“We bring the gallery to your home”
Welcome to a beautiful Art Avenue, privately owned by Karen O’Neal and Paul Sykes. The spacious gallery is located in Westfield Southgate shopping plaza. It is like a museum of great artists, such as Salvador Dali, Natasha Turovsky, Mariela Moode, Pablo Picasso, Leroy Neiman, and others.
Art Avenue provides a special service for art enthusiasts. Paul Sykes and Karen O’Neal will bring a van load of art to their clients’ homes at no cost, allowing buyers to see how a piece looks and feels before committing to it. It’s a service that has been available in the area for two years, but the new space at Westfield Southgate gives the duo more room to show off their collection and their “Art 2 You” concept.
“They can’t visualize it until they see it on the wall,” O’Neal said. “So you’re doing them a favor. It’s like an interior designer bringing in the pieces and placing them.”
Sykes entered the art business 30 years ago with a kiosk cart at a Cleveland mall. That business grew into 12 galleries, but waned dramatically when the economy tanked after Sept. 11, 2001. He and O’Neal, who has worked with him for nearly two decades, closed half those stores and focused on creating a new business model. Names like Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali appear in Art Avenue’s portfolio, but Sykes and O’Neal try to make art affordable. They will fill their vans with pieces priced in the mid-hundreds to the upper-thousands.
The duo has more than 800 pieces for sale between the Sarasota store, their warehouses and their two Ohio locations. They said the collection, primarily international art, is worth about $12 million.
They also provide a full framing service.
Come check Art Avenue at Westfield Southgate and see their amazing collection:
3501 S. Tamiami Trail
For more information, you can read about gallery in Herald-Tribune.