The roads they took to get to the Napa Valley is a story unto itself, another chapter in this book of life. They met six years after Jessel opened the doors of her gallery in 1990, when Jessel decided to buy a new vehicle. Low and behold, "she bought a van and got a man.” Gary was a recent transplant from a dealership in Concord, California, and happened to be working the floor when Jessel arrived. It was attraction at first sight, and love soon followed. Together they worked on enhancing the already lovely Jessel Gallery; Gary left the car business to support and renovate the gallery.
As he was leaving Jessel after their first date, he plucked something from a flower in her garden and said "plant them and watch them grow.” That was exactly what happened, but it was Gary, a fourth-generation farm boy, who transformed the exterior of the gallery. He also rebuilt the interior each time Jessel took over another space in her one hundred year old building. The gallery grew from 300 to 6500 square feet and became known as the largest, oldest, and most loved gallery in the Napa Valley.
Jessel's classes have become so popular she it is often necessary to move out of the small classroom that holds fourteen people, and in to her largest gallery space that accommodates thirty artists. She recently began offering a Wednesday evening class to lighten the load. That class fills up as well, so she has simply accepted the enormity of the challenge of helping people touch “the inner place and peace” she has enjoyed since she discovered she was an artist at the age of four.
Together for twenty-four years, Jessel and Gary Miller shine a light on this already gorgeous valley by introducing something unique in the world of "being successful.” They both do what they love and love what they do every single day, and they get to live in a magical place that they both call “Heaven on Earth.” Yes, life has challenges, but they have surrounded themselves with friends to whom they are devoted, friends who return that devotion. They also have their whole family living in the same town. “Blessed” is an understatement in their expression of how joy-filled life is for them. Magical, Mystical, and Enlightening is how they describe their world, and they embrace the time to touch each moment with love.