Fletcher Copenhaver Fine Art

Q. How did your business get started what were your backgrounds?

A.  Joel: I lived for 16 years in Europe: in Florence, Paris and London and began collecting and studying art. I returned to my native Louisiana in 1975, opened an art gallery and started doing antiques shows on the east coast.
In 1993, John Copenhaver joined me to form Fletcher/Copenhaver Fine Art. John, a native of Virginia, has degrees in art education from Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also an artist and studied at the Arts Student League in New York.

Q. You offer works from the late 19th through early 20th century, why have you chosen that time period?

A. Fletcher Copenhaver Fine Art specializes in 19th through 20th century art. We are particularly interested in figural art, which was neglected for much of the 20th century, and have organized two museum exhibitions of the work of Moses Soyer (1899-1974), considered one of the most important figurative artists of the 20th century.

Q. Alix Ayme is one of your favorite artists; please talk about her work and its appeal.

A. A dozen years ago we discovered another major figurative artist Alix Ayme, a French artist who trained in Paris and then spent 25 years living in Asia. She taught the art of lacquer at The School of Fine Arts in Hanoi and helped to rescue an ancient but dying art. We helped organize her first American museum show at the Evergreen Museum and Library of John Hopkins University in Baltimore and are currently working on a documentary with prize- winning filmmaker Joe Stanford about her life and work.

Q. Where do you travel to find the works that you offer?

A. We travel mostly to France to look for inventory, but also keep our eyes on auctions all over the world.

Q. Discuss your framing process.

A. Most of our framing is done by the distinguished French firm of RG Les Cadres Gault. Their atelier in Burgundy has been in existence for over one hundred years. All paintings and works on paper in our inventory are beautifully and appropriately framed to museum standards.