Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc.
Gallery Location & Shipping Address:
Karen Reed (Retired 09/29/2012)
Consignment Specialist / Cataloguer
Heather joined the JSE team in October 2012. She assists and supports the cataloguing staff with receiving and unpacking consignments, database entry, sorting and tagging, auction set-up, and research and cataloguing of various antiques and collectibles.
Heather has a particular interest in American pressed glass and her goal is to become a specialist in Early American Pattern Glass (EAPG).
Her enthusiasm, attention to detail and commitment to learning the ins and outs of the auction trade and the world of antiques make Heather an excellent addition to our dedicated team.
Photographer / Appraiser / Research Specialist
(1995 to present)
Will graduated in 1993 with a B.A. in Historic Preservation. In 1994 after working for an antique restoration company in Rhode Island, Will moved back to the Valley and began working for Green Valley Auctions as an auction coordinator. While in this position, his duties included assessing antiques with an emphasis on furniture, and preparing the auction gallery for sale day by identifying and categorizing the merchandise.
Jeff Evans' auction catalogues are acclaimed not only for the detailed item descriptions, but also for the outstanding color photographs of the auction lots. The well-deserved praise goes to Will McGuffin, who as photographer and photo editor, is responsible for all photography services including auction catalogues, website, and any other special projects. For Jeff's 2009 MESDA lecture on 18th-20th century Shenandoah Valley of Virginia Seating Forms, Will photographed all of the chairs and produced an impressive full-color visual aid to complement the presentation, and he was also the photographer for the exceptional 2004 Evans/Suter Shenandoah Valley pottery exhibit catalogue, "A Great Deal of Stone & Earthen Ware."
Will also handles and examines a wide variety of fine antiques while working closely with Jeff Evans. In 2004, during a routine appraisal of the Modisett estate of Page County, VA, Will immediately recognized the historic and artistic significance of a hanging "medicine cabinet." The Johannes Spitler decorated Shenandoah Valley of Virginia wall cupboard descended directly from fraktur artist Jacob Strickler, and is considered to be one of the most important American Folk Art discoveries in the last 30 years.
Cataloguer / Lighting & Sewing Specialist / Shipping Manager
(2004 to present)
Barbara was the gift shop manager for Bedrooms of America Museum in Historic New Market, Virginia from 1988 until it closed in 2004 following the passing of owner Benny Long. The museum was located in an early 1800s building that later served as the Lee-Jackson Hotel; in 1864 the building was used as Confederate General Jubal Early's headquarters. Barbara gained considerable knowledge of antiques while working at the museum, which displayed antique furniture dating from 1650 to 1930 within eleven bedrooms, as well as collections of baskets, pottery and other antiques, including an impressive doll collection. After the museum closed in 2004, Barbara came to work for Jeff & Beverley Evans as a cataloguer for their specialty antiques auctions, and she also provides assistance to photographer Will McGuffin as needed. In 2008, she took on the additional responsibility of Shipping Manager.
As Shipping Manager, Barbara personally coordinates and supervises all post-auction packing and shipment of antiques for delivery to successful bidders; always striving to provide the safest and most economical method of delivery. Since September 2007, Jeff Evans' auctions have been offered not only to local, absentee and telephone bidders, but also to Internet buyers who bid remotely from their own computers. Because of the increased exposure from the Internet, Barbara has coordinated shipments to buyers all across the world.
Auction Administrator / Editor / Publicist / Webmaster
(2002 to present)
Susan's primary responsibilities are client services and website maintenance. Duties include coordinating telephone, absentee and Internet/Live Auctioneers bidders prior to each auction, monitoring incoming general inquiry emails, responding to bidder inquiries, preparing and generating post-auction invoices to successful bidders, organizing and managing post-sale bidder accounts, creating and generating email notices of upcoming auctions and events, and updating and maintaining the company's website and Facebook page.
Susan is also responsible for proofing and editing of web content, catalogues, advertisements and other printed materials, and she assists Jeff Evans with publicity and writing and composition for trade papers and other media.
Various other administrative tasks include development of forms and documents for office use and Susan's auction-day duties are bidder registration, client assistance, telephone bidding and cashiering.
Cataloguer / Glass Specialist / Consignment Specialist
(1995 to 2012)
Karen has been involved with antiques since 1982 when she began working for "Mac" and Dolly McKenney at their high-end antiques shop in Augusta County, just south of Staunton, VA. Mac and Dolly were well known for the quality antiques they offered, and their Mint Springs Antiques shop was open for more than 50 years.
Karen opened her own shop in 1989, operating out of her circa 1804 log house as This Old House Antiques. In the summer of 1995 she began working for Jeff and Beverley Evans at Green Valley Auctions and in September of that year, when GVA held its first catalogued glass auction, Karen was already an integral part of the team.
From 1995 until Mint Springs Antiques closed in 2004 following Mac's passing, Karen continued to assist the McKenneys part-time, while still operating her own shop and working as Jeff Evans' assistant and head of the catalogued auction department at Green Valley..
In 2008, after nearly 20 years in operation, Karen closed her antiques shop. The following year when the catalogued auction department was withdrawn from GVA and reestablished as Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates, Karen was part of a select group of employees who were retained for the new company.
Karen retired after our September 29, 2012 glass auction and the following month she and her husband "Short" relocated to South Carolina where their new home is just minutes away from their daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. After closing her antiques shop in 2008 Karen still maintained a booth in a local antiques mall through 2012. She is now one of more than 60 dealers who operate out of the Fox & Hounds Antiques Mall in Myrtle Beach, SC.
For 17 years Karen's expertise in Early American Pattern Glass (EAPG) was a tremendous asset to our firm, which made her last sale, our 18th annual fall glass auction of primarily EAPG, a fitting swan song.
We wish Karen and Short much happiness in their future endeavors. They will be missed.
(2011 to present)
Emily started working at JSE & Associates in September 2011.
Emily organizes and maintains company records and contracts and provides pre-auction assistance to the cataloguing department in various capacities which include data entry, managing and tracking consignments, and tagging and arranging lots for sale.
During and after the auction Emily helps the front office staff with bidder registration and administrative duties. Her assistance is especially required in the front office during the first two weeks post-sale, when we normally collect payments and coordinate shipping for 100-150 successful absentee, phone and internet bidders.
As evidenced by the photo above, Emily is a vegetarian (but we don't hold that against her).
^ Boots ^
^ Lacey, Shadow & Sammy ^
^ Sammy & Boots ^
^ Lacey ^
^ Clementine ^
^ Cuatro ^
^ Joanie ^
^ Gracie ^
^ Winchester ^
^ Sterling ^
^ Matty ^
^ Baby Dumplin ^
^ Comanche ^
^ Gentleman Jack & Molly ^
^ Captain George ^