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VOL. 130 | NO. 107 | Wednesday, June 3, 2015

David Lusk Gallery Relocates to Flicker Street for Now

By Andy Meek

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Change, milestones, new beginnings – they’re all on the mind of David Lusk at the moment, now that he’s wound things down at his gallery’s longtime home in the Laurelwood Shopping Center to undertake a relocation.

Lusk, who recently turned 50, moved David Lusk Gallery to a temporary space at 64 Flicker Street in preparation for a permanent home. He hasn’t named that property yet but says it’s “in the general vicinity of the Union Avenue viaduct.”

The reason for the move? He didn’t own his Laurelwood space and has long wanted a venue where he could do so.

“Laurelwood has been a great place to be,” said Lusk, whose gallery has spent a little less than 20 years – “19 and 7/12,” as the goodbye festivities have described it – at the East Memphis shopping destination.

The temporary space on Flicker Street is necessary to allow time for renovation work on the gallery’s new home, which Lusk estimates could open in October – a milestone development in what will be the gallery’s 20th year in business.

There’s been something of a long goodbye in recent days in the Laurelwood space, where the gallery curated a farewell exhibition it says was “part history and part inspiration.” It was a collection of new works by more than 30 artists Lusk said helped make what’s been almost two decades in operation so far a success.

The show also highlighted significant works from artists instrumental to the gallery program, including Burton Callicott, Carroll Cloar, Michael Crespo, Ted Faiers, Freida Hamm and Mary Sims.

Via a recollection on the gallery’s website, Lusk says his motivations for opening in 1995 were straightforward. He wanted to pursue the work of representing a small stable of artists – some with national reputations, some showing their first works – including artists both from Memphis and beyond.

In turn, he wanted to expose clients beyond the Memphis city limits to his artists’ creations.

Last year, David Lusk Gallery opened a presence in Nashville. The Memphis and Nashville spaces share a common identity, but the programs are different, and the staff in each is committed to their respective town and its artists.

The gallery posted a message to its Facebook followers Sunday night, a celebratory sign-off and promise of a new artistic adventure coming soon:

“As the doors close one last time for DLG at 4540 Poplar, we want to thank the hundreds of thousands of guests who have darkened our doors to support what we do. The art gallery business is a special endeavor, and your commitment to being a part of our extended family is sincerely appreciated. We look forward to sharing the next step of the adventure with you, so stay tuned and buckle up!”

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