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POURING THEIR “ART” OUT IN MILL VALLEY

Donna Seager & Suzanne Gray
SEAGER/GRAY GALLERY

By Alexandra Fee

In this issue of Mill Valley Living, we are honored to highlight the creative force behind Seager/Gray Gallery, Donna Seager and Suzanne Gray.  Beginning with Susan Cummins Gallery and Robert Green Fine Arts who paved the way as the first original art galleries, Mill Valley has emerged as a bonafide destination for fine art with its exceptional art galleries. Seager/Gray has now been joined by Kim Eagles-Smith Gallery’s relocation here from San Francisco and most recently, Emebet Korn with Desta Gallery, originally in San  Anselmo.

In the world of art, the role of a gallerist is critically important. Successfully combining business savvy with personal adoration of the artworks takes passion, dedication, experience and hard work.  Gallerists must collaborate symbiotically with their artists and collectors to communicate and spread their collective, creative expression. While art education is certainly necessary, good gallerists spend years honing their eyes for talent to solidify their role as tastemakers.  As gallerists identify the artists that interest and excite them, it is through their tried and true experience that great gallerists understand the nuances behind working a conduit between their artists and collectors.

University of Texas graduate of Art History and English, and New Orleans native, Donna Seager’s original intention to write about art shifted to directly  immersing herself in the art world by working in art galleries — in New Orleans on Royal Street and then on to Boston where she was a director of a gallery on Newbury Street.  She eventually landed in the Bay Area where she worked for various galleries, including stints with  fellow  gallerists, Kim Eagle -Smith and Robert Green. Through her experience, Donna developed her own aesthetic which led her to open Donna Seager Gallery in 2005 on Fourth street in San Rafael to showcase her particular appreciation of works of art.
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Photography by Laura Reoch,
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