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Shutting doors after nearly two decades

Dear Editor:

I opened my gallery of fine-art photography for the summer of 1993 and managed to endure for 191⁄2 years. In that time I sold photographs to major museums and serious corporate and private collections and assisted new collectors in learning how to collect with focus and knowledge.

I had seven solo exhibits of the work of Beatrice Helg, who is having a one-woman show now at the Museo Fortuny in Venice, Italy, where 1,000 people showed up for the opening. I had an early show of the work of Sally Mann, and a copy of a print I sold for $5,500 then recently sold at auction for six figures.

I sold major works by Edward Weston, Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Roman Vishniac, Herbert Bayer, El Lissitzky and Dorothea Lange, just to name a few artists whose work I had in inventory. I introduced works by Luis Gonzalez Palma, Cig Harvey, Arno Rafael Minkinnen, Herman Leonard and numerous other important contemporary photographers to Aspen. I helped bring to Aspen two major collections of works by Danny Lyon and Luis Gonzalez Palma. I also had exhibits of work by Franz Berko and the late Richard Shenk.

Now it’s time for a change. I am closing my retail gallery effective immediately and taking an office in Basalt as a base and become a “private dealer.” I will be available by appointment and continue to exhibit at major fine-art photography and contemporary art fairs and endeavor to sell online.

To those locals who patronized my gallery, I sincerely thank you for the trust you placed in my knowledge and my eye. To those who furthered my endeavor with kind words of support, I thank you as well. It’s been a good run. When I reached 10 years I hoped to make it to 20. I guess 191⁄2 ain’t bad. It’s been a true labor of love, and I feel blessed to have done something for so long that I loved in this glorious valley. Now it’s time to get another dog and be outdoors more often.

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Aspen