Mike & Sandy Kasten
Sandy Kasten has always been a lover of art. After obtaining degrees in art and art history, it was a natural transgression to open up her own gallery.
Teri Galleries, located in Metairie, has come a long way since it began in Kasten’s living room 30 years ago as a small collection of original paintings and pieces of art. Today, Kasten and her husband, Mike, run the company, which actively represents about 35 international artists, most of them contemporary. Says Bondilyn Jolley, a representative for Kasten, “We offer a nice variety that caters to all pocketbook sizes.”
The gallery carries many original pieces, limited editions, sculptures and rare collector’s items in realist, abstract, landscape and figurative styles.
The Web site—www.terigalleries.com—draws clientele from all over the world. “I’m proud to support an international client-base that is like an extended family, but my heart and soul is based in New Orleans,” says Kasten.
Many of Kasten’s current projects, in addition to running the gallery, include assisting art collectors who lost their artwork due to Hurricane Katrina. “I’ve worked with many local collectors and businesses in rebuilding and replacing their collections,” says Kasten.
Kasten is also a strong believer in giving back to the community. This past year, Teri Galleries has made more than $35,000 in donations to various nonprofit organizations dedicated to rebuilding the city. “Teri Galleries’ success was built on the support of our customers and community. It’s only right that we should give back!” says Kasten.