By Tony Lovitt
Inspired by their mother, Marcia Adelman, a lifelong aficionada and collector of fine art, sisters Nicole Adelman Brewer and Phylicia Adelman have opened Adelman Fine Art Gallery (#artyouenjoy) on Kettner Boulevard in Little Italy.
"(My mother's) love of art, of course, is spilling over into my world, and I'm learning," says Nicole, reflecting on Marcia's ongoing involvement in curating the gallery. "I'm so thankful for all the opportunities that I've had to be working with such creative and motivated people. It's been really an exciting time this last year, building the business together with her."
The contemporary gallery showcases paintings, sculptures, jewelry and glasswork by a group of international, national and local artists, some emerging, others well recognized. Women comprise the majority of the women-owned gallery's artists, including Brooklyn-based finger painter Iris Scott, whose works began Marcia's art collection.
"[Scott] paints exclusively with gloved hands," says Nicole. "She doesn't use paint brushes at all. She's quite amazing."
Some of the Adelmans' featured artists will conduct live art demonstrations as part of the gallery's May 7-9 grand opening festivities. In the future, Nicole says, the gallery will also host events with local musicians, including the band Good Intentions, featuring her husband, guitarist Rob Brewer.
An invitation-only gala on March 26 was the gallery's kickoff event. "And even though it wasn't supposed to be a 'selling event' that night - it was just a night of celebration - we sold several pieces [totaling] in excess of $10,000," Nicole says. "I think we're off to a good start."
Adelman Fine Art
1980 Kettner Blvd., Ste. 40