Meet Katie Jones, Owner of Buckhead Art & Company
It’s a goal of mine to use this blog as a platform for other creatives and business owners to share a bit about themselves and their work with the hopes that it might instill confidence in others hoping to follow in our footsteps. I met Katie Jones, owner of Buckhead Art & Company, an airy art gallery located within The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, earlier this summer at an event she was hosting in the gallery and was instantly inspired by her.
Owning my own business at 25 is a lot, and Katie is a couple years younger than me at 23 and she’s responsible for representing her artists and the physical space of the gallery. I respect the heck out of what she does and I had to find out more about her story.
Photo by Tori Gleeson
Katie assumed ownership of Buckhead Art & Company in 2018 after the previous owner desired to dedicate time to raising her child but saw the passion Katie had for the gallery. Katie saw the opportunity and decided to take the plunge and buy the gallery.
See my interview with Katie below and join us for a collaborative trunk show with Kristi MeGahee Wednesday, August 28th at Buckhead Art & Company! We’d love to see you there.
What do you think makes great art and what do you look for when deciding to work with a new artist?
I believe that great art connects with the buyer. The purchaser can envision the work within their home, connect it with a memory, or be part of a story. When deciding to work with new artists, I look for passion and drive. Buckhead Art & Company is my world and I choose to represent these artists each day. I want artists that want their artwork to be in the gallery as much as much as I want to represent them.
What made you want to take the plunge and own a gallery right out of college?
Owning a gallery has always been my dream job. Owning a gallery at age 23 is something I never expected. It all started when I interned for Hutton Snellings on my Christmas break at Birmingham-Southern college. I had the time of my life and was so excited to hopefully work for her post graduation. Time passed, and Hutton let me know that she was no longer able to hire that upcoming summer. I then interned for Gallery 1930 and Design Supply my spring senior semester. The same thing happened and I ended up in software sales recruiting following the business side of me. I spent many weekends working at the gallery and catching up with Hutton. Hutton explained that she had a 2 year old and wanted to be painting. We were surprised when she offered the gallery to me at age 23. She said that I was they only person who cared about it as much as she had. My Dad knew that if my Mom were here today, she would also agree that this was more important to me than my future wedding. It means the world to me that my Dad has seen it in me and is letting me pay him back over time. This was an opportunity that I knew I would regret not taking for the rest of my life and so we decided to take a leap of faith. I am learning every day and would not trade a minute of working with these artists.
Could you give me an example of a mistake you’ve made in the business and how you learned from it?
One of my biggest mistakes has been spreading myself too thin. I am only human and doing the best that I can. I have learned to take note of the good, and let go of the bad because that’s how we grow. We cannot grow if we do not stop to reflect on where we have come from.
What do you do to pick yourself up in hard times or stay focused?
I think it’s important to take only one day at a time. My Mom and Dad always reminded me that God won’t give me what I can’t handle. I pray for my artists and the gallery every night as I wouldn’t have this opportunity if it weren’t in God’s plan. I keep trying to remind myself of that when times are hard. Mistakes are all a part of a bigger story.
Best piece of advice for someone looking to go on a similar path as me?
Follow your heart and give it all you’ve got.
Buckhead Art & Company is located within The Shops Buckhead Atlanta and you can find them on Instagram at @buckheadartcompany