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A local’s gallery

Dear Editor:

Reading the articles regarding the Wheeler expansion in both The Aspen Times and the Aspen Daily News (Jan. 30), I was concerned with your comments about an art gallery in the Wheeler commercial space. Consequently, I would like to provide some information regarding the current tenant, Valley Fine Art.

The owner of the gallery is Mia Valley who grew up in Aspen, attended Aspen public schools and graduated from Aspen High School. She is one of our children who, as an adult, continues to live here and own and run a business. Regardless of your feelings about there being too many art galleries in Aspen, I know the challenges Mia faces in operating a small business in Aspen.

Mia is on the board of the Right Door, and held two benefits, “Small Miracles,” for the Right Door. A portion, or in some cases, all of the proceeds went to the Right Door. In addition, attendees made contributions or purchased art. Both benefits attended by Aspenites and visitors were most enjoyable and successful events, thanks to a great deal of work and dedication on Mia’s part.

I know City Council has committed itself to making it possible for locally owned or locally serving businesses to be successful here. I believe Valley Fine Art is just such a business. In addition, an art gallery is most compatible with the Wheeler Opera House, a performing arts facility. Art nourishes the soul. Can a community have too much art?

If you haven’t visited Valley Fine Art, and visited with Mia, I hope you will.

Helen Kalin Klanderud


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