bq. ‘I collect to keep the art community alive. I don’t approach it as simply an investment.’ – Marjorie Myers, Collector

Marjorie Myers showed her spirit of generosity by lending Kara Walker’s The Humane Acquisition of Chitlins to Reed College’s Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery for an exhibition last month. The Portland stock trader buys art in three categories: works she predicts will be historically important (and thus someday desirable at auction); works by younger artists whom she wants to support, regardless of the potential resale value; and works, as she puts it simply, “that I like.” But she cautions that figuring out that last part can take some time. “You have to look at your first few years of collecting as your time in college,” she says.

h3. ADVANCED COLLECTING

ONCE YOU’VE DEFINED your tastes and bought a few pieces you love, you may want to take your new hobby to the next level: obsession. Start here.

Study Abroad Join Portland arts consultant Jennifer Jacobs and and a small group of fellow sojourners on an intimate tour of the contemporary-art riches of foreign lands such as Buenos Aires, Beijing and Melbourne. You’ll stay in plush hotels, eat fine meals and gain VIP access to top museums, galleries, private collections, studios and art fairs—and even meet the people behind the scenes. Visit www.thejacobsgroup.net for information on 2008 trips.

Procure Prints Private dealer Jennifer Stoots represents photo-luminaries such as Elliott Erwitt and Steve Schapiro. At her occasional evening collecting seminars, you’ll learn the basics of collecting photography, from knowing the difference between vintage, modern and posthumous prints to understanding the relative desirability of low and high edition numbers—all in a casual setting where impromptu discussions frequently overtake the lecture format. Contact the Newspace Center for Photography (1632 SE 10th Ave; 503-963-1935) to register.