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When One Door Closes…

April 10, 2019

After twenty-four years, we have decided to sell our gallery/building and dedicate our attention to our expanding projects in China. This was a very difficult decision for our family.


Throughout the past two decades, Door County has been our American touchstone. Our two boys, Shane and Bryce, spent every summer in our gallery, taking naps under old ancestor tables, doing their homeschooling behind our check-out counter, and helping us move in a seemingly endless supply of very heavy bronze Buddhas! Jeanee and I learned constantly from our clients and friends who encouraged us early to turn the gallery into a major part of our lives.

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We can only imagine what the local community thought when Jeanee and I purchased the Trinity Lutheran church in 1995. We were living in Taiwan at the time, and we placed an offer after discussing the idea on the plane from San Francisco to Taipei. We had no idea what we would do with the building, and our careers were firmly established in Asia. We did, however, have a passion to share the beauty and history of Asia with our friends and family back home. We felt that the church would serve as an elegant platform to present Asia to the Midwest. We never thought it would last 24 years and would lead to another career filled with passion and sharing in China.


Door County gave us the confidence and skills to pursue our dreams in China’s Himalayas. We will be completing our fourth and fifth community restoration/hotel projects in the coming year and are considering some very important heritage projects in and around Shanghai. We also have opened our first art gallery/boutique that in many ways reflects the same creative aesthetic that inspired our Door County shop.

These ventures take a lot of time to establish and manage. Given the support extended to us by the government, media and the Chinese people, we want to make this country proud of these very visible and unprecedented projects. Our life in China has brought us more opportunities and joy than we ever dreamed of; for the foreseeable future this will be our home.


Thank you for being part of this journey. We will continue to be advocates for art and culture and hope to see you in China sometime in the future!

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    April 17, 2019

    We are so sad to hear that your Ellison Bay gallery will be no more. We have loved to visit you there not to mention the treasures we have taken home. Having joined you in Shouzou for a wonderful workshop for watercolorists, we understood that you two had much more to achieve there. We wish you, our very special friends, our best wishes for success in all you do. Our best to your boys as well. Rosemary and Bob Smith

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