HG Arts is a full-service art consulting firm working with interior designers, architects and corporate clients to create dynamic interiors with fine art, open editions, custom giclées, stylish framing options, wallcoverings and dimensional artwork.
We work closely with our clients to identify objectives, schedule and specifications that achieve their overall design direction. Leveraging our industry experience, we suggest options and methods that integrate art, framing, mirrors and wall coverings into any project, regardless of scope.
Since 1981, we have earned a solid reputation for creative consulting and unbeatable customer service on a variety of projects from hotels and resorts to hospitals and senior living facilities to corporate offices and private residences.
What We Do Best:
Art and Framing Consultation
Qualified art consultants work in close collaboration with owners, interior designers and purchasing professionals. The design team’s approach includes one art consultant and one project manager to provide flexible and functional solutions. Our consultants will:
- Complete a full project assessment
- Provide full written specifications
- Customize and cater to the specific design requirements
- Create interior design driven artwork packages
- Customize artworks and mirrors to specification
Our consultants are available to walk-thru a project with the designer or client and assess the needs and design plan. The on-site visit can assist the client with determination of:
- Project Scope - HG will work with the client to determine the primary areas including guest rooms, corridors, public spaces, restaurants, spas and meeting rooms that will require artwork, mirrors, lighting and accessories.
- Demographics - HG will work with the design team to determine the artwork most appropriate to the region and demographic of the property.
- Project Requirements - HG will clearly outline the number of framed fine artworks and mirrors that will be included in the project with detailed specifications sheets and floor plans for client approval.
- Budget Development - HG will work with the client to develop a comprehensive budget for the approved artwork plan proposal. Delivery in the Orlando area is included in the budget.
- Timeline - HG requires an 8 week production schedule once the project has been approved and a deposit has been made.
HG Arts was founded in 1981 to meet the art and framing needs of the hospitality industry. In 1984, Edwin and Marilyn Highsmith purchased the company from the founder. Sharing the desire to build a company based on quality products and services, Russell A. Glotfelty was invited to join HG in 1984. Soon HG expanded to satisfy the needs of the interior design industry as well as the hospitality and commercial trades. In 1987 HG entered into a new market and began selling originals and limited editions and providing art consulting services. Richard and Lynn Highsmith joined HG upon the retirement of their parents. Richard, Lynn and Russell continued in the tradition of providing exceptional services, knowledgeable art consulting and an excellent finished product.
Under Russell A Glotfelty's leadership, HG is moving in new directions and expanding into art publishing, giclee printing, and high resolution capture.
We will give our clients a quality product, when they need it, at a fair price and creatively exceed their expectations. We believe every employee plays a crucial role in accomplishing this mission. Through commitment to our clients and employees, we will continue to prosper.
Our Core Values
These are the attributes with which we conduct our business:
- A Focus on Perfection
- Doing More Than Expected
- And if it’s not right, fix it!
HG Arts proudly employs a dedicated team of knowledgeable art consultants that have a combined 45+ years of experience in the field. Our consultants are available to walk-thru a project with the designer or client and assess the needs and design plan.
Russell A. Glotfelty president and ceo
"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do." - Dale Carnegie
Russell is originally from Atlanta, GA. He began his HG career in 1984 in sales. For the past two decades Russell has been responsible for art direction and sales development at HG. Russell is highly respected in the art and framing industry, serving on many major art publishers, mat board and moulding selection committees. He has been published in numerous interior design and art oriented publications as an industry expert and leader. Russell is a graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida with degrees in Art History and Business. He is currently a member of ASID, NEWH and PPFA.
“Our goal at HG is to be a partner to our clients, to always go above and beyond expectations, to always do the right thing creatively and ethically.”
Brooke Raymond vp of business development
“Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.” ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr
Brooke is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in Public Relations and Art History. Her career began at the Savannah College of Art and Design as the Sales and Marketing Director for the Exhibitions Department. Brooke later joined the Kessler Collection as Corporate Director of Art Galleries and grew to love hospitality design.
In 2006 she joined HG Arts in new business development. Brooke works closely with CEO Russell Glotfelty on HG’s long term vision as a leading hospitality art consulting firm. Together they’ve built lasting relationships with the top players in hospitality development and design.
