By Lisa Marie Hart
Purposely off the beaten track, you’ll find Colin Fisher Studios tucked back on Perez Road. Visitors savor going out of their way to explore this gem in the desert.
Far from a typical art gallery — where stark walls hold rows of canvases on a white oblivion — Colin personally curates each room, layering artful elements with a warm, gentle touch to mirror a gracious home. Vignettes greet and intrigue in an exquisite space that showcases unforgettable art in a residential context. Lounge-about cat Gilligan and friendly dog Molly add to the gallery-as-abode vibe. Other than these two dearest of Colin’s possessions, all his others you see are for sale. A lifelong collector with a genius eye for composition, if Colin doesn’t care for it, it doesn’t come in. Each piece strikes a chord. Client Barbara Schrayer describes Colin and his gallery as “the jewel of Palm Springs.” She effuses: “Colin has the most beautiful and unusual art and antique pieces. For those of us who have had the experience of going to his gallery, we know that we have been in a very special and unique place.”
Colin moves one piece to alter an entire scene. And then another, until it is perfect again. Colin Fisher Studios thrives on change.
“Colin Fisher is a dream come true for me,” says client Linda Usher from Chicago. “His incredible eye for art and its placement, his strong work ethic, resourcefulness, reliability, service, sense of humor, kindness, thoughtfulness and attention to detail are unparalleled.” When Linda needed a coffee table, Colin tracked down a metal fabricated base and had a glass top custom made for it. When she purchased a 2,000-pound sculpture on a whim, Colin came to the rescue with a truck, crane and hand-built tracks to move it across the lawn. “He has become my go-to expert,” Usher says. “Every time I shop Colin Fisher Studios or have a transaction with him, it is an amazingly satisfying experience.”
Colin understands art from a myriad of perspectives, and his shining reputation stems from this gift.
Throughout the season, Colin Fisher Studios hosts a smattering of shows that feature the major artists it represents. Each is well-listed, well-collected and in fine juxtaposition to Colin’s own collection. Friday night opening receptions are a stylish to-do.
The gallery is only a glimpse into a larger world. Decades of Colin’s fervent collecting also tempt on 1stdibs.com and peek from nearby warehouses that feed the gallery’s ever-changing visage. One King’s Lane features smaller accent pieces; publications have spread the news.
Yet word of mouth markets the studio best. In circles where great collections mean everything, the word indeed is out. Clientele find distance irrelevant. From Darryl Carter in Washington, D.C., and Ted Tuttle in Seattle to major collectors from Canada, Paris, Switzerland, London and everywhere in between, Colin has made a name.
“Colin Fisher Studios is my first stop for shopping in the desert,” affirms Santa Monica-based White House designer Michael S. Smith. “They are a trusted source and I always find something special there for one of my projects.”
Maybe you will, too. While galleries by nature are intimidating, the Studio beckons with a pleasant, welcoming environment. It is a beautiful place to be, comfortable in its hominess, inspiring in its impeccable taste.
No matter whether you are searching for a piece of art for your home or wanting to add to your art collection, you should place Colin Fisher Studios on the top of your list. You will be guaranteed a unique and rare experience that you will want to go back to time and time again.
Colin Fisher Studios
68929 Perez Road, Ste. M, Cathedral City, CA 92234
760-324-7300 • www.colinfisherstudios.com • Dealer: 1stdibs.com