[PROFILE] In 25 Words or Less: Thelma Harris (Retail: Visual Art)
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In 25 Words or Less
Posted: March 9, 2016
|Name: Thelma Harris|
|Age: Depends on the audience • Status: Married • Kids: Yes|
|Place of Birth: Monroe, LA • Place Raised: Monroe, LA|
|Professional Background: Pre – med graduate — Medical Profession , 5 years; Corporate America – Research, Product Development, Marketing; Interior Designer; Gallery Owner/Art Dealer since 1990.|
|What achievement or position are you most known for? A gallerist with a keen instinct for new talent, aesthetic importance and the appreciative value of quality work.|
|Contact/Follow: Website • Email • Facebook • LinkedIn|
|Editor’s Note: Thelma is the owner of one of only 6 African American owned art galleries in the San Francisco / Oakland area. In business for 26 years, her namesake gallery is the oldest of its kind in Northern California.
25 WORDS OR LESS: WORK
|Job(s) held that is most unlike what I currently do now: —|
|Field: Visual Arts|
|Yrs of Experience: 30|
|Company/Organization: Thelma Harris Art Gallery – Oakland, CA|
|What it does and what I do: Source, curate and install artwork for private and corporate clients. Additionally, we educate and assist clients in building compelling collections; provide framing design and evaluate collections for insurance purposes.|
|Current Big Project: —|
|Staffing/Resource Needs: Social Media|
25 WORDS OR LESS: PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVE
|Significant Challenge: Bridging the gap between the traditional art collectors and the next generation collectors.|
|Significant Mistake/Regret: Should have bought real estate to house the gallery when we first started 26 years ago!|
|Significant Accomplishment: We are still thriving 26 years in the art industry for what started out ‘as a 6 week trial’!!
|Biggest Strength(s): Staying with the ‘core business’ — through it ALL!|
|Biggest Weakness(es): —|
|Career Advice: Do what you love, and LOVE what you do — through it all!! Hang in there — Don’t give up on your dream!|
25 WORDS OR LESS: PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE
|Significant Challenge: —|
|Significant Accomplishment: To help launch the careers of artists who might have never received visibility/recognition.
|Life Advice: LIVE OUT LOUD!! Do something you LOVE — (even if it is a just a hobby)!! LIVE in GRATITUDE!!|
25 WORDS OR LESS: OFF THE TOP
|Trait(s) most admired in others: —
|Some causes/organizations I support: The visual arts.|
|Hours of “personal” downtime/week: 0|
|Favorite activity(s) in my personal downtime: Reading my Interior Design Mags.
|Some of my favorite local hangouts: 1515 Restaurant”, Costco.|
|Some of my favorite TV shows: Melissa Harris Perry; Rachel Maddow; TCM.
|Favorite Vacation Spot(s): Paris, Tuscany, Spain, Southern California.|
|Place(s) I would like to visit: Capetown, Dubai.|
|Favorite Pastime/Hobby(s): Collecting and discussing art; Cultivating plants; Reading ID mags; hanging out with my spouse.|
|Favorite Book(s): Anything Art and Interior Design.|
|Some of my most-admired people (excluding parents): Michelle Obama.|
|Something about me that may surprise you: —|
• The Appreciation of Art by Sarah Burke
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• Art on the Avenue: Thelma Harris Art Gallery