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The wife and wife duo, Carey and Tara Hotchkis, founded Hotchkis Gallery in Los Angeles to continue sharing the work of Tara's late father, internationally acclaimed Laguna Beach artist, Manfred H. Kuhnert (1931-2019), with the world. 

 One could say art is in Tara's blood. She is the youngest child of art dealer Anna Flynn Kuhnert and internationally renowned painter Manfred H. Kuhnert, and the granddaughter of accomplished portrait artist Baroness Gertrude Kob Von Urbensteadt, a graduate of the prestigious Academy of Fine Art Dresden. In 1963, Tara's parents founded The Kuhnert Gallery in Los Angeles, California. In the 1980's they relocated their gallery to Laguna Beach, California, and began traveling extensively, exhibiting Manfred H. Kuhnert's work at international art fairs across the globe. By age six, Tara was lucky enough to begin taging along with her parents, traveling to these international art exhibitions, gaining invaluable first-hand art world experience. Tara holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Irvine; is a graduate of Sotheby's Institute of Art, a 2021 graduate of UCLA's feature film screenwriting program, and is an MBA Candidate at Pepperdine University's Graziadio Business School in Malibu. 

Pasadena native Carey Hotchkis' love of art has been passed down for generations, beginning with her Great-Grandmother, Florence Bixby. In the 1920s, Florence Bixby designed one of Southern California's most prolific and celebrated gardens on the grounds of her Rancho Los Alamitos Homestead. During her lifetime, Florence Bixby visited French Impressionist painter Claude Monet at his beloved home in Giverny, France. She returned with what would become one of his most famous paintings. "Nympheas" (French for Water Lilies), the 26 x 41 in (66.04 x 104.14 cm) oil on canvas, one of Claude Monet's earliest Water Lilies paintings. Painted 1897- 1899, the masterpiece is now owned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which acquired it as a bequest from Mrs. Fred Hathaway Bixby. Upon her passing, Florence Bixby gifted the work to LACMA, for everyone to enjoy, much like her home. Rancho Los Alamitos and its Gardens have been preserved as a Historic American Rancho and are a popular tourist attraction situated atop Bixby Knolls in Long Beach, CA. Upon graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, Carey left her Los Angeles home to embark on a career in art at Christie's Auction House, working in New York and London in Contemporary Art and Nineteenth-Century European Paintings. Carey continued to spend more than a decade honing her skills in the world's cultural capitals of Milan, Florence, London, New York, and Hong Kong. 

Carey and Tara are passionate about contemporary art and design. The couple supports several non-profit arts organizations, including the Laguna Art Museum, LACMA; serve as Ambassadors for the Los Angeles Public Library Foundation's Young Literati and as members of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art's (MOCA) Director's Forum. 

"Thank you for visiting our website and we hope you love my dad's art as much as we do!" -  Tara Hotchkis

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