5 Tips for Beginning Art Collectors

By Lara A. Björk, Founder of Von Rudebeck Art Advisory, New York



Ask questions…

Don’t be shy when buying art. If you want to know more about the artist, artistic process, technique, media, and subject matter, ask! Knowledge is power, and knowing more about the work will connect the dots and create a more engaging, intimate relationship with the work.

Buy originals…

Works on paper can be an affordable way to buy one-of-a-kind artworks. They also often come from a more intimate side of an artist’s studio practice and can be quite revealing to their style and process. I encourage buying unique works regardless of medium. 

Try to see art in person…

If possible, see work in person at least once before buying. If that’s not an option, then request detail photos and installation shots to get as good of an idea of the work as possible. The emotional reaction to the work may be different, and the colors may differ slightly from a jpeg or a website. Also, the more art one sees, the more the eye becomes trained and a well-rounded opinion is developed. 

Use an art advisor…

Just as you use a real-estate agent or a financial advisor, an art advisor can be extremely helpful in the collecting process. They can educate, give a sound opinion, and provide all the information needed to point a collector in the right direction, and they should also allow you to make you own decision. They will also have trusted resources and help protect collectors and their collections along the way. 

Buy what you love…

Above all, buying what you love is the most important factor. If you love a work, if it makes you feel good when you see it, and if it doesn’t break the bank, go for it!


Lara A. Björk is a private art advisor and the founder of Von Rudebeck Art Advisory in New York City.

For the past decade, she has worked closely with leading contemporary art galleries, auction houses, private dealers, and institutions to establish relationships with a broadly spanning network of artists, collectors, art insurers, shippers, appraisers, framers, conservators, experts, foundations, and scholars. She works with an international client base to provide expertise and guidance to those new to collecting and those who have been collecting for generations, placing works from Emerging to Contemporary to Post-War Art, and working with a wide range of budgets and aesthetics.

In June, Björk will be curating a group show at Meyer Vogl Gallery including works of some of her favorite international emerging contemporary artists. 



Artist Spotlight: Bill Davidson

Bill Davidson is a signature member of the Oil Painters of America and a member of the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast and Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters. He teaches painting workshops internationally and throughout the United States, approximately eight per year. He’s won numerous awards for landscape painting and has been featured in many national publications.

We are thrilled to welcome Bill to the gallery!

The Greatest ‘Secret Santa’ Ever?!! 

What would artist Anne Blair Brown give James Richards for Christmas? And what would Kate Long Stevenson give Dorothy Shain?

In the spirit of the holidays, Meyer Vogl Gallery orchestrated its very own (hypothetical!) Secret Santa. Each gallery artist was assigned another artist from the gallery and was asked, “If you could give him or her one work from the gallery, what would it be?”

Here’s what they picked:

From Laurie Meyer — to Anne Blair Brown
Afternoon in Cassis by James Richards

From Anne Blair Brown — to James Richards
Sweet Dreams (her own work). “He is a cat freak like me.”

From James Richards — to Quang Ho
Weekend Chores (his own work). “Quang taught me to see the essence of light.” 

From Marissa Vogl — to Holly Irwin
Retro by Ed Vogl (Ed is Marissa’s father)

From Holly Irwin — to Anne Wehrley Bjork
Abstract VI by Kate Long Stevenson

From Anne Wehrley Bjork — to Paul Ferrari
Untitled, 2016 (her own work)

From Paul Ferrari — to Anne Darby Parker
Photographer (his own work) 
“Anne started out as an artist behind the lens as a photographer.”

From Anne Darby Parker — to Kate Long Stevenson
Garden Angel (her own work)

From Kate Long Stevenson — to Dorothy Shain
Content by Anne Darby Parker

From Dorothy Shain — to Anna Sims King
Morning by Paul Ferrari

From to Anna Sims King — to Ed Vogl
Steelworker by Paul Ferrari
“Who wouldn’t love this painting?”

From Ed Vogl — to William Warlick
Still Life With Blue Cup by Aimee Erickson  

From William Warlick — to Diane Eugster
Healthy Choice (his own work)


From Diane Eugster — to Aimee Erickson
Decided by Holly Irwin. “It has a wonderful energy and rich texture.”

From Aimee Erickson — to Bill Davidson
Still Life With Blue Cup (her own work). “Merry Christmas, Bill!”

