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LONG-SHARP GALLERY OPENING    


Indianapolis, IN (Sept 10, 2012) – Long-Sharp Gallery, the newest extension of ModernMasters Fine Art, will make its permanent home in the Conrad Indianapolis luxury hotel on November 2, 2012. The gallery will feature works from Picasso to Pop, with a primary focus on works by some of the best known names in modern and contemporary art, including: Picasso, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Indiana, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, John (Crash) Matos, Russell Young, and William John Kennedy.

This is another step in the business relationship between ModernMasters' owner Rhonda Long-Sharp and Conrad Indianapolis. For the past year, Long-Sharp, a former longtime Indianapolis-based death row attorney, has directed an innovative and award winning art program at the Indianapolis luxury hotel. As part of A Fine Art Experience at the Conrad Long-Sharp curates exhibits throughout the hotel’s public spaces. These exhibits include an important Picasso exhibit (on display through October 14 2012) which has been reported in numerous media outlets including the Washington Post, Atlanta Journal, and CBS News.

“This next step is one taken with great confidence in the relationship between our great brands. We remain very proud of the Fine Art Experience at Conrad and all that it does to drive regional, national and international awareness to Conrad and our wonderful community. When the bar is elevated as high as we keep it, we must continually challenge ourselves to provide a differentiating, vibrant and contemporary experience.” Greg Tinsley, General Manager of Conrad Indianapolis.

The Conrad and Long-Sharp interact in yet another way. In early 2010, Long-Sharp opened "Indy Contemporary" to highlight the works of noted contemporary artists with studios in Indiana (Constance Edwards Scopelitis, Lois Main Templeton, Walter Knabe, and Dale Enochs). ModernMasters has exhibited works by four Indiana-based artists alongside those of Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso at several art venues throughout the United States. Since the Conrad launched its art program three of the four Indy Contemporary artists have had solo exhibits at Conrad Indianapolis and the Conrad has hosted receptions in their honor.

Since opening in 2005, ModernMasters Fine Art has established an enviable reputation in the international print market, selling to private collectors, dealers, galleries, corporations and museums worldwide. Long-Sharp works directly with the foundations and archives of artists such as Haring and Dali to ensure that all works are authentic. ModernMasters features and maintains a 100% owned inventory of approximately 500 master works. Works exhibited at Long -Sharp Gallery will be selected from this inventory. Long-Sharp is also a recognized IFAA (International Fine Art Appraisers) fine art appraiser.

The newest Indianapolis gallery has selected the city's oldest framer, Frame Designs (Broadripple and Carmel), to serve as the exclusive framer for all of the works exhibited. As fine art collectors, Rhonda Long-Sharp and husband Dr. Scott Sharp have patronized Frame Designs and its sister company Editions Limited Gallery for almost 2 decades. Since opening ModernMasters, Long-Sharp has used Frame Designs’ services to frame hundreds upon hundreds of works by Picasso, Warhol, and others. With the opening of Long-Sharp Gallery, that relationship will be strengthened further.

The Long-Sharp Gallery will be exhibiting in venues of note outside of Indianapolis. An exhibition calendar will be forthcoming.

For additional information about Long-Sharp Gallery, please visit www.modernmastersfab.com or contact Rhonda Long-Sharp by phone at 866.370.1601 or via email at Rhonda@modernmastersfab.com.

More About ModernMasters Fine Art ModernMasters Fine Art specializes in the acquisition of rare hand-signed works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Miro, and Robert Indiana. Each of these artists is recognized as pioneers in the modern and contemporary art world and has a long-lasting, uninterrupted history of positive auction results and respect in the market. Rhonda Long-Sharp, J.D., an IFAA (www.ifaacertified.com) appraiser and owner of ModernMasters, examines and verifies the authenticity of each piece, allowing ModernMasters Fine Art to provide an unparalleled guarantee that works will be authentic and that the condition is as represented.

More About A Fine Art Experience at Conrad ModernMasters Fine Art presents A Fine Art Experience in partnership with Conrad Indianapolis. The program is a fully integrated, exceptionally curated, art education and exhibition program. The comprehensive concept features works by world-renowned artists Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Russell Young, William John Kennedy and additional fine art artists. Twenty Art Ambassadors are trained monthly and provide tours to hotel guests upon request.

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