With the recent spate of natural disasters in Texas, Florida, the Caribbean and California, the need for accurate insurance records has rarely been so heavily emphasized on a national level. Locally, 5,000 homes burned down in Sonoma County, leaving many of our local inhabitants homeless and scrambling to make accurate reports to insurance adjusters in the midst of immeasurable loss. I am certain the residents of communities all over the United States are feeling a similar sense devastating loss accompanied by the associated pressures of financial recovery.
While this isn't the most alluring topic, I feel compelled to share some anecdotal experience in the hopes of underscoring both the intrinsic, emotional value of collecting art, as well as the importance of making sure your collection is currently and accurately evaluated with your insurance provider.
As one of the top wildlife sculptors in America, Leo E. Osborne's painting and sculptural work has only appreciated over the past four decades of fine art creation. The National Wildlife Museum now has three of Leo's works in their permanent collection. Brookgreeen Gardens in Pawley's Island, South Carolina acquired a large bronze of Leo E. Osborne's recently, and just this past November, the City of Galveston acquired a 4 foot in diameter bronze sea turtle of Leo's for permanent display on their sea wall. High-profile, public collections such as these increase the current market value, as well as secondary market value, of fine art work. We recently sold a legacy sculpture of Leo's that has been out of edition for over 10 years, and that event now increases the value of the other pieces in the edition.
This year, abstract expressionist painter, William Crosby will be celebrating his 80th birthday with a 60 year retrospective show at Portland Art Gallery, in Portland, Maine. Over the course of his six decade career, Bill's work has predictably increased in value. The 36"x48" painting acquired in 1995 is worth more today. We owe it to ourselves as collectors and gallerists to make sure the value of the work is updated accurately, not only as a celebration of successful collection and representation, but also in the interest of protecting that heartfelt investment.
As I serve this community moving forward in the wake of devastating loss, what I see is this: no one laments the loss of their Apple TV. Not one person who has wept in the gallery with me was heartbroken over the sofa. The sentimental treasures-the inherited legacy items like Great-Grandmother's china, Mother's pearls, the Persian rug from a trip in 1964, the photos, the paintings, the sculpture-these losses are the source of grief, for they are irreplaceable. Art is part of the warp and weft of our human experience and provides a sense of self and of legacy. It is tangible evidence of our physical journey through space, time, perspective and evolution.
Notably, every survivor I have spoken with has side-stepped the morass of self-pity. The community has embraced a prevailing attitude of "fix and move forward". Such resilience is nothing short of remarkable to witness. As a gallerist, I, and others like me, have an incredible opportunity to mitigate some of the loss, and to seed a new legacy for the the future. The void of home will be reconstructed, in time. The void of things lost will be assuaged by the opportunity to refresh and reassess one's tastes and preferences. The ability to choose, to select, to make fresh decisions will re-establish a sense of empowerment.
As a collector of fine art, I encourage you to reach out to your galleries, trusted art advisors and appraisers. Have the current value of your older paintings, sculpture, rugs and art objects assessed and updated. There is no true restitution for the irreplaceable. There is only moving forward, and in such moments, accurate documentation becomes crucial to facilitating the healing process and repairing the void.
Besides working to create a top-tier gallery space where nationally and internationally established artists show side by side with America's emerging talent, we also seek to raise the profile of Healdsburg as a nationally recognized fine arts destination. We have such a bounty of remarkable food and wine in this region, but did you know there are 27,000 recognized, producing artists in Sonoma County? With such a deep well of talent, Healdsburg has a flourishing fine art scene.
The fine art galleries of Healdsburg are multi-faceted, eclectic and appeal to a broad range of tastes and sensibilities. The majority of gallery spaces are within three blocks of the Plaza. The sheer variety of the visual arts is reason enough to visit this lovely town, in addition to offering a welcome respite from the food and wine sensory experience.
Several weeks ago, a group of writers visited Healdsburg to promote the abundance of excellent art, food and wine located here. This February, Healdsburg is the subject for the "Art City Focus" feature in the nationally published American Art Collector Magazine.
What a wonderful way to welcome 2018. Enjoy the article and come visit us soon!
It's been a hectic and thrilling interim since we received the keys to our new space on the Plaza! While still a work in progress, we couldn't be happier and the art simply shines! Two rooms are wainscotted in marble slab and the ceiling are 12 feet high. The four distinct areas allow for multiple viewing experiences. The eight foot windows that surround the corner location wash the space with light throughout the day.
