While the gallery is currently open for business, Page is still putting the finishing touches on it.
On April 28, Page will host his first opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. with the work of Long Beach artist Warren Heard, who uses vivid lines and color in his detailed work.
Page threw himself into the art world, becoming an art appraiser, which he's done successfully for the last 25 years. His client roster is impressive and star-studded. Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Johnny Depp, Vincent Price and Gregory Peck have all had Page appraise their collections, he said.
When his wife took a job in Newport Beach Page wanted to get a waterfront office for his appraisal business. But after some trips into Costa Mesa, including an art show at the Crew Salon at the Lab, he decided to open up a gallery in the city.
"You have to find just the right sort of space," Page said, standing in the middle of the loft-style space with concrete floors and Heard's paintings hung on facing walls. "I like being close to the new vibe that's coming up from the anti-mall."
Now Page conducts his appraisal business from the Costa Mesa location, but lately he's been putting most of his energy into getting the gallery ready for the showing.
It was at the Crew Salon that Page first saw Heard's work and he said he knew immediately he wanted to buy a piece and work with the artist.
It was "the power, the seriousness, the way he treated [subjects]…. Good art has something to say," Page said.
Heard's work is indeed serious — the most expensive piece Page has for sale is a large interpretation of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It's asking price is $25,000.
"This is museum-quality art, in my opinion," Page said. "Of course, time will tell."
Page is passionate about art and the artists he's represented. Despite his goal of selling, Page said it'll be sad to see the work go.
In 25 years, he's never grown tired of the business.
"It's new all the time, it's an endless learning experience," Page said.
He hopes to bring other art forms into the gallery, including poetry and even yoga. He's approached the Costa Mesa Cultural Arts Committee about hosting shows, although nothing has been set in stone.
"We're just trying to promote as much art as we can," Costa Mesa recreation supervisor Lisa McPherson said, adding she's aware of the new gallery, but won't be able to schedule anything there for some time. "The motto of the cultural arts committee is exposing the O.C. art scene."
Costa Mesa's goal seems to be right in line with Page and Heard's — the title of the show is "Lost (and found) in OC."
For more information about the gallery call (714) 545-1773. It's open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.