Weeks before the coronavirus brought everything to a screeching halt, Stanford Contemporary opened on Highway 100, with a fresh, sophisticated collection of French and American paintings, sculpture and works on paper from the midcentury to the present. If the gallery name sounds familiar, it should. It is the younger sister of Stanford Fine Art, a premier Nashville art gallery specializing in 19th- and 20th-century American and European art opened by Stan Mabry more than 30 years ago.
For the new gallery, Stan sought out artists who are mindful of the past but communicate their vision through creativity and craftsmanship, and among those represented are local artists, both established and upcoming. Works from familiar names, such as Mary Cash Joska, Greg Decker and Buddy Jackson, hang alongside up-and-coming painters — and multi-hyphenate creatives — Sophia Lauer and Edie Ottestad. Paintings by Philip Perkins, an early abstract artist from Tennessee, also have an important presence.
The staff of four, including gallery director Elena Graves, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the job and gladly shares their knowledge to educate and excite all collectors, whether beginning or veteran. Located at 6608 A Highway 100, Stanford Contemporary is open Monday through Saturday and by appointment. To view the paintings, sculptures and works on paper, visit stanfordcontemporary.com.