Mars Landing Galleries was conceived by Miryam Rojas, a Peruvian-American
originally from Rye, New York. Encountering endless talent among so many
artist friends over many years, Rojas aspired decades ago to “one day
open an art gallery to just showcase those talents if nothing else.”
As a child, Rojas eagerly read monthly Architectural Digest magazines, accompanied her father to antique auctions, and aspired to be an interior designer. By the age of 14, Rojas taught herself to interpret blueprints as the family renovated their 1924 Mediterranean Revival home. By the time she earned a B.A. with a Dual Major in Art History and in Fine Arts, Rojas had already interned at a television network, production company, museum, art gallery, travel magazine, and prominent designer fabric showroom.
Lured further down the coast after college, Rojas spent over 16 years freelancing as an Art Director in the Television and Film industry in South Florida. A persisting fascination with architecture and real estate coaxed her early on into a side hustle of renovating commercial real estate. She most enjoyed rehabilitating properties and uncovering their potential.
Western North Carolina was an
immediate draw for Rojas due, in part, to the immensely collaborative
and creative communities. With long waiting lists at many local art
galleries, she noticed that many artists weren’t being seen and would
not be for some time. Rojas imagined that Mars Hill, perfectly situated close to Asheville
and among incredible arts communities, such as Spruce Pine, Marshall,
Weaverville, and Burnsville, could be a pivotal destination for
both art enthusiasts and artists alike. And so, Mars Landing Galleries was born.