Fine Art, Fun Finds
Apr 05, 2016 10:31AM
● By Dia
Meet the husband-and-wife team behind Blue Pomegranate Gallery.
There’s art in the Square … and not just the festival that’s getting all the buzz this month. Blue Pomegranate Gallery, the eclectic shop nestled in Southlake Town Square, is bursting with all kinds of colorful, unique pieces. We caught up with owner Sondra Gerber to chat about Blue Pom (as fans affectionately call it), and what kind of artistic surprises are in store.
Q: Tell us a little about how Blue Pom got its start.
A: A friend and I decided to sign up for an art fair and share a booth to sell our work under the name of Blue Pomegranate Studio. Once we found ourselves making and selling our work full time, we decided to share studio space. In 2001, Jason [Gerber’s husband] and I decided to invest in a building that could house both working and selling space, hence the birth of Blue Pomegranate Gallery. In 2010, Jason quit his full-time job and became the business manager for the gallery. I began creating relationships with artists from all over the country and started carrying their work in the gallery.
Q: You’re based in Omaha, Nebraska.What brought you to Southlake?
A: We had been thinking about expanding to multiple locations. Southlake is a vibrant, growing community, and we felt it was an optimal location for a gallery offering only American handmade fine art and fine crafts.
Q: Has anything surprised you about the Southlake community?
A: The support of the community is amazing. The mayor even came in and posted about our gallery on her Facebook page.
Q: Sondra, you’re the owner and also an artist. Where do you draw inspiration for your art?
A: Nature. I also love the clean, contemporary lines of the mid-century modern styles.
Q: How would you describe your style as an artist?
A: Contemporary with a touch of whimsy. I am an upbeat, positive person, and I think that is reflected in my work. I recently began using more color in my work and I am excited to see where that new path will take me.
Q: Jason, you’re a professional photographer. How do you and Sondra work together at Blue Pom?
A: I’ve had a camera in my hand since I can remember, instructed by my father to look for the interesting detail. Sondra and I have found we are a great team for the gallery. She’s a great designer, curator and the boss everyone wants to work harder for. I have a background in small business; it’s in the blood. We love working on projects together and even share an office with each other, sitting just a few feet apart. We are inseparable in life, love and business.
Q: Give us an idea of what shoppers will find at the gallery.
A: We like to think of Blue Pomegranate as a great treasure hunt. As you explore the gallery, you see more and more every time you walk through. People often say it takes about three trips around the gallery to get an idea of the full range of what we carry. We love art that makes you smile, and even some that makes you laugh out loud.
Q: What if a shopper is looking for a custom piece? Can that be arranged?
A: Many of our artists are happy to do custom work. Just ask and we’ll see what we can do!
Q: How do you select artists to feature?
A: We look for art that is unique, well executed on a professional level, and fits in with our colorful, uplifting style.
Q: What’s something people might not know about the gallery?
A: The name, Blue Pomegranate, comes from the Bible in Exodus 28:33, where God instructs the priests to adorn their robes with the blue pomegranates, a color that is not true to nature. The Blue Pom is something that is unexpected, creative and a symbol of fruitfulness.