Art could single handedly be the most important accessory in a home. It’s common to know what you like when you see it, but actually FINDING that perfect piece of art – it’s not easy to pull off.
What to do when you love adding art to your home but don’t know how to acquire it? You find Meredith from Christenberry Collection and never leave her side. Meredith not only started her curated art collection THIS year, but she’s killin it.
“Christenberry Collection started in January of this year in an effort to help artists sell their paintings online, artists who may not have access to social media or know anything about it. I’ve been painting my whole life, oils and acrylics and started by selling my moms art. I slowly picked up new artists along the way and now carry over 15 different artists and I’m growing rapidly. I have artists contacting me everyday asking for me to promote their work all across the country.” – Meredith
I interviewed Meredith via email and left feeling inspired. If you’ve ever wondered if there actually ARE good people in the world, stop your worries, because Meredith is a doll. We have not met in person, but I know from our online interaction that she is a bubbly and spunky new business owner with big dreams. And I want to be her.
When was Christenberry Collection born and what inspired it?
Christenberry Collection was born in January 2015. At that point, my daughter Olivia was about to turn 1 year old. I had been in medical sales (a very high stressful job) for the past 4 years and started my business in an effort to spend more time with Olivia and my family while doing what I love – selling art I love and painting.
What kind of art can readers expect to find in your collection?
I love very neutral and understated art as well as colorful and whimsical. I really carry a variety. The only criteria is art that I LOVE. I love lots of texture and brushwork. We carry originals which range in price from $39 up to $5000. We also have cost friendly options. Amy Dixon Giclees (embellished with paint) gives the buyer the original look for a fraction of the price. Emma Bell also does these giclee prints. The painting is photographed and printed on canvas, then stretched on stretcher bars and gallery wrapped. The artist adds paint on top of the print to create texture. They are all one of a kind and very cost efficient, and you have the look of an original. We are doing lots of these in an effort for folks to have an expensive looking piece by a professional artist at a fraction of the cost of an original. Of course, we carry mostly original, one of a kind paintings though.
What does a typical work day look like for you?
My typical day consists of: 1. Painting- I have a few commissions lined up now that I’m working on 2. Moving inventory around at my gallery 3. Photographing images to post. 4. Sitting at the post office for 2 hrs shipping 5. Accounting and quickbooks…. YUCK!!! WORST PART!!
That’s the morning. In the afternoon I spend time with my daughter taking her to the park, the zoo, on walks, just the two of us. It’s very quality, special time together. This is my calling in life…being the best mommy to Olivia and the best wife to my husband, Daniel. I love to cook so normally late afternoon you will find me whipping up something delish from something I’ve seen on Food Network.
My day is a balancing act, but so fulfilling. I’m doing everything I love and being with the people I love, that’s the most important thing.
What do you love most about being a small business owner? What do you find most challenging?
I love being my own boss, making my own schedule, but knowing when to quit and shut off the phone and my computer is the most challenging. I love love love working with people and seeing them smile and the thrill on their face when I hang a beautiful piece of art in their home that makes their room perfect. Their face lights up, and I know I have done my job well. I help hang paintings over $500 in town.
Morning or night person?
Def early morning! I have an 18 month old! She is up at 6! My blueberry coffee (yes i know weird, with cream in hand), make a shake for breakfast, yumm and healthy! Then pull out the canvases. I’m ready for bed at 8!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I would love to own a huge gallery in Columbia. HUGE. Ship all over world 🙂 Mine is on a smaller scale now, but I’ve always been a believer in taking it one day at a time. If that’s where the Lord leads me, then that’s what I will do. Trying to take it one day a time, at this point. That’s what we are called to do..
What advice do you have for someone wanting to start their own business?
1. Do what you love and be passionate about it, and have confidence in yourself!!! Never let someone try to tell you that you can’t do something. When someone said that to me, it made me want to do it even more… If you are passionate enough and put in honest effort with a lot of help and prayer from friends and family, you will succeed.
2. Make sure you have the support of your family. My husband, Daniel, is my biggest cheerleader and has faith in me everyday. He tells me it’s all going to be ok, even on days I feel discouraged, because lets be honest, we all have those days.
3. Never ever give up or lose faith. You have this one chance in your life to do something you are passionate about, so do it to the best of your ability and if you are passionate, honest, and truly have a heart to help and serve others, people will want to do business with you.
Happy weekend to you all!