If you've been in the 'Mecca lately, you've probably met our new gallery manager, Kyra Rice. Not only is Kyra consistently in a good mood, passionate about art and brilliant, she's totes adorbs.
We thought you'd like to get to know her, so we shamelessly grilled her:
How long have you lived in Charleston?
I've lived in Charleston for about 3 months now.
Where did you live before?
I lived in Memphis, TN, which is where my parents live.
Where did you go to college and what's your degree?
I went to school in Oxford, Mississippi at The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and i just earned my degree in Art History with a Minor in Business Management.
How many days a week do you work at Art Mecca?
I work here 6 days a week (Tuesday - Sunday)!
What do you like to do for fun on days off or after work?
I love cooking and baking, crafting and painting, exploring Charleston's awesome food and drink scene, and of course going to the beach!
Who's the handsome gentleman in the picture with you?
That's my boyfriend, Jake Duffley. He's is an enlisted Petty Officer in the Navy and was stationed in Charleston in June 2015 and is training to be a Navy Nuclear Technician.
Favorite thing about your job?
I don't even know if I can pick just one thing that I love about my job! I love learning about all of our wonderful artists and getting to meet and work with them! They are all so amazing and unique! I could also talk about art till I'm blue in the face so getting to talk to people and teach people about our artists on a daily basis just makes me so happy!
Favorite thing about Charleston?
Charleston is such a special city - the third or fourth day I was here, I told Jake "Everyone has just been so kind!" There were just so many good things happening and so many kind, welcoming people in such a unique city that it just felt like this was where I needed to be - and I'm so excited to be a part of this fantastic gallery! This really is my dream job!
And we're happy you're here, Kyra!