Who Are "Bert & None"?
My name is Ron Cowie and I named this gallery after my grandparents Robert (Bert) and Lenora (None “known”) Cowie. They were terrific people.
This gallery is the home of unfinished portfolios, false-starts, photographic sketches, and wonderful beginnings. The work for sale here has no pedigree except I had fun making it. That has to count for something.
Bert & None is a virtual open studio. Most items are under $100 because collecting art shouldn’t be a competitive sport. You shouldn’t have to starve to own art. Furthermore, everyone knows you get a discount when you buy from the manufacturer.
Some of my fondest memories as an artist come from participating in the Fort Point Open Studios. I sold hot dogs and used my work prints as advertising to drive traffic to my studio. It was less about “making a sale” and more about building community, connecting with friends, and goofing off with a camera. I want to create that same feeling on this website. With your help, that can be done.