Of course, we once again find ourselves in an old bank building. This is the original location of the Farmers and Mechanics Bank Building, constructed just after the 1906 earthquake. For an interesting history of this corner and building in downtown Healdsburg:
On the Thursday before Columbus Day Weekend, Craig Nelson traveled to Charleston, South Carolina for a show at the Ella Walton Richardson Gallery. Craig arrived home at 11:30 pm on that fateful Sunday night. Two hours later, Craig and Anna, his wife and fellow artist, were fleeing from their home in Fountaingrove.
Monday night found me glued to the constant news coverage of the fires. I was dearly hoping that the two lifetimes’ worth of painting work amassed in the Nelson home might somehow be spared.
Unexpectedly, Craig appeared on the television. He had driven into his neighborhood on the fire roads and was beating flames out around his driveway with a towel. The camera crew present followed him around to the back of the house, where Craig used pool water to put out fires starting up on his fence. The firefighters made a valiant stand at the top of his street and were able to save Craig’s house, the home above it and the three below it.
The next few days were hectic, as we all waited to see which way the wind might blow next. At Craig's encouragement, we decided to proceed with the planned reception for his show at Stafford Gallery entitled “Visions d’Vine: Portraits of Harvest”.
Chris Mengler, of Mengler Wines, came by to support the effort and the reception was attended by friends, family and several of Craig’s students from years Past. We all marveled as Craig planned and completed a demonstration painting in three hours, working from a photograph.
"Visions d'Vine: Portraits of Harvest", has consequently become a benefit for the communities, like Fountaingrove, impacted by the wildfires. 10% of all proceeds will be directly donated for recovery assistance.
The demonstration painting is now a silent auction item with 100% of proceeds going directly to the community. Measuring 18x24 inches and Valued at $3,850, the bidding starts at $500. The auction will run until December 31st. These funds will go a long way to further assist our friends and neighbors.
Craig is coordinating a group show with several highly acclaimed Bay Area painters at the start of the New Year, which will be a 100% fundraising benefit for ongoing Fire recovery efforts. Details are being worked out currently.
as we are all starting to comprehend, this recovery is going to be a marathon effort. Some of the homes that stand continue to be uninhabitable until further notice, let alone those homes, and lives, that must be completely reconstructed.
Craig Nelson's personal and professional efforts are helping to directly support friends and neighbors much less fortunate. By collecting Craig Nelson’s paintings, people may simultaneously embrace what they love about Sonoma County, begin to restore a sense of normalcy and directly help wildfire victims rebuild their lives.
Thank you for your thoughtful generosity during this holiday season.
View the entire exhibition here
'Impression of Harvest" oil 18x24
Just in time for holiday shopping, the gallery is now a fully functioning ecommerce site. We even had our first sale while I was visiting family in Texas; a pair of Nancy Linkin earrings! This project has taken a great deal of time but it works well and shipping has been a breeze with the new automations. A Special thanks to my step-sister for all of her invaluable help.
If you aren't sure of what to get your special someone for the holidays, gentleman or lady, we certainly have jewelry, art glass, small bronzes and small oil paintings that would make their day!
Shopping for fine art has never been easier, and if you want to know more about a work of art, you can always feel free to call me and let's talk more about it personally. Happy Holidays!
Leo E. Osborne's "Return Of Ancient Wisdom"dedicated to Community efforts to save and protect sea turtles BY CITY OF GALVESTON
"Return of Ancient Wisdom"by Leo E. Osborne permanently installed and Dedicated by City of Galveston, TX
Towering pines perched upon the edge of a Pacific Northwest cliff. The wind picks up, Blowing through tawny grassland until, weaving its way through the trees, the wind blows with a whirling flourish out to Sea.
Such is the feeling that William Crosby's painting "Coastal Pines" conveys. Measuring 36"by 48" this is the ideal size to hang over a couch, or a mantle, and makes a lovely focal point for any room. "Coastal Pines" is currently valued at $8,000.
William Crosby's style of abstract expressionism compliments a wide array of decor styles. Bold, Modern, pastoral and organic, Bill's paintings work well in the most contemporary homes to rustic farmhouses. Crosby's abstract landscapes also strike harmonious balance within an already eclectic collection.Enjoy more of William Crosby's work here.
We are thrilled and delighted to present Sunrise by Leo E. Osborne. This sculpture sold out about 10 years past and I have witnessed many would-be collectors saddened by the missed opportunity. Fortunately for us, this beloved sculpture has made its rotation and becomes available again. Offered at $14,000.
Art is why I get up in the morning. The opportunity to be a matchmaker; to serve as liaison between the collector, the artist and the art.