Among the small businesses that are adjusting to the new normal in Nashville and resuming business as part of the city’s second phase of reopening is Bennett Galleries, an art gallery and custom framing shop in Green Hills. Following a brief closure last month, it has returned to its regular hours and a full staff, giving patrons the chance to invest in unique pieces of art.
“COVID-19 has been a challenge for us as it has been for many small businesses,” the gallery said in a statement. “We were fortunate to be able to pay our entire staff while our doors were closed, and we took the down time to give the entire gallery and custom framing area a thorough cleaning… It was a tough couple of months, but art sales and custom framing projects have been steady since our re-open. We continue to remain compliant with the Phase 2 requirements for retail locations.”
That means Nashvillians can stop in and consider pieces like Rod Moorhead‘s Copper Lilliputian 25. The name of this 12-inch tall, pit-fired copper statue alludes to Lilliput, a fictional island in Johnathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels inhabited by diminutive people. Though small in stature, the piece’s material and composition are significant and it is one in a series of similar figures set in various poses.
Moorhead is a sculptor based in Mississippi, where his work is displayed in prominent public installations.
“Among his public commissions are Concerto, a seventeen foot bronze of a violinist and cellist which stands in front of the Gertrude Ford Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Mississippi, and a life-sized sculpture of James Meredith for the Civil Rights Memorial also at the University of Mississippi,” according to the gallery. “He has twice received Mississippi Arts Commission grants.”
Bennett Galleries is located at 2104 Crestmoor Road in Green Hills.