by wendie pecharsky | September 1, 2010 |
THE WORD “CONSULTANT” doesn’t seem to adequately describe the work done by Erin Mackay, Jill Lubar and Jessica Naresh of the Art Registry Group. Yes, they meet with clients to determine their art needs and even personally deliver and hang the pieces they think will best suit their clients’ spaces. But with a hint of pride in their voices, Mackay, Lubar and Naresh will tell you that besides being consultants, they also consider themselves creative “hustlers,” scouring studios in the District and beyond for talents they can showcase in their 1,000-squarefoot gallery atop the Todd Christofaro salon in Georgetown. They also highlight the works at twice-yearly shows done in partnership with corporate entities and nonprofits in venues around the city.
“Art is a luxury item,” says Mackay. “And the way the market is today, we’ve had to get creative in order make sales and keep our clients happy. We had to make [buying art] as convenient as possible.” But forging a mutually beneficial connection between artists and collectors is not the group’s only motive for producing events around the city. By choosing to stage their shows in architecturally significant spaces, real estate venues and community- oriented arenas, says Lubar, “we hope to attract not only art lovers and collectors but residential developers who are interested in the spaces as well.”
“It’s the same principle we apply to our gallery,” adds Mackay. “We combine a real-life workplace with a space for art.