History of the Button Gallery

Button Gallery traces its lineage to London, where it began over 200 years ago before crossing the Pacific to New York City and then Chicago. The gallery is named for W. Russell Button, its first owner and director in the United States. Button Gallery was located in Chicago’s Gold Coast at 66 E. Walton Street for many years before moving to Douglas in 1966. The gallery’s new Douglas location, 955 W. Center Street was just a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan in a long, low rancher with beautiful English gardens. Button Gallery was under the faithful direction of Arthur Frederick for over 30+ years before his retirement in the Fall of 2015.

Button Gallery opened its doors on Center Street in downtown Douglas in August of 2015 under the direction of Michael Burmeister. In its new location, the gallery occupies two historic spaces, offering 2,500 square feet of exhibition space and a beautiful courtyard. Button Gallery represents artists recognized on both the regional and national levels. Often referred to as an eclectic mix of artistic voices and expressions, Button Gallery strives to create an environment of welcomed openness, dialogue, and thoughtful visual enjoyment.

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