We had the good fortune of connecting with Glayson Leroy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Glayson, how do you think about risk?
Risk to me is being able to look at an opportunity and really going after it. In my personal life there have been many risks taken from going back to College at the age of 25 to completely diving into the world of murals and their creations. Being around many amazing graffiti and street art artists for the last 15 plus years has also shown me that risk is an important factor to success. Many of the artists I know have taken an amazing amount of risk to become the amazing artists they are today. And I think for me as just a graphic designer and a fan watching from the sides they taught me that fruition can come out of taking risks. So about 4 years ago I decided to open up my own company Galera Collective or G Collective as we now call it in order to assist artists with a platform to land bigger and better jobs. I must say it’s been the best decision I’ve made to date.
What should our readers know about your business?
We try to keep things simple by being an artist first company. Meaning that we go into every job with the artists best interest in mind while giving our clients the best work possible. I think what sets us apart is our ability to really work for the artists all while giving the client something that exceeds their expectations. Being able to work with amazing talent is a blessing for us and that makes it easy to be the artist first company. We know that every job big or small will be done with care and love by the artist we work with. Along the way we learned a lot and mainly that everyone is a different personality whether it’s an artist or a client they all must be treated with respect. And we also learned that no matter how hard you try you can’t please everyone and sometimes you have to make small changes and pivots in order to keep growing. At the end of the day we want to be known as a dependable art company that provides amazing art from murals to art shows. Highlighting the talented group we are blessed to work with.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Luckily we live in South Florida so there is plenty. My highlights definitely start in my hometown Delray Beach. Delray has become a staple go to spot in all of South FL. I mean we have amazing food at places like Papa’s Tapas and the newly opened Lion Fish restaurant. We have the Pinball museum and some really cool sports bars like Bru’s room and some of the best pubs like Blue Anchor and Bull Bar. After a couple of days in Delray we definitely have to hit my favorite spot and my second home Wynwood. I can say enough good things about Wynwood. From the artwork on all the walls to the amazing galleries showing both local, national and international artists and the food. Man the food is insane. You have the best tacos in all of FL at The Taco Stand, you have Wynwood Kitchen and Bar at Wynwood Walls, You have Kush with the best burger around and of course the food trucks during the monthly artwalks and Miami Art Week in Dec.Than before they left I’d take them to an up and coming area in Fort Lauderdale called Fat Village where some more really cool walls are done and they have a sweet new Food Hall called Sistrunk Market Place.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Well for me it’s a very long list. So I just want to thank everyone as whole. The members of MSG Crew and LMA Crew have been there with me since day 1. They have thought me a lot of how artists think and what to expect when dealing with personalities. Which to me is the key to our success. Because without the artist there is no G Collective. So I really want to shoutout those two crews in particular. But I do really owe a shoutout to the whole Wynwood arts community for accepting me in and showing me around the ropes of the Grafiiti and Street Art world.
I want to give a couple of special shoutouts to Billy Himmelrich of Old School Bakery in Delray Beach for all the support he has shown me from the beginning and Ron Bloomberg from Wynwood for providing us with more support than we could ever ask for.
Other: Company Instagram www.instagram.com/galeracollective
Artists names and Instagram handles for the work during Wynwood Mural Fest and Art Basel Week. Starve @unknownknowitall and @Oz_Fua Nico @nicosuavalicious Ripe @ripe143 and Buns @zoegen Chnk @chnkfondue and Bulks @bulk_styles Code @_code_ Grabster @grabster Picture of myself Hiero @hieroveiga, Quake @miamiquake, Bacon @vizla_bacon, and Taste @tasteburns,