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Next session coming soon January 2020

Let me pull back the curtain and show you the inner workings of the art business.  As Director and Curator of two major art galleries in Chicago, I spent the last 20 years of my career running successful galleries & supporting artists at all stages of their career.  Now I want to teach you the sales & marketing skills and industry secrets that are vital to managing your own art career and selling more of your artwork.

Welcome to Gossamer Arts!



Picture Lights



Everything you need to display

your collection in style!

Fine Furniture for your Fine Art

Training Artists & Art Collectors in the Business of Art.

Plus studio art classes, art appreciation & belly dance

for kids & adults

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About Us

Gossamer Arts was founded by Emily Watson-Rice in 2016.  While working as the Director & Curator of Atlas Galleries she was continually amazed at the artists coming in asking for advice on how to get into a gallery like hers. They had no guidance, no business classes, no sales or marketing skills, no concept of how the art business worked, and without these, they had no chance of making a living as an artist.  Emily began by taking a few minutes here and there to talk with these artists and give them some basic pointers but knew it wasn't nearly enough to be of much help.  So she decided to start mentoring & training artists and teach them the skills they needed to run their art careers as a small business.


In 2018 Emily expanded Gossamer Arts after realizing how much her clients and art collectors struggled to find high-quality pedestals and picture lights for their collections. Most galleries, including hers, didn't sell the pedestals or art lighting they use to display their artwork. Furniture stores only sell accent tables, which can look nice but lack many of the features collectors want when displaying their beloved collection.  Inexpensive options available online did not meet collectors high standards.