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Posted March 9, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Art+Culture
 
 

[PROFILE] In 25 Words or Less: Thelma Harris (Retail: Visual Art)

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Thelma Harris

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In 25 Words or Less

Posted: March 9, 2016

THE BASICS
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 EmailFacebook 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
Title: Owner/Director
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:
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