Del Alcazar, a Woodside resident, says she's no stranger to the world of art. She is originally from Arequipa, Peru, and lived in Spain for about five years before moving to the U.S. In her hometown in Arequipa, she says, she had many friends who were artists, poets and musicians.
"Growing up in that environment gives you a lot of appreciation for art," she says.
She has also taken art classes in media including oil and acrylic painting and ceramics, which she credits for teaching her how to appreciate art more fully. "Over the years, I've learned how to select and appreciate it," she says. " I have an eye for it."
In the early 2000s, Del Alcazar ran International Village Gallery on Larkin Street in San Francisco, until rent increases made the operation untenable. In five years, she says, rent increased about 40 percent.
She has also curated exhibits, including at the Peruvian consulate in San Francisco.
She initially opened the gallery in April of this year in Redwood City, with plans to find a more permanent location.
Her gallery features work by Latin American artists from different countries, including Mexico and Peru. Part of her motivation in showcasing Latin American art is to combat negative stereotypes that some might hold about immigrants or Latin Americans, she says.
She's got a lineup of artists she's known for 15 or 20 years, she says, many of whom she worked with at her old gallery. But she's also open to working with new artists. For instance, she is currently exhibiting work by Fernando Escartiz Ortiz, a Redwood City-based sculptor.
Del Alcazar plans to change the gallery's exhibitions about once a month.
"It's a lot of work, but I'm happy," she said.
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The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., or by appointment.
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