Elise Waters Olonia

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Fine Art Services
Owner – January 2010 – present

Provides professional appraisals of personal property with an emphasis on fine art, incorporating 24 years of experience in fine art with continuing education for historic and current works.

Creates an exclusive opportunity for exchange between students and outstanding instructors with national and international recognition in an intimate environment maximizing personal artistic growth through the Fechin Art Workshops.

Offers specialized services for fine artists and communities to operate more efficiently and successfully including developing business plans, marketing, organizing inventory, creating specialized events and promotional writing. Assists in production of fine art DVDs.

Southwest Art Magazine

Regional Sales Manager – February 2006 – January 2010
Responsibilities included: Print and online advertising sales for New Mexico, Oklahoma, Southeast and International territories. Negotiated contracts and organized special advertising sections, providing introductory writing. Attended major National Fine Art Events, promoting Southwest Art and developing new clients.

Total Arts Gallery, Taos, New Mexico
Assistant Director, May 1997 – February 2006
Responsibilities included: Sales, establishing and maintaining client relationships, organization of sales and inventory records, maintenance of and writing artist’s biographical data, creating spreadsheets to track gallery sales, documenting annual growth and losses. Assisted Owner / Director in organization of shows, regional and national marketing, free lance writing, 35mm and digital recording of artwork and display of inventory.

Lo Fino Taos, New Mexico
Director of Sales September 1996 – May 1997

Quast Galleries Taos, New Mexico
Director December 1990 – May 1996
Responsibilities included: Management of staff and artists (three gallery locations), sales training, monthly staff meetings for the purpose of education, problem solving, statistical analysis of gallery performance. Recruited new artists, selected and displayed artwork, maintained inventory records of works on and off premises. Coordinated shows, marketing, advertising and design. Developed Winter and Summer lecture / demonstration series including represented artists as well as community leaders in the visual and performing arts. Expanded annual events, “China to Taos” and “National Sculpture Exhibition.”

E.S. Lawrence Gallery Taos, New Mexico / Aspen, Colorado
Director of Sales December 1987 – November 1990


ISA (www.isa-appraisers.org)
Core Course in Appraisal Studies – January 2012
ISA USPAP Course – January 2012
ISA Fine Art Appraisal Course – October 2011
Agnes Scott College Psychology Major – May 1982


Board Member Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM, Chair of Experience the Turquoise Legend (www.millicentrogers.org)

International Travel with museum emphasis, France; Louvre, Musee D’Orsay, Pompidou; Russia, Hermitage, National Museum of Moscow.

Elise Waters Olonia, ISA AM
319 A Burch St.
Taos, New Mexico
Phone: 575.751.0647
Email: elise@fineartservices.info