6 Tips on Art Collection from Savannah's Distinguished Arts Community


Published:

Three prominent members of Savannah’s art community talk about what they love and add to their collections.

 

Kim Iocovozzi 

Silvery faces from a past century

Kim Iocovozzi, a former Savannah gallery owner, keeps many of his treasures in the drawers of small wooden cabinets. Most are hardly bigger than a deck of playing cards and none bigger than a magazine.

Iocovozzi has a collection of rare daguerreotypes – the first photographs in history.  Named after Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre, the man who invented the process in 1939, daguerreotypes captured images on a silvered copper plate.  Making a daguerreotype was complicated, time-consuming and expensive.  Once the image had been captured, the plates were commonly surrounded by a mat, covered with a sheet of protective glass, and sealed in a metal frame.  Often it was then mounted in larger wooden frame or presented in a folding velvet or leather case.  By 1860 a less expensive technology had been developed to capture images on paper, and few daguerreotypes were produced after that.  However, those taken in the 1840s and 1850s were often portraits of prominent people – Abraham Lincoln and Daniel Webster, for example.

Daguerreotype collectors, Iocovozzi said, often specialize in a particular type of image, perhaps groups of people or outdoor scenes.  He collects daguerreotypes of paintings. He has about 170 and believes it is the largest collection in existence.

“This is my prize possession,” he said, displaying a framed, silvery image. “This is a Gilbert Stuart painting – which no longer exists – of Washington Irving. It still has its original label from 1848.  This is the kind of stuff that I’m just crazy about.”

Why would someone go to the trouble and expense of photographing a painting?   Many reasons, Iocovozzi said.  The Gilbert Stuart painting was destroyed in a fire, so the daguerreotype is the only record of it remaining.  Family members often had daguerreotypes made of favorite portraits to take with them when they moved to other parts of the country – knowing they might never have the opportunity to return.

Iocovozzi belongs to the Daguerrian Society, an international group of people interested in early photography.  He trades items from his collection frequently and watches E-Bay and other web sites for pieces to be offered for sale.  

Buying and selling are a big part of the fun of collecting for Iocovozzi.  “I’m constantly culling my collection,” he said. 

 

"Follow your heart and collect what you love. "

Lori Judge – Judge Realty

Energy, the environment and the economy

The Judge collection is easy to see.  It’s displayed every day in the Judge real estate office on Abercorn Street.  

“I’ve been so inspired by the idea of a private collection being accessible to the public,” said Lori Judge, the firm’s owner.  “This is not like a museum.  We’re open 9-5 seven days a week and it’s something you can view at any time.

In fact, there are times you can see key elements of the collection standing outside on the sidewalk.

Throughout the month of December, the front façade of Judge’s building was a canvas of sorts, displaying light and form patterns and two-dimensional abstract designs from three projectors, the concept of Savannah artist Will Penny.

The installation, called “Intersection,” was about the intersection of public space and art, Judge said in an announcement on her company website.  “It’s about how we could … ask people passing by on the street to take a second to pause, looking at themselves against the scale of it – slowing down, stopping, meditating.”

Judge said she’s been collecting for more than 15 years.  She was working for a furniture company when she acquired her first piece – paying no money, but arranging to move someone’s household goods.

“I collected works from artists I knew, mostly local, all visual art, no specific medium,” she said.  The public collection was launched in 2014, and in 2015, Judge said, “I decided to focus on a theme – the three E’s – environment, economy and energy.”

Society needs all three of these elements working in harmony, Judge said.  “Finding artists that are putting their spin on these things … is what we’re going to do going forward.” 

 

"Learn all you can about what you’re collecting. "

Richard Middleton

Family heirlooms and a fondness for dogs

Richard Middleton grew up in a family that loved art.  He remembers many paintings on the walls of the home on the farm in Virginia where he grew up.

“Many were sporting paintings, and I really developed an interest in the ones with dogs,” he recalled in a recent interview.

Flash forward and Middleton was grown up, a young attorney, and ready to acquire his first art work.  He came across an 1856 painting of foxhounds by the Scottish artist Samuel Fulton “for a modest sum.”  That was the start of an extensive collection of dog paintings that Middleton hung throughout his house. 

As time went on, however, Middleton’s interests broadened, and he began to branch out in his collecting.  He began purchasing late 19th and early 20th century Southern paintings, some by artists with ties to Savannah.  One of his current favorites is a watercolor by Georgia artist Mary Cabaniss of passengers on a boat to Daufuskie Island.  “I collect whatever I see that’s pleasing to my eye,” Middleton said.

One item in his collection, a portrait of a lady from Baltimore by Thomas Sully, came from an auction of items confiscated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, “which usually just has fast cars and speedboats for sale,” Middleton said.

