In 2003 avid art aficionado and collector Nancy Kiesendahl Bloch realized her dream of opening up an art gallery. Trained in business, she asked her long time friend Camilla Calhoun, who had museum and gallery experience, to join in her endeavor. The pair opened a wonderful gallery space on Main Street in Beacon, New York, assuming that with DIA Beacon, the area would become a mecca of art. Their first show, featuring Parisian artist Lindy Foss Quillet, was a resounding success. After two years of exciting openings that featured international, regional and local artists, their disappointment with every day traffic made them decide to take their show on the road. They collaborated with the Italian Cultural Institute to introduce the renowned Florentine sculptor and ceramic artist Paolo Staccioli to the USA. Following the Cultural Institute's exhibit in New York City, the exhibit traveled to the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC. At the same time, they arranged for two of Staccioli's six feet figures to be exhibited at the prestigious outdoor sculpture garden at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton. Kiesendahl+Calhoun continued to organize Staccioli exhibits in Chelsea and Westchester, NY. and one in 2016 with the Hammond Museum.
In 2006 Kiesendahl+Calhoun Fine Art, Ltd were invited to open a gallery space at the Lodge at Woodloch, a destination spa in Hawley Pennsylvania. Aside from guests that arrive from a broad metropolitan region, the gallery has a growing enthusiastic audience in the local community. The seasonal shows they organize and mount feature two artists per season, with approximately fifty works of art, primarily paintings and photography, both representational and abstract.
After working over a decade with art and artists, Nancy and Camilla, who have eclectic tastes, believe passionately that acquiring original art is not about investment, it is about creating a visual space that is a powerful source of joy every day. Art, they are convinced, is essential for every living and working space. Nancy and Camilla are always available to assist anyone interested in beginning or expanding their art collection.