one on one with gallery owner donna krueger
Q: Between owning a successful art gallery for 8 years, and your artful life before the gallery, you have had some meaningful “art moments.” What have been some of your more memorable art experiences?
A: There is a man I noticed around the Square almost daily. Walking by himself, I often recognized him by his Braves cap. On a couple of occasions, I observed his emotional response to artwork while standing outside the gallery window. One day he was moved to laughter as he looked at a Susan Easton Burns horse painting. On another day he stood a long while and looked at a figurative work by Holly Irwin and just cried.
I got to know him over time. I learned that he lost his wife a few years ago and has been lonely. His curious behavior was just his reaction to art. He loves the Gallery and finds peace and comfort, and some sort of healing as he looks at the original works. They move him.
He misses his wife terribly, but is moved by our artists’ work and display…. And that moves me. – dk
The work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself, carry you away.- Renoir
We have visited a number of exhibits over the years and some have made a powerful impact on me. Santa Fe, New Mexico has so much great organic art all over. Other large-scale exhibits that helped me understand how organized art efforts can change a city were Art Prize in Grand Rapids, Mi. and Art Basel in Miami. Another incredible experience was when we visited Italy and got to see all the masters. While there, we learned Florence had the first public art installation made in a gift from the last dame of the Medici family to the city of Florence-so that people would come from then on to see the art. All of these were fun to be a part of and living, breathing examples of art transforming communities.
Q: You mentioned a few of your trips where you have visited some notable exhibits. Did you have an art itinerary for pieces you wanted to see before you travelled to these places?
A: I don’t generally plan an itinerary for our trips that revolve around art–but usually just pick the destinations. Like when we travelled to Italy last year–there is so much to see in Florence and elsewhere in Italy. There’s so much history, architecture and art that many times you’ll only scratch the surface in any trip.
Another example was Marfa,TX. We had heard about the eclectic and off beat art scene there. We didn’t really plan all that we would do but gave ourselves a long weekend and figured out what was there. We went from the mysterious Marfa lights, to Donald Judd’s collection, to the Ft. Davis observatory (this was Kerry’s favorite). We get to a destination, figure out what’s there and then we make a plan. We still don’t see everything we’d like see, but we certainly leave each place enriched and broadened by the experience.