Through floods, 911, earthquakes and recently wildfires the old French door has swung inward welcoming visitors from around the world.
Our good fortune from the start was the fact that we were located a mile from the Silverado Country Club and you know that business has one saying for success...location, location location.
My First THANK YOU goes to the Silverado Country Club and all the Inns Hotels, Wineries, Restaurants plus the Napa Valley Visitors Center & all the businesses in the valley for their endless recommendation of the Jessel Gallery. This Valley has been so loyal to my gallery and I will continue to reciprocate every single day.
The third THANK YOU goes to my brilliant team of devoted friends who keep the doors open and come to my rescue at a moment's notice. Most of you know I work almost 7 days a week and rarely take a day off. This year my Dear Friend Joy contacted 25 of my friends & everyone sent funds for a "go on vacation Jessel" trip.
I was flabbergasted as you can imagine. Tears filled my eyes when I realized what the big box Joy had created for months was handed to me & the purpose was revealed....To all of you who sent funds & cards...This was the best Birthday Present I have ever received. It was not only the money (which was an amazing gesture in itself) it was the fact that all of you loved me enough & know me to be a workaholic & were willing to share your, precious earnings to get me out of Dodge!
To Joy West, Gay Sherman, Marcia Garcia, Diane Pope, Christi Lesti, Jenny Lomanto, John Stemmer, Marmie Beck, Nouria & Reg Harris, Ryan Miller, Gary Miller...THANK YOU for your willingness to help me keep this Ship floating through good times & bad. I know that I can call on you day or night & a lifeline is waiting at the other end of the phone.
To my friends including Carolynne Gamble, Davina Rubin, Elizabeth Bush, Marsha Johnston, Sam Gittings, Dave Taboni, (and so many more that it would take pages to name everyone). You are my A team & have been on the road since the start of my vision. You know my climb. I will be eternally grateful to you because you believed in the dream.
I have been blessed with my Precious Sons Ryan & Kevin & their spouses Sarah & Jamie & my Grand Kids Anna, Katie, Ben & Kaili all of whom live close to me. I was raised in a close knit family that as we grew we moved all over the world far away from each other. What a gift to have everyone living in the same state and most in the same town!
One little thank you goes to Betty and Buddy my cats who sleep on either side of me and keep me calm in the face of any adversity!
That is how I started 33 years ago & I knew the day I opened (being the shy child inside) that I did not want the focus to be on my work alone when people came in the door so right from the beginning I brought in other artists.
Some galleries focus on edgy dark work & some are strictly modern in orientation.
The Jessel Gallery is a combination of quirky, whimsical, classical & contemporary with the emphasis on a Positive Messages & Lively Color.
I bake my Famous Gluten Free Oatmeal cookies every week because I love sharing not only the sight of beautiful art but the taste of a perfect treat that is actually healthy! I can hear my Mom Saying...you are such a Balabusta (this is a Yiddish expression describing a good homemaker). She taught me well and my Dad was an Artist & a Doctor who loved his community.
Jessel Gallery is my Temple. My goal is to add beauty, peace & grace to the lives of everyone who enters my small red door.
heart lighter! And your Gary and those Kate and Ben are Yes! precious!
Thank you for giving all of us the Beauty of Yourself, and the love for the creative process as well of exposing us to the healing of your words and Art. You are incredible my Dear! Thanks the universe for YOU!
Have a loving Holiday Season!