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FRANK Gallery: The Story of a Unique Arts Collective

Several months ago local documentary maker David Puckett came to us with an idea to do a series of short videos on a downtown business to highlight the work they do. A generous offer for sure! We introduced David to Gordon Jameson, Board Chair and Torey Mishoe, Gallery Director at FRANK Gallery and the unique story of FRANK was told.

The mission of the Franklin Street Arts Collective is to support the arts community of Chapel Hill and the region, strengthen community appreciation of the arts through educational outreach, and promote Chapel Hill and North Carolina as a major arts destination.

Born from a very innovative endeavor by the Town of Chapel Hill and our agency, the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership - FRANK was initially funded by a Small Arts Business Loan we created in 2009. Located in the heart of the 100 East Franklin Street block, FRANK is a contemporary art space that is more than just a gallery. FRANK partners with many diverse businesses, museums, schools, and artists to provide weekly programming and dynamic ever-changing exhibits. 

David, over the course of five months, set out to tell the story of FRANK, it's founders, it's artists, and it's impact on downtown Chapel Hill.

Highlight for me -- David filmed the almost 24 hour process of de-installation of an old exhibit and installation of a new one!

 For more information on FRANK Gallery visit

FRANK Gallery and Collective

FRANK Gallery: Art

FRANK Gallery member artists Alan Dehmer, Peg Bachenheimer, and Susan Filley talk about art and why it is important.

FRANK Gallery: Curating

FRANK Gallery member artists Luna Lee Ray and Gordon Jameson talk about curating.