We had the good fortune of connecting with Sharon Moskowitz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sharon, how does your business help the community?
srmART Connect was created as a launching pad for artists to connect them with opportunities in their own community and beyond. It’s mission is to navigate anyway possible to offer ideas, suggestions and networking so that their work and talent is enhanced and gains momentum so that it becomes more established, credible and ultimately profit from their talent. Artists can offer powerful messages in their work that both inspire and leave a legacy in place in this world. I have such joy from this. Curating a group of artists that have never worked with one another where they join forces, and it will bring the community together. Sharing the experience of each artist, by hearing about their process and how they are driven to complete the work that they do. This creates an energy that I cannot explain. There is a positive impact on the business for sure. The artists I work with are diverse, vary in age, come from all over the world, some have struggles and impactful stories. Their work is shared and thus creates a beautiful cultural landscape for anyone to appreciate and benefit from.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
srmART Connect started as a passion to follow and support arts organizations that are making a difference in their communities. It then grew into active arts advocacy until I was ready to begin offering the most vital service – connection. Whether its artist to artist or collectors and galleries, we assist the artists, art collectors, buyers, designers and event designers. Curate Shows that teach, sell and create community. Live art at events that add to the excitement and enhance the elements of the experience. Simply sell pieces on behalf of the artists and/or coach them by elevating their confidence and connect them with a greater selling experience. Every artist fascinates me! I truly am NEVER bored with their story. As a non-artist, I am immersed in their talent and truly try to get into their head to figure out what is right for them. I do not make fake promises or quick returns. It unfortunately at times, a buyer or collector is interested in an artist’s work and then just has a change of heart and disappoints. This breaks my heart. Then out of nowhere a sale is made and the element of surprise is fantastic! I am tenacious and never tire of helping an artist. I am so fortunate to know/work with some of the most extraordinary Atlanta artists and if I can’t help them, I want to connect them to the bigger legends like Fay Gold (I hope she reads this)!
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Oh man, restaurants…I have quite a few….and they are all over Atlanta. I hate to leave out any. The go to for real down and easy is Three Dollar Café. Wings and Cheese Dip.
When looking for service and going out like a grown- up, love the following. Arnett’s Chop Shop, St. Cecila, Bistro Niko, Ecco, Le Colonial and Tiny Lou’s. I look forward to experiencing Lyla Lila as I adore Chef Craig Richards. Want to try Wonder Kids also. Take out at Gio’s Chicken at Amalfitano on Hemphill and Eats on Ponce!
For my cultural fix, whether virtual or as tours open again, I love to see what is on view at Oglethorpe Museum of Art and at the High Museum. Fay Gold Gallery, Marcia Wood Gallery and Mason Art to name a few., Absolutely any performance of Alliance Theatre, and determined to see Atlanta Opera when it’s possible. Wherever Joe Alterman Jazz Pianist is performing and when he is leading the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival as well.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shoutout can be divided amongst two individuals that I have worked with, respect, and well adore. I believe they see me as a colleague that has had a passion for their work and devotion and in turn, has taught me so much that it has motivated me to build my organization to grow even stronger. John Tilford, Curator of Collections at OUMA (Oglethorpe University) has mentored me in curating. I truly am in awe of his wisdom and knowledge. Alan Loehle Professor of Art has been a huge cheerleader as he has supported my curated shows. He has encouraged my year-round visiting artists program. with robust artist talks and exhibitions of various art mediums. Alan, a widely recognized contemporary artist, his work resides in private and public collections throughout the U.S. and in England, has pushed me to pursue my work with srmART Connect by continuing to help artists and support art students as they navigate their studies and potential careers in the arts. Alan Loehle, Professor of Art , also at Oglethorpe University.