AboutA Bit about Donna Chesler
With a strong background in photography and the arts, I feel my experiences are uniquely related to the field of real estate. I ran a successful photography business, created a luxury pet boutique, renovated a historic home and opened an art gallery and vacation rental. I have been instrumental in starting Jerome Art Walk and have recently helped put Jerome on the map as an art destination in Arizona. After 11 years in the Verde Valley, I have a love and familiarity of the area. I have been involved with the architectural and interior design of yachts, homes and properties. I have enjoyed working with the ‘rich and famous’ as well as yacht crews and house staffs.
For 25 years, my husband and I photographed the most beautiful yachts in the world as well as private islands and luxury properties. I organized and planned our shoots that were quite complex. Moving equipment, obtaining permits, making travel arrangements, art directing and styling the shoots, casting, client handholding, marketing, billing and book-keeping were all part of the job. Since our retirement from Chesler Photography, I have opened and managed a luxury pet boutique that was selected by Pet Product News as Best Newcomer of the Year. I have renovated a 100-year-old historic home and opened Gallery 527 in Jerome, a respected and successful gallery. I also run a vacation rental business in the upper portion of the Jerome property.
I am President of The Jerome Chamber of Commerce and head of marketing for the Jerome Chamber. We are regularly featured in publications around the country. As head of PR for our Chamber, we doubled our Historic Home Tour revenue a few years ago.
I am VP of Jerome Art Walk, a monthly event that is in its 9th year. In this capacity, I am responsible for bringing The Sedona Plein Air Festival to Jerome for a day of painting every year, the Chamber/Art Walk sponsorship of a film at the Sedona Film Festival and joining forces to promote Sedona and Jerome in a ‘Make a Weekend of It’ Art Walk campaign. I helped stage the first Verde Valley event called Walkin’ on Main – a Wine, Jazz and Arts festival in Old Town Cottonwood, bringing every art group in Northern Arizona under one big tent for a day of Art and Wine.
My experience with the Jerome Chamber and Jerome Art Walk in the past 10 years has given me an understanding and talent for marketing and public relations.My partnerships with people from many walks of life in the Verde Valley has given me a good knowledge of Sedona, Cottonwood, Clarkdale and Jerome.I feel my relationships from our former life in the yachting world and current relationships in the Verde Valley art and business communities serve me well as a realtor.