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Meet Diane Allen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Diane Allen.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
In my mid-twenties I attended elective courses in art at UCLA. My favorite was a course that included studio visits in Venice, at a time when Laddie John Dill and Tony Berlant among many others were just at the very beginning of their careers. I continued to learn about many artists at that time and purchased one of my first and favorite paintings, a watercolor, at the very first Venice Art Walk in 1979. I then continued to purchase art during the last 38 years while I was building and running my two stores, 23rd Street Jewelers. I made many of my most significant art purchases during the last six years, but have always favored contemporary art. This immersion in an art life, which I choose to call it, has continued and grown into an artist management business of which I am embarking upon now. In the last few years, I sit on the boards of Desert X, VIA (Visionary Initiatives in Art), and Phase One Foundation, all of which I am proud of and gives me an opportunity for art world exposure and philanthropy.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has always been a smooth road. However, as Diane Allen Presents is in the early stages, it’s a new and exciting learning curve for me. Meeting and managing emerging artists on an almost daily basis has been both fun and fulfilling.

Please tell us more about your work. What do you do? What do you specialize in? What sets you apart from competition?
After 38 years of being a jeweler and owning a popular store where I was known for my one of a kind and original designs, I am content with having closed that chapter of my life and look forward to the further development of Diane Allen Presents. My plan for Diane Allen Presents includes the management of emerging artists through promotion such as events and shows. This is a new business format for me and most artists so it is fresh and exciting and a learning experience. I am most proud of building 23rd street Jewelers and the reputation that I have but I am equally excited to have the same reputation within the art world as I did when I was a jeweler.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
It’s all about connection. I’m very social and outgoing and that creates an environment where it’s easy for me to meet new artists and potential art buyers.

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