A November Show to Remember!

Art Lovers,

Please join us on November 12, for an amazing fall art show!
 
Stop on in Saturday from 5-8pm for the total DLG experience and have a beverage with our new members of the DLG team Iris and Izzy!
Our Instagram and Tik-Tok game is strong, so for fun we will be making several videos for both platforms and we want YOU to be in them! 
 
This month of November, we will be celebrating all the artists in our collection with a fantastic group show!
 
2022 has already been an amazing year for helping our happy art collectors improve their art collections at the DLG. This our 32nd year selling art on the block.  With a wide range of rad Pop Art by the internationally-renowned Peter Mars, Donald Topp and local artist Chris Peldo, to Folk Art by the super-power holder The Reverend Howard Finster, and can’t forget the classic works by contemporary artist Paul Kostabi and oil painter Peter Hurley. For the full list of mind-blowing artists available, see here.

Lucky for you, all featured artists blend well together and make for a full collection. Whether you are a seasoned collector – or merely interested in diving into the scene and reaping all of the cognitive, health, and investment benefits (and coolness), this is the perfect place to start. 

If it’s been a while since you popped in, come on down to see what’s new! We now have over 200 works on paper by renowned Pop artist Peter Mars, including an extensive selection of many of his most popular and classic imagery. There’s always something new here at the DLG. 

A friendly reminder: The average one-bedroom apartment requires 21 pieces of art to look smokin’! All of this mindblowingly cool art looks even better in your home or office. 

At the DLG, we are driven by making cool art affordable to all levels of art collectors. We offer payment plans and other perks in order to make sure that if you fall in love with a piece of art, it’s yours!

I always say, “The collector should only buy the art if they love it. However, if they’re buying it from a savvy art dealer whose job is to raise or suppress the prices accordingly… Well then, there’s nothing wrong with that!”

Also some exciting news – The DLG website is enormous as well as e-commerce capable. I love that we offer the ability to browse and build your collection from your phone. Enjoy!
 
 
Yours in Art.
 
My very best,
 
David Leonardis
312-863-9045

Matt Lamb

Matt Lamb is a masterful painter whose work has impacted the lives of many. Born in Chicago in 1932, Matt Lamb dedicated the last half of his life to using art to spread his message of peace, tolerance, hope, communication, and love among human kind. As a testament to his influence as an artist and as a human being, museums in various corners of the world are dedicated to the great American painter. When you own the art of Matt Lamb you not only own great art, you own a significant part of the global effort to bring peace to humankind; a big deal in and of itself. 

Happy Art Buyers

Mainly, art is a tool to distract the brain, showing beneficial outcomes by;

  • Building cognitive development
  • Increasing empathy
  • Physical health benefits
  • Social benefits
  • Forming identity benefits
  • of course, it’s investment value

It’s been an art collector filled year and I continue to help art collecting folks with art from my DLG collection, which includes Donald Topp, Matt Lamb, Indrek Paul Kostabi, Peter Mars, Matt Geer, Maximilian, Ron English, Giancarlo Montuschi, Marc Hauser, Howard Finster, Peter Hurley, Chris Peldo, Shane Swank, Jay Steensma, Bruce Bitmead, Kristen Thiele, Mark Kostabi, Bruce Lehto, Christopher Makos, Patrick McMullan, Andy Kane, Rita Leonardis, David Leonardis, Ben Laskov, Tristan Meinecke, Larry Singer, Tom Billings, Pamela Dietrich, Tom James, Mike Lash and others.

 

As an Art Dealer and Gallery Owner in my 32nd year, I have always known the importance of having a balanced art collection. As represented by my gallery, my favorite style of art is direct, feel-good, Pop Art. However, my vision is not confined to a singular approach. The various artistic forms that diversify my collection include:

  • Contemporary Art: the movement has a broader scope and can activate a variety of different emotions in different people.
  • Folk Art: which is enjoyed primarily for the simplicity, honesty, and distance from the formal art world.  
  • Photography: the medium wields the ability to represent a snapshot of a moment in time, allowing the viewer to relive the feelings that are captured.

More and more people are finding that “collecting art as a lifestyle choice” has incredible benefits. I’ve helped thousands of people begin or enhance their art collections.

As you can see, art has the power to transform lives and my passion is assisting others in growing their art collection. Please stop by or give me a call! As always, I offer delivery and installation in Chicago with all of the art here. I will come to your home or office, and put my art in the best spot!

We recently placed our 859th Donald Topp in a happy collector’s home since January 15th, 2015. The Queen of Hearts and Sailor Moon are Topp’s latest pieces added to the DLG walls. With flawless execution, his Icon Prints and Cartoon Tattoo Hipster Girls series are consistently connecting with people from all walks of life, even on an international scale. Topp prints, purchased at the DLG, have been added to collections in Australia, England, Germany, Japan, British Columbia and Dubai. A few more countries and continents to go but I’m up for the challenge!

Howard Finster Vision House Museum update:

I finished up the year at the Howard Finster Vision House Museum with an enormous amount of capital improvements to the infrastructure. The crew built an amazing side porch and extended the front porch. Additionally, we now have two forms of egress for all sections, including both apartments and the museum collection itself. Added throughout the rear apartment are new accents of wood burn molding strips. There are just a few more touches and the Howard Finster Vision House Museum B&B will be ready finally in spring of 2023.

In the 1990’s I was constantly visiting Howard and buying originals and having him sign a serigraph print edition. Howard was such a giving man. I know he appreciated me promoting him and he was always very interested in me personally. Knowing I didn’t have much family interaction at the time, he made me feel welcome, appreciated, and needed. That continued until I literally visited the Reverend on his deathbed. I remember him telling me, “Well, I’m not feeling so good but you go ahead and get some food out of the ice box”. Indeed, he continued to be gracious even with one of his last dying breaths. I know that during that visit I received his “Death Energy Shot” that has empowered me to do all I have done and all I will still do for theHoward Finster Vision House Museum Campus.

I recently set a 10 year goal to build a new Contemporary Art Museum building on the HFVHMC. It might take longer but I’m shortening the time span it will take to achieve this monumental goal.

Can my 501c3 corp be far off? I think not. I’ve had the plan to fix the HFVHM how I wanted it before I started a 501c3 and we’re 95% there.

Every upgrade is always needed and appreciated. I constantly strive for “Discernible Progress”.  The HFVHM has been a 17 year labor of love and it’s beyond satisfying to see the fruits of my labor come together. Looking forward to having some guests to our AIRBnB the beginning of next year.

Have an art filled day.
-DL

Howard Finster Vision House Museum &
David Leonardis Gallery Georgia
177 & 197 Greeson St.
Summerville, GA 30747