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and breathe to present their art. These are the people who inspire me. How has your personal taste changed over the years? I have learned to look at everything that comes my direction. New and fresh, even if not pleasing is always welcome. What did you want to be when you were a child? An Olympic Equestrian. I wanted to have a horse farm and ride and train grand prix jumpers. I lived my dream from age 4 to 45 by growing up on a horse farm and showing hunters and jumpers across the country. I loved the life of horse show gypsy. I enjoy going to The Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington to visit my friends who continue to live my dream. Has art always been in your life as an influence? My grandmother, Ann Light who was married to J Paul Getty was a strong influence on me from the time I was a young girl. Her homes in NYC, Nashville, Palm Beach and San Francisco were like museums. My grandmother had impeccable fashion and decoration style. She had couture Valentino, Dior, James Galanos, Norman Norell, Bill Blass, Mary McFadden and many other designer dresses in her closet. I was fortunate to travel with her to Paris, London and Milan. She was, and always will be my style icon. Ann Rork Getty Light

was a silent movie star and my great grandfather, Samuel Rork was a Hollywood producer. I have many of their movies and photographs with famous stars of the early Hollywood era. What inspired me to open my gallery? The art work of my mother, Donna Long inspired me to open a gallery. She began painting in her 60’s at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach. She quickly won top awards in student shows and soon after had successful shows in San Francisco, Napa Valley and Cortona Italy and the Coral Springs Museum. After the museum show, most of her work went into storage. I was inspired to show her work and thought I would open a gallery and give my mother a show in her home town. This quickly evolved into showing many talented local artists a long with some blue-chip art that I have been collecting. With the 20th Century season totals at the auction houses reaching 1.1 billion USD in sales in November, as a gallerist how do you view these results? The results are strong, and I believe the top tier of paintings will continue to rise as these paintings are a scarce commodity. I think that the contemporary market will flow as the stock market and economy flows. If the stock market remains high, so will the contemporary market and if it has a correction, then the art market will follow.

Where do you predict the art market will be in 10 years? I feel that the trophy paintings will continue to escalate in value regardless of the global economy. The mid-market and emerging market will fluctuate with the global economy. If people have money to purchase art and feel that it is an alternative asset, then the art perceived to have value will be strong in ten years from now. What advice would you give to new gallerists and artists starting out today? I would say, be prepared to work many long hours and be prepared for the digital world. The gallery must have on line sales venues as well as gallery sales. Your work with both emerging artists and the concentrate on blue-chip work from the 70s onward, could you provide to our reader any advice on artists to keep our eye out for? Pat Lipski is one of my favorite artists with her color field, stain paintings from 1968-1975. She was given a solo show by Andre Emmerich Gallery when she was in her early twenties. I also like Mira Lehr’s current environmental work; it is amazing. Both these women artists are in their late careers (in their 80’s) and have been in numerous exhibitions, museums and in major private collections. Both have been overlooked and I feel are a great value.

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