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Perspective Gallery, Doug Haight, Board President

“Promoting fine art photography and establishing a venue for exhibits”

A Profile by Jean Cunningham

· Arts,Non-Profits,Photography
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Tell us about yourself and your business! What do you do or sell?

Perspective Group and Photography Gallery is a not-for-profit, community-oriented cooperative whose purpose is to promote fine art photography. In addition to monthly group and featured artists exhibitions, the gallery features a guest speaker lecture series, monthly artist talks, an annual national juried exhibition, an annual invitational show; an annual Vicinity exhibition, and an annual juried show for Chicago-area high school students.

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Why did you start this business? What is your origin story?

To promote fine art photography. Thirteen years ago, our "Founding Members" were interested in promoting fine art photography and establishing a venue for exhibits.

What's the story behind the name of your business?

In photography, one's perspective is paramount. The name "Perspective Gallery" conveys the idea of art and photography.

Did you choose the Main-Dempster Mile? Or did it choose you? Tell us the story of selecting your location.

The Main Dempster Mile provides us with a thriving and active business community, good parking, a great music venue, and numerous dining options.

What sets your business apart from others that perform the same service or sell the same products?

We are the only fine art photography gallery in Evanston!

What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about opening a business?

As a not-for-profit photography gallery, we rely on Members to "do the work." Our advice is to have active and engaged Members.