Fine art abounds at the Qart.com Galllery in Marina del Rey — Photo courtesy of Qart.com Gallery
Brothers Eli and Noah Weisman formed the L.A.-based Quality Art Auctions back in 2006 as an Internet-only art-auctioneering site; these days, Qart.com is the largest online company of its kind. That's exactly why the brothers decided it was time to open an actual gallery, where consumers can visit and experience the works up close and personal.
The huge, 7,500-square-foot gallery is filled with original paintings, limited editions, photographs, hand-blown glass, sculptures and more, from world-renowned artists as well as emerging talents. You'll find works from artists ranging from Peter Max and Wyland all the way to famed animators and comic book creators like Chuck Jones and Stan Lee.
Qart.com Gallery boasts 7,500 square feet of fine-art offerings — Photo courtesy of Qart.com Gallery
Having opened its doors in early November 2014, the Qart.com Gallery will hold its grand opening celebration on Sunday, Dec. 14, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with a big, open-to-the-public bash. Featuring wine, appetizers, giveaways and artists on hand creating works on the spot, the party is sponsored by Los Angeles Magazine and benefits the Stan Lee Foundation.
Some of Stan Lee's works on display at Qart.com Gallery — Photo courtesy of Qart.com Gallery
Leading up to the grand opening, Qart.com is holding a fundraising online auction of a large collection of custom-framed, limited edition Giclee prints on canvas, artists' works of some of Stan Lee's best-known Marvel Comics designs, featuring Captain America, Spider-Man and other superheroes.
The auction ends the day of the grand opening, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the foundation by Qart.com.
Stan Lee's Marvel Comics work, on display at the Qart.com Gallery — Photo courtesy of Qart.com Gallery
At the gallery, be sure to check out the hand-blown glass ornaments from Glass Eye Studio, located in the Pacific Northwest. These beautifully delicate, handcrafted items actually include ash from the 1980 volcanic eruption of Mount St. Helens and are perfect for holiday gift giving.
That studio also creates lovely vases, cardholders and other abstract pieces, also on sale here. Look for striking glass pieces created by renowned French artist Jean Claude Novaro here, as well.
Some of the hand-blown glass on display at the Qart.com Gallery — Photo courtesy of Qart.com Gallery
We love the Wyland glass sculptures that celebrate the oceans and marine life; the classically beautiful bronze sculptures by Erte are pricey but perfect for any art-loving fashionista. And the gallery's "dark room" is a very cool spot, where works designed to glow in the dark are showcased.
We also love the wide range of pricing at the Qart.com Gallery, too. Serious collectors can find original works by Tom Everhard, Hong, Wyland and other top artists selling in the $10,000 to $25,000 range, while those who are looking for something more budget friendly will discover interesting artworks (and even framed pieces) beginning in the $20 to $40 range.