Located in a former Camelot restaurant, Bill Mack’s vast collection of relief sculptures and Hollywood art remains forever classic.
From 1965 to 1988, Camelot Castle was the place to see and be seen. Quail, chicken croquette, Chateaubriand, and its unparalleled duck flamed and carved table-side drew famous visitors and loyal locals alike. Decades later, the beautiful Camelot has long since been transformed into Griffin Gallery and houses an incredible collection of representational art from masters like its owner Bill Mack.
Around town, sculptor Bill Mack is best known as the artist that created larger-than-life bronze statues of legendary Minnesota Twins players Kirby Puckett, Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew and Kent Hrbek at Target Field. But what many people don’t realize is that this same local artisan is indeed the world’s preeminent relief sculptor, whose work graces the homes and galleries of dignitaries, celebrities and art lovers around the globe, including Presidents Clinton, Ford and Reagan; and Elton John, Sylvester Stallone and Prince Albert of Monaco, among many others.
Along with his wife, Deb, Mack runs Griffin Gallery and features traditional and contemporary fine art originals, limited edition prints, etchings, celebrity artifacts, sports memorabilia and more. The gallery primarily showcases Mack’s relief sculptures and paintings of classic Hollywood stars, the latter of which are painted on parts of the original Hollywood sign. Another portion of the gallery features internationally acclaimed artists as well as the best of today’s emerging artists.
Mack is an avid collector of original artwork and Hollywood memorabilia, including the front gates to Marilyn Monroe’s home, costumes such as the one worn by Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz and Clark Gable’s coat from Gone with the Wind.