TUPELO – The Main Artery in downtown has a catchy name and a mission.
“I realized there were artists that needed a place to sell their work,” said Nikki Logan, who owns the Main Artery with her husband, Daniel. “It’s not a new idea, but we thought it would work in Tupelo.”
The Logans came up with a plan and opened the business on Main Street in late summer, just in time to help potter Ginny Foxworth of Tupelo.
“I was selling work at my gallery in downtown,” Foxworth said, “then I got pregnant – I just recently had a baby. This opportunity opened up, and I started working from home.”
More than 20 artists display their work at the venue. You’ll find paintings, prints, clay sculptures, metal sculptures, jewelry, T-shirts and photographs.
“We rent space to artists. It costs $25 a month,” Logan said. “It’s basically art consignment. We contact the artist every time a piece is sold, and they get a check monthly.”
Brent Farrar, who paints watercolors, said he appreciates help with getting the word out about his art.
“They do the marketing for you,” he said. “A lot of people have told me they’d seen my work here, so that’s nice.”
There’s a convenience factor, too, according to Brian Taylor of Saltillo.
“They’re real open to your ideas, and how you want to display your work, and they’re gracious enough to handle all of the paperwork,” said Taylor, who has photographs and drawings on display.
The Main Artery also offers lessons:
– 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays – painting class for adults, $75 a month.
– 4 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays – painting class for kids, $65 a month.
– 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays – creative writing, $35 a month.
Heather Truett teaches the writing class.
”It’s called memory writing,” she said. “It was originally targeted for senior citizens who wanted to get their memories down on paper, but anybody who’s interested in writing can do it.”
Truett has plans to offer a poetry class for kids and a “writing as a gift” class for the holidays.
Charlie Buckley, who moved to Tupelo in June after earning a master’s of fine arts degree from Miami University in Ohio, has paintings for sale at Main Artery, and he teaches classes.
“I like teaching here. It keeps me engaged,” he said. “It keeps me involved, and it’s good to see other people get interested in art.”
About that clever name, Logan said it does double duty.
“We think Main Artery works and explains that there is art here,” she said. “Also, we’re pumping the souls of artists to encourage them.”
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