My second interview was with one of my closest friends and fellow classmates, Sarah Raboff. A talented cross country runner and track star, Sarah is a very humorous and lively person who lights up any room. Her bubbly personality and constant giggling make her a delight to be around.
For her senior internship, Sarah is working with The Gerald Peter’s Gallery. Although her aspiring career has nothing to do with art, she is enjoying the experience of working in a prestigious gallery. Because Sarah gets along and can connect with almost anyone, I thought interviewing her and getting her insight on Santa Fe would be interesting. Below is my interview. Hope you enjoy!
What attracted you to this internship?
“Mainly curiosity.I really appreciate art. I’ve been to a lot of galleries and I knew that my neighbor really enjoys the art world, but I don’t really know much about it and I wanted to learn more.”
What do you want to get out of the internship?
“I want to learn how galleries operate and the details that occur within the art business.”
What kind of art does Gerald Peter’s gallery have. Do they have a specific genre of art?
“They have three genres. They have the Contemporary department, the Western department, and the Nature department. There’s actually two separate galleries; Peter’s Project is solely contemporary art and the The Gerald Peter’s gallery is western and nature.”
Do you have a favorite?
Does Gerald Peter’s Gallery attract or connect with young people?
“Actually they do with SITE Santa Fe. They work with SITE Santa Fe, and also the woman that I’m interning with gives a lot of tours to photography students and young art students.”
What does your daily schedule consist of?
“I usually will write letters to clients or people who have bought art from the Gerald Peter’s Gallery and I’ll do a lot of mailing, like Thank You letters. I’ll also move art into storage and I’ll pretty much just help the woman I’m interning with with anything she needs.”
What’s your favorite part of this internship?
“Definitely moving art because you get to really see all of it, which is cool. And also just looking around the gallery because the Contemporary art is actually really interesting.”
What is your dream workspace like?
“Well I want to be an oral surgeon, so a good doctor's office. Something really aesthetically pleasing.”
Would you want to work in Santa Fe as a young adult?
“Probably not because I like Santa Fe, but I see it as either a good place to raise a family or a good place to retire, but I don’t necessarily see it as a good place to have your career flourish.”
What does Santa Fe offer that other cities don’t? Do any of these cater to young people?
“The outdoors. We have a ski basin really close, which definitely caters to young kids. A lot of people work up there and downtown is nice, but I think that the thing that Santa Fe is lacking is public transportation. That’s a really big problem. If we had a good bus system or a metro, it would be so much easier to get around. Also if Santa Fe had more of a night life.”
If you could live anywhere where would that be? Why?
“Either Cherry Creek Colorado, Chicago, San Francisco, or Washington D.C. because they have more opportunities and there is a lot more to do.”
List some of your favorite things to do being a young adult in Santa Fe.
“Swimming, running in the outdoors, skiing in the winter, hanging out with friends.”
If you could add something to Santa Fe what would it be? Why?
“I think having more places for young people to hang out would be beneficial, in addition to having more of a nightlife and better public transportation.”
Would you want to work in a gallery in the future?
“You know probably not, but I think this internship is good because it has taught me what I don’t want to do, which is sit at a desk. I hate desk work, but I think it’s really good because it has made me realize that I need something more stimulating. Overall, I think its a good experience because it is showing me what I like and don’t like in a job.”
Do you usually visit art galleries?
“Yes. When I travel with my family, we always visit art galleries. I really do appreciate art so I’ll always go to galleries, but I don’t necessarily know if I would want a career in that.”
What do you think art contributes to society?
“A lot culture and also jobs.”
If you could own any piece of art, what would it be?
“Either a beautiful George Lundeen bronze sculpture or if anything, a Van Gogh, but that’s probably not going to happen.”
Do you think of art as having a strong influence over people?
“Definitely. I think the art world is really powerful, and specific pieces can be very influential.”
Having worked in an art gallery myself, I found that I agreed with a lot of the things Sarah was saying. For example, Sarah mentioned that she hates desk work. When I worked in a gallery, I also discovered that I spent a lot of time at a desk, making me realize that in my future career I do not want to sit at a desk for several hours a day. However, like Sarah, I also appreciate art and the experience I had working for a respected art gallery. It was amazing to be able to walk around the gallery and get to view some spectacular pieces of art.
In addition, I also found what Sarah said about Santa Fe to be for the most part true. Like Jules, Sarah talked about having more public transportation and more places for young people to hang out. While Santa Fe is great for any outdoors activities, it should have more things to do besides hiking, and sitting at parks because one can only hike and hang out at a park for so long before getting extremely bored and going a bit crazy. A younger generation needs a variety in activities to get excited about so they want to stay and pursue their futures here. In fact, Peter’s Project and SITE Santa Fe are now presenting the SITE Scholars Alumni Exhibition, featuring work from talented young artists.
By having more events, concerts, or aspiring places, like the Arts+Creativity center that Creative Santa Fe wants to develop, more people will find reasons to stay, instead of finding reasons to get out as soon as possible. Santa Fe is so unique and has so much potential for being a great city for ambitious individuals to live in, it just needs the big picture support and cross-sector partnerships to make it happen.