As our first feature in the Around Jackson series, we would like to highlight View Gallery, owned by Phyllis Geary. View is located in Ridgeland at the Township (just a few doors down from us!) and is the showplace of many local and regional artists' work. Paul Edelstein, Sheila Gourlay, Liz Chadwick Nichols, Sophia, Vicki Overstreet and Carol Cox Peaster are just a few of the talented people who show their art at View.
Take a look:
A quick little chat with Phyllis:
Laurel: So why did you open your gallery?
Phyllis: For a couple of reasons. Ever since I incorporated original art into my design work, my passion has grown for visual art. It transformed my design work and made me realize how essential it is when incorporated into ones home decor. Also, owning a small business has enabled me to be more flexible with my home life.
Laurel: How do you decide what artists to carry?
Phyllis: As an interior designer, I am drawn to work that has a beautiful balance of color. But I have realized that a mix of styles and techniques makes for a better display. Therefore, I look for quality and color, texture and application. Work that is edgy is not necessarily always good, and work that has beautiful colors is not always quality work either. I look for unique qualities that sets the artist's work apart.
Laurel: Cool, so what are you doing this weekend?!
Phyllis: I will be traveling to Nashville, Tennessee to see some close friends and family, and do exchanges with artists from there whose work I carry.
You can visit Phyllis and View Gallery on the web at www.viewgalleryart.com. View is also a host to the area's Art Walk every third Thursday where the gallery stays open until 8:00.