What is Dart for Art and why is it not your typical fundraiser?

It is an annual fundraiser for LymeLight. Since its inception in 2011, LymeLight has endowed grants to 539 individuals totaling over three million dollars in forty-six states. The funds raised from their events help provide treatment grants for children inflicted from Lyme disease. 

Dart for Art is a dynamic and festive fundraiser bringing talented, philanthropic artists and art collectors together for a wonderful cause. As each guest arrives, whether it is a couple or individual, they will be assigned a number to “dart” for artwork. The gallery of art is exceptionally curated to display a myriad of styles of art. Guests stroll the gallery with cocktails in hand to peruse their favorites and map out a plan to “dart” for their top picks. Everyone leaves with an original piece of art. So it is a win-win event! 

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Caroline Scott Low – CSL Art Consulting

 

The world of art is beautiful, awe inspiring, thought provoking and can also be downright confusing. That’s where art consultants come in. Caroline Scott Low of CSL Art Consulting helps clients navigate the world of art to build a collection that they love. We sat down with Caroline to learn more about her and her life as an art consultant. Her world is so interesting. Enjoy!

Give us a quick snapshot of Caroline Scott Low.

I come from a large blended family. We were the original Kardashians. Ha! I was the only child out of seven who lived with every sibling and experienced each birth order ~ youngest of three girls, oldest child when my mom had my brother and sister, a middle child with my stepsisters and twin! I met my stepsisters when I was five, and one of them is the same age as me. It has helped me to be inherently flexible in life. My children are still confused by my family members.

I am passionate about ~ my two children Nick & Emma and my husband, Graham. Our house currently feels like a kennel. We have two Golden Retrievers and two French Bulldog puppies. The energy can be frenetic at one moment, and then in an instant, they all fall into a deep sleep, and the calmness is pervasive. 

What twists and turns got you where you are today?

After college, I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from Los Angeles. It was kind of on a whim. I was studying for the GMAT and figuring out where I wanted to go to grad school. My sister went to law school in the Bay Area and was moving out of her house to Boulder. So, I moved into her place, applied to a few brokerage houses and started work while studying. I met my husband at work … and the rest is history. We moved back down to LA for a couple of years for his graduate school but ultimately made the Bay Area our home.

Who do you want to be when you grow up?

At this stage in my life, I am feeding my soul with my career. However, I feel like I am so far from growing up! I think my kids would agree. I am not sure any of us ever grow up.

What are your three favorite qualities in other people?

Loyalty. Dependability. Compassion.

What’s your awesome beauty secret / tip?

I never go to bed without washing my face, no matter how late I get home or how tired I feel. I was in the skin care industry in my mid-twenties, so I learned a lot about taking care of my skin as I age. Facials are a must for me ~ I see my esthetician every 4 – 6 weeks. She spoils me! I wear sunscreen every day, even when it’s overcast.

Mighty warrior or couch potato, where do you stand on fitness? 

Fitness all the way, but I am not fanatical about it. It’s a mental release for me. I have been working out with a personal trainer twice a week for over six years. Other days I will run on the treadmill (that’s where I catch up on my mindless TV shows like RHOBH), and I try to fit in pilates once a week.  I also play golf on Tuesdays with my girlfriends, and I try to play nine holes with my husband on the weekends. It’s technically not an exercise unless we walk the course. But it feels refreshing to share an outdoor activity with friends.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I don’t like riding a bike! I had a simple fall on a mountain bike and I tore my ACL. It took me close to nine months to fully recover after the reconstructive surgery. I was an avid skier and loved riding horses. I went back to both of those activities. But I haven’t been back on a bike since the accident!

How did you evolve into your current career path? What was the impetus that led you to start CSL Art Consulting? 

I received my degree in Art History, and I studied abroad in Paris and Florence. It was always my passion, and art was also in my genes on both sides of my family with professional and talented artists. My dad collected contemporary art and had a proclivity towards Pop Art and Surrealism. He took me to museums and art galleries beginning at a young age. In college, I would go to museums alone and spend time with my favorite pieces. I loved exploring the Getty Villa in Malibu and strolling through the Roman gardens, and LACMA’s vast collections and exhibits. Most people don’t realize that LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States. It was a privilege to have that in my hometown.

