• Laurel Contributor

Great Art. 3 talented Artists.

by Luke Osteen

A trio of local artists have found a way to display their creations on Highlands’ Main Street.

The Highlands Cashiers Plateau sustains such a vibrant artist community, it’s startling to realize how few galleries are in existence here now.

Ann Jacob Gallery, Robert Tino Fine Art, The Shuptrine Gallery, Summit One, and John Collette Fine Art were local mainstays until just a few years ago. But the vagaries of the art world and a climate of economic uncertainty contributed to the collapse of these institutions.

Faced with the prospect of no outlet on the Plateau for local artists to market their creations, Leslie Jeffery and Mary Lou Bilbro opened a new gallery to serve the needs of the artists and the art-loving public of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. Inviting, spacious, and imbued with excellent natural light, The Carolina Gallery of Fine Art was located on the upper level of Mountain Brook Center. It served as a natural showcase for local artists, and quickly became the gathering place for those same artists, where ideas and visions could be shaped and brought to fruition.

But things didn’t work out for the The Carolina Gallery of Fine Art, and the duo cast their sight to find a space on The Plateau where their talents could be on display and classes and workshops could be offered.

Now together with friend and local artist Patty Calderone, the trio settled into the location of the former Jolie’s in downtown Highlands.

What will visitors discover when they step into this space?

“Great art produced by three great local artists,” laughs Leslie. “There are paintings and sculptures.”

“We’re each individuals, we each handle our own business,” says Pat. “We accept commissions, but each transaction is our own.”

To introduce themselves to the public, Pat, Mary Lou, and Leslie will be staging a Wine and Cheese Open House from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 14.

Select Artists at 446 Main is open Thursdays through Monday, 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

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