What do Robert Green Fine Arts, Kim Eagles-Smith, Seager/Gray and Desta galleries have in common? A shared passion for presenting contemporary fine art, and a mission to raise awareness of Mill Valley as the destination for art lovers and collectors.
Each gallery in the Mill Valley Art Dealers Association has its unique focus and is owned by highly experienced experts in their specialties.
Robert Green Fine Arts
Established in Mill Valley in 1969, Robert Green Fine Arts represents artists who helped form the first truly American art style: abstract expressionism. Legendary names such as Sam Francis, Ed Moses, Paul Jenkins and others who are known for exploring the sensually evocative nature of color and form are represented by the gallery. “It’s imperative to show work you’re passionate about,” says gallerist Bob Green. About the MVADA, Green says, “It’s an opportunity for us to support each other by collaborating to attract art lovers and collectors and help them to discover all that Mill Valley has to offer.”
Kim Eagles-Smith Gallery
After more than 20 years of exhibiting and selling fine art in San Francisco, Kim Eagles-Smith relocated his gallery to the heart of Mill Valley in 2019. As a longtime resident, it was a natural move to bring his business here as well. “I was excited to become part of the flourishing visual and performing arts community that has grown up here,” says Eagles-Smith. His reputation as a specialist in the Bay Area Figurative Movement and for representing sought-after contemporary artists draws followers from the Bay Area and internationally. Eagles-Smith sees MVADA as “an amplifier of common goals.” “Together, we will spread the word that Mill Valley is a destination for the cultural arts,” he says.
Situated just steps off the Town Plaza, Seager/Gray specializes in contemporary fine art with a focus on works that combine content and mastery of materials. Established in 2011 by Donna Seager and Suzanne Gray, the gallery had its beginnings in 2005 as the Donna Seager Gallery. Both gallerists have a long and varied history in the art world. Known for two annual events, Art of the Book, held in May, and Material Matters, in March, the gallery draws art collectors from around the world. Why MVADA? According to Seager, “Our shared goal is to support one another and create a congenial atmosphere where people can experience exceptional artworks.”
Owner Emebet Korn relocated her gallery from San Anselmo to Mill Valley in 2020 to become part of the town’s burgeoning arts community. Established in 2014, Desta Gallery presents contemporary art by mid-career and established artists — working in a wide range of media and styles — who are proficient in their artistic disciplines. Korn’s passion for art and background in design enriches her approach to art selection. “Desta” is the word for “joy” in Korn’s native Ethiopian language. She believes “it’s important to bring joy to people’s lives, especially through art.” As part of the MVADA, she states, “Each of the galleries put serious effort into showing great art, creating a fantastic opportunity for art collectors and enthusiasts to explore.”