The Caron Gallery
After moving to Tupelo in 1977 at age 10 from Pennsylvania, Kimberly Caron graduated from the Tupelo High School in 1985. Kim then attended Mississippi State University achieving a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with a focus in Marketing in 1988. After returning to Tupelo, her first “real” job was working as an Administrative Assistant Reed’s Department Store. Kim then went on to work at North Mississippi Health Services, in the department of Center of Business Health, as an Account Representative. During her time there, she traveled the eighteen-county service area, meeting many leaders of large corporations and small independent manufacturers.
After marrying Richard Caron in 1992, she continued working until their first child was born in 1994. At that point, they decided together that it was in the best interest of their family for Kim to stay home to raise their children Emilie and Josh. Over the next fifteen years, Kim was very involved in her church, teaching in various capacities in the children’s programs and serving on various church committees. Kim was also involved with Tupelo Junior Auxiliary and Meals on Wheels and PTA. As her children became more independent, Kim decided to dive into a dream she had been nurturing for nearly 18 years. In 2010, she began Caron Gallery, a Mississippi artist focused gallery, in Downtown Tupelo.
As a downtown Tupelo Business owner Kim participated in the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau’s local tourism academy. After completing that, she was award a scholarship to attend, and then graduate from, the Southeast Tourism Marketing College. Kim was able to utilize those skills on the Tupelo Downtown Main Street Association Board of Directors, where she held various leadership roles.
Kim became involved with the Tupelo/Lee County Community Development as an appointed member of the board, then became an elected member in 2018.
Presently, she stays busy with art installations in corporate and private homes, presenting exhibitions and artist series releases, and special artist events. She is very proud to be working with the production team of HGTV’s HomeTown series in Laurel, MS. This partnership has allowed the gallery national and international exposure and introduction of Mississippi artists to the world.