Keith A. Fleming in his gallery with his mom, Charline Kerul.
Keith A. Fleming graduated from Port Clinton High School in 1976. He then went on to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and graduated in 1979. After graduating college, he found his way to Dallas, TX, where he lived and worked for 33 years. In Dallas, Keith did interior design and was an antique dealer.
Keith’s mother, Charline, told the story of how their family ended up in Port Clinton. Keith’s father was transferred to work at Camp Perry. The family decided to stay in the area and Keith’s father worked for U.S. Gypsum and Celotex.
“All my life I wanted to have a store in Port Clinton, even when I was in Dallas,” said Keith. “I didn’t come back to Port Clinton to open the store. I came back to take care of and help out Mom.”
One day Keith was walking downtown and walked by the old Swan Cleaners store front. “I always gravitated towards this building; I loved the neon sign. One day during my walk I saw a for rent sign in the window,” said Keith.
He decided to open the gallery originally as something to do, but it has blossomed into a great venue for local artists. The gallery houses antiques, vintage items, art and a gallery. Keith A. Fleming is located at 132 E. Second Street in downtown Port Clinton in the old Swan Cleaners shop. Keith decided to keep the Swan Cleaners sign that originally drew him to the building.
“There is such a great feeling about this downtown,” said Keith. “I love the tourists, but to get the townspeople down here excited about the gallery is great. I would love to see Port Clinton prosperous. We can make it happen.”
Keith is the Vice President of the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council and just served a three year term on the Main Street Port Clinton Board of Directors. To say that he is giving back to his community is an understatement.