After studying art at New York University, art advisor Jacquie Israel moved to California and helped launch “Storyopolis,” a gallery, bookstore and production company funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The gallery showcased the best in illustration art, especially that found in children’s books, album covers and magazines like The New Yorker. As gallery curator, Jacquie developed relationships with more than 100 world-renowned illustrators and organized full-scale events and exhibits of their work.
When Jacquie had her third child, she left her full-time job with Storyopolis to work as an art advisor for private clients, combing through galleries and museums throughout California and the country looking for the most exciting art she could find. Recognizing how hard it is for people who have work and family responsibilities to venture out to see art, Jacquie was inspired to create Art House as a way to bring art into her community.
Using the walls of her own home to display art, Jacquie provides a non-intimidating, warm and inviting place for people interested in seeing what an art piece might look like in their own home. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of emerging and established artists with people of all ages and interests. She also hosts events, educational opportunities and fundraisers at Art House—often bringing in music, performances and artists-at-work to complement her exhibits. Jacquie works with dozens of galleries to find beautiful and interesting art that can fit a range of budgets. Because she doesn’t represent any artists, she is free to exhibit the artists she believes are creating the most exciting work in every medium including painting, drawing, photography, collage, video art, multimedia and textiles. By bringing diverse works under one roof, Jacquie brings art home.