published Friday, February 1st, 2013

Small Biz: Art gallery sells work from local, international artists

Melanie Brooks-Settles, left, co-owner of the new Walls of Color gallery and the MelRose Boutique that it shares building space with, is photographed along with Lauralei Kamees, manager of the art gallery. The gallery and boutique are located at 3204 Brainerd Road, with its entrance in the back.
Melanie Brooks-Settles, left, co-owner of the new Walls of Color gallery and the MelRose Boutique that it shares building space with, is photographed along with Lauralei Kamees, manager of the art gallery. The gallery and boutique are located at 3204 Brainerd Road, with its entrance in the back.
Photo by John Rawlston.

Owner: Melanie Brooks Settles

Name: Walls of Color Gallery

Location: 3204 Brainerd Road

Opened: Feb. 1

Service: Sells art pieces from both local and international artists that cost anywhere from $20 to $50,000; features weekly artist workshops and shows

Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, by appointment only Monday and Tuesday

Staff: Three employees

How it got started: "I've traveled to several major cities and we wanted to bring that flavor a big-city art gallery to Brainerd Road," Settles said. "I grew up on Missionary Ridge and I felt this was the best place to establish a business like this. I've always been a lover of art. We wanted to bring something to the community that will fit well with the community "

Anticipated sales: "We want to bring in hundreds of thousands -- not just for the gallery but for the local artists. It's really for the love of art for us, not money."

Five-year goal: To continue to showcase local artists and to build a reputation as a place where artists sell art and the community can enjoy, create and buy art.

Why Brainerd: "We're trying to create the Brainerd Road art district. We're hoping that with the framing shop down the street, a canvas shop down the street, a handmade furniture shop and a T-shirt shop that just opened across the street we can create an art community. These are mom and dad, local folks showcasing their stuff. We want it to be the next Main Street, the next Fraizer Avenue. We want to bring it back to Brainerd."

Phone number: 423-710-2305

about Shelly Bradbury...

Shelly Bradbury joined the Times Free Press as a business reporter in January 2013, after starting with the paper as a general assignment intern in July 2012. She is from Houghton, New York, and graduated from Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in management. Before moving to Tennessee, Shelly previously interned with The Goshen News, The Sandusky Register and The Mint Hill Times. Outside the newsroom, Shelly enjoys ...

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