By Kyle Eustice
Cathy Michaels, Donna Sena-Keirns, Deb Groesser are the "three mooseketeer" owners.
ON THE JOB
In an unassuming location on South College, across from REI, sits Blue Moose Art Gallery & Gifts, a magical trove of fine art, jewelry, sculptures, cards, photography and other artistic creations. At the helm are three co-owners, spearheaded by founder Deb Groesser, whose warm, welcoming energy is felt within moments of meeting her. In part, that’s presumably what has made her endeavors so successful. Her first gallery, the Blue Goose, was established in 1991 while she was living in Chester, California. It attracted a slew of local artists and once she moved to Fort Collins five years ago, she
turned that gallery into a co-op and it’s been thriving ever since. “We turned it [Blue Goose] over to all the artists and I make three trips back a year to work at the gallery and teach workshops,” Groesser says. “We decided the Blue Goose needed a friend.”
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS:
Along with partner/bookkeeper Cathy Michaels and jewelry designer/silversmith Donna Sena-Keirns, the trifecta of talented women—or the “three mooseketeers” as they
are affectionately referred to—have attracted over 60 artists who are currently showing their work at the gallery since its October grand opening. About half of the artists in the Blue Moose are local. The other portion of the artwork comes from reputable artists around the country they have worked with for many years, as well as a number of artists from Blue Goose. This entire collection of artists makes it possible to offer such a wide range of quality artwork and styles, which spans the spectrum from gorgeous photography to handmade purses. “We have many artists that send in art and STYLEMEDIA.COM