Meet the Owners and One of the Artists They’ll Be Showcasing This Fall
Newlyweds Heidi and Ramsey Maune have traveled the world attending art shows and art fairs and visiting museums. Today, they have combined their desire to be entrepreneurs with their love of contemporary and modern art to open a gallery in the Buckhead area of Atlanta.
The Maune Gallery celebrated its grand opening in September. The 2,600-square-foot space has a clean look with white walls and a concrete floor.
“It’s very contemporary, very open, so you can really appreciate the art. Everything else fades into the background,” Heidi says.
Originally from St. Louis, Heidi has lived in Atlanta since 1988. She and Ramsey chose Miami Circle for their location since it’s known for design and art.
The Maune Gallery represents contemporary and modern art primarily by world-renowned blue-chip artists, whose works are shown in museums and major collections. Each artist will have his or her own show lasting from six to eight weeks.
Their first show, going on now until Nov. 9, consists of works by artist Alex Katz, who just completed a series called Coca Cola Girls. Upcoming exhibitions will feature Donald Sultan, Justin Lyons and Ted Collier. Ted is known for his abstract, mostly large-scale paintings representing diverse styles. He is best recognized though for his use of circles in his artworks.
Also from St. Louis, Ted originally met Ramsey more than 35 years ago when they were both working in commercial real estate. About six years ago, Ramsey bought a piece from a show Ted was doing.
Ramsey also asked for Ted’s help in proposing to Heidi by painting something special.
“I thought it would be really cool to do my take on Cy Twombly, with his scribbles and kind of ‘script-ish-looking’ paintings,” Ted says. “So, I actually hand-painted ‘Will you marry me?’ about 150 times on canvas. It worked; she said yes! It was so special to be included in that.”
Although he had always wanted to be an artist, his parents steered him in another direction. They didn’t want the struggling artists’ life for him.
Ted, who had an undiagnosed learning disability and went through 12 schools in 12 years, had a tough childhood. His parents knew he was a talented artist, but after his challenges, they wanted him to have a stable career.
However, when his mom, whom he calls his best friend, became terminally ill in 2004, she sat him down and encouraged him to follow his dream. That talk planted a seed in his heart that slowly started to grow.
When the market crashed in 2008, Ted was still working in commercial real estate and lost everything.
“The bank took my house, the repo man took my car, and I was reduced to nothing. I was working construction and finding scraps of plywood and extra paint and I was painting on that,” Ted says. “And now it’s kind of blossomed out of the ashes of my former life.”
Around 2009, he met his wife, Katie, a chef. They were both at low points in their lives and started talking about their dreams. She wanted to be a chef in her own restaurant and he, of course, wanted to be an artist. They then decided to make their dreams a reality.
“Eventually, Katie and I opened two Italian restaurants where she is the chef and I do my painting. We just feel so blessed to be able to do what we love every day,” Ted says.
He enjoys forging different paths, finding new directions, and doing new things. Although he uses traditional brushes, he also likes making his own painting tools. About seven years ago, he developed something between a palette knife and a squeegee and has been using that more and more ever since.
As a big outdoorsman, Ted finds inspiration in nature, among many other things.
“I love cars and the beautiful gloss colors on them. I really enjoy surfaces. I play with matte, gloss and satin, and I enjoy using that as a facet of my work. I love textiles, fabric and clothing, so I pull from a lot of different areas,” Ted says.
He’s looking forward to showing his work in the Maune Gallery and being introduced to the Atlanta art scene. He’s creating about 20 pieces for the show that encompass a mix of large, mid-size and small pieces of many different styles.
“I have a lot of friends in Atlanta and just love the city,” he says.
His advice to other artists?
“You have to do what you know is right in your own heart. I tell people they have to be passionate about what they’re creating, whether it’s music or writing or sculpture or painting. You can’t fake it, you can’t buy it, and you can’t teach it.”
His show at the Maune Gallery opens Nov. 15. Heidi says Ted has a special place in their hearts and she and Ramsey look forward to having Atlanta see his art.
“We feel like his work will do well here. Plus, he’s famous for these big circles, and showing his circle period on Miami Circle will be a lot of fun,” she says.
Heidi and Ramsey want Atlanta to know that they’re very approachable. They look forward to meeting their community and educating people about their programs and the artists they carry. For further information on the gallery, and to see more about the artists, visit Maune.com.