Back when Peter Blake was celebrating his promotion from server to general manager of iconic Laguna Beach eatery, Romeo Cucina, he found himself on a neighborhood stroll that would forever change the course of his career. A storefront—elevated from the sidewalk and possessing a sublime sculptural quality—caught Blake’s attention, striking him as the ideal spot for a gallery space.Read More
While shopping along West Palm Beach’s Antique Row, it would be hard for a passersby not to notice the eye-catching sculptures and paintings in JF Gallery’s window. From afar, these abstract and brightly colored pieces fill every void. Upon closer inspection, details start to emerge, from their masterful uses of color, to their paint strokes large and small, to the organic spread and drip of spray paint throughout them.
From elevator music to all beige everything, it seems that far too often the things meant to universally please do just the opposite. Mastering universally pleasing art is particularly vexing. On one hand, we want scenes that exude well-being—sunsets, beaches, sunsets on the beach—but on the other hand, these subjects are so culturally ubiquitous that photographs of them are often posted to Instagram with the sole caption Sorry. Thankfully, there are those like Sandra Pelletier, owner of Sorelle Gallery, who have an eye for procuring art that feels soothing, but not soulless. “The secret is selecting art that moves us,” says Pelletier, who employs a team of all women at her New Canaan, Connecticut shop. Ahead, Pelletier shares how she got started in the business and her best tips for picking art that you (and, yes, everyone you know) will love.
When your first jobs include constructing cabinets for Toby McGuire and set props for Lady Gaga it can be tough to generate a worthy follow up act. Fortunately for Niki and Simon Haas of the Haas Brothers that hasn’t been a problem in the least.