ANTIOCH -- The scenario: You like art. You have art. You're tired of your art.

The solution: The 2nd-Hand art sale.

Spearheaded by the Arts & Cultural Foundation and Antioch Historical Society Museum, the event gives art lovers the chance to trade their works for others' treasures.

Diane Gibson-Gray said the groups hope to help residents "who have pictures or art work that they have purchased but no longer have room to hang on their walls or have changed their décor and the pictures don't fit with today's design style."

Together, these nonprofits "are creating the opportunity for these art pieces to find a new home," she said.

The sale is set for 6 to 8 p.m. July 17 at the Antioch Historical Society Museum.

The event is in conjunction with the society's Night at the Museum, which features works from the ninth annual Celebration of Art exhibit and more than 40 local artists on hand.

Gibson-Gray is excited about this debut exchange, which was conjured up by local store owner Gary Reiman.

"I think it's a great idea," she said. "As a recent downsizer, I know what it is like to not have as many walls to display the art we've collected over the years. Each piece has a story and a memory. I want the art to go to someone who will create their own memory and story and love it as much as we have."

Reiman had customers visit his downtown Antioch shop with art to resell. Folks weren't necessarily looking for a profit, but "they wanted it to go to a home where someone is going to appreciate the art as much as they did when you bought it," he said.


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The 2nd-Hand art sale is free for participants who bring a table or chair to display their wares. For $10, folks can rent a hanging panel.

For more information or to reserve a spot, call Gibson-Gray at 925-325-9897 or email Diane@Art4Antioch.org. Preregistration is required to participate.

Contact Trine Gallegos at TrineG@att.net.

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