David Perry Smith Gallery to open its doors in historic Cooper-Young District

By Tamara Walker

[singlepic id=208 w=320 h=240 float=left]David P. Smith searched for a change after closing the former Perry Nicole Fine Art Gallery located in Chickasaw Village with his partner, Nicole Haney, several months ago. He said, “I didn’t just want to move Perry Nicole to another location but rather change the scope and represent only local artists in this new gallery.” The new gallery will be located at 703 New York in the historic Cooper-Young District.

Smith’s primary focus will be to maintain the new gallery as a leading contemporary gallery in the Mid-South, representing the local talent within Memphis’ artist community. The gallery will highlight local artists working in a variety of medium, with styles ranging from landscape to figurative to abstract to marble, glass, and ceramic sculpture. David will host monthly exhibitions to include solo exhibits, group/theme exhibits, and exhibits with guest curators, along with host lectures and artist demonstrations.

[singlepic id=234 w=320 h=240 mode=web20 float=right]David lives with his wife, Teri, and their son, Ethan, who is eleven years old. David and Teri have two daughters, Alexa, 21, a student at the University of Memphis, and Hallie, 25, who just graduated from Christian Brothers University. Smith, a native of Columbus, Ohio, moved to Memphis in 1992 and met Teri at Chickasaw Village where they both worked.

David will host a Grand Opening Reception on Friday, May 7th, from 6–9 pm, featuring work from Laura Painter Stafford, Andy Reed, Grey Gustafson, Mary Long-Postal, Mary Reed, Bob Eoff, John McIntre, Alex Walter, Road Moorehead, Hank Gray, John Sadowshi, and Don Morgan.

David will also be the curator for this year’s Cooper-Young Festival Art Invitational and Kickoff Party, Thursday, September 17th, from 6–9 pm. The Cooper-Young Art Invitational highlights the work of local artists that work or live in CY. All proceeds from the art sales go back to the individual artists.

To contact David, call 901-347-3541 or email davidperrysmithgallery@gmail.com.

And don’t forget about the other new businesses that have come to Cooper-Young: Total Body Cleansing Studio, owned by Holly Hughes, RN, BSN, at 917 S. Cooper Street (totalbodymemphis.com) and Absolute Property Management, owned by Connie Laisie, at 2238 Central Avenue (midsouthhomebuyers.com).

Welcome to Cooper-Young!

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