When local artist Victoria Miller decided to open an art gallery, she never considered any location other than downtown Venice. She loves her hometown and wants to share with others her passion and unique artistic vision. She hoped to create a trendy venue where hip Venetians can gather to admire the works of local artisans, sip wine, network and socialize, and maybe expand their own horizons with private art lessons.
Living the Dream
Today, Studio V Gallery is a colorful addition to the downtown district. The walls are crowded with eye-catching works reflecting the “edgy” style that Victoria prefers, and the gallery regularly hosts Chamber of Commerce events, bridal parties and group art classes. Victoria has discovered that owning a business is a bit more challenging than she had expected, but she wouldn’t change a thing.
“It’s been a dream come true,” she said. “I love being able to share my art with the community and provide a place where other artists can showcase their work. It’s definitely a lot of work but very satisfying too.”
Victoria discovered her love of art at an early age and often “decorated” her school papers with doodles and drawings. Her interests grew as she excelled in art classes at Venice High School, and her parents, both successful entrepreneurs themselves, encouraged Victoria to find a way to mesh her creative talents with the real world.
“They wanted to make sure I would be able to make a living after college,” she laughed.
Toward that end, Victoria studied business courses as she earned a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the University of South Florida. She had the opportunity to study abroad while in college, including a month in Paris where she toured famous museums and absorbed the culture, which she calls “the experience of a lifetime.”
She graduated in 2009 and opened Studio V Gallery less than two years later. She eagerly involved herself in the community, joining the Venice Area Young Professionals and volunteering as vice-chair of the City of Venice Public Art Board. She also heads the Public Art Committee for Venice Area Beautification, Inc.
When not involved in running her business, Victoria pursues her own artistic vision. She does custom portraits on request as well as custom hand-painted wine glasses. She is currently in the midst of a new project that reflects a realistic narrative style that celebrates the female form. This “goddess series” will depict women from the 50 states, each figure adorned with symbols that represent a particular state.
Victoria is also enthusiastic about a new talent she has discovered for making paper flower bouquets. She was recently married to fellow Venice resident Dominic Dietz and made her own bouquet for the ceremony. She had fielded numerous inquiries from gallery visitors about the flowers and is considering making custom bouquets or offering classes on the technique. She is also mulling the possibility of offering art classes or camps for children.
Victoria looks to the future with great enthusiasm. “Art is about pure creation—the act of creating something from nothing,” she said. “It never gets old because there is always something new to imagine and create. I love sharing art with others, and that is what my gallery is all about.”
Studio V Gallery
206 West Miami Avenue, Venice
941.412.6051 | studiovgallery.com