For months my world has been a blur of tasks and long days as I worked to build my gallery.
The vision of the business model - unique niche - licenses - gallery space - contracts - registrations - state and local sales permits - planning- design - remodeling - paint- lighting - furnishings - WIFI - more paint - logo- signage - more planning- more permits - point of sale hardware and software - e-commerce site - chamber of commerce - meetings with artists - curating - venders - printing - framing - mounting a show - March soft opening - thankful for my husband - more planning - launching…. I am dizzy. I am tired. I am excited and energized.
MY GALLERY IS OPEN
October seems like a long time ago. When I returned from a photo shoot in Paris my friend Patrice, owner of the Fare Bella Art Gallery, approached me about leasing gallery space. This triggered an avalanche of thinking and creative flow. It just seemed right. My background prepared me well for curating art; I have a strong independent streak which predisposes me to control my own art channels; I love interaction with clients, collectors and artist and finally I have built an enormous portfolio of fine art photography which cries out to be exhibited. It was not a difficult decision.
In the summer of 66 I spent a month living in Manitou Springs, Colorado. I fell in love with this mountain town and its eccentric art community. I decided then and there I would be an artist and that I would return to Manitou. Decades later here I am in my boutique art gallery in Manitou Springs Art District. I have located with 2 other art galleries and an art studio, the Galleries at Ruxton Creek. It is a serene space which allows each piece of art to speak and then invites discussion.
In planning my gallery, I decided to focus on Fine Art Photography. More specifically, I decided to seek out Fine Art Photography created by artists. Photography may seem ubiquitous, but fine Art Photography has a special place as a powerful, often beautiful, art form and it merits a curated, focused attention and presentation. I look forward to sharing my thought about this in my next blogs.
A gallery’s longevity and success in attracting collectors and other clients is built on the owner/artist’s ability to curate art and to attract an excellent stable of artist. Perhaps more that anything, I am excited to embark on this journey. I believe that my background as an artist and interior designer and my decades of experience in he field have prepared me for this. The mix will eclectic but always high quality.
My gallery is not just the bricks and mortar Raye’s Gallery at Ruxton Creek in Manitou Springs, it is also my new on-line gallery Raye Images www.rayeimages.com where my e-commerce presence allows me and my invited artists to project nationally and internationally. These two halves of my gallery work together in a symbiotic relationship. I invite you to surf through my site and if you are in the area come visit me at 16 Ruxton Avenue in Manitou Springs.