THE HOUSE OF CREATIVE ARTS
OWNER: Wanda Dansereau and Debbie Reninger
ADDRESS: 616 Edgefield Road, Belvedere
PHONE NUMBER: (803) 279-7361
NUMBER OF MONTHS OPEN: Eight
WHAT YOUR BUSINESS DOES: We are a fine-arts gallery, showcasing oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, wood working, painted china, pottery, jewelry and more.
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: Five
HOW DID YOU GET INTO THIS BUSINESS?
My mom, Wanda Dansereau, is a great artist who has worked her art for 60 years; her history is extensive. She is a member of the North Augusta Artist Guild and is a columnist covering the art scene for North Augusta Today . I starting going to meetings when I started making jewelry. I met many great artists who like my mom and I didn't have a place to show their work, except for the occasional art show. So we decided to create a place for all artists to show their work.
STRANGEST CLIENT/INCIDENT: None.
WHAT YOU LIKE ABOUT THE BUSINESS: That we are giving so many artists a chance to show and sell their work.
WHAT YOU DON'T LIKE ABOUT THE BUSINESS: Having to go to work after being retired and just working at home.
WHY YOUR BUSINESS STANDS OUT: We allow professional artists a chance to show their work without charging a commission. We are basically a nonprofit gallery. We charge rental on the spaces that the artists display their work, and that pays our rent, utilities, security and other operating costs.
ORGANIZATIONS/EVENTS INVOLVED IN: North Augusta Artist Guild
YOUR BEST BUSINESS ADVICE: Always be honest in dealing with the public and especially the artists who have entrusted their art to our care.
WHERE YOU SEE YOUR BUSINESS IN FIVE YEARS/10 YEARS: Becoming a major movement in the arts, especially in the teaching aspect. Perhaps an art institute with many teachers.
MOST IMPORTANT BUSINESS PRINCIPLE: Do your best at any thing you are working for.
BIGGEST CHALLENGES IN THE BUSINESS: Letting the public know who we are and where we are without a budget allocated for advertisement.
ROLE MODELS/INSPIRATIONS: We started this business with only a unique idea, none we had ever heard of before.