| MEET OUR TEAM
| KIM CARON
Owner of The Caron Gallery
After putting her career on hold for 15 years while raising two children and supporting her husband’s career, Kimberly decided it was time to finally fulfill her dream of opening an art gallery. In April 2010, Caron Gallery was launched online and the storefront opening in August of that same year. Now twelve years later, Caron Gallery is a thriving gallery serving in two locations and representing approximately 40 artists from various cities, towns and communities across Mississippi. Custom framing services, added in 2012, equip the gallery to better serve its artists and the growing needs of the gallery’s clients. Our second location, Caron Gallery South, is set to open late February 2022, in Laurel, MS, allowing us to expand our services to the southern region of the state.
The Caron Gallery stays busy with art installations, presenting exhibitions of gallery artists, art demonstrations and workshops, and hosting special events. The gallery has also been proud to be working with the production team of HGTV’s Home Town show in Laurel, MS, since 2018.
Publications: “A Work of Art” in Mud and Magnolias, “International Women’s Day” in Mud and Magnolias, “For the Love of Art” in Daily Journal, “The Story of Art” in Daily Journal “Women-owned business report reveals data on Mississippi women-owned businesses” in Daily Journal
| AMY BLACKMON
Framing Manager at Caron Gallery |Tupelo, MS
You might have seen our framer at the NMMC Wellness Center before meeting her at the Gallery. Amy worked at the Wellness Center for 12 years before starting her family with Dwayne Blackmon. Her two grown children are Joy and Joshua Blackmon. Joy is a teacher in Birmingham and Joshua works with his dad at the family business. Amy has been hand making frames since 2008. It was a natural fit when Kim asked her to join Caron Gallery to become the custom framer for the gallery in 2012. Amy is a crafter at heart and her medium is wood. “I love building and designing my own frames, however, working at the Caron Gallery has opened up a whole new world of mat boards, glass options, various frame vendors, and supplies at my finger tips. The marriage of frame building and custom framing has been beneficial to me and to Caron Gallery for meeting all our customer’s framing needs no matter how it’s done”.
| CINDY MARTIN
Art Consultant at Caron Gallery |Tupelo, MS
Cindy, a Kentucky native, moved to Tupelo in 2008 when her husband transferred with his job. She has two sons and three beautiful grandchildren. Since joining the gallery in 2012, Cindy has become a huge part of our team. She oversees the shipping and packaging of our online orders. In addition, assists with the gallery’s website and arranging artwork for presentation in the gallery.
| KIM BURLESON
Gallery Assistant at Caron Gallery |Tupelo, MS
Kim, also known as ‘Kim B.,’ grew up here in Tupelo. She and her husband have three daughters and a grandson. Kim B. joined the gallery team in 2021 and continues to be a huge help on our sales floor. Kim assists with a wide variety tasks ranging from assisting customers, fulfilling online orders, and checking in new artwork as it arrives.
| REAGAN HUFFMAN
Gallery Assistant at Caron Gallery |Tupelo, MS
Reagan is from Amory, MS. She is a graphic designer working full-time at a local church in downtown Tupelo. Reagan desired to get involved in the Mississippi fine art community and joined our team in 2020. Having her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mississippi State University, Reagan helps communicate a greater appreciation for artwork than that which meets the eye. She enjoys sharing this deeper understanding with customers. She assists on the sales floor and often assists in creating new things on the gallery’s growing website.
| LILY TREST
Co-Owner, Manager at Caron Gallery South | Laurel, MS
Lily grew up just outside of Laurel, MS and graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Science. She married her husband, artist Adam Trest which began her love and appreciation for art and artists. She has spent the last ten years helping grow her husbands art business and looks forward to helping other artists for our great state grow theirs, too. She is passionate about helping others achieve success in what they are passionate about in a way that represents their unique style. She is looking forward to selling art for Mississippi artists and connecting with customers at our newest location, The Caron Gallery South in Laurel, MS.
CARON GALLERY - TUPELO
(662) 205-0351 | 126 W Main St., Tupelo, MS
M–F 10AM–5PM, Sat. 10AM–3PM
CARON GALLERY - SOUTH
(601) 342-5129 | 407 Short 7th Ave., Laurel, MS
M–F 10AM–6PM, Sat. 10AM–2PM