From Bill Davidson — to Marissa Vogl
His own work

From Katie Geer (gallery director) — to Laurie Meyer (her mother!)
Young Dancer by Quang Ho      

Give Art for Christmas! Our Top Gift Picks

There’s no better gift than art! Here are 8 wonderful gift ideas for the art lovers on your Christmas list (and most of these works are under $1,000).

No. 1: Figures by Anne Darby Parker

These ink & resin figurative works by local artist Anne Darby Parker can be hung or can stand on their own. At $395 (for the 6x6s) or $450 (for the 8x8s), they make great gifts.

No. 2: Nocturne by Paul Ferrari 

There’s something quite masculine about Paul Ferrari’s work. This beautiful nocturne could be the perfect option for husbands, fathers, sons, and brothers (and … let’s be honest … wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, too).

No. 3. An abstract (or two!) by Kate Long Stevenson

If any of my loved ones are reading this, note: I would like two (or four) of these colorful Kate Long Stevensons, please.

No. 4. A plein-air painting by Laurie Meyer

Laurie has committed to painting en plein air once a week for a year. Her works thus far exude so much excitement and energy!

No. 5: Miniatures by Aimee Erickson 

Perhaps the only works in the gallery that can literally be stuffed in a stocking, Aimee’s truly tiny paintings are stunning.

No. 6: Bowl by Ed Vogl 

Made of 318 pieces of purpleheart, maple, and bloodwood woods, any woodworking admirer would delight in this bowl by Montana native Ed Vogl.

No. 7: Bikini by Dorothy Shain 

When she told you she wanted a bikini for Christmas, she meant a bikini by Dorothy Shain.

No. 8: Nude by Anne Wehrey Bjork 


Simple and stunning.


View our entire small works collection here.

Psst … want me to play Santa? If you provide me with your loved ones’ contact info, I’ll let them know you found something you love at Meyer Vogl Gallery.

Introducing Anne Blair Brown

The Nashville artist captures rural and urban landscapes, people, and interior spaces — and she particularly delights in painting on location.

"Peaceful Port" by Anne Blair Brown 20x20 oil on linen
“Peaceful Port” by Anne Blair Brown
20×20 oil on linen

“Painting from life creates an intimacy with the subject that I just can’t get from a photograph, and it heightens my sense of spontaneity. That energy is translated to the canvas in and out of the studio,” says the artist.

Anne Blair Brown was born in North Kingstown, Rhode Island and currently lives in Nashville. She is past president of the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast and a Signature Member of both The Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society. She is also an active member of The Cumberland Society of Painters and The Chestnut Group, a nonprofit group of artists dedicated to preserving endangered ecosystems, historic locales, and aesthetically and environmentally significant places.

She has won numerous awards, from Plein Air Magazine’s Award of Excellence in the American Impressionist Society 14th Annual National Juried Exhibition to second place in the Oil Painters of America 2015 Eastern Regional Exhibition.

And we are honored (and thrilled!) to welcome Anne to Charleston for her first-ever solo exhibition here in the Holy City.

Inside and Out” features new work by Anne Blair Brown, paintings inspired both by cozy interiors and sun-drenched exteriors.

Please join us — and meet Anne! — on Thursday, November 10, from 5 to 8pm, during an opening recption for “Inside and Out.”


"Southern Morning" by Anne Blair Brown 20x24 oil on linen
“Southern Morning” by Anne Blair Brown
20×24 oil on linen
"Sweet Dreams" by Anne Blair Brown 30x30 oil on linen
“Sweet Dreams” by Anne Blair Brown
30×30 oil on linen

Instagram Contest

Win a bird by Marissa Vogl!

Love Marissa’s bird paintings? We do, too.

In celebration of Marissa’s recent bird show (which nearly sold out!), we’re sending this happy hummingbird home with the winner of our very first Instagram contest.

unnamed“Sun Salutation”
8×8 oil on canvas

Here’s how to enter:

1. Follow @meyervoglgallery on Instagram.
2. Go to our post about the contest.
3. Like the post and tag three of your art-loving friends in the comments section.

That’s it! Just make sure you enter by Sunday at 9pm. We’ll choose a winner at random the morning of Monday, August 15.

Join Us for the Palette & Palate Stroll-Our Favorite Arts Event of the Summer!

Just two weeks until Charleston’s annual Palette & Palate Stroll, which takes place on Friday, July 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

MeyerVoglGallery - Laurie Meyer - Well Done at the Westendorf

Well Done At The Westendorff by Laurie Meyer

Meyer Vogl Gallery is excited to participate in the 11th Palette & Palate Stroll on July 15. This event combines fine art, delicious culinary creations, and philanthropy for an evening of cultural delight. This year, 11 galleries will be paired with some of Charleston’s best restaurants to raise funds for local art education.

