Rescued Art

Rodney Parrott

“All people deserve art.” For fifteen years, since I first saved a folded-up watercolor from a father back in the old country, this has been our mission. Early on, our goal included making money, but over the years, it has become clear that saving abandoned art from dusty places is the important part . . . and well, there wasn’t much profit in this mission, no matter how good we got at implementing it. Now, I make money as a freelance writer and am quite content with donating some of my earnings to cover Rescued Art’s losses.

Our freedom from the demands of profit-making gave birth to cool new projects that we never could have imagined while wearing the blinders of profit. (Did you know it costs $50 to pack and ship a framed print under glass from upstate New York to Seattle?) We shot a YouTube video revealing secrets of finding valuable art in thrift stores that has garnered 77,000 views. We are representing a local aging drummer’s collection of classic jazz posters, trying to find a home where they will be appreciated.

We have also attracted a couple “agents” out there in the world who enjoy wandering in thrift stores while keeping one eye open for art worth saving. Our best eye belongs to Sean Lion, a longtime friend from southern Michigan. He scours the aisles of the Lansing area cheap shops, now aware that the value of prints is based on PLAP: Presentation, Limited Edition, aesthetics, and Pencil-Signing.

It was Sean who saved this enchanting vintage-style print by the recognized artist Ray Day. It is titled “Back Road Bargains.,” very appropriate for a Rescued Art piece.

Day is a Master of Fine Arts Painter who is fascinated by the two laners of his home state of Indiana. He is also the master of expressing the beauty and rustic strength of old county houses. This particular piece is limited edition, pencil signed, and has a personal remarque that wishes a buyer “Merry Christmas 1987.”

The print comes with an all-important certificate of authenticity that guarantees its provenance. It seems to reveal that Day is just a bit overly proud of art success and of himself. Normally, a certificate is a smallish card attached to the backing paper. This one comes in its own envelope and is almost as big as the print itself! (See the photograph within the listing.)

Just a quick note. Our agents don’t receive any salary for their labors. And the nicest of them won’t accept the crumpled-up bills I always offer to cover the cost of the art. They generously share in our mission: “All people deserve art.”