A few months shy of a year, it seems that Edward Gilmore's plans to become the next big Spokane art gallery have fizzled (read our story on the Studio 66 Gallery opening here). The house painter turned fine artist posted this on his Facebook page last week:
"With great regret Studio 66 is closing there doors as of today! Thanks for the great times and to all the supporters the name will live Studio 66 and when the time is right it will be back. This was a blind side thing and we are not happy but the world is not perfect and Spokane is a hard place to survive. We will keep you informed. Thanks again for all the support."
We'll continue to follow this story as we hear more about what caused the gallery's sudden closure.
UPDATE: After reaching Gilmore, he insists that Studio 66's closure is not final — he's simply looking for a new home for the gallery.
"The brand is built. Studio 66 is going to be forever," he says. "It's just a situation where I was going to pay triple the rent for a place that small. It was too small for us."
Gilmore says Studio 66 will be open this Friday in its current location for its usual First Friday festivities, but after that he's looking to re-home the gallery in the next couple of months.