Kathy Verzillo assumed ownership of Craft Company No. 6 in February, following the retirement of Lynn Allinger and Gary Stam, who ran the gallery they founded in Rochester, N.Y., for 34 years. Verzillo said the gallery will retain its staff and artists, “reintroduce vendors from its past” and continue to add new ones. One big change she is excited about is the conversion of a former residential area at the back of the historic 1888 firehouse building into more space for retail and for special gallery events.
Selo/Shevel Gallery closed its doors in March after operating in downtown Ann Arbor, Mich., since 1982. Owners Elaine Selo and Cynthia Shevel say they plan to retire. The gallery, which offered a wide range of handcrafted work in all mediums, grew out of Middle Earth, another store the two women started in 1967 and which continues to operate on the University of Michigan campus.
Trudy Frantzen is the new owner of Artisans at Rocky Hill gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas. Former owners Anne and Barry Bradley opened the Texas Hill Country gallery in 2005 to promote Barry’s handcrafted furniture and canoes as well as work by regional artists, and it was featured in the Summer 2010 edition of NICHE magazine. Frantzen, who was born on her family’s ranch nearby, says her love of art began early, when she started collecting natural materials on the property. She intends to continue the gallery’s focus on “the fine art and fine craft of Texas artists.”
Davis and Cline Gallery, in Ashland, Ore., closed in November with the retirement of owner John Davis. Davis and partner Mike Cline opened the business in 1998 to sell custom furniture, including Davis’s designs. When they needed to decorate the shop, Davis became captivated with fine art. Following Cline’s eventual departure, the gallery’s focus changed and glass sculpture became a specialty.
Hanson Galleries, operated by Donna and Art Milstein in Houston since 1977, closed both of its locations this winter. Named NICHE Top Retailer of the Year in 2010, the Milsteins started out by featuring handcrafted furniture and wood accessories, then later added art glass, jewelry and ceramics. Donna Milstein said the end of their store lease and the opportunity for her husband to retire led to their decision to shut down the stores. She will continue working in consulting and marketing through her own company, and serve as the organization CRAFT’s vice president of education.