We received very sad news today that the gallery's owner Jerry Owens passed away yesterday afternoon. His wife Suzanne, his family, & friends feel the loss deeply and I know would appreciate your prayers and good wishes.
Below is a copy of the note gallery manager, Marta Stafford send to friends of the gallery. She called each artist today to personally tell us the news. It was a terrible task & I know she & Lori, her assistant would also appreciate your thoughts and prayers.
2.21.08 On Wednesday, February 21 Jerry Owens, owner of the gallery, died at home with Suzanne at his side. We feel as though we have lost a best beloved family member. He was gentleman and an art lover who could combine his intelligence with humor and sensitivity. Jerry's contribution to the community is quiet, yet deeply felt by many. He lives on in our thoughts as we wish him and his family a healing peace... This is his message for you:
Valentine's Day 2008"Home from the hospital today. What a glorious, if exhausting trip! Nine days in there seemed like at least nine years. There was going to be blood on the floor, and not mine, if they did not let me out of there. They say that time helps you to forget and I certainly hope it is true. The bottom line is, I am alive and hopefully soon back to near normal activity, and the cancer is not likely ever to come back. There is a lot of strength to recover, and some adjustments, but life should be near normal for an old dog at 74.
I owe so much to so many, I don't know where to start. I won't try to go down the list. You know who you are and it for sure includes every soul who has said a prayer in my behalf. Suzanne, of course, is my rock, and has been there every step. She is my beacon. I love you each and every one. God bless." Jerry