"The whole experience has been life-changing and humbling."

Angela King is a 40-year art gallerist and California native who fell in love with the South. Drawn to the history, culture, and spirit of New Orleans, Angela and her business partner opened an art gallery in 1993, and co-ran the business through 2005. When Hurricane Katrina overtook the streets of New Orleans, Angela decided that she wanted to make the transition into having her own gallery – a place where all of the money could remain in New Orleans and help revitalize the city. In 2006, she started remodeling.

To help with the rescue efforts following the hurricane, Angela invited some who were unable to return to their homes to move into the old gallery building.

When she began the process of cleaning it out, their first task was to empty almost 30 years of accumulation from the 4-story building. Angela, along with three other women with hand trucks, spent three months "filling dumpsters and rolling everything else down Royal Street." In 2006, Angela opened a satellite location of her gallery as she worked to buy out her partner. The community continued to rally around the gallery, buying art from a location that "had absolutely no walking traffic."

Angela describes the whole experience as "life-changing and humbling." In September 2006, the gallery's new home at 241 Royal St. was ready for business. Not only did it bring a facelift to the neighborhood, the gallery inspired other shops and residences on the street to embrace their historic glory as well. The Angela King Gallery opened in January 2007.

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Ten years later, the gallery is standing strong. Angela credits this success to her relationships.

To honor this occasion, Angela is hosting four days of festivities that pay tribute to the people, artists, associates, and collectors of New Orleans that've helped with her success. The celebrations will begin on March 23. On Saturday, March 25, King is having a public exhibition at Angela King Gallery from 7-10 CST. The event is complimentary, but RSVPs are suggested.

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