About the owners
Owner, Muse Gallery Columbus
Caren Petersen opened the original Muse Gallery in Columbus, Ohio in 1997. Caren began collecting art while living in Boston. After multiple collecting trips to NM, and when her daughter Hali was just 2 years old, she moved to Santa Fe, to pursue her dream of managing an art gallery. During her stay there, she fell in love with the land, built relationships with artists, and dedicated herself to representing artists living in New Mexico from all over the country. That carried forth when she returned to Columbus, where she worked as an art consultant, helping major firms acquire artwork for their offices, and began cultivating private collectors. After almost 22 years in a physical space in Columbus, she transitioned to doing pop-up and traveling shows, but still maintains a small display space inside Reed Arts. She dedicates time to her property in New Mexico (a future artist colony), and traveling the country visiting artist studios and maintaining artist relationships.
Owner, Muse Gallery Bluffton
Story by Amy Coyne Bredeson + Photography by M. Kat
For as long as Hali Lookabaugh can remember, she has been surrounded by art.
Her mother, Caren Petersen, worked with artists for years, eventually opening Muse Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, in 1997.
Lookabaugh grew up attending art shows, visiting artists’ studios and watching her mother pore over each piece before deciding to represent it in her gallery. Through her mother, she gained a true appreciation for art and learned a great deal about running a business.
“What I really learned early on was relationships are everything,” Lookabaugh said about her mother’s connection with her clients and the artists she represented. She watched as her mother worked closely with them and became good friends with them along the way.
Lookabaugh attended college for marketing, then studied real estate. But art was always on her mind. She fell in love with it at an early age and always knew she wanted to open her own gallery one day.
After getting married and honeymooning on Hilton Head Island, she and her husband, Kevin, realized they loved the community and wanted to live in the Lowcountry. So, they packed up and moved from Columbus, and Hali opened her own Muse Gallery at 65 Arrow Road, Unit B.
That was three years ago, and the Hilton Head fine art gallery is thriving.
“There was no fighting it for me,” she said. “I love what I do. It’s very much who I am.”
Whether you’re looking for a specific artist or just browsing, we hope to lend our expertise to your good taste. We’ve vetted the artists we represent and curated the work shown, so your job is simply to choose what you like from that point. These artists are all world-class, professional artists, collected by major museums, private and corporate collectors, and are published/reviewed in notable publications. Working in different mediums and styles, we offer a variety of options for whatever your taste or whatever image you’d like to project. And if you can’t find what you like in our inventory of artwork, we’d be happy to help you locate exactly what you’re looking for. Owners, Caren and Hali, are constantly searching for and showcasing beautiful, thought provoking, and well-crafted fine art.
"We believe art collecting should be a personal journey. We are passionate about the art we represent, and wish to convey that passion to you in your process of collecting. If we can help with your decision in any way, please let us know. We look forward to meeting you!" -Caren and Hali