Image Credit: Aranka Israni
(S)hero: Anne Hunter, owner, Anne Hunter Galleries
GirlSpring: How did you get interested in art?
AH: My interest in art began as a little girl. My father would take me to museums, operas and art exhibitions. I grew curious about where art comes from inside a person, what inspires them to create the things they feel inside.
GS: Are there many women gallery owners in the industry?
GS: What are the challenges and opportunities of the art world?
AH: The biggest challenge is opening the door between the artist and the buyer. Artists see the world differently and that is why their creations have value. Helping the artist and the client understand each other is the key to being a good gallerist. Do you know someone that is misunderstood? Encourage them to write, draw, dance, create something to express themselves…and if you understand, help others understand. Art is inner expression.
GS: What do you look for when selecting artists for your gallery?
GS: Have you ever featured any teen artists?
AH: Yes! And, I would love to host a show featuring GirlSpring artists.
GS: What suggestions do you have for young girls trying to make a career as an artist?
Follow your bliss. Draw the line on the page. Write the word. Open in the door and look inside! Focus on your art, not on what the people around you have to say about it. We are all artists, it’s up to you to be brave enough to express it!
GS: Why do you think organizations like GirlSpring are important?
AH: GirlSpring gives back. No matter how old you are, you know something about life. Guide, lead, advise, counsel, show Whether you are 10 or 15, 20, 30, 45, 60, 80 or 100 years old, another girl or woman is younger than you. Think of her. She was you. Be there for her. Be her example!
GS: What words of advice do you have for our teenage girl audience?
AH: If you feel hurt or sad, or you are having a bad day, or if you don’t think you are pretty enough or smart enough or talented enough….look in the mirror or take selfies…until you find your smile again. Then, make yourself laugh and keep going! You will only be the age you are now, once. Make it great!
Anne Hunter is a friend and supporter of GirlSpring, and believes that community begins by supporting the artists. Learn more at Anne Hunter Galleries Website