Susan Kime has been a fine art appraiser working in the Saint Louis auction industry for twenty years. She received her B.A. in Advertising and French from Loyola, New Orleans, completed a course of study at the Centre Internationale des Etudes Francaises, in Angers, France, and went on to complete her M.A. in Art History from Louisiana State University.
Susan has appraised and sold property from the finest estates in St. Louis and the surrounding region. Highlights include a 2007 sale of The Old Mill, an 1852 oil painting by Frederic E. Church, hammering at $2.3 million. In February 2013, she assembled an auction of East Village art, reaching an international audience and setting an auction record for a painting by Martin Wong hammering at $47,500. She has also handled works by St. Louis artists Kathryn Cherry and Fred Green Carpenter that have resulted in record prices, helping to bring national attention to their work.
Susan has appeared regularly as an appraiser for PBS Antiques Roadshow since 2011.
Danuta Krol is a senior appraiser of silver, porcelain, glassware, textiles, dolls and toys and decorative arts at Link Auction Galleries. She began her career in the auction industry in 1984 when she was hired as a floor assistant at Ben J. Selkirk & Sons Auction House in St. Louis. She quickly rose to be an appraisers' assistant then client service representative who took in new consignments and finally developed her expertise to lead the Silver and Decorative Arts Department for the company.
Danuta's passion for antiques and modern art arose while she was in high school in Lodz, Poland. She went on to study Textiles and Economics at the University of Lodz and immigrated to the United States in 1984 with her two children.
During her professional career, she has continued to attend college courses and lectures that allow her to keep abreast of the changing landscape of the industry and remain familiar with new appraisal and research methodologies.
In her spare time, Danuta loves to travel and volunteer as an appraiser for charity events in museums, galleries, churches, and schools nationally. She is fluent in Polish and can read and understand Russian and Latin.
Ray has been an enthusiatic antique dealer for the past 30 years in the St. Louis-Metro area. As a Link team member, he brings a keen eye and vast knowledge of art deco, French and Italian furniture, and the decorative arts.
He received his Bachelors degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and his Masters degree and Ph.D from Illinois State University-Normal.
Besides his active career as an antique dealer, he is a retired public school teacher. He taught for 37 years in Illinois' schools.
Ray is a member of Antique and Collectibles National Association.
Maria Gianino has been buying and selling 19th and 20th Century Antique, Estate, Artisan, and Fine Jewelry for over 30 years. She has owned an Art Gallery and Antique Retail Store in St. Louis, Missouri as well as have participated in national jewelry shows in New York and Miami. She has been trained as a Personal Property Appraiser for Estate, Charitable Donation, Divorce and Insurance and is USPAP compliant. (Universal Standards Principals and Practices) Maria is a member of the International Society of Appraisers and the National Society of Jewelry Appraisers.
She holds GIA, Gemological Institute of America specialist certifications in Diamonds, Colored Stones and Pearls. She has completed additional appraisal coursework from New York University and holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration - Marketing, from University of Missouri-Columbia.
Maria lives in Clayton with her husband Mike and pugs Vinnie and Leo.
Doug Schrader began his auction career in 1993, assisting with displaying property for auction previews, catalogue production, photography, and working the sales. As a history enthusiast with a strong desire for learning Doug quickly fell in love with the auction profession. Based on his experience, Doug has solid knowledge in antique Continental, English and American furniture, as well as Persian carpets and sports and military memorabilia. Doug has built strong client relationships, and advises customers in both buying and selling their valuable items.
Marlene has been instrumental in the growth and operation of an internationally recognized Midwest auction gallery for over thirty years. A graduate of St. Louis University with degrees in Urban Affairs/Community Development, Marlene coordinates Link Auction Galleries' advertising and community outreach.
Marlene has her finger on the pulse of the St. Louis arts community and her public relations experience makes her a valuable asset to Link Auction Galleries. As a member of all of the major art museums and music societies in St. Louis, Marlene actively promotes the highlights of our auctions. Marlene coordinates events for the community using our staff and our facility to advertise upcoming auctions. If your organization is interested in holding an event with Link, Marlene will work with you to create a memorable arts experience.