the de­sign mind

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Some peo­ple have the in­nate abil­ity to cap­ture con­cepts and trans­form them into re­al­ity; like hav­ing a spe­cial lens that views the depths of some­one else’s dream, bring­ing it to life with just the right touch of magic.

That’s Theresa.

The day I met Theresa was the day I took my first ten­ta­tive steps into her gallery. I had watched it in var­i­ous stages of con­struc­tion but it was quite a while be­fore I fi­nally sur­ren­dered to my cu­rios­ity. I wasn’t in the habit of gallery-go­ing and hadn’t seen any that tempted me to re­turn. As I moved to the cen­tre of this very large cu­bic space, I felt I was still out­side. The colours and the shapes drew my eye to each artist’s of­fer­ing as I slowly be­gan to be­lieve I be­longed there. It was com­fort­able.


While I lis­tened to Theresa about her pas­sion for her life’s work, it be­came ob­vi­ous that one of her spe­cial­ties is in de­liv­er­ing that same com­fort to her clients. It’s as if Theresa un­cov­ers puz­zles and has great fun mov­ing pieces and colours around in her mind, de­vel­op­ing so­lu­tions for peo­ple who ar­rive on the doorstep of Gallery Dou­ble T. Theresa con­tin­ues to be as thrilled as she was on her open­ing day to wel­come so many to her beau­ti­ful gallery she lov­ingly de­signed and built at the rear of her Regina prop­erty in 2005. That was sev­en­teen years af­ter open­ing the charm­ing older home at the street front which now show­cases her jaw-drop­ping de­sign con­cepts and of­fers spec­tac­u­lar pic­ture win­dows that show­case large paint­ings to stim­u­late in­ter­est in vis­it­ing the gallery. For those who de­sire some­thing dif­fer­ent while vis­it­ing the re­gion, this home also of­fers mag­nif­i­cent short term lux­u­ri­ous ac­com­mo­da­tions. It’s called Suite 76. As she re­cently ex­plained to me, “I lis­ten care­fully to my clients in or­der to cap­ture their true essence. Only then can I bring my imag­i­na­tion into their home. The clues I de­tect dur­ing our con­ver­sa­tions are like gems that are gath­ered and care­fully in­te­grated into their unique space to ex­press their char­ac­ter. In a sense, the clients dis­cover much about them­selves dur­ing our con­ver­sa­tions.” As Theresa puts it, “I un­der­stand my clients’ chal­lenges, feel their ex­cite­ment, and cap­ture their dreams as they con­tinue to build more trust and faith in me with each visit. They love the process as they be­come more en­light­ened about the thrill and im­por­tance of own­ing fine art. I feel their trust grow­ing with each visit to the gallery.”


Theresa is right­fully proud of her ac­com­plish­ments. As owner, high-end mas­ter pic­ture framer, and in­te­rior de­sign con­sul­tant, she spends her days hap­pily in the re­gion’s largest pri­vately owned gallery. This year, Theresa is thrilled to share her suc­cess by cel­e­brat­ing 30 years of help­ing clients dis­cover the magic of own­ing a piece of fine art. She con­tin­ues to be pas­sion­ate and in­spired by the artists who grace her gallery walls, many of whom have been show­cas­ing their works since the very be­gin­ning. Long time friend and Cana­dian con­tem­po­rary ab­stract artist Pietro Adamo re­cently shared his feel­ings: “Time has treated you and your gallery well, Theresa. We were taken by the fresh­ness of the gallery, your en­thu­si­asm, and pro­fes­sion­al­ism. I am very proud to be rep­re­sented by you be­cause I know of your com­mit­ment to each and ev­ery piece at Dou­ble T. It just gets bet­ter and bet­ter, and so too does the col­lec­tion. I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing with you for the next 30 years!” Drop in and feel the ex­cite­ment for your­self and meet Theresa You’ll be glad you did. John R. Turvey, Writer

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