Highlight Hollywood supports all venues of the entertainment industry, from politics to sports to cinema to fine arts. This year, we again have the exclusive rights to introduce our readers to the 25 Best Galleries In America, as designated by the American Art Awards. The AAA board, headed by president Thom Bierdz, chooses only one gallery per state per year. Their selections are based on years established, industry reputation, online buzz, location, size, represented artists as well as artist and client references.
Bierdz explains, “In the past, American Art Awards has honored well over a hundred galleries. We study thousands of galleries each year. We are duly impressed with the professionalism, reputation, gallery space, exhibitions, artist roster and clientele of E&S Gallery and award them the Best Gallery In Kentucky for 2016.
“E&S Gallery, Inc. was established in Louisville, KY in 1989 by Walter Shannon, who runs the company with his wife and partner, Cathy Smith-Shannon. Over the course of 25 years, E&S has grown from a 2,500 square foot strip mall location, to a more than 11,000 square foot gallery, custom framing and art publishing company. This stunning two-story gallery specializes in original and limited edition fine art prints and sculpture by preeminent master and contemporary artists, including Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, James Lesene Wells, Charles Bibbs, Twin, Leroy Campbell, and dozens of others.
”E&S clients list includes corporations like Brown & Williamson Corp., Pepsico, PNC Bank, the Tom Joyner Foundation and the National Urban League, as well as private collectors including Earl Graves, Ralph Johnson of Earth, Wind & Fire, singer/songwriter Kem, Angela Bassett, Bob Johnson, the late Dr. Donda West, Alonzo & Tracy Mourning, J.C. Watts, Yolanda Adams and many others. This beautiful downtown Louisville hotspot has been featured in national magazines like Decor, Art Business News, Art Trends, Black Enterprise, and Southern Living Magazine.”
E&S provides collectors of African American art with an unmatched selection of artists, medium, subject matter, and genres. From the minute you enter the front door and step into the lobby adorned with stunning sculptures by Woodrow Nash and impressive wall size originals by Twin (Jerry & Terry Lynn) , you know you’re about to have a unique experience. The grand staircase guides you to the 2nd level, a light, airy showroom and framing design center filled with original paintings, fine art graphics, and decorative art by the nations most popular African American artists.
The 3rd floor loft, not to be missed, houses a premiere selection of original graphics and sculpture by renowned old master artists like Catlett, Lawrence, and Wells alongside works by their award winning contemporaries including the critically acclaimed watercolors of Dean Mitchell and exquisite oil landscapes of Mason Archie.
Owner’s Walter & Cathy Shannon take pride in sharing their gallery with seasoned art collectors as well as first time art buyers. E&S also participates in art shows, art auctions, and private fund raisers for clients and organizations all over the country. Visit their online gallery and “Join The Email List” for regular news about what’s hot in the African American art market.
E&S Gallery, Inc.
108 South 10th Street
Louisville, Kentucky, 40202
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Friday: 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm (EST)