The event takes place on Friday, July 15, from 5:30-7:30 in downtown Charleston.

“The event is truly exciting as our attendees get a chance to take a stroll through the historic cobblestone streets and make stops at local galleries where they can view their latest exhibits, mingle with local artists and chefs, and taste gourmet food. We also give them a chance to discover a piece of art that they fall in love with or a new restaurant. It is very intimate,” says Vladia Jurcova Spencer, the event organizer.  “Chefs typically use local products and produce in season, and all galleries prepare something special for the event; either it is a display of new works, painting demonstrations, or a VIP reception. This year for the first time, the attendees will be invited to a dessert after-party at the Vendue Inn, Charleston’s first art hotel.”

This year’s gallery and restaurant pairings are:

Anglin Smith Fine Art – Circa 1886

Atrium Art Gallery – Oak Steakhouse

Corrigan Gallery – 5Church

Dog & Horse Fine Art – The Darling Oyster Bar

Ella W. Richardson Fine Art – Anson

Helena Fox Fine Art – Cypress

John C. Doyle Art Gallery – 82 Queen

Martin Gallery – Prohibition

Meyer Vogl Gallery – The Westendorff

Principle Gallery – The Barbadoes Room

Robert Lange Studios – The Drawing Room

Purchase your tickets in advance, as they will sell out! On the evening of the event, check in at any of the participating galleries and enjoy a leisurely stroll through the historic French Quarter, walking from gallery to gallery. Cost is $45 per person.

To purchase tickets, visit: www.paletteandpalatestroll.com.


Don’t Forget Dad!

In need of a fabulous Father’s Day gift? We’ve got a few ideas …

We’re thrilled to introduce the work of Ed Vogl — gorgeous wooden bowls handcrafted in Montana. Fittingly enough, Ed is the father of our very own Marissa Vogl.


“Retro” by Ed Vogl
Cherry, maple, wenge woods: Made of 225 inlayed pieces, 12 layers, polyurethane finish


“Fishhook” by Ed Vogl
Purpleheart, maple, bloodwood woods: Made of 318 inlayed pieces, salad bowl finish


“Thunderbird” by Ed Vogl
Walnut, maple, cherry woods: Made of 318 inlayed pieces, 16 layers with a tung oil finish

A Note From the Artist: 

As a carpenter, I have always worked with wood. Creating something different and a little more intricate is how I enjoy winding down at the end of the day. Using different woods has always been fun so why not on a lathe! I can frame a house faster than creating 2 bowls but what the heck. 

I find it intriguing and challenging at the same time. First, there is the idea then the drawing of the pattern, calculations, what woods should I use (what did I use the last time?). Cut, re-measure, sand, cut again, glue, sand again … oops I need more pieces. Did I mention this was challenging?! Wood has always been in my blood. It is my passion, and there are oh so many woods to work with. 

I hope you enjoy my designs….
-Ed Vogl


Happy, happy Father’s Day to Ed … and all the dads out there! 

Buy Art This Weekend, Help Spread Love

Let’s Not Stop Fighting Hate:
10% of Weekend Sales Go to Lowcountry Unity Fund

June 17 marks one year since Charleston lost nine of our beloved community members during a mass shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church. Now, with the recent devastation in Orlando, it feels more crucial than ever to commemorate the anniversary with an outpouring of love and — most importantly — by contributing to positive change however possible.

Meyer Vogl Gallery’s roots are, in fact, tied to contributing to positive change. The idea for our gallery first sprouted during “Artists for Emanuel,” a 90-person art exhibit that raised funds forCoastal Community Foundation’s Lowcountry Unity Fund, formed after the tragedy. The fundraiser was the brainchild of gallery owner Marissa Vogl; owner Laurie Meyer and director Katie Geer were executive committee members. It’s now our mission to stay committed to our community.

From Friday to Sunday, 10% of all gallery sales will be donated to the Lowcountry Unity Fund. If you’ve been thinking about purchasing artwork, now’s the time.


“How it Shines” by Laurie Meyer
36×48 (38×50 framed) oil on linen


“Colorful Conversation” by Anna Sims King
14×11 (18.5 x 16.5 framed) oil pastel on linen


“Wetlands on Fire” by Marissa Vogl
24×36 (26×38 framed) oil on canvas


“bodice” by Kate Long Stevenson
20×16 acrylic + gouache + charcoal on canvas

Kind 7x5

“Kind” by Holly Irwin
7×5 (14×12 framed) ink drawing

To view additional works, visit our website.

