On Sunday, December 29, a quiet ripple passed through the Internet as the news came out that longtime Denver gallerist and curator Robin Rule had passed away, leaving a long trail of mourning artists and collectors distraught and caught by surprise.
A gallery owner since 1987, Rule, who was in her fifties, operated for many years at Second Avenue and Broadway before moving to RiNo in 2011. Her most recent effort was as curator of a show at Gildar Gallery featuring the work of Clark Richert.
It would take a book to relate what Rule meant to the local arts community (keep an eye out for Michael Paglia's column on January 9 for more on that), but we'll share a few thoughts that turned up on Facebook as the news traveled through cyberspace.
"Dear Robin Rule passed away quietly today. She was a rare, beautiful, strong woman. Her passion and support of great art, her gallery, her spirit...is a giant hole.... My heart is broken.... The art community needed her." -- Mark Sink
"I didn't know Robin Rule well, but she used to come into the old store and had a few of my pieces. I was flattered, as she was a woman of style. She kindly encouraged me and I will always appreciate that. Rest in peace and art, Robin." -- Mona Lucero
"I remember as a young artist I found myself in her gallery simply exploring. Her words were encouraging, and in some way she helped me stay on my artistic path. Peace to you, peace to you." -- Randy Segura
"She was so important to all of us growing up in the arts here. Her contributions and vision have influenced so many of us...and will always be remembered." -- Marsea Wynne
"Most genuine woman I ever met. Grateful to have had the pleasure to have her critique my body of work. Her eloquent words still resonate with me when I create. RIP, Robin. She will be deeply missed, and my condolences to her family and friends." -- Laurita Madrid
"Robin was such an important figure in the Denver contemporary art community, such sad, sad news that we received today. May you rest in peace Robin Rule and know that you were loved by many." -- Karen Zeile
"Lifting her up and sending thoughts to her family and also to our art community in Denver. I loved Robin, she was always always supportive of my desire to be a curator and player in the contemporary scene and hosted several Pan African Arts Society events at RULE on Broadway, including the year we honored photographer Gordon Parks. Blessed Rest Sis." -- Ashara Ekundayo
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