Tutti Jackson and Jeff Regensburger have curated a fine private art collection. If you’re unfamiliar with Jeff, he writes thoughtful reviews of art exhibits and does his own paintings, only one of which is included below. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting and Drawing) from The Ohio State University. The collection really started after their marriage, and it was largely thanks to Tutti’s excellent taste and savings skills.
“Tutti has a very good eye and recognizes when something is good,” says Jeff. “She knows her stuff.”
The first piece Tutti found was from the Volunteers of America at Weiland’s Gourmet Market Plaza on Indianola Avenue. Although unsigned, the piece is dramatic and she was drawn to it. She is particularly interested in female artists and likes that they have a connection to Ohio or the Midwest. She also looks to local artists when looking for new pieces she would like to own.
In addition to local galleries and art shows, Tutti enjoys finding pieces on eBay. “You can find great deals on artists listed in art reference books,” she says.
Jeff has a particular interest in art brut, a term that describes artists on the margins of society, who often illustrate extreme visions, fantasies and mental states. Since they have had no formal training and are often far removed from cultural norms, their designs often look raw. Howard Finster is an artist whose works often fall into the category of art brut and Jeff has always wanted to own one. After a particularly good year, he decided to buy “Of God – Man of Visionsfrom the now-closed Ohio Ethnographic Gallery in Short North.
Artists can also be formally trained and paint in the outsider style. Rick Borg is an artist from Columbus whose works fall loosely within the outsider style. Jeff happened to come into possession of a discarded, unsigned, but unmistakably Rick Borg painting. The room, “life painting“, is a humorous take on reflections and shadows created by a light source and done in an outdoor style.
For gallery art shopping, Tutti and Jeff always enjoy seeing the latest exhibits at the Lindsay Gallery and the Ohio Art League’s OAL Gallery. They also found pieces from Junctionview artists’ group shows and the Worthington Art Council’s Recycled Art Sale.
They also like to follow certain artists and attend their shows. Tutti had been following Yvette van der Velde for some time and regretted not getting a piece she liked at a show at Junctionview, but then saw her show at Image Optical and found something she liked. She also bid on a painting by Paul Emory at OAL’s One Night Only fundraiser, but ended up outbidding it.
Their collection also includes textiles, if Tutti sees a beautiful pattern or color she will frame it. Sophie Knee is an engraver who Tutti thinks does a very good job and would like to get one of her prints. They would also like to own one of Roger Kuntz’s highway paintings. The print they own was one of the first things they bought for their home and the first piece they bought together.
Which piece is Tutti’s favorite? “Next,” she laughs. Now let’s move on to their collection!
Artists and favorites:
Olga Lee Baughman
Mary Ann Crago
William Joseph Eastman
Martha K Schauer
Lydia Morrow Reeder
Yvette van der Velde
Ohio Arts League
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