But his most treasured piece is an inheritance from his great grandmother, a portrait of a Native American woman weaving. It was painted by E.I. Couse, one of the six founding members and first president of the Taos (New Mexico) Society of Artists.

Middleton said he wasn’t sure his children will want to keep all of his dog paintings, but said about the Couse work: “That’s one I would hope would stay in the family.” 

 

Tips from The Collectors

  • Follow your heart and collect what you love.  It’s tough to anticipate swings in the market and predict what prices art work will bring in the future.
  • Look for works by artists who are just getting started.
  • Learn all you can about what you’re collecting. Talk to artists, gallery owners, sellers and other collectors. Take advantage of all the information on the Web.
  • Be skeptical about sellers’ claims.  Don’t hesitate to ask for advice and second opinions. Good sellers guarantee authenticity and allow returns
  • Start with inexpensive items. Better to buy a $10 fake than one for $1,000. Remember that prices are negotiable on many items.

To read this and more, subscribe now or pick up the February/March issue of South Magazine.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

South's Greatest Photographers 2018

We're looking for the greatest, most creative photographers. If that is you, or you know of any, don't hesitate to nominate!

South's Greatest Kids Contest 2017

When it comes to cute, the kids of the South are all way above average! Share the cuteness and nominate your kids today.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Events Calendar

  • Charleston Cars & Coffee

    Jun 17, 2017
    7:30 AM - 10:00 AM @ Mount Pleasant Towne Centre

    7:30am - 10:00am  FREE ADMISSION  Mount Pleasant Towne Centre,1712 Towne Centre Way,Mt Pleasant, SC 29464,USA A bunch of car and...

  • Charleston Farmers Market

    Jun 17, 2017
    8:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Marion Square

    8:00am - 2:00pm  FREE ADMISSION  Marion Square,329 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403,USA Join us every Saturday in beautiful Marion...

  • The Forsyth Farmer's Market

    Aug 05, 2017
    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ The South end of Forsyth Park

    Shop local food and plant vendors! Kid and pet friendly FREE ADMISSION  

  • Scenic Impressions: Southern Interpretations from the Johnson Collection

    Oct 13, 2017
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Telfair Academy

    When the world gets urban, the South gets Southern. That’s one way to sum up Scenic Impressions: Southern Paintings from the Johnson Collection,...

  • Kirk Varnedoe: In the Middle at the Modern

    Sep 22, 2017
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Can you have an art exhibition without any artworks? Is a curator an artist? Who or what decides an object’s value? Through the lens of an art...

  • Rodin: The Human Experience

    Aug 07, 2017
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Rodin: The Human Experience presents a selection of 32 figures in bronze by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), the French sculptor who left behind 19th...

  • #art912, Avanguardia

    Nov 17, 2017
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Avanguardia, an exhibition by Savannah-based artist Lisa D. Watson (American, b. 1967), explores the encroachment of the constructed environment on...

  • Heroes & Villains Fan Fest

    Nov 18, 2017
    10:30 AM - 5:00 PM @ Georgia World Congress Center

    Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313 10:30 am- 5:00 pm 2 day ticket- $90 Saturday...

  • Feed the Hungry

    Nov 18, 2017
    11:00 AM - 6:00 PM @ Rousakis Riverfront Plaza

    Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, Savannah, GA, 31401 On Saturday, 11:00am- 10 p.m., on Sunday, 11:00am- 6:00pm Every third Saturday and Sunday of...

  • The Art of Yoga Classes

    Sep 10, 2017
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Tybee Arts Association

    Yoga Me Fit launches a new program to kick off after Labor Day. “The Art of Yoga” classes will take place at 11 a.m. every Sunday starting...

  • The Art of Yoga

    Oct 08, 2017
    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM @ Tybee Arts Association

    Yoga Me Fit is slated to host "The Art of Yoga" sessions with 20% of all registration proceeds benefiting the work of the nonprofit organization,...

  • Party at the Point!

    Jun 16, 2017
    5:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina

    5:30pm-9:00pm  Charleston Harbor Resort,20 Patriots Point Road,Mount Pleasant, SC 29464,USA COST: $7 Join us every Friday at the Charleston...

  • ALJ Monday Night Ceramics

    Jun 12, 2017
    6:00 PM

    Students will learn how to build ceramic sculptures as well as hand crafting with various techniques in form and technique $60 for 4 sessions, $80...

  • Reggae Nights Summer Concert: Mystic Vibrations

    Aug 04, 2017
    7:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ James Island County Park

  • The RSM Classic 2017

    Nov 13, 2017
    All Day

    100 Retreat Avenue, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522 Daily Grounds Tickets- $25.00- $80.00 The 2017 event is scheduled for November 13-19 at Sea...

