By Brian Laurito
In this series we're highlighting the businesses that form the foundation of Monmouth Arts' creative community, touching base to see how they're faring during the COVID-19 health crisis. This week's featured business, Beauregard Fine Art, is owned by long-time supporter and former Chair of the Board of Monmouth Arts, Kathy Donnelly. We touched base with Kathy to see how Beauregard has been adapting to life during the pandemic.
For those who don't know you yet, how would you describe your business?
Beauregard Fine Art is a gallery whose main aim is to promote artists and their bodies of work by placing them in people's homes and offices. Owning and maintaining a gallery is a very personal endeavor because each painting I choose to promote is subject to and the result of my own eye, which comes from years of both studying and experiencing art through other galleries and institutions. The artists I promote are those who I have chosen specifically because I believe they provide quality work.
What’s been your biggest business challenge during COVID-19?
Our biggest challenge has definitely been to promote the work of our artists without our receptions. Normally, our gallery provides a working venue to advertise our artists to the community and beyond, but it can be difficult to foster that same sense of connection without the ability to host in-person gatherings.
So much has changed since last year.... How are you operating right now?
We're a full-time operation and that means being available seven days a week. Currently, we're open only Tuesday to Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm, but I am personally available all week long to bring art to customers' homes or to meet them in the gallery for one-on-one appointments. If you're interested in booking an appointment, give us a call at 732-450-0994.
Can you share an interesting anecdote about your business or something that might surprise people?
I was inspired to start Beauregard Fine Art while on a high school trip to France. When I was seven years old, I was given a bank that said "For my trip to Paris" and had been saving up all the way through high school. I finally got there and just immediately fell in love with the work of Vincent van Gogh, which still makes me cry to this day. At that moment, I made a promise to myself that one day I would have a gallery.
What are you looking forward to in 2021?
I'm most looking forward to providing more art to all the people who have moved here from New York City. It has been so much fun getting to know all the young families, and I can't wait to help them bring some more beauty into their lives.
Monmouth Arts has a great network of arts supporters. How can our members and readers support your business right now?
You can follow us on Instagram at @beauregardgallery to see all our latest pieces and to learn what we're all about!
Do you have any upcoming events or promotions you’d like people to know about?
Our art receptions will be returning in late summer! I also have a 20th anniversary in October, and that month will be filled with promotional events and deals.
Where can folks find you?
Address: 109 East River Road in Rumson
Facebook: Beauregard Fine Art
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