Big News: just shy of making our three year anniversary, I have decided to close the doors at The Green Eyed Gator. This isn’t a decision I’ve come to lightly but it’s what is best for me at this time and so that’s what I’m going to do.
When I opened the gallery, I did so with the intention of having a constant showing of my own work within the space. I thought that I would be able to set up a small studio within the shop and create while also engaging with customers. The reality is that because the French Quarter is such a vibrant neighborhood with so much foot traffic, that I never get to paint and I miss it. First and foremost, I consider myself an artist and any artist will tell you that what they love to do is create. The business aspect of marketing yourself and selling your work is just something that goes along with it. I don’t know why I thought it would be any easier than it has been, but I have managed to box myself into a situation in which all I do is deal with the business aspect of the art world and it’s been very draining for me. Anyone who has been in the store recently or knows me personally also knows that I’m currently pregnant; this obviously plays a huge part in my decision as well. I know that if I currently think I have no time to paint that once my little dude is born I’m REALLY going to be stuck doing retail and only retail and that’s just not something that I want. Of course there are many other factors that weigh into my decision as well, but I won’t bore you with all of the details!
That being said, I’m so thankful for this time of my life. Owning this gallery has been such a learning experience and I’ve met so many amazing people. In fact, the one thing I’ve come to value the most over the past three years are the connections I’ve made. I LOVE each and every one of the artists that I carry in the store. They’re all talented and wonderful people. I definitely feel like I’m letting them down in closing but thankfully, they’ve all been nothing but supportive and accepting of my decision. Next there are all of the people who live and work in the quarter. These are the people that have made my day to day so fabulous. They stop in with their pets for a bite of pupperoni, they bring me delicious treats, or they simply pop in for a bit of conversation and they’ve all become a part of my daily life that I’m going to miss greatly. Finally, there are the folks who have started as customers of the shop and have turned into friends. These people just happened in one day, we found that we clicked, and the rest is history. Y’all know who you are and I’m so happy you’ve found your way into my life.
So now for the specifics, The Green Eyed Gator will be open through French Quarter Fest. I’m hoping to have a little shindig on the evening of Saturday April 11th to say farewell. I’m going to be 36 weeks pregnant and (I’m sure) exhausted, so we’re going to play that one by ear for now. We’ll close our doors on Monday the 13th for good. From April 14th to the 19th, we’ll be in and out so artists can pick up their work and we’ll be selling off some our our fixtures then. There will be other odds and ends for sale as well and plenty of other killer deals you’ll find out about if you pop in at that time. I’ll post the hours we’re planning on being in the gallery each day on our Facebook page. Speaking of our Facebook page, I’m going to keep it around so I can update y’all on the artists that have made this gallery so special. Where you can find their work, if they have any shows coming up, what art market’s and festivals they’ll be vending at, etc.
Thank you so much everyone for being a part of this wild ride! It’s hard to believe it’s been almost three years already. This time has flown by for me and it’s a period of my life that I won’t ever forget. While it’s okay to be sad that the French Quarter is loosing a funky little gallery space, please don’t feel sad for me at all. I am SO thrilled to move onto the next chapter of my life, to get to create and do what I love again, and to begin the journey that is going to be motherhood. I hope to see y’all over the next six weeks while we’re still open and please, please, please keep in touch!