Thursday, May 13, 2010

Gallery Interview: Art is Art Gallery

What is the name of your Gallery or Artspace: ART is ART consignment gallery

What is your name and what is your position at the Gallery: Carrie Jepsen, Partner

Describe your Gallery space: At ART is ART consignment gallery in Dallas, the main focus is spring-boarding talented, local artists by showcasing their original, modern artwork at surprisingly comfortable prices. While absorbing, customers will also discover contemporary and vintage furniture and accessories, as well as individualistic, hand-crafted jewelry, pottery and metal sculpture. The delicious scent of Renata Holder's handmade, all-natural soy candles fills the space, and there are many different scents, all cleverly named after famous artists. We also offer complimentary, flavored, hot tea to enhance the browsing experience. Customers have described ART is ART as a "casual gallery" with a "relaxed, comfy vibe," and they appreciate our wide range of inventory that accommodates any shopper's budget.

How long has your gallery been open: ART is ART is owned by Renata and Carrie, a mother-daughter team. Renata is an artist and partner in a design firm. Carrie is a budding artist with a background in advertising. They get along well and often desired starting a creative business together. Thus, ART is ART was born. Doors opened in 2004 on Lower Greenville. It began as a contemporary furniture and accessories shop with a touch of local artwork. After eight months, the store was forced to close due to the tear-down and construction of retail/apartments, which was just as well because the location wasn’t quite right. A year later, ART is ART reopened on Oram St. at Skillman and evolved into a more eclectic atmosphere. Within a short timeframe, the wealth of local, artistic tale nt began to present itself. Jewelry designers got in on the action, and retro furniture and complements were added to the mix. Two years later, the decision was made to scout out a more visible, hip location. On September 1, 2007, ART is ART relocated to Henderson Ave. Finally … the perfect fit!

What type of work do you showcase: At ART is ART, we showcase modern and abstract works of art.

Do you work with local artists or artists from all over: We work with local, Dallas area artists.
Do you add new artists regularly and if so what is the process in which you select them: There is an abundance of talented artists in Dallas, and I wish we had the space to showcase them all. We start by viewing small, jpeg photos of their artwork via email to determine if their style fits into our motif and then adding them to our artist waiting list.

How many shows do you have each year: We typically host two shows per year, but that's always subject to change if a fun idea for an event presents itself. Events are posted on our web site.
Just for fun who is your favorite artist, living or dead, and what about their work moves you: We typically showcase 15-20 different local artists, and they continue to blow us away! We constantly keep our walls filled, and we're inspired by their artwork every day. It's impossible to pick a favorite because they're all so visually talented, but a few of our top sellers include Deanna Wilson, Roy Vance, Debbie Simms, Quincy Wakefield and ART is ART's own, Renata Holder.
What new things do you have in store for this year: Our selection of art, furniture, home accessories, pottery, jewelry and metal sculpture is continuously rotating, so there is always something new each time you visit. New merchandise is added to our web site as well. We're currently accepting modern and/or vintage furniture consignments (including cool patio furniture) in great condition, so readers can email small jpeg photos and details. Our terms are a 50-50 split when items sell and a 90-day contract term.
Do you have any up coming event that you would like to tell us about: We host the annual "Candlelight Walk on Henderson" every November that involves the majority Henderson shops staying open late and offering discounts, munchies and bevs. Crowds of people enjoy shopping up and down the street, while getting a jump on their holiday gift buying! It's a fun, festive night! You'll find details on our web site when the event is near.

ART is ART consignment gallery
Location 2811 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, TX 75206
Contact Person Carrie Jepsen

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