iCare Community Magazine
Interview with Van Art Gallery & Boutique Owner, Van Nguyen
Always smiling, Van welcomes you into her boutique Shop at Harbor Bay Plaza like you are family. You will experience an immediate sense of happiness as you walk through the doors, fun music playing in the background and an extravaganza for your eyes of gasp inspiring merchandise!
While the shop walls are a gallery of Van’s unique paintings, there are many other wonderful things available for sale in the boutique, many of which were created by Van and/or embellished with her artistry.
Hi Van, Please tell us a little more about yourself and your business.
“I was born in Vietnam, Ho Chi Min City (Saigon). As a child I always dreamed of becoming a famous painter. Not sure if that would happen, I attended night school focusing of a business degree and the art of Feng Shui. While attending school my former husband and I started Southern Book Publishing, which he still operates. Shortly after that I worked to build an extraordinarily successful medical supply company. My family operates that company in Vietnam. In 2013 I was hired by a California based Semi-Conductor company to represent them in Vietnam. I was responsible for sales in Vietnam. My job brought me to California for training. I traveled between California and Vietnam for several years.
“I fell in love with this county during my training and knew I wanted to make it my second home. While working for the semiconductor company in 2015 I was able to open an Art Gallery in California, I traveled back and forth from Vietnam to California allowing me to establish myself in the Art community. In 2017 I left my sales job to focus on my art. Through my Art Gallery I met a beautiful Vietnamese woman from Key Largo, she invited me to come to Florida. While in Key Largo I met a wonderful, kind man. He became my business partner and graciously helped me open a Gallery in Stuart. I found the perfect location in Sewalls Point and the Gallery opened in 2018. My gallery, STAR ART offers my Feng Shui paintings carrying my one-of-a-kind ART. I apply Feng Shui to my paintings. In addition to the beauty of color and originality my paintings are meaningful, good fortune and happiness are bestowed to the owner. I incorporate US paper money and coin currencies in my original oil paintings adding to the value of my whimsical creations. I also carry beautiful jewelry and a complete line of hand embroidered clothing and accessories. Handbags, scarfs and jackets all hand embroidered.
When COVID came my business focus changed I started designing beautiful fashion embroidered masks. I also do print LOGO masks as well. I can do name embroidering and logo designs for staff uniforms, team uniforms, health care uniforms, Dr. and lab technician’s lab coats. I also offer logo polo shirts, logo hats and logo visors. Just about anything that you need a name or logo on I can do it quickly. I have done beautiful, printed masks for many companies: Alfa Romeo Car Co., Sewalls Point Police Department, Martin County Sheriffs Department, St. Lucie Sheriffs Dept, Anderson Middle School, Kyle G’s Restaurant, Conchy Joe’s, Dolphin Bar, Jan’s Place, Pietro’s , Josephine’s several nonprofits like Treasure Coast Food Bank, and many others. I am a proud Chamber of Commerce member. I just received the Jensen Beach Chamber 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year award. I am very honored to receive this recognition.
Since COVID I have received many orders for my embroidered and screen print logo masks. For my embroidery, I just brought in a machine that allows me to do embroidery special orders right here in my boutique. I can now accommodate any special order requiring embroidery. I can accommodate weddings, showers, graduation and birthday special requests, just bring me your request and I can help you design your one-of-a-kind treasure.
I invite everyone to stop by my boutique and see my work. I would like to help all businesses, county offices, schools, medical facilities spread their good name with a shirt, mask, hat or uniform.