Gallery 220 Main is an art gallery located in an historic Art Deco building at the corner of Main and Toulme Streets in Old Town Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The building can be recognized by the colorful mural of the big red tree on the south side, and the Coke sign on the north. Twenty-five local artists belong to the co-operative gallery which offers a diverse collection of art. When entering the showroom, you will be greeted by artists who feel passionate about their work and will happily share both knowledge and enthusiasm while staffing the gallery.
Featuring paintings, sculptures, jewelry, mosaics, t-shirts, pottery, photography and so much more, the collection offers something for all tastes and price points. It is the type of place where art and real life blissfully meet, where customers stay long after their purchase to enjoy the energy and good vibes, and everyone feels welcomed and instantly at ease. It has become one of the most energetic artist co-ops on the Gulf Coast.
Stop by and meet the artists and find out why this Old Town gallery is an epicenter of creative energy. Long standing member of the gallery, painter Janet Densmore states, “We’re a unique gallery because the artists are available to discuss and advise the client’s needs.” Noting that visiting Gallery 220 is an experience like no other, Densmore says, “You will never find the caliber of work we offer in a big box store or by shopping online. Connecting personally with an artist and his or her work brings the collector an opportunity to participate and express their own creative imagination. One can own original art to be enjoyed for years to come.”
Building owners Jenise McCardell and Mark Currier organized the cooperative just five weeks after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Mississippi Gulf Coast in August 2005. The couple offers support and encouragement to the artists and have made the gallery a popular stop for the town’s Second Saturday Art Walk with live music, delicious food, and lively company. The couple also own Clay Creations, which is located behind the gallery.
Make plans to visit this notable gallery and meet Gulf Coast artists who create original pieces. Some of the artists offer classes in painting, pottery and mosaics, and most take commissions.