Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc.
Gallery Location & Shipping Address:
- Debra Fuhrberg
- Janice Hannah
- Brenda Hornsby Heindl
- William F. Kimbrough
- Chase Lanford
- Adrian Lindamood
- William H. McGuffin
- Barbara Morris
- Holli Schuett
- Niels Stilson
- Ashley Tolbert
- PACKING CREW: Frances Bailey, Norma Campbell, Johnna Chandler, Vonda Driver, Cheryl Heatwole, & Andrew Snell
Adrian joined the JSE & Associates team in April 2013 and works in support of the catalogue department and the front office.
His primary responsibilities involve sorting and preparing the vast and varied inventory of consigned antiques and collectibles for monthly auctions and providing much-needed assistance to photographer Will McGuffin.
Adrian is also learning to clerk during auction days (recording the bid number and auction price into the computer) and is always happy to assist in any way possible.
Though he occasionally has that same confused look on his face, it does occurs less frequently now.
Will grew up in Davidson, North Carolina. After graduating from Hampden-Sydney College in 1997 he embarked on what would become a sixteen-year career in secondary education as a teacher, coach, coordinator, and department chairperson. While pursuing his career in education, Will continued to cultivate his passion and his knowledge of various types of antiques and art by constantly researching, pursuing, and collecting early objects. Experienced with all types of early American material, Will’s special focus involves Southern objects, folk art, and furniture.
No stranger to JSE & Associates, Will has already worked with Jeff in many capacities over the years, and this previous experience has helped to make his transition from the classroom to the auction house a smooth one. Will joined the JSE team officially in the summer of 2013 and functions as a researcher, cataloguer, appraiser, and Americana specialist. He is currently expanding his knowledge base to include early glass, cast iron banks and toys, and ceramics. He looks forward to continued learning and experience in multiple fields and is excited about the opportunity to join the JSE team.
Currently commuting from the greater Richmond area where he lives with his wife and three young children, Will leads a busy life both at work and at home. The family is contemplating a permanent move to the Valley soon. As you can see from his childhood photo above, Will has spent a great deal of time behind the wheel, and happily, can now reach the pedals!
Will is our primary point of contact for general consignments to include early American material, folk art, furniture, decorative arts, vintage collectibles and antiques of all types.
To reach Will by phone, call our gallery at (540) 434-3939, ext. 0 (ask for Will Kimbrough or Will K.)
Or email him at email@example.com
Cataloguer, Glass & Lighting Specialist
(2014 to present)
Chase grew up in upstate South Carolina, where he attended Clemson University, following in the footsteps of his mother and grandfather before her. While pursuing his Bachelor’s in English, he began to regularly attend flea markets and antique stores across the upstate, especially Pickens County, and developed his passion for antique lighting.
Quickly this hobby became a profession as Chase began dealing in antique lighting and American Nouveau art glass in 2008. Being interested in these matters, it was only a matter of time until he discovered Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates and became a regular bidder on auction days.
Chase joined JSE&A in September of 2014, where he was appointed as a glass and lighting specialist. Chase’s main responsibilities are evaluations of glass, cataloguing, and providing customer service during preview and auction days.
On January 30, 2015, Chase and his wife Bonny welcomed their first child, “Malcolm Aiden Lanford.” He hopes to one day be able to show his son the amazing things he gets to see every day.
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.
Cataloguer, Consignment Specialist
(2014 to present)
Niels (pronounced Neels) joined Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in August, 2014 after a few years spent falling in love with antiques and the world of auctions at the former Harlowe-Powell Auction Gallery. Born in the hills of Nelson County, Virginia, he grew up exploring the state’s battlefields and landmarks, and this fostered a strong interest in local and military history that continues to this day.
Niels’ position at JSE&A is officially “Cataloguer and Consignment Specialist”, but he enthusiastically takes up any task asked of him, and especially enjoys working previews and, of course, the excitement of auction days.
Niels’ greatest joy is being a father to two wonderful children, and he hopes he can foster in them the same love he has for history and antiques. He is also a devoted fan of The Ohio State University athletics, and their football team in particular. Only auction day can pull him away from Saturday afternoons in front of the television.
Ceramics Department Head
(2015 to present)
Brenda is a graduate of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture in Delaware and an alumna of Berea College in Kentucky. She possesses an extensive knowledge of imported and domestic historic ceramics, with a specialization in German and English stoneware. Her prior work includes the research and education staff at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and the Ceramics and Glass Department at Colonial Williamsburg under the guidance of Janine E. Skerry and Suzanne Findlen Hood. Brenda has written for publications such as Ceramics in America and the American Ceramic Circle Bulletin. She has also lectured and presented workshops on American historic ceramics and pottery production at various seminars and conferences.
