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Business Profile—Art Praha

Radim Smejkal and wife Jeidy always dreamed of opening their own art gallery. After years of working in the corporate world they decided it was time to follow their passion.

“After many talks we joined our visions into an art gallery,” says Radim. “We chose Pensacola because of its beauty, deep history and personal connection.” My wife Jeidy graduated from UWF and I discovered Pensacola while vacationing on Pensacola Beach.

“We both met here and we feel that a city that has 450 years of history should be more art oriented.”

In 2008 they opened the doors of Art Praha on South Palafox as a European style gallery that offers works from around the world. About all of Praha’s artists are from Europe, but many are from around our area.

Today, Praha is known for providing impeccable clientele service to collectors around the world and is not shy in referring itself as “one of the finest art galleries in Northwest Florida.”

“We work with professional local, national and international artists whom we represent exclusively in the Pensacola region, Southeast U.S. or in North America,” says Radim. “We work together with the artists helping them to take their art to the next level.”

According to the Art Praha Web site, gallery selections include: oils, pastel and watercolor paintings, lithography, needlepoint, limited edition giclees, engravings, photography, sculpture, Raku pottery, blown glass, and designer one-of-a-kind jewelry.
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The couple frequents art shows and exhibitions to find various paintings, bronze sculptures, art glass, jewelery, Raku or other fine gifts.

Art Praha is currently displaying the bronze sculpture exhibition “Body Rhythms” by Linda H. King of Valparaiso through Nov. 15.

“The next exhibit will be showcasing our newly acquired painter Merlin whom lives and displays in Prague and we are excited to be the first art gallery displaying her artworks in North America,” says Radim.

Radim says future plans include opening a gallery in Seaside, Fairhope, New Orleans or South Florida.

“Our ultimate goal is to exhibit at major art shows such as Art Basel and compete with our artists nationally and internationally,” he says.
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Art Praha
124 S. Palafox Place
602-7052
artpraha.com

—Customized paintings, photography and designer jewelry
—Personalized gifts and corporate gift arrangements
—Art delivery and installation with white glove service
—Worldwide shipping
—On-site art consultation
—Painting and jewelry art lessons and parties
—Gallery rental for special events and private functions

Consultation and art deliveries are available to the following areas: Mobile, Gulfshores, Pensacola Beach, Gulfbreeze, Destin, Fort Walton Deach, Niceville, Cantoment, Pace, Milton, Fairhope, Foley, Orange Beach, and Navarre.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. with extended hours 10 a.m.-8 p.m. before all major holidays. Customers can also visit the gallery prior to the beginning of all major performances at the Saenger Theatre and during Gallery Nights.