Meet the Gallery Gals

From left to right: Marissa Vogl, Alex Lindstrom, Debbie Kelley, Katie Geer, Sara Burd, and Laurie Meyer

We figured it was about time that we answered your most pressing questions …

LAURIE MEYER
Artist, Owner


Meyer Vogl Gallery: Which piece of artwork in the gallery are you most coveting at the moment? 
Laurie Meyer: Marissa Vogl painted a series of incredible work inspired by a trip we took to to Ischia, Italy. Linens and Boats is a painting that is simply brilliant; Anne Blair Brown’s Outdoor Entertainment shines in fantastic light.  

MVG: If a real-estate genie granted you homes in any three places in the world, where would they be?  
LM: I love this question because I truly dream about this!  Park City Utah; Tuscany; and the perfect Caribbean island. 

MVG: If you could go back and paint in any art period, which one would you choose? 
LM: No doubt, I would be in France with the then new school of artists, eventually dubbed the “impressionists.” I’d learn light, shadow, and atmosphere from these painters and then party in Paris with them.

MVG: If you could instantly be an expert on any subject, what would it be? 
LM: Playing the piano.

MVG: What’s the best prank you’ve ever played on someone? 
LM: I asked a friend to pose as a potential collector of artist Kevin LePrince’s work during the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Expo.  He asked Kevin if he could take a certain 16×20 landscape on “approval.”  My friend then secretly passed the painting to me and, during the night, I had it made into a giclee print.  Hahaha!  I’m laughing thinking about it!  I replaced the original with the fake in its beautiful frame and got it back to my friend in the morning. He returned it to Kevin, stating it wouldn’t work in their home. Hahahahah!! Omg, it was the best! (I had the original safe and sound. Don’t worry.)


MARISSA VOGL
Artist, Owner


MVG: Which piece of artwork in the gallery are you most coveting at the moment?
Vogl: Anne Blair Brown’s Light StrollThelight and palette choice creates such a relaxing and warm atmosphere, along with the feel of a quieter Charleston where traffic is nonexistent. She makes this ordinary subject so romantic. 

MVG: If a real-estate genie granted you homes in any three places in the world, where would they be?
A cabin in Montana on Flathead Lake, a two-acre lot with a marsh view on James Island, and a simple Italian villa in Sant’Angelo of Ischia, Italy. 

MVG: If you could instantly be an expert on any subject, what would it be?
MV: If I could be an expert in any subject it would be biology — the science of plants, animals, and all of mother nature’s wonders.

MVG: What’s a hobby you never picked up, but wish you did?
MV: My desired level of white-water kayaking. I dabbled back in college and still raft but not at an extreme level. 

SARA BURD
Gallery Associate

MVG: Which piece of artwork in the gallery are you most coveting at the moment?
Sara Burd: This changes all the time! I am loving the big Sandy Ostrau piece, Morning Glow. It’s gorgeous and makes me feel like I’m living in her work. The texture on it is delicious. 

MVG: What’s something surprising about working in an art gallery that people might not expect?
SB: You need to be very well versed in communication skills. I find myself having to navigate different types of conversations and interactions from all sorts of people and am so thankful that I have a communication background to help me connect with our guests. I’ve also become quite the self-taught concierge for our out-of-town clients. 

MVG: What podcast are you currently loving and why?
SB: Ologies! It’s so good. This woman interviews experts in different fields. My favorite episode was Egyptology or Phonology.

MVG: What’s your nickname and why? 
SB: Wawa — my little sister couldn’t say “Sara” when she was a toddler. 

MVG: If you could only save one piece of art from your home during a fire, what would it be?
SB: My small Sandy Ostrau painting that my mom bought me for my 24th birthday. I love i!

ALEX LINDSTROM
Gallery Associate 

MVG: Which piece of artwork in the gallery are you most coveting at the moment?
Alex Lindstrom: I am really lovingCarrie Beth Waghorn’s faces series. I think that they would be amazing horizontally in a big space. 

MVG: What podcast are you currently loving and why?
AL: I am huge on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert. He is so funny and interviews very interesting celebrities and really gets into their personal lives. I also have been tuning into the Wall Street Journal’sSecrets of Wealthy Women podcast. They are very short episodes and give great business and financial advice. 

MVG: If a real-estate genie granted you homes in any three places in the world, where would they be? 
AL: New Zealand, South of France, and Greece. All with the most spectacular scenery! 

MVG: What’s your favorite dessert and can you find it in Charleston? If so, where?
AL: Definitely creme brûlée. Stella’s has a wonderful creme brûlée and tiramisu also. My second would be at Wild Olive. They have this dessert where it is fresh gelato with espresso poured over it. I could eat it every single night! 

DEBBIE KELLEY
Gallery Associate 

MVG: Which piece of artwork in the gallery are you most coveting at the moment?
Debbie Kelley: The big, beautiful Sandy Ostrau! Morning Glow.

MVG: What’s something surprising about working in an art gallery that people might not expect?
DK: I love learning about people and their love for art. Everyone is so unique in what brings them joy!

MVG: What’s a hobby you never picked up, but wish you did?
DK: I have always wished I could play the piano. That was not part of my young family life.  And our children had no desire, nor did we try to wish it for them.

MVG: Favorite spot to grab a cup of coffee?
DK: Starbucks. In fact, it’s always been on my bucket list to work at Starbucks. So, I did it! I’ve been working at Starbucks for a year now (in addition to the gallery). Between art and coffee, entertainment is easy. 

KATIE GEER
Owner, Director 

MVG: Which piece of artwork in the gallery are you most coveting at the moment? 
Katie Geer: Laundry Day in Ischia by Marissa Vogl has been stopping me in my tracks this week. Along with about 1,985 others. (See Director’s Picks above). 

MVG: If you could only save one piece of art from your home during a fire, what would it be? 
KG: My mother recently surprised me with a portrait of my two-year-old daughter, Mae. If there was a fire, I’d be running out the door with Mae (and my other daughter, Elliott) in one arm and the painting in the other. By the way, in case you didn’t know — my mother is Laurie Meyer. Lucky me! 

MVG: What podcast are you currently loving and why?
KG: I’ve always had a coffee dependency (can’t survive without it in the morning), but recently that do-or-die morning routine also includes listening to The Daily from the New York Times (while drinking coffee, of course). For an art fix, I also like Art History Babes

MVG: What’s the strangest family tradition you have?
KG: Oh no, they’re going to kill me for spilling the beans! Every Christmas Eve, with a glass of champagne in hand, we take out the markers and draw mustaches, glasses, and the like on the faces of people who sent us Christmas cards. Please don’t stop sending them to us!