Pat Halloran, who has been the CEO of the Memphis Orpheum Theatre for the past 35 years may be retiring from that position soon, but he is definitely not retiring from work. He will deeply involved with the Pat Halloran Centre for Performing Arts and Education, but he is opening his very own art gallery on South Main Street in Memphis. It is uniquely named, “Pat Halloran’s Art Attack.” It opens today, Oct. 23 at the River Arts Festival. Pat talks about this endeavor.
“I’ve always been passionate about the fine arts,” says Halloran. “I started the Orpheum’s Annual Art Sale to help local artists sell their work, collect arts and antiques, and even enjoy creating my own works of art. Now I’m proud to offer a space where artistic talent can be celebrated year-round.” This is not Pat’s first involvement with a fine art’s business, in a press release from him, this is explained.
“When my first gallery closed, Downtown Memphis was all but abandoned,” Halloran continues. “Opening Art Attack at the height of South Main’s renaissance is nothing short of amazing – not just because it’s a new chapter in my own life, but also because over the past three decades I’ve had the honor of watching the Downtown area completely transform.”
Gallery patrons will have the opportunity to purchase works from celebrated artists, antiques and collectibles, and copies of Halloran’s latest book, Phases and Stages of a Grand Dame: The Story of the Orpheum Theatre. In its inaugural months, visitors can expect to see artwork from locals such as Ron Olson and Claire Eason. Halloran will also sell entertainment memorabilia acquired during his 35-year tenure at the Orpheum Theatre, including items from the estate sales of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and other notable celebrities.
Unique to Art Attack is that visitors will occasionally have the opportunity to watch as artists create original works of art on-site.
Halloran notes, “I’ve taken several art classes over the years, and I understand first-hand how difficult it is to create a meaningful painting from of a blank canvas. It’s fascinating to watch a real artist at work, and it was important for me to offer that experience to customers.”
The gallery also serves as an alternative space where Orpheum fans can purchase merchandise from the historic landmark. All proceeds from Orpheum memorabilia sales will benefit the Orpheum’s Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education.
Pat Halloran’s Art Attack is located at 526 South Main Street in Downtown Memphis and opens to the public today, October 23rd. Patricia Posey has been retained as Gallery Manager. For more information about featured artists and gallery events, call (901)490- 4656.”
Please check out Pat Halloran’s Art Attack. It will definitely worth your visit to this unique establishment.