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.
Being an art advisor is about being able to see art through another person’s eyes, temporarily putting one’s own taste aside. I build and manage private art collections for clients all over the world, so I am constantly traveling to fairs, galleries, studios, and auctions. My research is endless, and I have to see a lot of art and do a lot of pavement pounding to learn about new artists. Then I present my findings in a concise, easily digestible manner.
Seeing artwork in person is totally different from seeing it via jpeg, but there is also more to art than just the aesthetic appeal. For example, to me, it’s important that the artists’ careers are being properly managed by reputable galleries.
How did you go about selecting the artwork for Bicoastal?
I have watched these artists’ careers evolve and develop beautifully in recent years. Katie and I wanted the work to be contemporary but still meld well with the local and regional artwork found in Charleston. We also wanted to keep the price point approachable.
The photographers we chose have very interesting methods and practices, and the painters have a fresh approach to painting, whether figurative or abstract. We were also so pleased that Jay Miriam came to Charleston for the opening! Coming from Brooklyn, she wasn’t sure what to expect and wound up, as we all do, completely falling in love with the city.
Why Charleston as the location for the show?
Your mother is an artist. How has this helped shape your career and involvement in fine art?
Being heavily involved in my mother’s career as an artist has very much informed my approach to my advisory work and to the art world in general. Knowing and seeing an artist’s struggles and successes firsthand has given me a sensitivity to the artist behind the work (which many people on the commercial side don’t experience and sadly become detached from). Understanding this very important other side of the business keeps me connected with the real reason that we love and buy art — for the sake of great art and to support the artistic expression.
Gallery recommendations when visiting NYC:
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise
Gallery recommendations when visiting LA:
Various Small Fires
May 26 – June 11
Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit
Spoleto season is upon us! Marissa Vogl and Laurie Meyer will return to their tents at Marion Square for 17 days. Be sure to visit them and see new works painted for the exhibit.
Home Away From Home by Marissa Vogl
12×12 oil on canvas
Each bowl by Ed Vogl is made of hundreds of individual pieces of wood and takes over a month to create.
The Fishhook, for example, has 318 pieces of purpleheart, maple, bloodwood woods.
The Montana woodworker enlightens us on his labor of love.
Process. As with any project, it starts at the drafting table. Measurements must be exact. The lumber is selected, then ripped to rough widths. The lumber is then surfaced on four sides, cut to length and size, then sanded. Each little piece will be handled about a dozen times. These pieces will be glued into rings and clamped until dry, then back to the drum sander, sanded to a fine grit; then the rings will be stacked into their correct order before gluing them together, and then being put on the lathe for turning. This process takes about one month+ per bowl.
The wild world of wood. The woods come from all over the world. Not all wood reacts the same way, so they have to be somewhat compatible in characteristics before they are cut and glued together. The finish has to be taken into consideration — not all woods take a finish the same. Turning and sanding can be extremely difficult, especially with the denseness of wood. Tools must be extremely sharp to allow for even and clean turning. Wood expands and contracts; different climates have a different effect on wood.
‘Always at the drawing board.’ This all started out as a hobby, but now that I am retired it’s turned into a part time job! Living in Montana when it’s 30 below zero and there’s 2 feet of snow on the ground, you need to have something to do. I am always “at the drawing board.” I am always scoping out my stock to come up with something different, again — what pattern do I want and what woods to use? I have created many items that have been given as gifts, this is what I do — and sometimes a brainteaser is what I need.
View Vogl’s bowls here. To inquire about purchasing a piece, email email@example.com.
Sure, everyday china and blenders are lovely wedding gifts … but have you ever considered giving the gift of art? Or adding artwork to your wedding registry?
Here’s how it works at Meyer Vogl Gallery:
1.) We’ll create an account for the happy couple (for example, Amber Martinsen and her hubby-to-be!).
2,) Friends and family looking to add gift credit to that account can call us at the gallery (843-805-7144) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3.) Let us know how much you’d like to give. Gift credits can come in the amount of $50, $100, $200, $500, $1,000 or more.
4.) We’ll send you a physical gift certificate that you can give to the couple, or we can send it to them for you.
5.) Wedding bells! Hooray!
6.) The newlyweds get to use their credit towards a piece of artwork that will last a lifetime.
The California artist will be exhibiting her work in Meyer Vogl Gallery’s show, Raw, in March.
Crimson Field by Sandy Ostrau
36×36 oil on canvas
1. What is it about painting figures in a landscape that delights you?
Once you add a figure to a landscape it becomes the focal point. I like to play with composition to make it intriguing and unexpected. I like the elements to be just a little bit off balance so the painting will be even more interesting to the viewer. I also feel that placing a figure in the landscape pulls the viewer into the piece in a more intimate way. It’s a challenge to introduce a figure but not give away too much information about who that figure might be. I want the viewer to invent the story. I want to provide a prompt, not the whole story.
2.How do you decide what to paint next? Are you inspired by everyday scenes, particular moments, your travels?
I am often inspired by the landscape and city scenes around me. I spend a lot of time outdoors and the colors and shapes in nature are endlessly inspiring. Whenever I travel or even when I am in a cafe or restaurant at home I bring a sketch book and sketch the scenes and scenery I encounter. These sketches will then be used in my paintings whether simply a tree or an entire scene with multiple figures.
3. Artist you idolize (alive): Raimonds Staprans
4. Artist you idolize (not alive): Nicolas De Stael
5. Biggest challenge as an artist:
It’s a job that never quits, so my mind is constantly revolving around what to paint next or what I am working on in my painting. It keeps me awake at night sometimes.
6. If you weren’t a professional artist, you’d most likely be: An architect
7. Have you ever painted yourself into one of your figures in a landscape painting?
They always say every painting is autobiographical, but I don’t think I put myself into my work. I actually aim to create figures that are not identifiable at all. I like them to be anonymous and to represent whomever the viewer sees in the work.
By Lara A. Björk, Founder of Von Rudebeck Art Advisory, New York
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.
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.
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!
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 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 Holly Irwin — to Anne Wehrley Bjork
Abstract VI by Kate Long Stevenson
From Anne Darby Parker — to Kate Long Stevenson
Garden Angel (her own work)
From Dorothy Shain — to Anna Sims King
Morning by Paul Ferrari
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 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
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. 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.
The Nashville artist captures rural and urban landscapes, people, and interior spaces — and she particularly delights in painting on location.
“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.”
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.
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.
Just two weeks until Charleston’s annual Palette & Palate Stroll, which takes place on Friday, July 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
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.