We had the good fortune of connecting with Abigail Kreuser and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abigail, how do you think about risk?
I think starting your own business is a risk and each step to growing your business is another risk. However, if you are following your dream, than those risks are worth taking. To be able to wake up each morning and be excited to be doing what your doing makes it all worth it.
What should our readers know about your business?
I own Kreuser Gallery in Downtown, Colorado Springs. Next February will be my 10 year Anniversary! I started at a wonderful, eclectic, small space in the arts depot district in 2011. From 2011 until 2019 I was working multiple jobs to support my dream of being a full time Gallery Owner. In 2019 I took a risk and decided to move my business Downtown, in hopes that a larger more visible space would allow me to focus on my dream full time. This space has allowed for so many new possibilities; art classes, performances and small events in addition to First Friday Art Openings with month long exhibits. Kreuser Gallery works with only local Artists that reside or have resided in the Pikes Peak region with the occasional group exhibits that extend to the entire Colorado region. We have so much talent in the Pikes Peak region and it is my goal is to keep promoting that and supporting our talented local Artists so patrons continue to support them and we never hear that you have to travel to Denver or Santa Fe to find what you are looking for.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would start in the morning with a cup of coffee at one of the amazing Local Roasters (Building Three, Purple Mountain, Switchback, Story Coffee or Blank) and go for a hike near Pulpit Rock to see “The Windmill Project” by Colorado-based artist Patrick Marold near the Ent Center for the Arts. For the afternoon we would walk downtown and visit the local shops and galleries; Kreuser Gallery, The Modbo, Art 111, Terra Verde, Eclectic Co, Yobel and more. Head up to G44 Gallery and then over to Manitou to hit the MAC and their local shops. For the evening, we head to dinner at one of the wonderful local restaurants….. perhaps Coati, so everyone can choose their own adventure, or amazing healthy creations at the Ute & Yeti, or tacos at Dos Santos, or a delicious poke’ bowl at Chiba Bar to name a few. Then we catch a show at the amazing Millabo. We end the evening seeking out a slice of pie wherever Gold Star Pies Truck may be and a tasty beverage at one of the local distilleries.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are many people in my life that have helped me in so many ways. There are 5 women in particular that have really helped these past 6 months; helped me keep my head up, provided constructive criticism and mentored me. My Mom, she has always been my constant. Gundega Stevens, fellow Gallery Owner/Curator and Mother, we have balanced each other through these times. Wendy Mike, dear friend and fellow Artist, we keep the creative juices flowing for each other and are each others sounding boards. Deb Komitor and Suz Stovall, two very pronounced Artists with a plethora of experience in the Art World and with Galleries, my dear friends and business mentors. These five women have influenced, supported and encouraged me in times when it was hard to keep my head above water. Owning your own business, no matter the size, it is not easy, it’s a 24/7 job and even when you wake up loving what you do, there are obstacles and hard days; it takes a village and I am thankful these women are part of my village.
Allison Daniell of Stellar Propeller