Meet our Gallery Director: Mel Ferrer
Memphis, TN native Mel Ferrer was born into the joys of traditional southern beauty deeply rooted in literary and visual arts. His observation and exploration of various media led him to develop an artistic skill-set and portfolio worthy of a scholarship to the Memphis College of Art. While there, Mel earned a BFA in Graphic Arts and Illustration.
After marrying his college sweetheart, the couple moved to Minneapolis, MN to start their own graphic design business. While living and working in the Twin Cities, Mel became a docent at the renowned contemporary art museum, Walker Art Center. There he studied and presented to groups of all ages. For the last decade, Mel has rekindled a love for portrait painting as well as creating a line of contemporary cremation urns.
Mel has been immersed in the world of fine art, preservation, and custom framing for more than 30 years. His knowledge and passion for art and various print mediums led him to become a lifelong collector of art with an emphasis on printed works, including rare prints.
Mel adds, “The printed page allowed the masses in Renaissance times to own, not only affordable works of knowledge but also works of art, as are all Rare Prints Gallery pieces. How fantastic it is to own a beautiful piece of history that will be a cherished heirloom to be viewed and enjoyed for future generations!”
Returning to his roots in Tennessee, Mel and his wife now live very nearby in Spring Hill with their young son where he continues to create his artwork and share his passion for the arts. He loves teaching guests from around the world about our collection and can tell you about the best places to eat and visit in the area.
Staff Translator: Charles Huffman
Many of our prints and maps have foreign languages, including variations that are no longer in use. Our staff translator Charles Huffman is a polyglot with a natural aptitude for skillfully comprehending, synthesizing, and applying foreign language characters and grammatical structures. He is passionate about world history, cultures, and geography for a comprehensive understanding of language concepts and applications.
So, what does that mean for you? Our inventory is filled with prints in several languages, many of which are outdated or no longer in use. If we have a print or map that requires translation, we send it to Charles who can often immediately supply us with a modern interpretation. Charles is skilled at the following levels: