We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenna Zapata and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jenna, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When I first truly committed to the idea of opening an art gallery, I wanted to ensure there was a place where all felt welcome and supported in their creativity. I sold my first photograph in a gallery in 7th grade and it changed my mindset and perspective on how I viewed myself as an artist regardless of my age. I reached out to other peers and found that there were a lot of fears and misconceptions about galleries and how they worked. I wanted to not only have an art gallery but I wanted to also educate and make artists feel more comfortable.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started taking photos in elementary school and just entered local and state PTA art shows. From there I entered in local photography competitions and started showing in art galleries. I became super passionate about helping others get involved in galleries and then worked on hosting my own show for middle and high school students. There was definitely some challenges when it comes to perception of art as a career. A lot of the students faced struggles with their families not believing in them. They would come up to me and say this is just a hobby but they will be working on other “real” careers. From there on I worked to provide a space where they would always have the opportunity to pursue art full time.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Denison, Texas is experiencing a lot of new growth while still maintaining that small town feel. Denison has a beautiful downtown area for art, shopping, food, and, drinks. I’d recommend 410 Coffee + Collective for shopping and a great latte, Cafe Blackbird for delicious lunch and baked goods (get the chocolate chip cookie you won’t regret it), Rae of Sunshine Collective which hosts woman owned businesses and a candle pouring bar, Frank and Lola’s for some amazing tacos and end your night with 1880 Ice House for drinks. There are some new awesome tiny homes to rent that have beautiful views. Check out Eisenhower State Park along with the rest of Lake Texoma for some fishing, boat and kayak trips, or a nice hike! I always take people to check out Hidden Hangar Vinery as well. It is so peaceful out there and their wine is awesome! Come and see us as well for our custom hat bar, unique gifts, workshops, and art!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I definitely want to shoutout my family. I never thought my dream would become a reality so soon. I am very fortunate to have parents who believed in and supported my idea from the beginning. They continue to help me every day with the business and I wouldn’t be here without them!

Website: www.zigzaggalleries.com

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