Being an art consultant was my ultimate desire for several years, but I was in the thick of parenting and focusing my time on philanthropic work. There was a time several years ago that I decided to go for it, but then I was asked to do marketing at a startup. Living in Silicon Valley, I got caught up in the fever and took the risk. It was an awesome experience working with an all-women marketing team. But my passion was always art. Two close friends and my cousin, who is a successful artist, were the impetus for my decision to start my own business. I am genuinely grateful to have had their support and faith in me. I am also fortunate to have an accomplished mentor who started her own consulting business twelve years ago.

What services do you provide for clients? Why would someone use an art consultant?

An art consultant offers an experienced eye to guide clients when acquiring art and sculptures in building a collection or enhancing an existing collection. The art world can be overwhelming and intimidating. If you are in it every day, it becomes natural and instinctive. My job is to see the works of art through the eyes of my clients. Art is very personal and subjective. It takes a keen understanding and insight into my clients to guide them through the process. Ultimately, it is most important how the pieces make the clients feel. When I bring clients to galleries, studios or art fairs, I am an observer until I am needed to interject. It is consequential to follow the clients’ lead when discerning the artwork that moves them. Then it is my place to enlighten them about all of the other important details.

I collaborate with galleries and artists in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas and New York to provide expert curatorial advice and fine art services for my clients. The “technical” services I provide are: project planning & budgeting; custom framing, professional art handling services and installation; artwork catalogue and inventory documentation. In most situations, my clients can have the pieces brought to their home before they acquire them. If that is not possible, we will do Photoshop renditions for them so they can visualize how they will look.

It is gratifying to see the joy in my clients’ when they acquire art. Most recently, I procured a Motherwell ~ the fourth piece for clients who had the other three pieces in the series. The pieces have great sentimental value for my clients, and they were thrilled to complete their collection. It’s a very satisfying career!

What would you want everyone to know about building a personal art collection? How do people build an art collection that aren’t millionaires?

I am delighted you asked this question! It is a very common misconception that acquiring art means you have to spend a lot of money. I often have people say to me that they would love to buy original art for their home, but they cannot afford it. Original art does not have to be expensive. I recently read Seeing Slowly by Michael Findlay. He wrote: “Living with art is a wonderful way to assimilate it, for it to provide daily sensation, for it to become joined to your life organically.”  He went on to say: “Not everyone can afford to live with art, but you would be surprised at how little you may need to spend for good original works of art.”

Photo credit for Caroline Scott Low image: Heidi Lancaster

 

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Gaudí's Park Güell

Park Güell
Park Güell is a whimsical public park that was first created as a hangout for Barcelona’s past aristocrats. The Park takes its namesake (which you will find repeated across multiple Gaudí works) from Eusebi Güell, who commissioned the park’s creation. The initial plan was to attract tenants for a future real estate development.

There is a lot to feast your eyes on at Park Güell, so take your time and explore. You will be entranced by Gaudí’s imaginative stone structures and colorful tiling work. The mosaic “trencadís” was done using defective tiles that the architect collected from nearby factories of ceramics. El Drac (or the dragon) hangs out near the front of the park and is a favorite spot for visitors to take photos ops. Gaudi made it in collaboration with Joseph Maria Jujo.

Climb to the top, towards the giant stone cross, for an incredible Barcelona city view. Gaudi designed the three-dimensional crosses so the viewer would see the crosses from all angles. It’s not hard to see how Gaudí might have found inspiration for his other works in this magical place.

Gaudi House Museum
Gaudí lived on the grounds of Park Güell, in a little house meant to have been the model home for the planned residential development. The Park Güell residence was converted into a museum dedicated to the memory of Antoni Gaudí. It is not to be missed if you’re a fan of the master, and you’ll get to see examples of a different side of his design mind: furniture design.

An Art Trip Through St. Tropez, Grimaud, & Ramatuelle

Many know St. Tropez as a lavish resort town in the southeast of France, but you may be surprised by its strong ties to the art community. In fact, St. Tropez has been credited with a significant role in the history of modern art. 

I could certainly expound about the splendid food, the (topless!) beaches, and resort life, but I’d rather tell you all about a few of the amazing local art galleries I toured while in town, and why you should consider a trip to the nearby cities of Grimaud and Ramatuelle. 