About the Lowcountry Unity Fund: 
Created in response to the tragedy at Mother Emanuel AME Church, the fund promotes long-term solutions to systemic issues contributing to racism and to economic inequality in African-American communities. To find out more about how the Lowcountry Unity Fund works, this article is a great place to start.

Who’s Your Favorite She?

To celebrate “SHE,” our current exhibition of female figurative works, we asked a few special women around town a question: “Who is your favorite female art icon or character of all time?”

Here’s what they told us:

Francoise and Pablo (1)

Françoise Gilot

“Pablo Picasso’s muse and mother of their two children; she is also an artist in her own right as well as a literary critic, bestselling author and award-winning designer. I adore the artistic portrayal of Ms. Gilot by Picasso during the ten years they were together. She and their two children were the subject of many well-known works by the artist. While she was a fantastic muse – one can also sense the love and admiration he had for her, both as a lover and the mother of his children.” — Bess Lee, owner of Lola & Bess




Cindy Sherman

“For her gloriously creepy work that occupies dual roles of both creator and subject. Sometimes even object.”  — Stacy Huggins, editor of The Art Mag




Martha Graham

“I’ve always loved Martha Graham, mother of Modern dance, for her DGAF attitude about challenging norms/ expectations and being true to herself and opinions on classical dance.” — Anna Sims King, artist




Fern Arable

“I would have to say Fern of Charlotte’s Web.  I guess it’s because I have a 6-year-old daughter.”  — Leigh Limehouse, director of Anglin Smith Fine Art



Georgia O’Keefe 

Betty Anglin Smith, artist 


Janis Joplin

“She kinda did her own thing in a man’s world. She didn’t rely on her looks or femininity, she did what was true and authentic to her. She is probably admired as much for her passion as she is her talent. And all her success came to her in just 27 short years.” — Anne Siegfried, director of The George Gallery


Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly

Marissa Vogl, artist 


Andy Warhol’s Grace Kelly

— Janet Gregg, jewelry designer


The Spanish Gypsy dancer from John Singer Sargent’s “El Jaleo”

Laurie Meyer, artist

Who’s YOUR favorite “she”?

Meet the Meyer Vogl Gallery Guest Artists

The paintings are starting to arrive, and we’re getting very excited for “SHE,” a group exhibition celebrating the female figure.

SHE runs from June 3-17, and there will be an opening reception on Friday, June 3, from 5 to 8 (please stop by!).

Meet our guest artists.

Dan Beck

Dan Beck is the Gold Medal winner of the 2011 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition. Other awards include six awards of excellence with Oil Painters of America (three National and three Regional). He has also won two consecutive Raymar Art Competition Awards of Excellence, Award of Excellence with Salon International, a first place, a second place and eight finalists with Boldbrush Art competition.

    Yellow Turban 12x16 by dan beck

Shade Hat 16x12 2200 2016-05

Click here to see more of Dan Beck’s work.

Diane Eugster

Diane Eugster has been involved in and won awards in Oil Painters of America and American Impressionist Society exhibits as well as being represented by several galleries; The Weatherburn Gallery, Naples Florida, The Lee Youngman Gallery, Calistoga California, The Willow Gallery, Scottsdale,Arizona and the Gallery at Summerlin, Las Vegas. She has always had a passion for figurative paintings, which stemmed from her mother’s art. Eugster says that one of the most important elements to a painting is its emotion.



Click here to see more of Diane’s work.

Quang Ho

A living master, Quang Ho is originally from Hue, Vietnam and now lives in Colorado. His work has been featured in countless exhibitions and has won a number of awards for his art. He says, “The real essence of painting is the dialogue between shapes, tones, colors, textures, edges, and line.”

Morning light, 12x16, $4400

Young Dancer, 24x12, $7500

Click here to see more of Quang’s work.

Kate Long Stevenson

Abstract expressionist painter, Kate Long Stevenson, was born and raised in North Carolina, and began her professional career while a student at the University of the South. Gestural brushstrokes and a passion for color are characteristic to all of her pieces, ranging from figurative paintings to wild abstracts. Kate now lives and works in Charleston, S.C.

                                      bodice, back

two figures, lilac

Click here to see more of Kate’s work.

Anna Sims King

Born and raised in Columbia, S.C., Anna earned a BFA in art and Fabric Design from the University of Georgia in 2006. Today, gestural strokes, exploration of line, and suggested color elements build and enhance her work while unexpected color, dimension, movement and depth drive each piece in layers of light.


