V E R · N I S · S A G E (noun) (French): "the varnishing"; originating from London’s Royal Academy of Arts and the French Salon of the 19th century, this term refers to the day prior to an exhibition’s official opening. During this time, the artists would add a final layer of varnish to their paintings, while the most important collectors and esteemed art critics had the first preview, making the Vernissage the most exclusive and coveted time during an exhibition.
Founded in 2017, Vernissage Art Advisory Los Angeles has counseled new and experienced collectors with acquisitions on varying levels. Most notably, the advisory firm has assisted important collections and privately-funded museums globally with their expertise of the Los Angeles art market. With previous bases in New York and Miami, in addition to abundant connections around the world, Vernissage Art Advisory Los Angeles uses these alliances to aid collectors in building their best possible collection. Services include advising on art acquisitions, de-acquisitions, and private sales, as well as liaising with museums and auction houses.
As of July, 2019, Vernissage is under the sole direction of co-founder Chelsea Petronko. Prior to her career in art, Chelsea had a career as an international model, working predominately in Europe and Asia. After leaving the modeling industry, Chelsea studied economics, and then furthered her art history studies at Sotheby's. Her knowledge of international art and culture coupled with living in Los Angeles for the past eight years has left Chelsea with a well-informed view of today's art market.