On Friday, January 19 at 1 p.m. the Jones County Chamber of Commerce joined members of the community in celebrating Caron Gallery South’s new location at 317 North Magnolia Street in downtown Laurel next to Café Le Fleur.
The gallery, which opened in 2011, was previously located at 407 Short 7th Avenue. Since its inception as a fine art gallery featuring the works of Mississippi artists, it has grown exponentially. Originally serving 10 artists, it now represents more than forty, including Adam Trest, Ali Stayer, Ellen Langford, Potters Field Stoneware, and Ricardo Moody.
During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee thanked owner Lily Trest for investing in Laurel and bringing a fine art gallery to the city.
“Mississippi does have so many wonderful artists that the would needs to know about,” Trest said.
Fine art galleries represent artists like literary agents represent authors by helping the artist (or writer) connect with their intended audience. Artists are able to apply to the gallery for representation. Once approved, artists submit their work for display in the gallery so that it may be sold to art lovers looking to expand their personal collections.
Caron Gallery South has locations in Laurel and Tupelo and all work represented by the gallery can be found on their website at thecarongallery.com. Pieces can be purchased online or in-person and shipped to buyers anywhere in the world.
They also provide custom framing.
They are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A video of the ribbon cutting can be found at the Jones County Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/jonescountychamber/videos/397173996037569