Our Team

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Jennifer Hightower Monteleone
Gallery Owner

Jennifer Hightower Monteleone grew up in Houston before heading to Austin and earning a degree in Special Education from the University of Texas. After five years of teaching in Austin, she moved to Chicago and worked in development for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Upon returning to Houston in 2013, Jennifer served as the Community Service Coordinator at The Kinkaid School. The common thread among her varied work experience is clear: Jennifer loves to come alongside those who are passionate about a focused topic and help strategize and solidify their dream.

 

Jennifer’s appreciation for art grew after spending time in galleries and with artists during her time in Chicago and on family trips to New Orleans. She quickly realized that several artist friends were unsure about how to present and sell their work to clients. At the same time, she had a number of friends who were interested in having an art collection but didn’t know where to start. In 2019, Jennifer established Mont Art House as a gallery and consulting group that specializes in connecting artwork by emerging artists with new and young collectors. The main purpose is to serve artists well and celebrate their work while helping homeowners find unique artwork for their home in a transparent and approachable way.

 

Jennifer lives in Houston with her husband Will and three young children. She currently serves clients primarily in Houston, Austin, and New Orleans – and would split time between all three places if given the chance.

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Bess Alford
Gallery Manager

Despite being born in Philadelphia, Bess got to Houston as quickly as she could and considers herself a native Houstonian. After growing up at Annunciation Orthodox School, then graduating from St. John’s, she earned a degree in education from Texas A&M University.

 

Bess spent 5 years as a middle school math teacher before moving into development for Episcopal High School. While at Episcopal her focus was on events, alumni engagement, and assisting with capital campaigns. Bess and her rescue pup, Tootsie, live in Montrose, but love hopping around the city to visit family and friends.

 

Bess is the Mont Art House Gallery Manager, available to meet clients at the gallery and on hand to help with all the details from purchase to installation. Having never met a stranger, Bess can’t wait to get to know you, your story, and what art makes your heart sing or lights up your walls.

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Sara Beck
Lead Art Consultant 

Sara joined the team in March 2022 as an art consultant, offering hands-on help to homeowners and interior designers looking to add original artwork to their residential spaces. There’s nothing she loves more than tracking down the perfect piece of art, whether it comes from Mont Art or other galleries across the country. With an eye for design, Sara is also happy to consult on the best way to frame and install artwork in your home.

 

Also a native Houstonian, Sara graduated from St. John’s and received a BA in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and a MA in Art History from Rice University. She worked in sculpture and painting conservation studios in Houston, Los Angeles, and New York before spending six years in administration and two years in communications at the Menil Collection.

 

Sara and her husband, Philip, have three boys and enjoy baseball (go Stros!), bike rides, and fixing up their pink stucco house in Avondale, a historic part of the Montrose neighborhood.

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Beth Werner
Art Consultant & Events Manager

Growing up in a family of artists, Beth’s interest has always been how different art can change the personality of a room. Finding the perfect piece to bring life and balance to a space is her ultimate goal as a consultant. Beth also spearheads the calendar of events hosted by Mont Art House. Whether it’s a Mahjong night in the gallery, a field trip, or a request for renting a space, Beth handles all the details.

 

Beth grew up in Clear Lake then studied Public Relations and Business at the University of Texas in Austin. After moving back to Houston in 2009 she worked at A Fare Extraordinaire and Keely Thorne Events, which established her love for spatial design and collaborating with clients on a wide range of creative projects.

 

Beth and her husband, Dan, have two boys and a horse of a dog. They like to spend time visiting family in the mountains of Utah and Virginia and are enjoying the comedy of raising two wild little men.

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Amanda Savoie
Inventory Manager

Amanda was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She attended Episcopal High School and has a degree in Marketing from Louisiana State University.

 

Amanda’s professional background is in marketing and business development. She worked as the Marketing Assistant and Business Development Events Coordinator at Andrews Kurth LLP for 6 years before taking some time off to spend with her husband Ryan and two little girls.

 

Amanda has been with Mont Art House from its beginning and works as the Inventory Manager. Amanda handles the inventory organization and management, assists with the website updates and will jump in wherever needed. She is just happy to be part of such an amazing team and will gladly mop the floors when needed!

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