Art Around St. Tropez

Bel Air Fine Art
This gallery is the single largest in St. Tropez, with sister locations across Europe. The art of contemporary, hyper-realistic, neo-surrealist and new realism movements is the major focus of this space, with masters and emerging talents both represented. Besides playing host to different styles and levels of expertise, the gallery provides exposure to some distinct mediums - compositions, sculpture, paintings, and more.

Musée de l’Annonciade
Okay, this one is more “museum” than “gallery.” So no, you can’t buy any of these pieces, but you can certainly enjoy the ability to take in the likes of Matisse, Picasso, and Paul Signac ~ all in one place. Known as one of the most prominent modern art museums in France, it is a 16th-century chapel converted into a museum featuring the artists who have all worked in St. Tropez.

Nearby St. Tropez: Grimaud & Ramatuelle
You could certainly take a journey that solely focuses on all the art, history, and culture in St. Tropez and you would leave completely satisfied. But if you have a couple of extra days, consider a day trip to nearby Grimaud or Ramatuelle (or both!).

The Medieval French Town of Grimaud
The town itself takes its namesake from Gibelin de Grimaldi, an individual who helped drive out the Saracens of Fraxinet, then received the land as a reward. You’ll know you’re in Grimaud when you see the 11th-century castle that practically overtakes the land around it.

Though its roots are tied to things that happened many centuries ago, the quaint French town of Grimaud is also abounding with representation for well-known contemporary artists. While in town, make sure to stop by Galerie Paul Janssen to take in works by the likes of Andy Warhol and Banksy. And currently, through mid-October four sculptors are exhibiting their monumental sculptures. The works of Eric Ferber, Cécile De Kock, Klaus Meister and Jean Van Weyenbergh can be seen throughout the streets of the old village and the surrounding area of the lake city. In addition to these large-scale sculptures, you can also delight in a dozen works of these artists, exhibited at the Museum of the Patrimony of Grimaud.

After taking in the sites of the Medieval town, head down to Port-Grimaud for a boat ride through the canals surrounded by small colorful houses.  The lakeside town is abundant with restaurants and tourist shops, like the sweet shop, Bonbon, with huge tubs of sugary candies. 

Ramatuelle: A Fortress in the past, and present home to many

Ramatuelle’s history is defined by the fact that it was built on a hill to defend citizens against enemies. In modern times, it’s known as a beachy paradise, with crystal clear waters that are constantly calling their siren song to the people who have made the town their permanent home. Take in their flavor of art and culture in the form of jazz music festivals and an excellent theater lineup. 

Explore all the art you care to see while traveling in and around St. Tropez ~ there is no shortage of options! While you’re there, spend some time learning about the history and culture that defines this region of southeastern France, and why so many notable modern & contemporary artists have taken up residence here at some point in their careers.

San Jose Del Cabo ~ Art Gallery District

San Jose del Cabo is a town still holding the traditions of its historical past, and all the while it has become an alluring mecca in the art scene. Galleries are popping up interspersed between the trendy restaurants, quaint bars and artisanal shops capitalizing on tourists who would like to partake in a little culture during their beach holiday.  

Hong Kong ~ March 2017

While navigating through hundreds of Jade Market booths in Kowloon, it is challenging to pass by each of the vendors. Some are more aggressive than others, but they are all very eager to make a sale or multiple sales in most cases. The stands are nearly indistinguishable, so the passion and fervor of the stall keepers are what attracts a customer to their wares. They make promises of good luck, great fortune and long life with a myriad of amulets. Jade has the most significant of meaning to the Chinese; it is deemed a sacred stone that symbolizes wisdom, balance, and peace. In addition to the amulets, there are many jade accessories to choose from, including rings, bangles, earrings, pendants, and bracelets. So good luck and destiny can be adorned in different ways. And don't worry if your jade cracks or breaks, the sacred stone took a hit for you. So plan to buy several pieces to replace the ones that break. 

Tokyo ~ March 2017

Yayoi Kusama's exhibit at The National Art Center in Tokyo is a visual feast for art lovers. The exhibit's name ~ My Eternal Soul ~ captures the emotions the spectator experiences when exploring Yayoi's deep and powerful mind. The journey through the stimulating rooms, including the Infinity Mirrors, is captivating, awe-inspiring and emotional. Yayoi shares her vivid hallucinations with the world evoking empathy for the artist's mental struggles, yet awakening an understanding fo her need to express her brilliant mind. 

 Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul

Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul