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Meet Shazia “ZsaZsa” Kahn of Galeria Vida in San Gabriel Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shazia “ZsaZsa” Kahn.

Shazia “ZsaZsa”, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
In January of 2019, I launched Galeria Vida, knowing it was an organization I could operate from home, while my kids were at school (after five years as a stay-at-home mom, I was ready to re-enter the non-maternal workforce). A Los Angeles native, with a personal resume displaying a passion for the arts (including fashion design, graphic design, set design, photography, visual arts, and film making), an art gallery was a natural option for me. I’ve been crossing paths with artists all my life & each one has inspired me, in one form or another. In efforts to merge creative circles, I was excited to provide a platform for selected artists to increase representation for women, minorities (and/or the self-taught), launch new opportunities, renew passions, and celebrate established careers.

Hosting four solo on-line shows per year and one year-end LA-centric group show, we exist to build relationships, expand the art community, support mutual promotion, encourage respect in an eclectic environment, and diminish elitist viewpoints. Art matters, in fact, it’s essential, and there’s room for anyone who wants to be included in the art world. Last year’s line-up was comprised of collections from an aerial photographer, a collage painter, a digital illustrator, and a shadow box /assemblage artist. Our 2020 roster will showcase a performance artist, a teenage filmmaker, a public sculptor, and an eco-friendly fashion designer. We’ve also expanded to include interviews with female operated art orgs, as well as three month-long global exhibits, scheduled for March (Sustainable Art), July (Mural Art), and November (Aesthetic Art).

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The biggest challenges to-date have been:
– Locking down locations for group shows.
– Preparing contracts for sales and mutual promotion.
– Funding.
– Obtaining followers on social media.
– Trying to wear too many hats in a start-up org.
– Finding a healthy balance between my personal life, my own creative projects, and management of the gallery.

Please tell us about Galeria Vida.
Galeria Vida is an Art Org featuring a Global Gallery and Eclectic Collections. We specialize in merging creative circles. We’re a grassroots, DIY project with plans to eventually expand to a storefront gallery and community art space. We’re most proud of the talented artists who have agreed to participate in our exhibits. All of our exhibits are curated by founder and director, ZsaZsa, via personal invitation. We do not have open submissions at this time. Our on-line platform functions as a traditional gallery, showcasing works in the spotlighted manner they are worthy of.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have further researched the business side of the art world.

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ZsaZsa’s photo caption (painted portrait by artist Sean Luhring / photo by Aaron Kahn)

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