This is our Robert Held Art Glass gallery boss, Brian.
Many customers confuse Brian with Robert Held because he is the boss of all things retail here in the gallery. Robert Held is the artist, Brian is his retail tsar/star. Brian is in charge of all things regarding art glass in the gallery, including product retail pricing, quality assurance, gallery artistic decor and design, customer service and anything else that may come up throughout the day. Phew, he keeps busy and still has time to chat with our regular customers.
The history of Brian here at Robert Held Art Glass
Brian was hired to create, open, manage and oversee the retail gallery by Robert Held over ten years ago. The original space was attached to the studio, as it is now, however it was approximately 1/3 the size. Within a year, Brian began renovations to expand the space, painted the gallery colours of grey and black, and designed the ‘Italian church’ facade on the ceiling. Brian loves antique architecture, contemporary design mixed with ‘old world charm’. When it comes to the interior design and decor in the gallery, he never holds back!
No detail is too big or too small for Brian.
He has installed an architectural reproduction facade archway for the entrance to the gallery. These are replicas of archways which were destroyed by an earthquake in Mexico many years ago.
Brian works closely with the glass blowers in the studio to ensure quality, quantity and whimsy for our retail customers as well as the decor in the gallery.
Examples of gallery designs and decor over the past years:
Brian goes over and above what is the usual for designing the decor of the Robert Held Art Glass retail gallery from season to season, genre to genre.
The French Provincial Garden with pond was a huge summer design installation for our gallery.
Brian has a great eye for detail. Notice the paperweight frogs in the pond, alongside lilly pads and fish.
An actual pond in the center of the gallery, complete with a bridge, flora and our Robert Held Art Glass. Neighbors and customers alike came in to throw pennies in like a wishing well. Lovely.
Winter wonderland themed interior gallery design.
This winter themed gallery design was like being in warm snow cave surrounded by beautiful art glass. What could be more dreamy?
Egyptian themed gallery design.
This was so inspirational, Brian’s Egyptian designed decor was amazingly opulent and left alot of mouths agape in awe.
Can’t think of a better way to display our jewellery! Wow.
I just can’t put into words what you experienced when you walked into this wonderous world in our little gallery.
Fall/Halloween gallery design.
Whimsically fun, and little scary, Brian’s fall gallery designs are a blast.
Pirate skeletons make me giggle, don’t ask me why.
The back gallery/ The Black Gallery
About a year and half ago Brian converted the back of the gallery into a into a showcase area called the ‘Black Gallery’, showcasing Robert Held’s one of a kind paintings, art glass and other specialty items.
The Black gallery also includes Art Glass from other designers which we love to showcase.
Brain loves dogs!!! (hint hint) as a matter of fact we all do. We recently lost our doggie mascot (sniff) and are extremely happy to receive visitors of the four legged kind come in to visit. Bring your doggie in for a treat so we can soak up some of their lovliness.
Barring holidays, Brian works tuesdays to Saturdays in the gallery and can answer any questions or concerns you may have. Brian is the first and last word here in the gallery, respect him/love him, as we all do here at Robert Held!