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Colleen Lane


Colleen Lane launched her eponymous art consultancy, Colleen Lane Art Advisory, in 2018, but her first artistic calling was ballet. She trained with the Nashville Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Chautauqua Institution, where she nurtured an appreciation for artistic lines. She went on to major in marketing at Miami University in Ohio and earn a master’s in public administration for nonprofit management from Georgia State University, pursuing her arts interest from the business perspective. As a docent at the High Museum since 2015, her training in visual thinking serves as a foundation for her goal to help clients select the ideal piece of art for any space. Simply Buckhead chatted with the Buckhead resident and mom of two about the art cultivation process.

Colleen Lane Art AdvisoryWhen should homeowners work with an art consultant?

Art is an investment, albeit a very personal type of investment. Looking for a piece you love that also complements the space may seem daunting. Determining value can also be intimidating. When working with clients, I share my expertise while helping them feel comfortable in the fact that there is no wrong answer when it comes to art.

What can clients expect through the art selection process?

The key is determining what type of art inspires the client. My model is similar to that of an interior designer. After spending time together to understand client preferences, I source several works that could work in the space and remain within budget.

What advice can you give for buying art?

This process starts with asking questions and getting curious about your preferences. What do you like? Why do you like it? Which elements of art strike you—color, shape, line, texture? How does a piece make you feel? Are you intrigued by the artist’s process?

When would you suggest a commission?

Commissions can be tricky because you do not want to inhibit the artist’s process. If you really want to purchase a piece from a particular artist for a specific space, a commission may be the only option, especially if there isn’t a suitable size in the inventory.

What about placing art?

When placing art, it is important to notice how a piece enhances a space. Be sure to leave space in the room for the eye to rest. Every wall doesn’t need to be a showcase.

What are some of the best ways to teach kids about art?

Let them have an opinion. If they think they can replicate a work, let them try. Visit the High Museum. Bring pencils and paper, and let them sketch. Get curious about three works that you or they want to see. The best toddler class in town is the Toddler Thursday at the High. The interactive children’s spaces are so much fun.

Photos: Laura Negri Childers

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