Today we’d like to introduce you to Elizabeth Sanjuan.
Gallery 2014 celebrated its fourth year of bringing light and art to Harrison Street on March 29th.
Hollywood native and life long resident, Elizabeth, knew that her passion for the arts would eventually benefit the Hollywood community. Over the years, she nurtured her passion for photography alongside her banker-turned-artist husband, Ken Brown.
Their passion sparked the idea of opening a little studio to display their own art. However, during a year-long assignment in Hong Kong in 2012, the couple found their interest in art and in the art gallery business getting stronger, and they resolved to open a real gallery when they returned to Hollywood.
The search for this gallery began, leading to their current location on Harrison Street. With a much larger location than they originally had in mind, the couple returned in 2013 to the challenge of getting the 5,000 square foot “Gallery 2014” ready for its opening by the end of March 2013. By opening day, Gallery 2014 had a full retinue of 15 artists, an inventory of over 100 works of art, and a mission dedicated to bringing affordable art and opportunity to the greater Hollywood community.
“We are dedicated to emerging artists who have limited exposure” explains Ken Brown, “we want to help the local artist, whether they are young or old, immigrants or long-time residents”. Gallery 2014 displays all styles of art, including sculptures and paintings, providing art that is affordable and of good quality. While it isn’t possible to represent every deserving artist, Elizabeth has tried to accommodate as many artists as she possibly can, since she understands the importance of exposure and gallery representation to new artists. Not only does help their artists by displaying their art, but they also try to teach them how to be successful as “artist business people” while not letting go of their artistic passion.
Gallery 2014 also looks forward to providing opportunities for student artists in the future. In cooperation with local museums and art teachers, Gallery 2014 hopes to sponsor twice-yearly student exhibitions to provide young artists with an opportunity to sell their work in a gallery setting. The gallery has already been working with local programs too er internship and “art as business” educational opportunities to students. Last year, Gallery 2014 granted $20,000 in art education scholarships to students in South Florida to attend programs at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood and the Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale.
Elizabeth and Ken are great believers in the value of art education as a part of student development… Both of them know how important it is to keep the dreams of young artists alive. In addition to their dedication to student art education through Gallery 2014, Elizabeth also shares her expertise by being a member of the Downtown Hollywood Mural Committee and the Expo Alfresco Art Committee. Ken has been a long-time board member of the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood and a former board member of the Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale.
Gallery 2014 is the only nonprofit gallery in Broward County and possibly Dade County.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Certainly owning an art gallery is not a smooth road. The value of art and the appreciation of art is something that sadly is not taught in our education system. Parents rather take their children to amusement parks than to museums. Art is not a “necessary” for many, it is something that the public still needs to educated on, not everyone can appreciate how a fabulous piece of art can enrich their environment.
Everyone wants a deal, even though our artists are “emerging artists” we have some incredible talent, and you will always have those few customers that want 20% off our price which is below market value. Being in South Florida for many it is more important to have a nice car, a shining watch than a piece of art in your home that will stir some type of emotion within you.
Gallery 2014 – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Gallery 2014 is like no other, firstly, we are a nonprofit organization, a 501C3 which gives back to the community. I have not drawn a salary in five years. We do not have a non compete with our artists. We want our artists to succeed and we assist them in developing themselves not only as artists but with the business aspect as it relates to the art world. We are always seeking opportunities in sponsoring young adult art students with grants and mentoring them throughout the years. We are very involved in our community, serving on several boards and hosting other nonprofits that we feel give value to our community.
What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
There are many proud moments career-wise, I would say that one of those moments was when I was recognized by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and received the Business Woman of the Year award. I am also proud every time we receive media coverage for Girl Noticed, a nationwide mural project empowering women of all ages, race and sexual orientation, that we support and sponsor. On a personal level as a photographer, a project that I worked on for over two years and I finally I exhibited “Self Revealed” the naked photography project at Gallery 2014. I photographed over 150 women, in three different formats and it was life-changing for many including me.
- Address: 2014 Harrison Street, Hollywood FL 33020
- Website: www.Gallery2014.com
- Phone: 954-505-3291
- Email: info@Gallery2014.com
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