Silvia Ferrari-Palmer has come to gallery ownership by being a maker and art appreciator. Born and raised in Milan Italy she began her love of the arts with an academic focus on drawing, painting, and design. Moving to America in 1993 she began working for various newspapers and magazines in upstate New York doing computer graphics and web development while continuing to develop her personal art developing a distinct following of animal lovers who commissioned portraits of their beloved animals for her to depict. A recent move to North Carolina in 2014 put her in a position to learn gallery work; photographing, creating displays, contacting artists and patrons, advertising, web development, and all the necessary day to day needs of managing a gallery. Now, in 2016, Silvia has decided to strike out on her own to create a gallery in downtown Bakersville to attract, display, and promote artists from coast to coast.
“As far as gallery managing/ ownership goes; if you love something – and I really do love, appreciate, and surround myself with the arts – you want to share that enthusiasm with other people. That’s what working in a gallery means; spreading your passion to others.”
Her tastes and focus are mainly geared towards functional and sculptural ceramic as well as jewelry work including local and international artists. In Tandem Gallery is in the historic brick bank in the heart of downtown Bakersville. The feel and appearance adds a special nuance to the space with the original bank vault, plaster walls with exposed brick, tin ceilings, and wooden plank floors.