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The Artful Home

The Artful Home, Annual Guide 2018 Cape Cod HOME |

Gallery Artrio showcases their artists’ work in a home-like setting.

The distinction between a buyer and a collector comes down to emotion, according Colleen Vandeventer, one of the artist/owners of Gallery Artrio in Hyannis. “A collector is a buyer. But a buyer isn’t necessarily a collector in that they may have purchased only one piece of original art in their lives. But the potential for a collector to be born always starts with the first purchase and the awareness they now own a one-of-a-kind piece of art,” Vandeventer says.

Artist Karen Rinaldo, who recently opened a new gallery, Rinaldo Cross, on Main Street in Falmouth, to showcase her paintings as well as the work of over a dozen local artists, says the emotional connection is always the genesis. “Once an emotional connection is made, style and color and subject all seem to marry into one,” Rinaldo says. Like a good marriage, trust is built when a client connects with a piece. Rinaldo says, “When that trust has developed, and they are aware that you, the artist, are serious and committed to your work, but also care about the customer, they commit to the art.”

Scott Chapman, owner of Chapman Art Gallery on Route 28 in Cotuit, says making a connection with clients is the most rewarding part of owning a gallery. “You know, there is so much out there when it comes to collecting art and who you choose to purchase it from. It is so rewarding when a client returns to the gallery to look for their next piece. That relationship must be taken very seriously, but in a fun and loving way,” Chapman says. The regular and lively openings and exhibits Chapman hosts at his gallery set up an easy, friendly atmosphere for artists and clients to mingle and get to know each other while enjoying the beautiful art that surrounds them.

Chris Quidley, owner of Quidley & Company Fine Art on Nantucket, has been satisfying homeowners for years as they turn to his expertise and curated collection of artists. His experience is that every client is different. “Most have a unique approach of what drives them,” he says. “To be honest, some are searching to complement their surroundings, some look to have something that provides a ‘pop,’ some fall in love with a piece and will find a spot for it, and others collect a particular artist, school or genre.”

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