On Tuesday, July 9 Crooked Tree Arts Center will present the first of their six Harbor Springs Summer Friends Lecture Series. To kick off this event, Kelsey Lee Offield will be giving a lecture on "Collecting Art in Today's International Market." All lectures will be held at the Harbor Springs Library, with light refreshments at 4:00 pm and lectures beginning around 4:30 pm.
In 2012, artist and collector Kelsey Lee Offield founded GUSFORD | los angeles, a project born out of her passion for contemporary art and a desire to support artists and their long-term development. Born and raised in the state of California, Kelsey moved to London, UK in 2009 to pursue an MA in Contemporary Art from the Sotheby's Institute of Art. She spent three years working there as an artist and during this time conceived GUSFORD. As an artist who works in the mediums of sculpture, painting and photography, Kelsey fundamentally understands the needs of artists, and focused on this in the development of GUSFORD. A view of the changing landscape of the international art scene, and Los Angeles as an expanding center of contemporary art, prompted the move to California in 2012.
Positioned in Hollywood, an up-and-coming artistic center, on the corner of Melrose and La Brea, GUSFORD focuses on the representation of emerging and midcareer local and international artists. The program is unique in that it focuses exclusively on solo exhibitions, giving each artist the time and attention needed to further their artistic development and ultimately, their careers. GUSFORD focuses on building long-term partnerships with the artists it represents - artists that engage with, and will influence, the contemporary art landscape.
Granddaughter of Crooked Tree Arts Center founder eddi Offield, and a CTAC director of the board herself, Kelsey has been a collector from a young age. She has amassed an impressive collection of work from local and international artists, and she will share her insights on collecting art in today's international market.
"I am inspired by the practical details of everyday life." Kelsey says. "My work asks the viewer to question the character of objects and images we often overlook."
Speakers throughout the summer include art collector Rev. Al Shands; fashion designer Susan E. Riley; Palm Beach's Society of the Four Arts administrator Molly Charland; Constance McPHee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and independent author Roemer McPhee.
Seats are $15 for each lecture and are extremely limited. To reserve a seat please visit www.crookedtree.org or call Crooked Tree Arts Center at 231-347-4337.
This event is sponsored in part by Harbor Light Newspaper.