Vernissage Art Advisory sources artwork and advises clients as it pertains to the acquisition and de-acquisition of artwork between notable galleries, collections, individuals, and museums.
Rachel Cole (Partner, Director of Acquisitions):
Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Since then, she has worked within Columbia University's Art History Department, the Education Department of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, American Paintings at Christie's Auction House in New York City, and as Director of De Re Gallery in Los Angeles. Rachel is continuously informed of all aesthetic and economic trends and her wealth of knowledge stems from her well-rounded background in the art market.
Chelsea Petronko (Partner, Director of Operations):
Prior to her career in art, Chelsea had a career as an international model, working in Asia, Europe, and North America. After leaving the modeling industry, she studied Economics and then furthered her art history studies at Sotheby's. Her knowledge of international arts and culture left her with direct relationships with private art collections around the world. Prior to Vernissage, she was manager and artist liaison of De Re Gallery where she and Rachel worked closely together, sharing the responsibilities of programming and running the art gallery.
V E R · N I S · S A G E (noun) (French): "the varnishing"; originating from London’s Royal Academy of Arts and the French Salon of the 19th century, this term refers to the day prior to an exhibition’s official opening. During this time, the artists would add a final layer of varnish to their paintings, while the most important collectors and esteemed art critics had the first preview, making the Vernissage the most exclusive and coveted time during an exhibition.