Khysie Horn, owner of the Quicksilver Mine Co. art gallery in Forestville. (Photo by Mark Aronoff, Press Democrat, 2005.)

Khysie Horn, longtime Sonoma County gallery owner and arts advocate, said today (Friday, July 6) that she plans to close her Quicksilver Mine Co. art gallery in Forestville at the end of the year.

This is “a decision that has been a long time coming, as you might imagine, but pretty much comes down to the fact that I have been doing this for almost 30 years, half my life,” Horn said. “And I am in ready for, and in need of, a change.”

Horn’s Sonoma County history includes stints at gallery venues in Guerneville and Sebastopol. Since 2003, she has focused her efforts on the current site of Quicksilver, named for an old mercury mine in the Russian River area.

“We will be hosting all our scheduled shows and events through December. There are some great exhibits coming, by the way,” Horn said.

“And I will keep my calendar of events up to date, additions included, on my website,” she added.

In a story I wrote about Horn for The Press Democrat two years ago, local assemblage artist Monty Monty said: “There are three kinds of galleries: a gallery that promotes itself, a gallery that promotes its clientele and a gallery that promotes the artists. Khysie promotes the artists.”

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