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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.
Linda and Craig Lee have always been avid art collectors. As a result of their passion for art, they became acquainted with numerous local artists. It was luck, or perhaps fate, that landed the Lees in the gallery business.
They purchased a building at 608 S. Main St. in Park City, planning to rent the space. However, the aspiring gallery owners backed out of the lease, which encouraged Linda and Craig to open their own art gallery. The result was the establishment of Montgomery-Lee Fine Art in 1996.
Montgomery-Lee Fine Art specializes in realistic and impressionistic paintings and sculptures. It represents a wide variety of genres including wildlife sculpture, figurative pieces and still-lifes as well as contemporary and traditional landscape paintings. Artists range from newly-emerging talent to well-established artists including Sandy Scott, Ed Froughton, Richard MacDonald, Mike Malm and Steve Songer.
Linda is careful to only select artwork for the gallery that she would enjoy having in her own home. Several years ago she brought her daughter, Jennifer Fargo, on board as the gallery director and the partnership has worked out well. Jennifer oversees the daily operations of the gallery while Linda is on site only a few days a week, preferring to perform most of the administrative work from her home office.
Two years ago the gallery underwent a complete renovation to not only transform its look and expand to two levels, but also to change its name from Taminah Gallery to Montgomery-Lee Fine Art. The transition has been great, and with a street-level entrance, foot traffic has increased. Business also booms on the last Friday of every month when the Park City galleries host a gallery stroll.
Jennifer and Linda enjoy helping Montgomery-Lee Fine Art patrons build their art collections. They hope the gallery can be a place where visitors can relax in front of their cozy fireplace while enjoying original artwork.
For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.