It’s not every day you can select art from a world-class exhibit of award-winning international artists right here in downtown Zionsville, but on May 16, thanks to CV Art and Frame, you will be able to do just that.
CV Art and Frame is hosting the renowned art broker Raul Mercier, who will be bringing more than 350 original paintings to the Main Street, Zionsville, location. Mercier represents more than 50 artists creating in a variety of genres encompassing contemporary, abstract, traditional, figurative, classical, old masters and impressionist styles. Some of the artists are internationally recognized, creating investment-quality artwork, while others are emerging artists poised to make their mark in the art world. This vast selection is also apparent in the special show prices ranging from a couple of hundred to thousands of dollars. Mercier has conducted shows all over the world, including one special exhibit attended by Prince Charles in England. CV Art and Frame gallery owner, Barbara Jennings, is delighted to be able to bring this regal show to Indianapolis-area collectors.
Although Jennings has been providing clients with artwork for almost 30 years through what the locals still think of as the Corner Vise Frame Shop, the level of artwork has evolved with the changing times and also contributed to the 2013 renaming of the business to CV Art and Frame. “In today’s technocentric world, I felt I needed to keep up with the times and focus my marketing through my website,” Jennings said. “It seemed the appropriate time to change the name to be more web-friendly as we prepare the launch of our new e-commerce site: cvartandframe.com.”
In the early years, Corner Vise specialized in limited-edition prints by popular artists. As the gallery evolved, and became CV Art and Frame, an emphasis was put on bringing in affordable original works. Having met Jennings at one of the art expos they attended over the years, Mercier would randomly drop by the gallery with his portfolios from which Jennings would choose artwork for the gallery and specific clients. “I wish I could have you present this entire collection directly to my clientele,” Jennings told Mercier. After a few years, and some cajoling, he agreed. The “days of the hunt for art” seem to be in the past, Mercier said regarding today’s Internet world and the current need for “instant gratification.” His mission, he believes, is to educate the collector and present the beauty of original artwork, “Your choice of art is a self-expression. It defines who lives at a particular home or works in a certain environment … It is important,” said Mercier.
Zionsville resident and art collector Dr. Chuck Dietzen shared, “I have known Raul [Mercier] for many years … He always has literally hundreds of high-quality works of art by very talented artists. Very seldom will you get the opportunity to see so much museum-quality art in one comfortable setting and actually have the opportunity to take some home with you. Raul is very knowledgeable about each artist he represents, and it is a real treat to watch him reveal one remarkable piece after another in a comfortable environment like CV Art and Frame, with friendly gallery staff readily available to assist you.”
CV Art and Frame Gallery Director Rhonda Crawshaw said, “It is an honor to be able to host Raul Mercier here at the gallery.” Jennings agreed: “Raul is such an elegant, distinguished gentleman. Not only is he a pleasure to work with, he always has the right artist for those special commissions.”
Pablo Picasso once said, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” This must be one of the reasons that art exhibits, gallery walks and First Fridays have become so popular; they present a spectacular way to lift our spirits and enlighten our souls.