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Meet Abigail Kreuser of Kreuser Gallery in Colorado Springs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Abigail Kreuser.

Abigail Kreuser has lived in Colorado Springs since 1983. Through growing up here, she has witnessed the potential and growth in the creative community within the Colorado Springs area.

Abby received her BFA in Fine Art Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology and has also studied photography and graphic design at Colorado Mountain College. Upon Graduation in 2003 Abby began Kreuser Gallery, LLC specializing in black and white, color, and sepia photographs of children, maternity, weddings, and fine art photography while managing her Mother’s business, Purple Mountain Coffee Company. In 2011 her gears shifted and she opened a physical Gallery location at 218 West Colorado Avenue in the Arts Depot District. In February 2019 she moved the Gallery to its current location at 125 E Boulder Street 80903 in Downtown Colorado Springs.

The mission of Kreuser Gallery is to create and maintain a dynamic, independent forum providing a venue for established and up-and-coming local artists. She strives to fulfill the need for personal growth, communication and a sense of community among artists and viewers.

Abby has curated over 300 exhibitions in the Rocky Mountain Region and her art has been featured at the Manitou Art Center, Soiree, Cottonwood Gallery, Phantom Canyon, Smokebrush, the Warehouse, Marika’s, the Perk Downtown, and many, many other locations. Abby also works with local galleries to feature new artists/install the work of emerging artists.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Deciding to move to the new location brought some surprises but amazing help from the community, friends and family. I was a bit naive…. my old landlord had everything ready to go, walls painted, lighting, floors, etc. whereas at the new location, everything was up to me! We had to gut and remodel the space within six weeks to get it open in time for February’s 1st Friday.

Please tell us about Kreuser Gallery.
Kreuser Gallery supports and exhibits local Artist’s and is currently working on a new online site to grow the business even further. I am proud of the fact that I have been doing this for more than eight years now and was able to move to a more prominent location which helps both myself and the local arts.

What sets me apart is that I only exhibit local Artists within the physical space.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have had a business plan in place and goals on paper. I have always had it all in my head and have done alright. However, since I have put it on paper, I find that I am meeting my goals more often. Art is a tough business but to me, it’s worth it!

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