I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am to be starting this new project. I suppose I should begin with an introduction. My name is Litsa Spanos and I am an intensely passionate and driven individual. I created this blog to showcase beautiful things, generate inspirational ideas, and give you a personal glimpse into the world of art and design. I am an art consultant, gallery owner, and custom framer living in the fabulous city of Cincinnati. My business is called Art Design Consultants Inc. aka ADC Inc., an award winning and nationally recognized gallery specializing in corporate and residential art consulting.
The New Gallery BEFORE
The New Gallery AFTER
A GLIMPSE INTO MY PAST
As a small child I remember dipping my hands into soft, thick clay and forming it into a small bowl. What a brief moment in time, yet it remains vivid in my memory as beautifully messy. I didn’t know then that those two words would so simply sum up the last few years of my life.
I had my first job in the art business in 1989 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A wonderful small German man named Axel Ewald of International Art & Galleries gave me a job as Gallery Director. Axel—I am indebted to you for giving me such an opportunity.
Three years later, I found myself itching for a new adventure. I wanted to start my own art business. I picked up everything and moved back to my hometown, Cincinnati, determined to be an entrepreneur. My sister (who now also owns an art gallery) joined me for an exciting year learning and growing. Our mission was to make the world better…one painting at a time!
Starting off was not easy…we only had 500 square feet of space and two – yes two – clients.
For the next eighteen years and throughout seven expansions, I worked hard to build the business, helping corporations, hospitals and private clients find just the right art for their spaces.
TIME OF TRANSITION
The recent economic recession influenced everyone in some fashion, and I as a business owner, was no exception. Business was down and I was growing increasingly wary. Many clients stalled their art purchases and sales were down.
This is where I need to take a moment to thank my husband – my rock – for pushing me onward and for pointing out the insanity of considering giving up.
This is what I love
. Sharing beautiful things with others is my way of moving forward. How could I consider doing anything BUT this?
I decided to do what was possibly the most risky thing I’ve ever done: move my gallery to a brand new space during the economic crisis. Goodbye Over-the-Rhine. Hello downtown!
NOW THE FUN BEGINS
Today, I am feeling refreshingly motivated. I’ve got a great new space and clients are buying again. I began with 500 square feet, two clients, and an optimistic outlook. Today I have 10,000 square feet, over 2,000 clients, and the optimism (although I lost it briefly) is back full force and stronger than ever.
This inaugural issue is dedicated to my family, friends, and the incredible clients that have given me the strength and support so I can continue doing what I love.