Acquisitions of Fine Arts focuses on old masters such as Pablo Picasso and Edward Degas, modern masters that include Paula Horvat and Salvador Dali, contemporary emerging artists such as Tenold Peterson, and local artists like Danny Marder.
In the art world for more than 20 years, Sheryl owned her own gallery in the River North area before bringing her art and her shop home to Hinsdale. “I live here, and I want to support the community,” she says. “I want to bring art from New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago home to people right here in Hinsdale.”
After directing a number of galleries in California, Tom came to Chicago to head up Atlas Galleries on Michigan Avenue before teaming up with Sheryl. “I wanted to build relationships and art collections over the long term and facilitate a passion for art,” says Tom.
Both Sheryl and Tom agree that cultivating understanding and trust with their clients is the key to establishing artfully beautiful relationships that result in museum quality art collections. “We do in-home consultations and get to know what is in our clients’ collection while building rapport,” explains Tom. “We discover what they are emotionally connected to and evolve from there.”
Sheryl adds, “We round out our clients’ collections to make them very balanced. After all, a client’s art may be donated to a museum’s permanent collection someday on their behalf. We want it to be the pieces that best represent their appreciation for art.”
Sheryl and Tom acquire art at shows all over the world—France, Italy, New York—as well as from private collections and word of mouth. They check the art markets every day and strive to obtain key pieces that promise value over the long term.
Acquisitions of Fine Art is currently showing pieces ranging from Warhol’s blue chip Marilyn Monroe pieces to their exclusive preview of hot new Chinese artist Zeng Jianyong’s arresting paintings of displaced childhood creatures. They offer limited edition pieces of Tenold Peterson’s pastel prints and a Roy Lichtenstein lithograph—a leading figure in the 1960s Pop Art Movement, Lichtenstein is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
The gallery has an exclusive selection Michael Lydon, a new artist from Los Angeles whose collectors include Jay Leno, Lindsay Lohan, Giselle, and Jackie Collins; works of Gino Hollander’s Abstract Expressionism that has been sold to the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Steve McQueen, Norman Rockwell, and Ralph Lauren; and signature pieces by Keith Haring, an artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s and has been favored by Yoko Ono, Madonna, and Andy Warhol.
Service & Giving Back
Just as a community bank wants to know its customers by name and provide them with personal service in a friendly setting, Acquisitions of Fine Art strives to be a community art gallery, making the investment in art an enjoyable and very personal experience.
The gallery works with local businesses and professionals to build partnerships, strengthen the community, and teach people about art. They conduct meetings with interior designers to help them bridge the connection to art, which is often the final focal piece of a design project. Or, they work with realtors to stage homes by placing appropriate art in a home on the market. They often show their work at local businesses or public venues such as Oak Brook Public Library.
In addition, Sheryl is very connected with the Art Institute of Chicago, participating in special events and donating art pieces to philanthropic causes. And the gallery opens their space for private parties and artist receptions.
“We want to give our clients incredible pieces, and the ones that will give them the most value,” says Sheryl.
But, like beauty, art is in the eyes of the beholder. Words just don’t do justice to the art on display at Acquisitions of Fine Art. It’s really okay to stop in the gallery to browse. “The door is always open,” says Sheryl.
Acquisitions of Fine Art is located at 10 East Hinsdale Avenue in Hinsdale. For more information, visit acquisitionsoffineart.com, or call 630-908-7227.
—Words by Anna Hutton