Tom Venditti Appointed Director of Heather James Fine Art's New Montecito Gallery opening this March 21

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  • March 14, 2019

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Tom Venditti
Heather James Fine Art

PALM DESERT, CA—Heather James Fine Art is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Venditti as Director for its new gallery location in Montecito, CA, opening March 21, 2019. He will oversee operations, exhibitions, and programming for Heather James Fine Art’s 2,000-square-foot gallery located in a new Spanish Colonial Revival building at 1298 Coast Village Road designed by Lenvik & Minor Architects.

The new gallery will feature works of art by pre-eminent artists such as Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Salvador Dalí, Joan Mitchell, Richard Diebenkorn, and David Hockney, among others.

Known for its selection of blue-chip masterworks spanning a wide range of genres, movements, and periods, Heather James Fine Art organizes exhibitions focusing on influential visionary artists and seminal art movements. Based in Palm Desert over the last 23 years, with galleries in New York, San Francisco, and Jackson Hole, Heather James Fine Art brings a new chapter to Montecito’s thriving arts scene, which represents the perfect mix of burgeoning local cultural and creative sectors coupled with a strong visitor economy.

As an active supporter of community-based cultural initiatives, the Montecito gallery will collaborate closely with local museums and other cultural and non-profit institutions. Heather James Fine Art galleries are currently showing a number of major exhibitions including a Sam Francis survey in Palm Desert. Noteworthy exhibitions this spring will focus on Japanese-American post-war art at the San Francisco gallery and Female Surrealism at the New York gallery.

According to James Carona, founder of Heather James Fine Art, “We are delighted to have Tom Venditti head up our third gallery in California, and our fifth location nationwide. Having advised many prominent art collectors, including Paul Allen, on building and managing their collections, Tom’s extensive network and market knowledge will be a tremendous asset as we continue to expand.”

Prior to joining the gallery, Venditti was an independent art advisor as well as a collection design, installation, and management consultant based in New York. Before that, he served as the Senior Director of Art Collections for Vulcan Inc. in Seattle, WA. During his 14 years at Vulcan Inc., he advised on acquisitions for the Paul Allen Family’s public and private art collections, supervised due diligence on acquisitions and deaccessions, and established strategic planning and procedural standards for collections management at multiple properties globally.

Additionally, Venditti’s prior experience working in Seattle involved advising and consulting for several prominent private collectors. His work within the public sector has included supervising the fabrication and installation of public art by 12 commissioned artists for the Seattle Seahawks Stadium. In addition, he served as the Associate Curator of Education at the Tacoma Art Museum, WA. He is a member of the American Alliance of Museums and the Western Museums Association.


Heather James Fine Art presents a rare look into art history’s past and present, offering important works from a cross-section of periods, movements, and genres including Post-War, Contemporary, Impressionist, Modern, American, Latin American, and Old Masters.

In 23 years, Heather James Fine Art has expanded into a global network with galleries located in Palm Desert, California; New York, New York; San Francisco, California; Montecito, California; Jackson Hole, Wyoming, along with consultancies in Los Angeles, Chicago, Newport Beach, and Austin.

Each year, its galleries present an array of museum-quality exhibitions exploring historical and contemporary themes, or examining the work of individual influential artists.

Heather James Fine Art is dedicated to bringing exceptional art to private clients and museums globally while providing the utmost personalized logistical, curatorial, and financial services.

Heather James Fine Art galleries: 

New York

42 East 75 Street, New York

The Female Gaze: Women Surrealists in the Americans and Europe

May 8 – June 30, 2019


45188 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert

Sam Francis: From Dusk to Dawn

Through April 29, 2019

49 Geary Street, Suite 511, San Francisco  

We Were Always Here: Japanese-American Post-War Pioneers of Art

April 4 – July 15, 2019

1298 Coast Village Road, Montecito


172 Center Street, Suite 101, Jackson Hole

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Press Contacts:

Heather James Fine Art New York

Nicole Straus Public Relations, Cecilia Bonn,, 212-734-9754

Heather James Fine Art California

Busby Group, Parinaz Farzin,, 310-600-6746


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