Ashley Alarcón Client Relations
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep” – Scott Adams
Ashley was born in LA, California and raised in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. Having Colombian parents gave Ashley a different outlook on life. Although she has always been immersed in American culture, her Hispanic background adds a little bit of spice to her view of the world. She has always loved travel and that passion for new adventure led her to live in Rome, Italy. While there, she attended the American University of Rome and graduated with a dual B.A. in both Art History and Art Business.
Throughout her career, Ashley has primarily worked as an Art Dealer focused on curating high-end art for residential homes. Her familiarity with different cultures and hands-on experience with national and international clients have given her a unique eye and attention to detail. These capabilities paved the way for her continual rise to success within the high-end art market. With Ashley’s background and diversity, she brings a distinctive viewpoint and a unique perspective towards expanding Client Relations for HG Arts.
Chris Buonomo marketing director
“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”
– Kurt Vonnegut
Chris is a native Floridian and is proud to call Orlando his home. He graduated from the
University of Central Florida in 2001 with a B.A. in Anthropology. Over the past decade,
Chris has marketed design services to a broad range of entertainment, hospitality,
and healthcare clients. Most recently, he held the position of Multimedia Manager with
the international engineering firm, Exp. During this time, he also founded Diverge Media,
a freelance electronic marketing and design company. His specialties are Identity and
Branding, Web Design, CRM and Email Marketing, and the development of interactive
publications and multimedia.
A true creative at heart, Chris has been involved in the theatre, fiction writing, sculpture,
mosaics, and fine carpentry/furniture-building. He also loves immersing himself in
different cultures through travel and exploration. Above all, he brings fresh energy and
a genuine enthusiasm for design to HG’s Marketing Department.
Ashley Baldwin director of operations
“Art comes in when nature fails.” –Unknown
Ashley joined the HG team in April 2005 as a shrink-wrapper and was promoted to sales assistant in November 2005. Since then she has held the position of inventory clerk and most recently as a project manager. Originally from Atlanta, GA, Ashley attended high school in Orlando and has recently found herself at Seminole State College pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design. Her goal in acquiring a degree in Interior Design is as a tool to aid in the art industry. “If I go to school for what HG’s clientele does, it will help me better understand their thinking when they come in to select artwork.”
Christopher Jones studio director
“Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.“ – Leonardo da Vinci
Chris was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. He began his career as an Education Director/Teacher for a cultural arts center in Athens, Ohio. At the same center he acted as curator for children’s art and ceramic shows. He was a program director for ceramic summer workshops where he taught Art to special needs children, through a program called “Playing with Fire”. Chris received a degree in General Fine Art in 1993 from the Maryland Institute, College of Art.
Star Foos senior graphic designer
"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn..." - Jack Kerouac, On the Road
Star was born and raised in Fremont, OH. She attended Columbus College of Art & Design and graduated with a BFA in Film & Photography. After school she worked as a studio photographer, graphic designer and DJ. She has lived in 4 states and currently resides in Ann Arbor, MI. She always carries a camera and sketchbook with her wherever she goes. In her spare time she enjoys painting, writing poetry and short stories and reading as many books as time allows.
Deborah Zwayer art consultant
"Dedicate yourself to the good you deserve and desire for yourself. Give yourself peace of mind. You deserve to be happy. You deserve delight." ~ Hannah Arendt
Deborah Zwayer is an artist at heart with a head for business and an eye for great design. As a studio-trained Artist herself, she has represented award-winning commercial artists for over 15 years. Having also studied Interior Design, her career naturally evolved into Architecture and Design where she has developed many trusted client relationships.
Laurin VanBeukering senior project manager
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away." - Unknown
Laurin was born in Grand Haven, Michigan. From a very young age she enjoyed being creative in the kitchen and around the house. After enjoying a competitive career in gymnastics, Laurin successfully pursued equestrian competition at a national level. She then made the choice to follow her creative passion and graduated with a BAA in Interior Design from Central Michigan University. She also studied construction management, art and business. After graduating from college, she developed several successful opportunities as a designer in Michigan. In 2011 she relocated to Orlando for a change of pace and has found herself at home in art consultation. With Laurin's background in design, construction and business, and her ability to work with many mediums incorporating design styles with artwork, Laurin is a very complimentary blend to our organization.
