Smilow Mathiesen A Lifestyle Collection is a gallery featuring the art of Pam Smilow and the late Gert Mathiesen. In addition to fine art, the gallery also represents the jewelry designs of Erica Molinari and Jill Platner. Alabama Chanin, the organically sustainable company founded by Natalie Chanin and based in Florence, Alabama, is showcased through their home and table and hand stitched clothing collections.
The gallery was founded on the premise of promoting art and design in its most natural form – much of the art is displayed with raw edges, pinned to the wall, giving the presentation a sense of informality. Smilow and Mathiesen travelled extensively, often working directly with clients in their own homes to find the right pieces for their space. They did not always stretch and frame their work until it was sold. This corresponded with our aesthetic of admiring art in its organic state and showing process.
With Alabama Chanin, hand stitching and raw edges clearly define the virtues of this hand made, organic collection.
By combining fine art with other classifications, we hope that our departure from a traditional gallery will set us apart as innovative and forward-thinking.