Evergreen Gallery embarks on a new era

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By Sara Miller

On Oct. 15, 1987, artist and businesswoman Meryll Sabeff opened Evergreen Gallery, an institution in Evergreen’s downtown business district. After more than 20 years at the helm, Sabeff turned the gallery over to her daughter-in-law Valerie Howell to dedicate more time to her art and her family. Now, on the eve of the gallery’s 24th anniversary, a new mother/daughter-in-law team has stepped into Evergreen Gallery’s leadership roles. Their goal is to maintain the high quality of fine arts and crafts that have become a signature of the gallery while providing a seamless management change.

“The greatest compliment to us would be if people didn’t even realize there had been a shift in leadership,” says Lisa Gibson. “Meryl and Valerie were smart businesswomen and had a wonderful eye for art. Emily and I want to continue a tradition that has been such a big part of Evergreen’s art world.”
Gibson relocated to Evergreen in the mid-2000s and became part of the Evergreen Gallery team. For four years, Gibson has nurtured relationships with new and existing artists represented by the gallery and interacted with the thousands of customers who visit each year.
“When Valerie decided to step down in order to spend more time with her children, I was approached about taking over the gallery,” says Gibson.
Gibson immediately thought of her daughter-in-law Emily Powers. In recent years, Powers has been working as Meryl Sabeff’s studio assistant. Before that, Powers spent several years on staff at a gallery in Boulder that operated with a similar format and philosophy to Evergreen Gallery.
“My belief is that galleries should support local artists,” Powers says. “At this gallery we represent over 100 Colorado artists. A few have moved away but will always carry a piece of Colorado in their hearts and their artwork.”
The duo are gearing up for the gallery’s 24th anniversary sale beginning Friday, Oct. 14. The sale runs all weekend, and everything in the gallery will be 10 percent off.
The gallery offers a varied collection of handmade fine arts and crafts. Visitors will find original watercolor paintings, hand-blown glass and handmade paper mixed-media art. Some might be drawn to the golden aspen photographs mounted on slate tiles or the whimsical jewelry made from dichroic glass or typewriter keys. Whatever their interests, visitors are sure to find beautiful art at prices that are just right for starting a collection or giving a gift. With the holidays just around the corner, Evergreen Gallery’s anniversary sale is the perfect place to jump-start your shopping.
“We have some big shoes to fill with Meryl and Valerie’s legacy,” say Powers. “Lisa and I are excited to continue the gallery’s longstanding tradition of one-of-a-kind art.”
The anniversary sale takes place at Evergreen Gallery on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct, 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.the
evergreengallery.com or call 303-674-4871.