Consistent with its namesake, Pacesetter Gallery presents a unique and engaging collection of works from extremely talented artists from across the state. The gallery carries a wide array of painting, pottery, sculpture, and other artistic media including unique one of a kind gifts made by the artists. It also includes a personal studio for resident artist, Keri Davis.
FOUNDED IN 2020
The gallery began as a vision by artist/musician Keri Davis, to create a space filled with magnificent artwork made by Mississippi artists. The gallery would carry a wide variety of paintings, pottery, and sculptures with a small personal studio.
As a long time Flowood/Brandon Reservoir area resident, Keri saw a need for a place that supported local fine arts, art education, and created exciting cultural art-driven events. This vision became a reality in 2021 once the right location was found. Keri's husband, Jason Davis, has been a major part in bringing the vision to life and can be found at the gallery, knee deep in the Reservoir, or making driftwood art. Most days, Keri is in the gallery painting, working with artists, or planning the next big event.
Pacesetter Gallery sits within the heart of Flowood, in the Lakeland Commons shopping center between Kohls and Hollywood Feed off Hwy 25 (Dogwood area). The gallery carries over 50 Mississippi artists working in a wide range of mediums and styles with new work coming in weekly. The 20 minute daily scavenger hunt is open 9-5pm Mon-Saturday for anyone who wants to come visit, learn about the art, and have a positive bit of quality time with the family.
Keri Davis’s roots are deeply imbedded in the arts. She is the granddaughter of Wanna Lu Haile, a prominent Western gallery owner that served South Texas for over three decades. The original Pacesetter Gallery carried prominent works by A.D. Greer, Bill Moyers, Melvin Warren, and James Black. The gallery takes its name from the Melvin Warren oil painting depicting the Pacesetter cattle drive. Melvin Warren received a commission for ten paintings from President Lyndon B. Johnson, but as he could not finish them fast enough, President Johnson took the few finished commission paintings and purchased some other existing Melvin Warren paintings. This commissioned painting he did not purchase, The Pacesetter Cattle Drive, was purchased by Lu Haile, as one of a collection of works purchased at the opening of the gallery. The, Pacesetter, from the art struck a chord with Lu. It represented always striving forward in art, creativity, and in supporting the arts in the area. Soon after, the painting was sold to the local bank. The painting has been the cornerstone of the extensive western art collection at the First State Bank of Uvalde and is a popular stop for western art lovers. The idea of setting the pace and the opportunity to carry the gallery name forward is a way to memorialize and honor Lu Haile and celebrate the four generations of a family grounded in the arts.
As a center for the arts, the gallery hosts live music, live painting events, plein air competitions, and special themed events to add some fun for those out on the town on weekend nights. Contact the gallery if you need a space to hold a club meeting, educational or business related small event. The gallery is open 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Wednesday, 9 am to 9 pm Thursday through Saturday. Closed Sundays. Cold wine is ever on the ready Thursday-Saturday nights for pre/post dinner artlovers. The gallery is also open 24/7 virtually, with all the artwork available for sale, and searchable by color, style, and theme. The mobile version of the website allows for virtual install of any piece in the gallery as well and commissions are available.