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 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 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, or knee deep in the Reservoir, or making driftwood art. Most days, Keri is in the gallery painting, working with artists, and collectors, 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 gallery hosts a drop in scavenger hunt from 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday for anyone who wants to come visit, learn about the art, and have a positive bit of quality time with friends, family, or teambuilding.
310 Ridge Way, Flowood
P: (601) 488 0345
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. Keri was inspired by spending time in the gallery, living with art, and being connected to artists. She contributes that early love of art to her grandmother, continued the name Pacesetter Gallery in her honor. Keri's grandmother signed her up for art lessons early in elementary school. That first teacher, Donna English began with teaching drawing basics and later taught Keri in high school. Keri focused her attention on growing her technical skills and learning everything she could about art. She attended University of North Texas, a competitive art school and graduated with a Bachelor's in fine arts studio with emphasis in education. She spent many years teaching school in the Fort Worth area using the Getty Discipline Based Art Education method. The method teaches critical thinking, aesthetics, and art criticism, focusing on art education for all not just for artists skilled in studio art. Keri was blessed to get some time at home, raising her three sons Zachary, Andrew, and Gregory. Once they began school, Keri went into wholesale distribution, learning sales and operations and eventually running Lansing Building Products for the state of Mississippi. In 2020, when the world turned upside down, Keri made plans to open Pacesetter Gallery and dedicate her time and energy to supporting Mississippi artists and growing cultural arts in her community. The gallery opened July 27, 2021, with 42 artists and continues to grow and evolve. Keri can be found daily at the gallery painting, talking about art to collectors and artists, and planning new events!
As a center for the arts, the gallery hosts live music, live painting events, plein air competitions, open mic poetry nights and special themed events to add some fun for those out on the town. Contact the gallery if you need a space to hold a club meeting, educational or corporate teambuilding 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 art lovers. 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. Call Keri with any questions 601-488-0345.