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Shop Talk

February 27, 2012

Shop Talk: Andes Art and Antiques

How long have you lived in the area?

Since 2004. You’d think it would be culture shock for a girl raised on 59th Street in Manhattan, but it’s not. Andes is the perfect place to be an entrepreneur in almost any business that doesn’t require a subway to get to it. Andes is the new America with lots of promise for business success. My gallery is a perfect example, and there are many businesses locating in these mountains that don’t need access to windows on Main Street. I’m finding people with whom I do business prefer to come here _ Why not? It’s paradise.

Tell me about your business:

Andes Art and Antiques shows the best fine art, furniture, decorative arts, jewelry and rare books that were produced over two centuries. Occasionally we have a contemporary show to pay tribute to the talent that comes to our attention all the time. There are outstanding young artists and photographers, furniture makers and artisans who deserve recognition. The antiques in the AAA Gallery are mostly American country and occasionally European. Right now we are preparing for our Mid-Century Modernist show that will open over Memorial Day Weekend. My partner in the show, Dr. Bobby Bui, is a professor of psychology at the college in Delhi. Dr. Bui has had a lifelong love for Mid-Century design and workmanship, and we have been collecting the most exciting pieces dating from 1930 through the 1950s. Everything is affordable, and many stunning pieces can only be found in museums around the world. This show is an opportunity for new and seasoned collectors, and a brilliant investment to buy and live with great art and design.

Describe a typical day in your business:

Lots of waiting. The gallery is located in a small barn behind my Victorian house on Main Street in the mountain village of Andes. Fortunately, a main road runs through it, between Kingston/Margaretville and Delhi/Oneonta, so we do get traffic. During long lulls between crowds storming the barn doors (not gonna happen), there’s always something to do. The days fly, and there never seems to be enough time. You’d be amazed at how many people have come to trust us and bring us wonderful objects to buy, and of course the phones ring off the hook some days. It’s a nice life and a good career building a business in what actress Jane Fonda calls this time of life _ The Third Act.

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