Why grow your art collection?

Arundi Venkayya and Gary Pasheilich are always looking for ways — big and small — to enhance and grow their art collection. They chose to purchase a DVAC CSA(rt) share in the program’s inaugural year for the element of surprise and for the caliber of art they knew they would be getting.

Almost all of Venkayya’s collection and a significant part of the couple’s combined collection is from DVAC. “I love each piece and they become more special each time I look at them. They remind me what a gift it is to know talented artists and to have the opportunity to admire and share their work,” said Venkayya. Here’s more on why they chose to purchase their DVAC CSA(rt) share.
Q: You recently purchased a DVAC CSA(rt) share — explain why you wanted to be a part of this program in its first year?

A: We are thrilled to be a part of DVAC’s first CSA. We own pieces by some of the featured artists already, but not all. We consider this an extraordinary opportunity to add new artists to our collection for a reasonable price. It’s also exciting to not know exactly what our pieces will look like — it adds an element of surprise to the process. Honestly, we probably would have participated even without knowing who the featured artists are because we love the concept.

Q: How would you describe your art collection?

A: Although our collection is relatively small, we have collected works by artists who are dear to us: Julie Beyer, Andrea Starkey, John Todd, Christina Pereyma. The thing I love about DVAC is the opportunity to meet and get to know the artists who we collect. We have created some wonderful friendships.

Q: What was the first piece of art that you purchased?

A: I don’t remember specifically what my first piece was although I think it was a John Todd. His pieces are especially meaningful to me because we have been friends since high school. Even then, it was clear that he is a special soul.

Q: What’s your advice for a first-time art buyer?

A: Don’t buy art because someone tells you about its monetary value or because someone else likes it. Buy what you love — what speaks to you and gives you joy.

Q: What would you say is your philosophy on buying art?

A: It’s the same as my advice. We buy what we love. Art enriches our lives in ways I can’t find the words to explain. It’s especially meaningful because our pieces are unique and not mass-produced, and are created by people we know and love.

Q: What’s your art collection like and how do you think your six DVAC CSA(rt) pieces will fit in?

A: I’m certain they will enhance the collection we have.

Q: What are your tips to offer someone wanting to learn more about art collecting?

A: Spend time visiting galleries. Evaluate styles. Decide what you like and what’s important to you. Find community organizations, like DVAC, where people are generous and want to help others learn more about art. Ask for resources and get involved.

Q: What’s your favorite quote or story about art?

A: When I first was asked to get involved with DVAC, I remember saying to then director Jane Black, that I didn’t know anything about art. She told me that I didn’t need to know anything about it. I just needed to know what I like. It’s been a wonderful experience and I’m forever grateful to her for that advice.

Q: Why do you think an investment of a DVAC CSA(rt) share is one worth making?

A: It’s an opportunity for exposure to artists you might not typically consider. It’s a reasonable financial investment and it supports local artists. How could you go wrong?

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