Photographer Ken Lee is closing his downtown Steamboat Springs gallery.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Photographer Ken Lee is closing his downtown Steamboat Springs gallery.

Ken Lee's photo gallery in Steamboat closing

Gallery 11 to shut doors at end of day Friday

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Closing sale

Gallery 11, at 908 Lincoln Ave. in downtown Steamboat Springs, is closing today and offering significant discounts. All limited-edition, framed photographs are 50 percent off regular prices and all unframed photographs are 25 percent off regular prices.

View photographer Ken Lee’s latest work, order prints and learn about upcoming photography workshops online here. Lee will continue to maintain and update the website after the gallery’s closure.

Learn about Maureen Totman’s Hacienda Collection furniture online here.

— Photographer Ken Lee’s Gallery 11 is closing today in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Lee owns the gallery and the building at 908 Lincoln Ave. with partner Maureen Totman, of the Hacienda Collection. Accor­ding to the Routt County Assessor’s Office, Totman-Lee LLC bought the building in May 2007 for $390,000. Lee said Wednesday that the closure is for financial reasons.

The partners are selling the building, which is listed for $420,000 through Old Town Realty.

Totman said she had a closing sale in Gallery 11 last year for Hacienda Collection furniture, a business she removed from the gallery and is maintaining through a website.

Lee is having a sale for his framed and unframed photographs until today’s closure.

“We’re just trying to get rid of as much inventory as possible,” Lee said.

That effort appeared to be working Wednesday, as “Sold” signs hung next to many photographs on display at the downtown gallery.

“It’s been great,” Ken Lee’s wife, Pat Lee, said about the closing sale. “We are grateful to our customers — they’ve responded really well.”

The closure has created a rush of business for their framing shop in the back of the gallery space, Pat Lee said.

“As soon as (customers) found out we were closing, we got hit,” Pat Lee said Wednesday. “A lot of framing jobs. Everything has to be done by tomorrow.”

Ken Lee said he’s “not getting out of photography, by any means.”

“I’ll be teaching photography workshops in the Steamboat area, and I’ll be doing a number of weekend workshops throughout the summer,” he said.

Those workshops include a multiday llama trek through the Flat Tops Wilderness Area in the second week of August in conjunction with Yampatika, and a fall color workshop, Lee said.

He said his work would be displayed at RED Contemporary in the Sheraton Steamboat Re­­sort and online at www.kenleephoto.com.

“I really enjoyed the time that I had at the gallery, meeting the different people that came through and talking with them about photography and art,” Lee said about Gallery 11. “That’s the thing I’m going to miss the most, the interaction with the people.”

Pat Lee said there has been interest from potential buyers for the building. She said she did two showings Tuesday and two Wednesday.

— To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4233 or e-mail mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com

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