“How can you just stare at artwork all day” or “Don’t you ever get bored sitting in an art gallery all day long” are some commonly asked questions here at the showroom. Some of you may think that running an art gallery is as easy as setting up paintings on the wall and waiting for people to just show up and buy them. That’s definitely not the case in my circumstance. I am going to take you on a little journey on how I got myself into this industry and then I will explain how the showroom functions on a day-to-day basis.
To start off my name is Ryan Adams, the Operations Manager at Adams Galleries of Austin. Let’s travel back to mid-2014 were I had just moved back to Texas from Naples, Florida. I was sitting on a couch thinking what in the world am I going to do now that I am back in my hometown. I had several options; I could get back in to the furniture industry again, or I could follow my family trade and go in to the art and framing world providing a service that wasn’t available through a B&B platform in Lakeway, Texas.
With the blessing from my mother (and now owner of Adams Galleries) Jan Adams, I followed my gut instinct and decided to open up a revolutionizing business that brings two industries together: fine artwork and custom framing. I knew that going into this line of work that this concept had been done many times before, but I was up for the challenge.
Re-inventing the wheel can be a hard task, especially in the art industry. What we wanted to do is provide an outlet for the retail costumer to have creative power over how they purchased artwork. It is essentially the adult version of kids playing with Legos. For children, Legos allow them to use their creativity to combine different shapes and colors to create custom designs. Similarly, Adams Galleries gives adults that same opportunity to play by mixing and matching hundreds of raw canvas artwork and frames. As simple as the concept may seem, we felt like that was not being done correctly in the Lakeway area and we wanted to change it.
Over the last 10 months of business, we have learned a lot about the art and framing industry and also about our clients in Austin. We now know that the market is more modern then we would have ever thought and that information will help us as we move in to the New Year.