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.
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.
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.
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 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 the Antique and Collectibles National Association.
Jeffrey’s fascination with decorative arts began at the ripe age of 13. Starting out like most enthusiasts, scouring local sales and events; dragging home all sorts of little objects much to the chagrin of his parents. Jeffrey became fast friends with many antiques dealers and collectors over the years, having the privilege to learn from their experience, honing his knowledge in the field of design and 19th/20th century decorative arts. The best way to learn was to handle, to discuss, to study, and through the excitement of discovery. Jeffrey has worked with several shops, assisting with interior design, evaluations, and consultation.
Patrick, a St. Louis native, has been working in the auction industry since 2013. He has a strong passion for history and graduated with a B.A. in history and a minor in art history at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Patrick is responsible for maintaining the online catalogues, assisting with the display of property, photography, researching, and the cataloging of property. In his spare time, Patrick is an avid gamer, enjoys playing golf, and is a car enthusiast.
Nina majored in art history with a minor in studio arts at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.
She began working at Link as an intern and quickly fell in love with the auction industry. Nina assists in several different departments and is always ready to provide help or answer any questions when needed. You can find her either in the front office or in the East gallery. Her favorite part of working at Link are the individuals she has had the pleasure of meeting and the unique objects they bring in.
During time off, Nina continues her love for the arts through various creative outlets. She has recently been enjoying print-making and sewing. As an avid antiquer, you can also find her roaming the aisles of antique malls on the weekends.
Christopher Gibbons has been a photographer for over ten years for various magazine and production companies. His visual interests developed a trained eye and search for attention to detail. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville on Theater Technology with a minor in Art and completed his Master’s degree from New York Film Academy in Burbank, California on Filmmaking.