Today we’d like to introduce you to Estefania Perez.
Hi Estefania, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I’ve always been into art and creating. But a little over 3 years ago I decide to take my art outside of the comfort of my own home. I noticed there was an opportunity to decorate the side of the feed store in my hometown (Duncanville) with mini murals on wooden panels. This gig was more of volunteer opportunity, nobody was paying me for my time, for the supplies, or for the instillation of each mural, regardless of all of that I still decided to take over just for the opportunity of exposure and chance to give the building a facelift. I started seeing opportunities open up for me that I know wouldn’t have been given to me by keeping my art just being seen by my family and a few close friends.
Since I was doing various art projects in Duncanville it only made sense for me to open my business here. I knew I wanted to create a space to display and give local talent a place to showcase their work as well as a place to teach others how to paint. Ever since I was little, I always wanted to teach, (every year during career day in elementary school I would go as a teacher).
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Opening my own gallery has not been easy at all. I thought before when I was working a regular nine-to-five job, I was tired, now working and building my own business I have experienced a whole other level of tiredness, haha.
There is definitely a long of behind-the-scenes work that does not get accounted for when you start to consider opening your own business.
My business has made me realize how every day is a learning experience. I have learned how important time is and how being organized is a major key factor to success.
Connecting with people and creating a space for people to grow whether in their own art career or personal hobby has definitely made all the sacrifice and hard work worth it and extremely rewarding.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
My business, Lucky Duck Gallery is a creative space for all.
We have art displayed at the gallery by local artists that’s for sale
I’m usually able to have at least 12 artist on display at a time. The gallery rotates artist every 3months. As long as the art can be hung, we don’t turn anyone down, works more as a first come first serve basis! I wish I had more wall space!
We also offer painting classes for everyone!
We have ceramic figures that are great with the toddlers
For ages 6-13 we have kid-friendly classes every Saturday!
Art camp is offered during most holidays like Christmas break, thanksgiving break, summer break for school-age kids 6-13
Then for the teens, young adults – elderly we have painting classes that can range from beginner level to more experienced level
All of our classes are instructed by me and all painting materials are included
We also offer paint kits to go so you can take the fun home with detailed instructions and all the paint materials included!
We are BYOB! Perfect for girls’ night, team building, or family day out!
We also have. Art supplies for sale!
And host monthly pop-ups that are great for local crafters to showcase their work.
The fact that this space is built by the community is what sets us apart from typical sip and paint studios. Being able to help people shine and help them growth in their own art career or fun hobby of painting through the art classes is what makes me feel the most proud of my business.
I want the readers to know that if you are looking to support local artist
Lucky Duck Gallery is the place to shop for art!
Besides the typical art on canvas, our artist also have prints and stickers of their artwork if you want to support in that way as well.
I also want them to know that if you are wanting to try a new hobby and want to practice your art skills our classes are the perfect getaway, and the location is amazing because after the art class you can help yourself to a cup of coffee or enjoy a bite from the neighboring restaurants within the shopping center.
Risk-taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
I took a risk on myself by quitting my regular job. I miss the secured paycheck deposited into my account every 2 weeks but I knew I couldn’t take it any longer when there was a fire inside me burning and yearning to see what would happen if I opened my own business. I’m not typically a risk taker but I know life is short and I just needed to try this opening up your own business scenario.
- $20 for kid classes
- $25 for adult classes
- Email: Luckyduckgallery@gmail.com
- Website: Luckyduckgallery.com
- Instagram: www.Instagram.com/luckyduckgallery
- Facebook: Facebook.com/luckyduckgallery