What’s in an Artist’s Signature?

Did you know that researchers believe you can read into a person’s personality just by the way he signs his name? Graphology, or the study of writing and signatures, explains the hidden meanings behind our John Hancocks.

That got us thinking … what would researchers say about the Meyer Vogl Gallery artists’ signatures on their paintings? Here’s a look at the research:

Direction/Slant

A signature with a right slant reveals a writer with an outgoing, bubbly persona.
A left slant signature can mean that the writer does not push himself forward.


 Laurie Meyer’s signature slants to the right (no surprise here!)

Content

Writing your full name in your signature often reveals a more relaxed, informal approach to life. Think of it as the writer wanting to be on a first name basis, while using just an initial for the first name means that the writer wants to keep things formal.


Anne Blair Brown signs her full name. 


 James Richards‘ signature. Full disclosure: we actually find him to be pretty informal.

Legibility

Illegible signatures can mean that the writer wants to keep an air of mystery or hide their identity, while legible signatures can mean that the writer feels their identity is important and should be known.


 Quang Ho‘s signature is pretty illegible, if we do say so ourselves.

Size

A larger signature means the writer is confident!


Susan Altman‘s signature is large and in charge! 

A medium-sized signature usually translates to modesty and a balanced sense of value.


Marissa Vogl’s signature tends to be perfectly “medium-sized.”

Lastly, a small signature signals that the writer is successful.


Can you spot Sandy Ostrau‘s small signature?


Bill Davidson‘s signature is pretty tiny, too.

Thanks to gallery associate Sara Burd for researching signatures. 

Where The Art Lives

We love to see where our work ends up. Here’s a peek at a few gallery pieces that found happy homes:


oil painting by Sandy Ostrau (in center of photo)

  

  

Above, works by Marissa Vogl and Laurie Meyer (and probably our cutest client ever, Janey Deas)

If you have artwork from Meyer Vogl Gallery in your home, send us a photo! Photos can be emailed to katie@meyervogl.com. Or — better yet! — upload the photo to Instagram and tag us @meyervoglgallery.

Lara A. Björk’s Art World

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.

 

You work in New York City as an art advisor. Can you tell us a bit about what that entails?

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? 

My family has had our house in Charleston since I was a baby. I spend probably a month here every year, and I have grown more and more curious of what the opportunity may be in terms of art collectors and the appetite for contemporary art. Going into the show, I fully realized that the work is very different than what one may expect walking into a Charleston gallery. But Charleston is a sophisticated, culturally rich, and diverse city, both in terms of locals and visitors, and the show has been very well received. The positive feedback has been very encouraging.  

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:

CANADA 
Martos 
Karma
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise 
Marinaro
Nathalie Karg

Gallery recommendations when visiting LA:

M+B 
David Kordansky
Susanne Vielmetter
Moran Bondaroff
Various Small Fires
Hilde
Honor Fraser

An Artist’s Stroll Through Radcliffeborough

Laurie Meyer tells us about the moments that inspired her to paint several of the works from North of Calhoun.

1. Once a Dentist Office (Always a Dentist’s Office)

“This tiny white structure has caught my eyes for years, as it is located on Radcliffe St., near Jasper St., where we own property. The aqua trim on white wash seems to beg attention.  While on our photoshoot of the neighborhood, Katie and I had a memorable conversation with residents of the house next door.  They were proud to tell us that this historic structure was once a dentist’s office.

2. The Porgy House

“The green house caught our attention, and the diamonds painted on the clapboard told the story.  This was a Porgy House, one of several residences in Charleston that have important African-American history.   In the last act of the opera Porgy and Bess, houses with African designs are noted. In 2016, Porgy and Bess was performed along with the art, costume and set design of Charleston great Jonathan Green. We met the owner of this home as she weeded the garden in front.  We learned that the white house next door has been inhabited for 93 years by the same Charleston native!”