Click here to see more of Anna’s work.

Holly Irwin

Holly Irwin has always loved art. Her mother was a fashion illustrator and portrait artist, inspiring her artistic career. She earned an art degree at Carnegie-Mellon University. For the past decade, she has been focused on figurative portraits and is continually fascinated by artistic expression.

                                                         Faithful 7x5

Gentle 7x5

Click here to see more of Holly’s work.

Congrats to These Award-Winning Meyer Vogl Gallery Guest Artists!

Each spring, the Oil Painters of America (OPA) celebrate excellence in representational art with a National Juried Exhibition. This year — its 25th — has been no different, with an exhibition at the Southwest Gallery in Dallas, Texas, running from May 13 to June 15.

The awards were announced on Friday, May 13 … and we’re thrilled to see that a couple of Meyer Vogl Gallery artists have received some much-deserved recognition.

Oil painter Dan Beck was awarded “Best Signature Honorable Mention” for his “Arrangement in Red.” Dan will be showing a number of his exquisite figurative works for next month’s “She” exhibition at Meyer Vogl Gallery (opening June 3!).



In addition, artist Anne Blair Brown was awarded the “Silver Anniversary Award of Excellence” for her light-filled “Sunny Disposition.” We are looking forward to Anne’s solo show here at the gallery in November!



Congrats to the artists!

Duet: New Works by Laurie Meyer and Marissa Vogl, May 6 – 20

Our very first exhibition — Duet, which features oil paintings by Laurie Meyer and Marissa Vogl — will run from May 6 to May 20.

The exhibition explores the complementary nature of Laurie and Marissa’s work when paired side by side — Laurie’s work being representational and Marissa’s, abstract, but the subjects being the same.

A Mile Up the Road by Laurie Meyer
A Mile Up the Road by Laurie Meyer, 38×38


Cypress Shadows by Marissa Vogl  48x30
Cypress Shadows by Marissa Vogl, 48×30

“For Duet, Marissa and I have interpreted similar subjects singularly in our personal styles with the intention that when shown together, they will create a beautiful presentation,” says Laurie. She explains, “In musical composition, a duet provides two performers equal importance to the piece. Unlike harmony, their parts are not performed together. However, the strength of the music comes from one artist supporting the other.”

Blue Moon Garden by Marissa Vogl  30x48
Blue Moon Garden by Marissa Vogl, 30×48


Grand Flowers at Sunset by Laurie Meyer
Grand Flowers at Sunset by Laurie Meyer, 36×36

An opening reception will be held on Friday, May 6, from 5 to 8pm, coinciding with the Charleston Gallery Association Art Walk.


Everglow by Laurie Meyer
Everglow by Laurie Meyer, 32×40


Winter Marsh by Marissa Vogl  18x24
Winter Marsh by Marissa Vogl


To view more works from “Duet,” click here.

Meyer Vogl Gallery Has Opened Its Doors!

March 25, 2016 will be a special day in the history of Meyer Vogl Gallery. It was our opening day … and what an opening day it was!



Many friends, family, and clients stopped by to see the new space (and to enjoy a Bloody Mary or two).



We can’t thank all of you enough for your support. We’re just getting started.


Meyer Vogl Gallery: Coming March 2016

We are thrilled to announce that Meyer Vogl Gallery, a contemporary fine art gallery located in the heart of Charleston’s gallery district, will be opening its doors in March. Permanently featuring oil paintings by artists and owners Laurie Meyer and Marissa Vogl, we will also exhibit works by local and nationally recognized guest artists — artists ranging from emerging to established contemporary masters who, simply put, excite us!

Located on the corner of Queen and Meeting Streets, the space is a former two-story law firm that’s currently being renovated and transformed it into a beautiful, open, light-filled art gallery.



Our gallery may be new, but our ties to Charleston run deep. Marissa is a Montana native who burst onto the Charleston art scene seven years ago. Laurie has lived and painted in Charleston for nearly 35 years. And Katie Geer — director of the gallery and Laurie’s daughter — grew up surrounded by art and artists, developing an eye and a passion for the business. We are all lovers of color and bold brushwork, and together we have formed a strong vision for Meyer Vogl Gallery.

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“How It Shines” by Laurie Meyer, o/c, 30×40
Matrix Energetics by Marissa Vogl, o/c, 36×48

We can’t wait to share our passion for colorful, bold, can’t-stop-thinking-about-it artwork with all of you!