Brenda enjoys researching historic American and European pottery and manufacturing. In 2012, she attended the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts’ Summer Institute where she began her ongoing research on Maysville, Kentucky pottery. As a production potter, she built a wood-firing, salt-glaze kiln in 2012, and uses her studio, Liberty Stoneware, as an outlet for research in historic ceramics. In her spare time, she enjoys chasing her young son, cooking, and taking in and putting up the excess bounty of produce from the farm she and her husband own.
As the head of the Ceramics Department, Brenda works with a wide range of 17th to 20th century American, English, Continental, and Asian wares. In addition, Brenda has assumed responsibility of the already-established Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates educational programs and museum outreach projects. She is currently developing ceramics- and glass-based educational workshops and programs for a variety of audiences ranging from new collectors to professional appraisers.
Webmaster & Internet Auction Administrator
(2015 to present)
Debra was born and raised in New York. She spent most, if not all of her working hours at a music store selling everything from guitar picks to grand pianos, renting musical instruments to school children and assisting in the growth of their musical educational program. After marrying her current husband, Steve, who is artist/owner of The WoodArt Studio, they decided to escape to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in 2010. While searching for a home in the valley they had two requirements, an outside studio for Steve’s turning and carving and an inside office for Debra to do genealogy. Both needs were met and they also were blessed with a bedroom, kitchen and living room.
Debra’s love of genealogy, which started as a hobby over twenty years ago, has grown into a part-time teaching career, and she is often involved in genealogical research when not vending her husband’s fine WoodArt pieces at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market. Debra is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, German Genealogy Group, The Diggers, and the Patchogue-Medford Library Group. In December 2014 she received her certificate of certification from the nationwide Pro Gen Study group.
As the webmaster and internet auction administrator for Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates, Debra is responsible for maintaining and updating the website, and assisting in a variety of office matters. In between working for Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates, The WoodArt Studio and Genealogical Appointments, she eats and sleeps.
(2015 to present)
Her primary role is to assist in the day-to-day front office operations and to assist the shipping manager with the shipping schedule during our post auctions. Holli graduated with an AAS - General Technology degree in May 2012. She has held various administrative positions in the insurance and healthcare industries. Holli enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and her Pekapoo fur-baby.
(2017 to present)
Ashley Tolbert was born in Richmond, VA and grew up in Augusta County. She attended Blue Ridge Community College for 2 years and is currently pursuing a 4 year degree through Liberty University. Ashley enjoys all things outdoors including a passion for both hiking and kayaking. Her daughter Avery turns 3 in February.
(2017 to present)
Originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina, Janice’s family relocated to the Shenandoah Valley in 1970 where she has since resided.
Before coming to Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates, Janice was employed by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation for over five years as their Chief Officer of Major Gifts and Director of Development. Her primary responsibilities included fundraising and overall development of the foundation. Prior to that, Janice worked in the real estate field in Virginia and West Virginia for over 10 years, specializing in the sale and revitalization of historic homes.
Janice and her husband Fred live in historic New Market where, when Fred is golfing, Janice’s usual order of the day is gardening, reading, exercising, perusing thrift shops, and attending auctions.
For the past five years, Janice has served as an instructor for the Full Circle Program – a character building program for young teens. In keeping, she has recently traveled to Kenya, Africa as well as the Dominican Republic to assist with mission work at various girls’ schools.
With a loyalty to community wellness and the preservation of the Valley’s historic legacy, Janice serves on the New Market Historic District Overlay Review Board, the New Market Our Town Development Committee, and is a member of the New Market Women’s Memorial Society.
Janice has turned a lifelong passion for “all things old” into a profession by joining the Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates team as Consignment Manager.
(1995 to 2012. Retired)
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 2009, when the catalogued auction department was withdrawn from GVA and reestablished as Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates, Karen was one of a small 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 to be near their daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.
After closing her antiques shop in 2008, Karen continued to deal in antiques through local multi-dealer malls in Virginia and South Carolina for the next six years, but as of 2015 she is completely retired from the antiques business.
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 are missed.
Headed by Barbara Morris
Our dedicated packing crew consists of part-time workers who certainly seem like full-time! It generally takes 2-3 weeks of steady work after each auction to complete the last of the 150-200 packing jobs we receive. Our Packing/Shipping Service
This hardworking group carefully handles and packs lots won that are then transported by UPS (our normal carrier within the USA) and USPS (international shipments). As Shipping Manager, Barbara is often working right along side her team and personally handles some of the more complicated packing jobs.
All members of the team treat each piece as it if were their own and they have received praise again and again for their efforts. Some of the many kudos received over the past several years include:
^ Bob ^
^ Boots ^
^ Lacey, Shadow & Sammy ^
^ Rug Rats ^
^ Fiona ^