As you may have guessed, our name is inspired by mercury head dimes, but also Mercury; the Roman god of commerce and the messenger. The tie-in here is that artists are messengers, sharing ideas, perspectives, and stories.
Artist Ben Perrin opened MercuryHead Gallery in our current location in October of 1999 as a gallery space to represent local artists. Over the years, our business and our space have evolved; shortly after opening, Ben used his experience in quality craftsmanship carpentry to expand into custom framing. In 2005 Eric Joseph, an artist and sculptor, joined the team, bringing with him 20 years of custom framing experience. Laury came to work alongside Ben assisting in frame design, managing the front end, and adding her photo restoration services to the business in 2007. In 2012 we began to print in house to better serve our photo restoration customers and to add fine art printing and art reproduction to our brand. Jeen Na, a 2016 graduate of Kendal’s photography department, came to work as Laury’s printing apprentice shortly after graduation and was quickly given the position of assistant manager of printing. In 2019 we welcomed Josh Haynes as a framing apprentice while he pursues his interests in art.
Constant from the beginning is our dedication to high quality products, customer service, and our community. Laury is fond of saying, “There are two things I have never heard Ben say, and they are, ‘I can’t’ and ‘good enough’. He has high standards and that is why we all like working with and learning from him; he pushes us to do our best.” Above all, we live by Ben’s philosophy that you don’t have to be miserable while making a living; we work hard and take pride in our work, we don’t hate Mondays and we don’t live for Fridays, we treat our customers the way we would like to be treated, and through all that, we have made countless friends and met so many incredible people.
MercuryHead Gallery 962 Fulton St E Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Monday-Friday 10AM-6PM Saturday 10AM-4PM