In 1990 Ron York, a retail merchant and interior designer, opened his first art gallery. One year later, he picked up a paint brush and has yet to put it down. After 15 years of owning the award-winning gallery, he sold it to pursue his own art. However, many of the artists he had represented over the years had a different plan for him.
In January 2011, York opened another gallery. York & Friends Fine Art currently represents 45 local and regional artists. The main gallery is in the Belle Meade area of Nashville with an additional art venue at Market Central in Memphis.
As a self-taught artist, York has found success with his colorful, whimsical acrylic works on canvas and board. His art can be found in the collections of Pinnacle Bank, The Nashville City Club, Belmont University, First Baptist Church (Nashville), Avenue Bank, Volunteer Bank, Tom Collins Productions, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital (Memphis) and celebrities Kelly Clarkson, Vince Gill, Keb’ Mo’ to name a few, plus private collections here and abroad.
York serves on the Board of Directors for STARS (Students Taking A Right Stand) and continues to serve as their Art Chair for the annual Cherish the Night with Vince Gill & Friends fundraiser at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Until recently, York was the Development Chair for the Board of Directors of Alias Chamber Ensemble and helped produce their annual fundraiser, Arts & Flowers, for four years. He continues to work with several non-profit groups including Miriam’s Promise on their annual Celebrate the Promise event and is a member of Art Galleries Nashville. He has served on committees for Temple Arts Festival, The Belmont Community Art Show at Christ the King and co-chaired Art on the West Side Fine Art & Craft Show since 2014 at the Gordon Jewish Community Center.
In 2014, returning to his musical roots in voice & piano from his past studies at Belmont University, York recorded his first CD of original, instrumental music, Renderings. As a cmusic is already in the works.omposer/musician York’s music has been described as “a lush, emotional, musical landscape”. In 2015, York released his followup CD, Nightfall, and through his online Jango radio station is building a fan base all over the world for his music. A third CD of original music is already in the works.