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Our Members – Catherine Testorf

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Catherine Testorf opened her first gallery in 2012 on the back of a mission to introduce International artists to the NY art scene, including artists from remote areas of the globe such as the Middle East, Asia and even the Caribbean. At the crossroads of NoLita, SoHo and Chinatown, she found herself immersed within a cosmopolitan public. This creative environment brought her to create intercultural exchanges through geographical diversity as well as through different art expressions such as music, fashion or dance.

Today, she is the founder of Insight Artspace, an interactive art business, which integrates the artist own personal journey, passion and story in order to create a more meaningful exchange between artists, collectors and neophytes. She likes to think of being a mediator between the viewer and the artist. Breaking with the traditional format and  “white box” gallery, Catherine aims to make art more accessible and interactive in a variety of intimate settings as well as to integrate the art in a selection of alternative venues such as restaurant, spa, offices and more.  It is her belief that it will foster a deeper appreciation of the artist’s work as well as to encourage a dialogue.

Prior to the art business, Catherine has worked for over 10 years in the financial sector in Switzerland. It was during this period that she realized the importance of art, as an appreciating investment, as well as the ability of art to function as a bridge to the distant cultures she dealt with.

In 1998, Catherine moved to New York and embarked on her new career, in Public Relations, followed shortly afterwards by establishing a thriving art business.  Catherine lives in Westchester with her husband Michael, two boys, Vincent and Julian, and their dog Sammy. Travel, discovering new cultures and meeting creative people, all give Catherine real inspiration!

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