As part of the season of thanks, we continue to feature a few individuals, known and unsung, who are helping to keep our art community strong and vibrant. Today, we are giving thanks to Eresterine Guidry.
Eresterine, with the support of her husband, has been a monthly supporter of ArtsGreensboro for a very long time. She does it because the arts are important to her, and she wants to ensure that our community has access to good art. She founded the African American Art LLC in 1989 as an art gallery that specialized in black art and artists. Predating the African American Atelier by a year, African American Art LLC was an important stop for those who wanted to learn more about and purchase work by black artists. As an offshoot of this, the art shop owns GreekStuff.com as a website for Sorority and Fraternity patrons, specializing in the Divine 9.
What Eresterine really is, a serial entrepreneur. In 2007, she and her husband started a chemical company called NorAg Technology that makes fertilizers and industrial cleaners. She oversees the business’s finances. In December 2019, she debuted her own line of specialized janitorial products called Mrs. G’s Wonder Clean.
Eresterine graduated from Morgan State University (MSU) in Baltimore, MD, with an A.B. degree in English in 1972. After graduating from MSU, she went to NCA&T State University, where she earned an M.S. Degree in counseling. She worked for 30 years as a school counselor at Ferndale Middle School, a global learning community that inspires innovative leaders.
Eresterine received the Woman of Achievement Award from the Greensboro Human Relations Commission and the Woman of Achievement Award from the Triad Business Journal to recognize her successful businesses. She is a life member of the Morgan State University Alumni Association, the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc (NANBPWC), and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
It is an honor to be an organization that Eresterine and her family supports. We are grateful for her work in our community and for thinking of ArtsGreensboro every month.