By Marva J. Sneed
On “From Marva with Love,” the managing partner of Annie Earl’s Art Gallery, Harold Banks, discussed the art gallery is named after his beloved mother who passed away from ovarian cancer in 1985 at the age of 45. She was the matriarch of the family; a very strong, single parent who raised five boys and one girl.
MS: We want to know the history of Annie Earl’s Art Gallery.
HB: Actually it started a long time ago back when I was a kid, going garage sale shopping with my mom and buying art. As I got older I wanted to know how to start it as a business. So I went to work with various companies and most of my time was spent in management with Wal-Mart. In 1992, my brother showed me how to build custom frames to add to the art. So we started doing it as a hobby for about 25 years and then in 2019 we decided to take it to the public.
MS: Tell us about the art that you carry in the art gallery.
HB: Our featured artist is a gentleman by the name of William Toliver. I would recommend everyone Google that name. He probably painted original paintings more than any artist ever. He painted 50,000 original paintings. We sell original oil on canvas, original oil on paper. We sell original watercolor paintings. We also sell prints and we have hundreds of artists. We have Arthello Beck from Lincoln High School in Dallas, Frank Frazier of Dallas, Henry Lee Ballard of Atlanta, Georgia, and Gilbert Young of Atlanta, Georgia. We call him the celebrity artist. He hangs out with Barack Obama and others. We carry just about anything you’re looking for.
There was so much more to this interview. Go here to hear the full episode.
Visit Annie’s Art Gallery at 210 South Main Street Suite #14, Duncanville, Texas 75116, or contact him at 469-513-2838. Website: www.annieearlsartgallery.com.
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