Since 1983, the Quicksilver Mine Co. has been displaying fine art created by local artists in Sonoma County and Northern California. After more than 30 years, however, owner Khysie Horn has decided to let the well-loved gallery rest, with plans to close it at the end of this year.
“I’ve been doing this for the past 30 years, and I love what I’m doing, but it’s time for some change,” explains Horn, adding that it isn’t because of any funding or monetary issues. The gallery will still host exhibits straight through to its closing at the end of 2012, when it holds a large group show called “The Last Hurrah” running from November onward.
It’s hard to imagine a Sonoma County without the Quicksilver Mine Co., really. Throughout its long, widely respected run, it’s featured a diverse selection of two- and three-dimensional art and maintains an outdoor sculpture garden, additionally hosting small cultural events which include artist receptions, gallery talks and music concerts.
“I’m not moving or going anywhere,” Horn promises. But will she continue to be involved in the art community? She laughs softly, saying she’s planning on taking some time off, some of which will be spent visiting family. “I’m going to miss the artists and all the people that I’ve worked with in Guerneville, Sebastopol and other places,” she adds.
But indeed, “30 years is a long time,” Horn says. “One of my younger artists told me, ‘I don’t even have a grip on what 30 years is.’”
Quicksilver Mine Co., 6671 Front St., Forestville. 707.887.0799.