The pandemic has affected the art world unevenly, hitting museums hard while allowing galleries to thrive. This past winter Paderewski Fine Art & The Sportsman’s Gallery of Charleston, South Carolina, and Beaver Creek, Colorado, announced the opening of a third gallery, in Nashville. Founded in 1998, The Sportsman’s Gallery is the creation of Michael Paderewski and was inspired by his passion for the outdoors. “We take pride in our reputation as the top bird dog for locating and procuring exactly what our clients are seeking” Paderewski said. “Not only do we assist collectors with direct acquisitions, but we also provide collection-management services, restoration/conservation advice, auction representation, museum acquisitions and private brokerage services.”
Artists featured include painters famous for their depictions of bird hunting scenes, including Eldridge Hardie, Brett Smith, Ogden Pleissner and Aiden L. Ripley. Sculptors, too, are well represented by Liz Lewis, John L. Jones, Cody Houston and others.
When asked about increased interest in sporting art under lockdown and why he chose Nashville, Paderewski said, “Nashville has been prospering for years and is ideally positioned to host one of my galleries. There is a thriving local community, and the city also caters to its growing tourism. The community appreciates its Southern sporting heritage and is experiencing an influx of young professionals. Last year was a boom year for the gallery, as many people returned to their rural roots and appreciation for the outdoors.”
For more information, visit sportsmansgallery.com. Or visit the new Nashville location at 2120 Crestmoor Road, adjacent to The Mall at Green Hills.