, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Hand hooked pillow by fiber artist Katie Gardenia.

The Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva invites the public to help it empower women by taking part in “Peek at the Unique Repurposed,” a one-time event for 2021 that replaces the club’s traditional three-hour tour of island homes.

Working within COVID-19 guidelines, the club has designed this year’s fundraiser to feature a virtual auction of re-imagined furniture and décor, plus new art donated by local artists, along with the opportunity to have one’s valuables informally appraised by local experts. Proceeds will be awarded in grants to organizations whose mission of empowerment mirrors Zonta’s own. Since 2002, “Peek” has enabled the club to distribute over $1 million in grants to area non-profits.

“Zonta has enjoyed fabulous community support for the past two decades, and we hope this repurposed event will keep ‘Peek’ interest alive during challenging times,” fundraising Chair Judy Langley said. “We remain hopeful that in future we will be able to return to the familiar home tour.”

The virtual auction will feature 30-plus items, including a giclée titled “Jump for Joy” from the estate of artist Ikki Matsumoto, a wrapped canvas print titled “Nesting Cormorants” — the cover of the 2020 “Peek” program — by wildlife photographers Dick Fortune and Sara Lopez, and a hand hooked pillow from artist Katie Gardenia, along with many other repurposed and unique items by a variety of artists.

The complete catalog is currently available for viewing at https://zontasancap.org/fundraising, with bidding opening on March 1 and running through March 10. The winners will be able to pick up their items on March 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

PHOTO PROVIDED Painted chair by interior designer Marla Manning.

On March 13, antiques expert H. Peter Curran and Carlos Fernandez with Congress Jewelers will provide appraisals from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Blue Giraffe at Beachview Estates, at 1100 Par View Drive, Sanibel. For a $100 donation, people can receive a 15-minute session for up to three items.

A member of Appraisers Association of America, Curran has extensive experience appraising American and European paintings, prints, silver and furniture from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. He toured for six years with the “Antiques Roadshow,” as well as worked behind-the-scenes prescreening items.

With Congress Jewelers since 1998, Fernandez is a diamond graduate of the Gemological Institute of America with over 30 years of experience. He specializes in antique and vintage jewelry, watches and signed period pieces.

The appraisals will not be certified, but they will offer a discount for a future formal appraisal.

To make a reservation for an appraisal, visit https://zontasancap.org/fundraising.

PHOTO PROVIDED Original watercolor by Sanibel artist Shah Hadjebi.

For information on Zonta’s projects or to donate, visit “http://www.ZontaSanCap.com”>www.ZontaSanCap.com. Also follow Zonta Sanibel-Captiva on Facebook and “like” Zonta Sanibel-Captiva on Instagram (@zontasancap).