Many decades ago, four St. Simons Island artists and friends, Mildred Nix Huie, Stella Morton, Selma Shelander, and Maria Albright, agreed that they needed an outlet to sell their art. Thus, in 1965, the women gathered in the living room of the Huie home on East Beach and founded the Left Bank Art Gallery.
Mildred Huie agreed to run the Gallery, but after a few years she found that she was so busy with the business that she had no time to paint. In 1967 Mrs. Huie’s world-traveled daughter, Mildred Huie Wilcox and husband Robert Goodall Wilcox stepped-in. Having been raised in France, Robert was the perfect person to develop the connections with French artists that still lasts to this day. Mildred and Robert would travel to many locations in France up to five times per year to meet artists and select works directly from their ateliers. They expanded the concept of the Left Bank Art Gallery to, not only showcase local painters, but also to include national and international artists with an emphasis on French Impressionism. This enviable roster of artists has created a selection possessing a quality of work that rivals that of leading galleries in metropolitan markets.
Mildred Wilcox has always been the marketing force in the Gallery. She has written articles about art and history for local and regional magazines for many years and strongly believes that owning a business incurs certain community responsibilities. Her long-standing involvement in numerous civic organizations is something about which she is very serious and has allowed her to share the joy of art and the humanities throughout the Golden Isles of Georgia.
The Left Bank Art Gallery has also had strong ties with the Cloister Resort and the Jones Family. The Gallery exhibits in the Cloister Hotel where “Ms. Millie’s” painting classes are a favorite activity of guests. This relationship continues as the Gallery prepares new and exciting Cloister exhibits each year.