Tara LaManna senior project manager
“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” -Rumi
Tara was born in Youngstown, Ohio. In 2003 she relocated to Orlando to further her career. She joined the HG Arts team in 2007 as a Design Assistant and her role has consistently grown along with the company. In her position as Senior Project Manager, she relies on her 10+ years of real-world Hospitality and Management experience to guide her team in the creation of innovative art solutions for all of our markets. Her broad educational background includes an A.A. in Natural Sciences, manicurist licensing in two states, and she is currently a certified Health Coach focusing on Integrative Nutrition. To supplement her design knowledge, Tara has taken a number of studio art classes including design, color theory, printmaking and matting and framing.
Carrie Lewis project manager
"A Person's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions." —Oliver Wendell Holmes
Carrie was born in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and raised in DeLand, Florida. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida in 1997. Post-graduation she continued her education in various Studio Art classes, focusing in Art Therapy. Her experience in the art industry began in 1996 when she worked as a studio manager and artist assistant at a local fine art studio. There, she consulted with interior designers, residential and commercial clients, and architects. Carrie specializes in painted finishes in acrylics and oils and has educated students in color studies. Carrie began her Art Consulting and Project Management career at HG Arts in 2004. She leverages her background in Psychology and Art Therapy to help support the findings of Evidence-Based Design while creating innovative and unique art solutions for our Healthcare clients. Carrie is also an integral part of our Residential design team, partnering with world-class, visionary designers to produce truly inspired interiors for many high-end private residences and spec homes.
Sorcha Baty project manager
"Creativity is Contagious, pass it on" -Albert Einstein
Sorcha was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Art History and a Bachelor of Science degree in International Affairs from Florida State University in 2008. Post-graduation she worked in a premier art gallery in her hometown of Jacksonville, Florida until moving to Atlanta to pursue her Masters in Arts Administration. While in Atlanta she began working with a boutique art consulting firm where she specialized in hospitality commercial clients. As she begins her new role with HG Arts she is excited to bring her passion for design and creativity to each and every project.
Josh Gregg project manager
“Where's your will to be weird?” - Jim Morrison
Josh was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, but moved to Florida at a very young age. Throughout junior and senior high school, Josh was always exploring the arts. After winning several young artist competitions, Josh continued his creative endeavors into college. After receiving an Associate’s Degree in Fine Art, he moved to Orlando for a culture change, and attended the University of Central Florida. While studying at UCF, Josh featured his artwork in museums, galleries, bars, and juried art festivals. He received a BA in Studio Art, and continued his education, later receiving a BFA in Painting. Josh continues to showcase his artwork throughout Central Florida, while building relationships and networking with the art community.
Dabney Valtinson junior project manager
“Wrinkles will only go where the smiles have been.” - Jimmy Buffett
Dabney was born and raised in Ocala, Florida spending a lot of time on and in the water growing up. She pursued B.S. degree in Graphic Design with a minor in Art History from Florida State University. She also holds an A.S. degree in Interior Design. Dabney is very passionate about art and interiors and has loved working with both over the last 30 years. She's been a valuable member of the HG Arts team for over two years and volunteers her free time to serve as the Professional Development Director for the ASID Florida North Chapter Board.
Justine Santiago junior project manager
“There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” - Robert Kennedy
Justine was born & raised in San Diego, California. She moved to Orlando in July 2010 with her parents, she joined the HG team February 2013 as the receptionist and was promoted to a project coordinator in May 2013. She has enjoyed learning the custom framing industry and looks forward to learning much more in her career. When she's not at work, Justine loves spending time with her family and friends.
Something that makes HG special is our talented and well-connected team of representatives spanning the United States and beyond. Each one of these reps is an expert in how HG can work for you. They’re ready to help you jumpstart your next project with amazing artwork, so say hello to a rep near you today!
HG Arts Look Books are a great way to quickly view some of our special collections.
To view each look book simply click on their covers.
2015 New Artists,
2014 Metro Collection
2013 Fall Collection
2013 BeSpoke Collection
2012 Fall Collection
2012 Metro Collection
2011 Summer Collection