Who We Are
Shen's Gallery was established in 1984 as a small 150 square foot gallery space in the Santa Cruz Art Center. Since then, it has moved to several different locations in Santa Cruz, including moving back to the Pacific Garden Mall's retail front two years after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
Shen's Gallery started as a fine art gallery and a teashop, selling fine Chinese antiques, contemporary paintings, and fine Chinese I-Hsing tea wares.
As a buyer, April Shen, the owner of Shen's Gallery, has traveled to many places in the countryside in China since 1984, searching for the most rare and exquisite antique Chinese furniture and decorative art pieces.
Shen's Gallery began to whole-sell Chinese art to the American domestic market shortly after moving back to the Pacific Garden Mall. During the period of the early to the late 1990's, Shen's Gallery became one of the major leading wholesale companies in the United States, selling fine antique Chinese furniture and decorative arts to many retail stores, catalogue companies, and design firms until consolidated into its current retail location at 2404 Mission Street, Santa Cruz.
Shen's Gallery specializes in the finest Chinese furniture & decorative art, rare architectural relics, fine collectibles, and other Chinese art objects of investment quality, ranging from the 16th to the 20th century.
After having worked with the manufacturers in China in wood products for over a decade and after having designed many new wooden furniture pieces, April Shen now offers much of her design concept in woodwork through her new line of products in economical compact size and in one-of-a-kind special designs salvaged from high quality old Chinese furniture pieces for her clients as one of her connections to nature.
In the spring 2008, April Shen was invited by the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History to design and create an ancient Chinese scholar's studio, using ancient Chinese art objects and relics for display as part of the Museum's “Ying” contemporary art show.
April Shen is also the 2008 recipient of the Design Journal Magazine's ADEX Design Awards, including all three Awards offered in Platinum, Gold, and Silver, for her contemporary home furniture designs. Please look for her new furniture designs this fall with products carrying both Chinese and Japanese elements in design, style, and workmanship.
Shen's Gallery's new website at www.shensgallery.com offers informative purchases for home decorators and fine art collectors as well as offering educational information to the general public in product write-ups and in other sections of Shen's new website.