3. Five Loaves on Cannon

“On a quiet Sunday morning, Cannon Street was bustling with business!  Cafes, bakeries, and beads —   Birlants, Beads on Cannon, Sugar Bakeshop, the gorgeous Cannon Green, a recently restored home, now a BandB, and the iconic Fives Loaves Cafe are evidence that Cannon is no longer off the beaten path.”

4. Hour-Long Wait

“This staple southern-style restaurant is located at the corner of Rutledge and Cannon.  I’ve always been drawn to tall pink structure, and humbled to recreate the iconic mural by David Boatwright. Hominy Grill is known for it shrimp and grits, and I’ve never passed by when there wasn’t a line of patient people waiting to order them.”

What’s Happening at Meyer Vogl?

Through May 19
North of Calhoun: New Works by Laurie Meyer 

Artist Laurie Meyer is paying tribute to the neighborhoods north of Calhoun Street, specifially Radcliffeborough, Cannonborough, Elliotborough, which are currently undergoing rapid transformation. She’s bringing the soulful neighborhood to life by capturing the historic architecture, the restaurants, the people, and more.

Read a review of the show in Charleston City Paper here.


  

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

 

Southern Son: Works by James Richards

Carriage Tour, II
48×48 oil (54×54 framed)

Born and raised in rural Georgia, James Richards spent the days of his youth exploring the farms, fields, and forests of his hometown.  Driven by a passionate connection with nature and a deep sense of obligation to relay his vision in the most truthful manner possible, he began painting at a very young age; by the time he was a young adult living in Athens, GA, he had already won numerous awards for his pieces.

James has spent years studying the nuances of paint and developing a keen sense of understanding and control over the medium.  He is now regarded as one of the top oil painters and instructors in the country. 

Many of the works in this show are from the Georgia native’s visits to Charleston and its surrounding coastal towns. 

 
The Basket Weaver
24×30 oil (34×40 framed)
Beach Madonna
40×30 oil (44×34 framed)
Coastal Clutter
12×16 oil (20×24 framed)
Old Mount Pleasant Morning
12×16 oil (20×24 framed)
Child’s Play
36×48 oil (40×52 framed)
Summer Fun
30×40 oil (34×44 framed)
Chillin Out
5×7 oil (11×13 framed)
Shrimper’s Sunset
10×8 oil (16×14 framed)
Sisters
24×30 oil (34×40 framed)
The Sunbathers
16×20 oil (22×26 framed)
French Cafe
24×24 oil (30×30 framed)

Artist Spotlight: Ed Vogl

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.


The Fishhook 

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 katie@meyervogl.com.

Wedding Registry at Meyer Vogl Gallery

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 katie@meyervogl.com.

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.

 

Winter Marsh by Marissa Vogl  18x24

Artist Spotlight: Sandy Ostrau

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.

Paint With Anne Blair Brown in Charleston

Learn to hone your outdoor painting skills in Charleston!

Painting Workshop
With Anne Blair Brown
Tuesday, October 31 – Thursday, November 2
Charleston, South Carolina

Meyer Vogl Gallery is teaming up with contemporary impressionist Anne Blair Brown to bring you this fun and informative three-day plein air workshop. We’ll meet each morning at the gallery for discussion and then hit the streets of historic downtown Charleston to paint the town!

Anne will guide you through her methods for composing a successful outdoor painting from start to finish. You will learn how to zero in on a subject and quickly set yourself up for success while also managing changing light conditions.

Anne will demonstrate daily and share key elements that make a painting succeed: strong design, solid values, color harmony, and creative use of edges and brushstrokes. She’ll also share how you can balance academics with personal expression. You will learn to create solid paintings that reflect your individual style.

Cost:
$600
(A $300 deposit is due upon signing up. The balance can be paid during the workshop).

Dates: 
Tuesday, October 31 – Thursday, November 2
(Stay until Friday to attend an art opening at the gallery featuring new works by Anne).

Contact:
Katie Geer, Gallery Director
843.805.7144
katie@meyervogl.com

Contact Katie now to get your name on the list or with any questions you may have.

5 Tips for Beginning Art Collectors

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

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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 

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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.