‘Babel’ by Carol Setterlund

When Khysie Horn, owner and founder of the Quicksilver Mine Co. art gallery in Forestville, titled her current exhibit “The Last Hurrah,” she meant it.

As she announced last summer, Horn will close her gallery at the end of this year.

“I have been doing this for almost 30 years, half my life,” Horn said then. “And I am in ready for, and in need of, a change.”

“The Last Hurrah” features the work of nearly 100 artists and craftsmen — living and dead — who have exhibited their work at Quicksilver since the gallery first opened in its original Guerneville location in 1983.

“There is some pretty special work in the show by artists who are no longer with us — Raymond Barnhart, John O’Hare, John deMarchi, Paul Beattie, Zoltan Vasvary, Liz Cunningham,” Horn said.

Glowing testimonials for Horn, her gallery and her last exhibit are easy to come by.

“This final exhibition represents just a small fraction of the close to 600 artists who have shown and sold their work at Quicksilver during the past 30 years,” said Sonoma County arts advocate Satri Pencak.

“Quicksilver has done more than just show and sell art,” Pencak added. “Khysie and her devoted team have also presented gallery talks, literary events, musical concerts and community gatherings.”

“The Last Hurrah” opened Nov. 17 and remains on display through Dec. 31. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m daily except Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Information: (707) 887-0799, quicksilvermineco.com.

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