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Meet Gundega Stevens of G44 Gallery in Colorado Springs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gundega Stevens.

Gundega, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up in Colorado Springs and have always gravitated to the arts. Growing up surrounded by artwork at my parents’ house I felt I always knew it was something I would pursue. I went to college at the University of Colorado, Boulder where I received my BA in Art History and then furthered my education by pursuing my Masters in Art History at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. After working in many galleries during college and graduate school I ended up getting a job at the Milwaukee Art Museum as an Assistant Curator. I worked there for six years knowing that eventually, I wanted to have my own art gallery.

I moved back to Colorado Springs knowing that I could make an impact in the city where I grew up. It was important to me to be part of the change that was and still is happening here. In 2012 I opened G44 Gallery with the intent of providing a space for solo shows for new and emerging artists as well as well established artists.

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?
Starting your own business is always a challenge and can be very scary at times. I take great care in curating my artists and my exhibits and you always hope that the public will like what you put together. Also, opening a small gallery in a strip mall poses its challenges as it’s an unlikely location for fine art, but I have used it to my advantage. I am certainly a destination gallery and people coming here know that they will find quality work.

Please tell us more about the G44 Gallery.
G44 Gallery focuses on one-person exhibits with an emphasis on local and regional contemporary work by emerging artists and established artists. I am most proud of the community of artists I represent as well as the community of people that come into the gallery and visit online. I love the community that has been cultivated in the last seven years inside and outside these gallery walls. What sets me apart is that I strive and I think I achieve in bringing some of the highest quality of artwork in the city/region as well as maintaining a level of comfort and approachability when you walk through the doors.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I don’t have a specific favorite memory from childhood but I consider myself extremely lucky to have grown up in Colorado. My memories center around being outdoors and exploring what Colorado has to offer. My parents also made sure to balance that with trips to the Fine Arts Center and the opera. I love having grown up in Colorado Springs and I’m happy to make a small difference here in my own way.

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