I first visited Healdsburg in 2010 and immediately thought, "Here. I could have my gallery here."
Many things have transpired since that first visit, and at long last, here we are! Specializing in eclectic, curated collections, we envision a warm, welcoming gallery where nascent and seasoned collectors alike will find the perfect works of art for their home and garden. A place where nationally and internationally established artists can meet emerging talent, and be mutually inspired.
I first fell in love with art in the 6th grade, although I was still too young to recognize it. My elementary school went on a field trip to visit the Armand Hammer Collection, which was on tour following the death of the eponymous baking soda magnate. We were guided by docent around paintings by Picasso, Cassatt, Morisot, and Monet, to name a few. A few weeks later, my mother wanted to see the exhibit, where I promptly delivered a convincing version of the docent tour, much to the surprise of everyone.
Quite a few years later, I enrolled at the University of California at Santa Cruz as a declared psychobiology major. Towards the end of my first year, I took an Art History survey class and fell in love for the second time. The class was fascinating, funny and provided a truly unique way in which to perceive the world in the broadest terms imaginable: through art
After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Art History, I returned to the East Coast. While there, I decided I would get a job in something related to my degree, in order to prove that liberal arts degrees aren't just a high-priced ticket to burger flipping. After scanning the classifieds in Austin, Texas and strongly encouraged by my family to consider Charleston, South Carolina, I fell upon a gallery that was hiring. I wrote my first cover letter and my first real resume. I interviewed with the owner, but I didn't get the job. I moved to Charleston anyway. Four months later, I got that job and I started my first four years with Martin Gallery, one of the finest contemporary art galleries in a town renowned for excellent galleries. I returned to Charleston and Martin Gallery several years later, once again working with my mentor, Candace Martin, and our beloved artists and clients.
Eventually, the call of the West Coast was undeniable and I returned to the Bay Area. After several years in San Francisco curating and bartending at Dada Bar, it was time to leave that nest as well. The right time had finally arrived for Stafford Gallery, and my partner and I moved to Healdsburg.
Thanks to the Harris Gallery, I located a petite space upstairs in the old Bank of America Building at the corner of Plaza Street and Healdsburg Avenue. A year later, I was able to relocate a few hundred yards to the other corner of Plaza Street, at Center Street, in the old Bank of Italy building. A larger, more prominent location with an open front portico, we have been able to expand our offerings of fine art and design items. We are more capable than ever of sharing the love and the beauty available to us in this world. Please come visit us at Stafford Gallery and fall in love with art all over again.