  • Animal Instinct

    Jul 15, 2017
    All Day @ Jepson Center

    The diversity of animal imagery in Animal Instinct reveals the wide-ranging roles animals inhabit in an anthropocentric world. From wild...

  • Jacob Lawrence, Lines of Influence at SCAD Museum of Art

    Sep 07, 2017
    All Day @ SCAD Museum of Art

    Jacob Lawrence Lines of Influence Sept. 7, 2017 - Feb. 4, 2018 The SCAD Museum of Art and the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence...

  • "Rodin: The Human Experience"

    Sep 01, 2017
    All Day @ Jepson Center

    Rodin: The Human Experience presents a selection of 32 figures in bronze by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), the legendary French sculptor whose...

  • Martial Arts Kung Fu for Kids

    Jun 12, 2017
    4:00 PM @ Atlantic Warriors Wing Chun Kung Fu

    A way for the kids to work hard and laugh hard. It teaches life lessons through physical activity. Atlanticwarriors.org $129 monthly (904)...

  • Margarita Monday Sail on the Palmetto Breeze

    Jun 19, 2017
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ Red's Icehouse

    6:00pm- 7:30pm  Red's Icehouse,100 Church St,Mt Pleasant, SC 29464,USA COST: $35/person. Ladies for $25 per Board PALMETTO BREEZE,...


Show More...

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Scenes of the South

Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!

Thursday night was the night to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day at 39 Rue De Jean in Savannah! The arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau symbolizes the official end of this year’s growing season. Harvest is complete and vintners—especially in France—are ready to celebrate the completion of the harvest. Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine that is annually released on the third Thursday in November. Nouveau wine undergoes a very short fermentation process, and yields an extremely fresh and fruity wine. Attendees enjoyed heavy hors d’oeuvres, an oyster roast outside on the patio, and Henry Fessy Beaujolais Nouveau.

Taste of Savannah Food and Wine Festival 2017

This signature, festival event was a huge hit at its new location, the Georgia State Railroad Museum! Guests wandered the grounds savoring hundreds of wines, spirits, craft beers and more.

13 Secrets Jewelry One-Year Anniversary

Boutique owners Chad and Manu celebrated the one-year anniversary of 13 Secrets Thursday, Nov. 9. Event highlights included gourmet appetizers by local chefs, a wine tasting, door prizes and great networking opportunities! Here's to another great year!

Lip Syncing with Ghost Coast

One epic battle took place on Halloween night, and it all went down at Ghost Coast Distillery in Savannah. Visitors wore their funniest (and scariest!) costumes for the 2017 Halloween event. Many donned costumes that portrayed the singer they would be on stage during the lip sync battle.

Celebrity Chef Dinner

A night featuring dishes by some of the South's best, James Beard Awarded, Chef's of 2017. The night included multiple courses, each paired with the perfect wine to complement the flavors. Simply put - a dinner one will not soon forget!

Telfair Masquerade Ball 2017

Telfair's annual masquerade ball was once again one of the best events of the year! Party-goers donned masks, suits and ball gowns and danced the night away. Libations were flowing, appetizers were aplenty, and the DJ had everyone on the dance floor movin' and groovin'.

Pride Festival Savannah 2017

Downtown Savannah was colored rainbow Saturday Oct. 28 for the 2017 Pride Festival. People from all over the community came out to celebrate equality and love. The family-friendly event included live performances and entertainment.

Buy Local Savannah at Cohen's Retreat

The final Buy Local luncheon of the year kicked off on Thursday to a large crowd, plenty of delicious food, and great speakers. Many guests were in attendance and enjoyed listening to Jeff Kmiec, the general manager of the Desoto Hotel in Savannah, speak about the importance that the Desoto is placing on sourcing locally whenever possible, and how it helps both the business and the local community.

Good Times Jazz VIP Pre-Opening

The Good Times Jazz VIP Pre-Opening ceremony started off with a bang. Folks gathered at the Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant on Oct. 25 to sample food, enjoy libations, and network. The venue came about as a desire to bring Southern cuisine, fine wine and the best jazz to the heart of Savannah. Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant's grand opening is on Oct. 30 at their location at 107 W. Broughton.

Boo Bash Halloween Celebration 2017

Guys and ghouls danced the night away at this year's annual Boo Bash celebration. Guests were thoroughly entertained by the plethora of food and the open bar. The loud, upbeat music got everyone grooving, and the talent competition was superb. The competitors danced, sang, joked and lip synched their hearts out for the crowd.