By Beth Raebeck Hall

Tammy Parmentier, an entrepreneur by nature, and Gallery One founder Shelley McBurney were recently brought together by a large slice of serendipity and a healthy dose of kismet when Parmentier, a Knoxville resident, found herself in Nashville visiting a close friend.

“Because I love art, my friend suggested we visit one of her favorite places, Gallery One,” Parmentier said. While purchasing a piece of art, she struck up a conversation with McBurney, who mentioned she was planning to retire and sell the business. A sophisticated and savvy businesswoman with a background in sales and marketing, Parmentier was immediately taken with the gallery and the art displayed. “Walking in, I thought this is fabulous space! Seeing the array of stellar art was mesmerizing.” At that moment, Parmentier fell in love with the gallery and with Nashville. Shortly after, the two women began a dialog about their passion for art that eventually led to a conversation about Parmentier buying the gallery business.

Gallery One is known for the high caliber of its diverse roster of artists that includes Jeff Faust, Suzy Scarborough, Steven Seinberg, Maggie Hasbrouck, and Chad Awalt. Parmentier does not plan to change very much.

“I’m working on a new website, marketing, and some new ideas like pop-up galleries. We have an amazing group of artists, and I’m sure we’ll add others in time.”

Lendon Noe, Azalea, 2012, Ink and graphite on paper with antique hardware, 28" x 30"

Lendon Noe, Azalea, 2012, Ink and graphite on paper with antique hardware, 28″ x 30″

McBurney couldn’t be more thrilled with the new owner and her vision for the gallery.

“I know Tammy will do an extraordinary job. Sometimes you just know when things are right,” she said.

Chalk it up to kismet.

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