The legacy started by Reuben Saunders in 1977 continues undiminished. New owners Trish VanOsdel and Mike Michaelis, supported by the gallery’s experienced staff, offer impeccable art and framing. Works from the Prairie Print Makers and Associated American Artists appeal to buyers worldwide. Think Birger Sandzén, William Dickerson, Sue Jean Covacevich, Clayton Staples, and Lester Raymer. Newly represented artists and such new offerings as artisan jewelry and handcrafted furniture make each visit an act of discovery.
Wichita native, professional artist, and gallery co-owner, Trish VanOsdel brims with ideas. She always aspired to be part of a gallery and now has made that dream come true, bringing considerable experience and expertise to her role. Trish holds a master of fine arts in sculpture from Alfred University in New York. She operates an estate sale business that helps people and organizations redistribute their art collections and appraises fine art, antiques, and collectibles. Her hard-won bank of knowledge comes from the American Society of Appraisers, MASSArt Boston College, and SUNY Purchase College. Trish is USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) compliant. Her significant retail background includes years helping her family run Richmond Electric, which closed in 2015 after eight decades of highly personalized services. Gallery customers and represented artists can rely on Trish to serve them knowledgeably, honestly, and personably. It’s simply her way.
“Talk to me about everything from how to sell inherited paintings to transforming a work of art with custom picture framing,” she says.