Giandra Shepard inside of Studio Zsa Zsa Lapree
Giandra Shepard is the owner of Studio Zsa Zsa Lapree located in downtown Jacksonville. With the mission of acceptance and advocacy for black artists, the vibrant colored Studio Zsa Zsa Lapree hosts monthly shows featuring new artists and other creative experiences. Giandra strives for her venue to serve the community and to be a place for artists who may feel overlooked to introduce their art to the community. In the heart of downtown, Giandra has turned her little corner of Bay Street into a lively environment to celebrate black artistry.
I'm always in awe of black women representing the arts through curating, advocacy, and creating spaces. Though the art market has grown to be more inclusive, it still lacks the representation of curators and gallery owners of color. To meet a peer building a platform with similar interests is exciting and I look forward to seeing her gallery grow and talents mature.
Zsa Zsa Lapree will host two art events in October that are open to the public. "Painting with Ki" is a 90s style painting class that will take place on October 6th under the instruction of Kiandra Jones and "PUSHA Kings Road Edition" , an art show that will take place on October 27th put on by Ashley Dickerson. (Flyers attached )