…where Art, Music and a Good Story Comes Together…
… and you can meet owner, Stan Street!
Open since 2005, Hambone Gallery is an inviting space located in the historic downtown Clarksdale Arts & Culture District. It’s owned and operated by Stan Street. Creating his vision out of a vacant building, this visionary dreamer has crafted a venue that is both unique and welcoming to art lovers, artists, musicians, and storytellers from around the globe.
Open weekly as a gallery and bar — seven days a week from 11am until 5pm– Hambone is also the location of special evening events including the popular Tuesday night concert series featuring touring and local artists representing a variety of genres (e.g. blues, roots, Americana, folk, jazz, et al). See the Hambone Happenings schedule below for details on upcoming performances
111 E. 2nd
Hopeless Case Bar
A cool feature, and place to hang at Hambone is it’s Hopeless Case Bar. It’s beer, good and cold, but you never know who you might run into here, or where they might be from. The Hopeless Case is smal, but one thing for sure, though, is many a big story is told here, about art, the blues and more.
About Stan Street
(This from Linda-Lou Nelson, founder South Florida Blues Society.)
Cajun chefs, bluesmen and red-haired women people are the art of Stan Street. On his canvas’, New Orleans’s Delta and Florida’s Big Cypress Swamp can blend into a stew of red hot licks and blazing notes. It was only after years as a recognized blues musician in Florida that Stan took up brush and paint.
Street’s earliest art celebrated the blues pioneers in wide slashes of brilliant color on slabs of discarded wood, rescued from anonymity with portraits of the likes of Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Robert Johnson. After some time in New Orleans, the juke joints and blues festivals of the deep South started to breathe on his canvas. As Stan experimented with different styles, drawing on the Impressionists and Expressionists, Street “took what he needed to know and went from there”. Bold strokes and colors played out the sounds he heard and played as a musical artist. Street exclaims, “being self-taught is an advantage, in that doors are always open for new development. My art will always have a primitive feel to it and I try to give it movement and life.”
The biggest influence on Street’s art is the perspective of being a blues musician. Growing up in New York he was influenced by his father and uncle – classical percussionists – who encouraged his creativity. He took up: sax, harmonica, percussion and singing, accumulating credits in award winning blues groups. Stan now tours the Canadian blues festival circuit as well as blues festivals and honkytonks of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. Although Street called Florida his “home” for more than 25 years, he has moved to Clarksdale, Mississippi, where he finds common ground with the primordial blues of the Delta, and also will be closer to New Orleans, Chicago, and Kansas City.
Putting the music in his head and the vision of his travels onto canvas are as natural as blowin’ a slow, low, blue note through his well-worked sax. Street readily acknowledges one art form supports the other and that his art work and his music are works in progress. Leaving open the question “ does the music support the art or does the art support the music?” To the fans of Stan Street, that is a question that hopefully is never answered!
Check out this video of Stan and his Hambone Gallery.