HG Arts is a full service art consulting firm working with interior designers, architects and corporate clients to create dynamic interiors with custom frames, open editions, fine art and custom Giclees. Since 1981 HG has earned a reputation for creative consulting and unbeatable customer service to variety of projects from international hotels and resorts to private residences, corporate offices and hospitals. HG will identify your objectives, schedule, specifications, and work with you to suggest options and methods that can assist you with the integration of art, framing and mirrors in your projects.
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.”
Lynn Highsmith executive vice president
"Imagination is the highest kite one can fly." – Lauren Bacall
Lynn has been a Central Florida resident since the age of 4 and member of the HG family since 1987. She became HG’s Accountant and Executive Vice President in 1991. She’s been a guiding force as HG has grown from a small custom framing shop into a company with national and international representation and a major player in the art industry.
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.
Leela Singh creative director
"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong" -Joseph Chilton Pearce
Leela grew up overseas and has lived in numerous countries, including Abu Dhabi, Pakistan, Canada and Singapore. She attended Seminole State college receiving her Associates degree in Interior Design. She has over 9 years of experience as an Interior Designer working at Marc-Michaels Interior Design, Roomsalive, Altogether Home and Soco Interiors. In her spare time she loves to cook, travel and of course, design. She has a keen eye for color and texture and is excited to share her passion for design with the HG-Arts Team.
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.
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.
Ashley Baldwin operations manager
“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.”
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.
Jason Speer director of printing operations
“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” Isabelle Eberhardt
Jason is a native Floridian and was born on a US Naval base in Jacksonville Florida. He became interested in photography in High School, and chose to pursue his photographic education at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia, receiving a B.F.A. and M.A. in Photography. After graduation he spent several years working in the photo industry in Los Angeles, before moving to a ranch in Wyoming where he was the Artist-in-Residence and staff photographer. Upon his return to Florida Jason began working for HG Arts as a photographer in the graphics department. After a short period of time Jason was promoted to Dircetor of Printing Operations due to his passion for printing and his years of experience in the large format printing industry. When he is not at work Jason can be found outside exploring our National Parks, SCUBA diving and traveling usually with a camera in his hand.
Laurin Butterworth business development
"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.
Carrie Lewis senior art consultant
"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 career at HG in 2004. Her passion is to challenge the possibilities in art and develop unique spaces for high end residences to healthcare.
Tara LaManna senior art consultant
“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 pursue her hospitality career. For more than 10 years she worked in food and beverage management in international, high volume tourist markets including California, Nevada, Bermuda and Florida.
Tara studied Natural Sciences in college and received her AA degree. She has also taken studio art classes including design, color theory, printmaking and matting and framing.
Tara’s artistic talents include acrylic paint, wood, paper and plexi.
Sorcha Baty senior art consultant
"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.
Dabney Valtinson senior art consultant
“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 escaped to Florida State University where she earned a BS degree in Graphic Design. Freelance art has been ongoing throughout her life, with a specialty in colored pencil. She spent 25 years in the land surveying field before deciding to change careers. She went back to school and obtained an AS degree in Interior Design from Seminole State College. Now using both degrees to help bring art packages to interior designers, Dabney is following her dreams and enjoying life.
Justine Santiago senior art consultant
“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. Justine loves to be with her family and is excited for her new role as wife.
Josh Gregg artist liaison
“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.
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!