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Outnumbered Gallery, the ambitious art gallery on Prince Street and Main Street in downtown Littleton, will close its doors for good at the end of February, though owner Sudee Floyd has plans to take her show on the road with a series of “pop-up galleries” at art shows and fairs in coming months.
Floyd opened Outnumbered in 2014, seeking to create a place where lesser-known local artists could show their work professionally, she said, and where the uninitiated public could engage with art without the snooty pomp of Denver galleries.
Several years in, Floyd said, there’s just not the foot traffic to support the venture.
“I didn’t do enough market research,” Floyd said. “I thought more people would come in and pass the word along. We’ve done a lot of advertising in magazines and social media, and our gross looks good on paper, but if I can sit here on a Friday and not get a single visitor, that means I’m not representing the artists as well as I should.”
Outnumbered left its mark on Littleton. Floyd was instrumental in starting up the city’s First Friday Art Walks in 2015, worked with Reinke Bros. costume shop to emblazon the building with a series of wild murals, and worked with the city and local artists to paint traffic signal cabinets around town with goofy art.
Outnumbered Gallery held its final First Friday show on Feb. 2, a lively but bittersweet farewell to the eclectic gallery filled with paintings from the classical to the avant garde, sculptures, crafts and jewelry.
The gallery has had an impact on its artists as well.
Jason Horn, a metalworker who produces precision-engineered steel sculptures, said Outnumbered helped him take his art to the next level.
“I used to just make this stuff as gifts for people,” Horn said. “Sudee gave me the knowledge and confidence to show my work professionally. I’ve gotten so much positive feedback here. I’m really sad to see this place go, but hopefully with the knowledge I’m taking from this experience I can find my way into other galleries.”
Jeanie Gebhart, a Littleton painter, was Outnumbered’s final featured artist.
“I feel very blessed that I’m even in this gallery, among so many other wonderfully talented people,” Gebhart said. “This will be Littleton’s loss, but Sudee will go help artists elsewhere, and I’m happy for them and her.”
Floyd said she has looked for other permanent gallery space, but hasn’t found the right fit. Her plans for “pop-up” galleries are still in the works, and the shows will likely feature one or two artists, and may be attached to larger art fairs. She also plans on beefing up her online presence.
“Littleton’s changing, so there might be a place for us here down the road. I do love Littleton, and it’s not like I’m leaving because of rent or parking,” she said. “I’m sad, but I’m also looking forward to what’s ahead.”
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