This past Tuesday, the skies were blue and the temperature was what WLBT’s Paul Williams described as a “polite” 98°. Now, I don’t know about you, but the heat this past Tuesday wasn’t very polite, but the crowd and excitement that showed up for gallery 1’s ribbon cutting was just plain ole nice.
Located on the ground floor of One University Place, gallery 1 is the result of a grant garnered by Jackson State University from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The spot is as hip as they come and features artwork from professional artists nationwide. Sure, this sounds like your run-of-the-mill gallery, but here’s the kicker–gallery 1 features many affordable pieces and will eventually incorporate artwork from students at JSU. It’s the perfect venue to introduce art to the west side while teaching JSU students a hands-on lesson in business.
The gallery’s curator is Kimberly Jacobs–a JSU graduate and a very active personality in the arts community. She also happens to be a West Jackson resident.
gallery 1 is the first of several tenants to open in One Jackson Place. Other venues that will open in the coming months include The Penguin restaurant, Royal Blue women’s boutique, and EnVision Eye Care & Optical Boutique.
1100 John R. Lynch Street
Tues.-Fri.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat.: noon – 4 p.m.
Sun. & Mon.: Closed
Below are a few photos from the ribbon cutting ceremony. For more, swing on by our Facebook page.
P.S. Get a little more background on west Jackson’s newest offering on Jackson State’s blog: