Although Deserie Valloreo has never owned a gallery before, DRV Gallery isn’t her first business.
“I’ve had a variety of businesses – mostly in the wellness space,” Valloreo told The Gabber. “I’ve always felt this desire to paint, but I never knew how to get started.”
Valloreo got started in 2017 when she took a painting class with Gulfport artist Judy Dazio. Five years later, she’s opening a gallery and studio on Gulfport Blvd.
The 1975-square-foot space includes a storage room, three studios spaces, and gallery space.
Valloreo, who paints landscapes in acrylics, has her studio here, and Florida-inspired watercolor artist Curtis Whitwam signed up for a six-month period starting in October.
“I wanted to fill [the gallery] with things that I love,” says Valloreo. “The beach is definitely one of those. Music. Nature. Those are a lot of the things you’ll see in the gallery when we open.”
Valloreo’s DRV Gallery hosts a soft opening Oct. 6 with yoga for artists in the morning. The Jazz Librarians perform at the grand opening ribbon cutting Oct. 24.