We had the good fortune of connecting with Robin Kalota and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Robin, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Both opportunity and inspiration hit me at the same time. I was at a point in my career as a wealth manager where I wanted to take on new challenges and leverage the knowledge and skills I had gathered from my participation in the art world over many years.. At the same time, my parents passed away within two years of each other, and my sister and I inherited a houseful of art. I needed help in organizing and disposing of their works of art, and found few resources to access. I realized that if I needed help with the disposition of art and other collectibles, there were many more art lovers out there who did as well.. And so, Plan Art was born.
What should our readers know about your business?
The exciting part about Plan Art is that it helps collectors discover the value of their art holdings. Whether someone has inherited works of art, or has a collection that they’ve held onto for years, market trends and values change over time and collectors often don’t know how to evaluate what they own. We do that in three steps. We evaluate what the collector owns to get a sense of the scope of the collection; we help organize and prioritize the works based on either financial or emotional value to the collector and then we explore the transfer options available to the collector. Unlike most advisors out there, Plan Art is not about acquiring art . Plan Art is all about helping collectors with that next decision – what does the collector do with the art she already owns. I pride myself on being an independent, objective advisor with no conflict of interest in any transaction. Plan Art is not a subset of a larger firm that offers a multitude of art services. It is dedicated to art succession planning. I really want to help the collector make the best choice for his or her lifestyle. What I have found over the years since I formed Plan Art is that art succession planning is something the collector gravitates to over time as their lifestyle changes, or their tastes change, or they inherit a number of works that don’t fit in. So the challenge in growing Plan Art has to do with having the patience to develop relationships and to watch the trends in the art market. As more families downsize, as collecting demographics change and as the financial markets ebb and flow, Plan Art is ready to help collectors make those difficult decisions around the disposition of their art holdings.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Clearly, being an art lover, I would include art in any itinerary that I would put together (and my friends would only expect that!) Southern California offers an amazing array of art destinations. Though we are limited by the pandemic in today’s world, I would consider the following when things start opening safely again.
Day one :Explore the Los Angeles Arts District. There are so many galleries now, from Hauser & Wirth to The Box to experiencing the outdoor murals. For lunch I love Manuela, and for dinner there’s Bestia or The Factory Kitchen nearby. Or we could hang out at The Row DTLA.
Day two : Visit downtown museums, such as The Broad and the Contemporary Art Museum; Day three: Head to Santa Monica beach and hang out with a visit to the Bergamot Station Arts Center. Walk along the beach, then have Dinner at Citrin. Day four: Venice and Culver City Arts districts; Happy hour at Charcoal Venice. Day five: Newport Beach/Laguna Beach; Sit outside at Las Brisas in Laguna Beach, overlooking the ocean with a drink in hand. Definitely dinner at Ocean and Main; We’d check out the Laguna Art Museum next door to Las Brisas. On our way back to LA, we’d stop at the Orange County Museum of Art Expand, and hop over to South Coast Plaza. Dinner at Knife Pleat.
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I was fortunate that my parents introduced the appreciation of art to me at an early age. They collected art throughout their lives, and we visited many art fairs, galleries and museums along the way. So I was exposed to the world of art early and often! Even now, my husband and I continue to seek out new artists and venues to constantly expand our knowledge and appreciation of the emerging talent that is out there. Importantly, in recent years, I have served on the boards of several arts organizations, but the most meaningful to me has been those that deal with talented and motivated high school and college students. Two in particular are Ryman Arts , a Los Angeles based non-profit that provides access to arts education to high school students, and California State University, Fullerton’s Art Department. There is nothing more gratifying than helping young artists achieve their potential.
Michele Kulerman ; Art Collaborative:Heidi Lynn, Lupe Erwin, Jeannie Denholm; Steve Kalota; Rondo