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“I never had any idea it would get this far,” sculptor Michael Garman said, “I guess that’s why it got this far.”
Garman, 70, flew into
Garman said his health is the problem. He was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and doctors have only given him a couple years to live. It’s time, he said, to focus on other things.
“It’s too personal a business for me to sell it,” he said.
His son, Michael P. Garman, ran the business for five years and had planned to take it over, but he decided to strike out on his own, Garman said.
“I’m not a good manager,” Garman said. “He doesn’t want to manage. Hell of a good sculptor, though. He’s decided to go out on his own now, find his own place.”
His daughter Vanessa Garman will run the business until the end. The company’s 15 employees should stay on until the business wraps up, she said.
“We’re going to need everybody until the end,” she said.
The big question is what happens to
“The last thing we would want is for it to end up in storage,” Vanessa Garman said.
Losing the gallery will be a blow to
“It’s really a sad thing,” he said. “He has been a cornerstone for years and years and years. It will be a tremendous loss.”
Because of his health, Garman is trying to limit the time he spends in the thin air of
Garman doesn’t plan to sell any new works, but said he won’t stop sculpting.
“It’s been everything to me,” he said, brushing back tears.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
The Manitou Springs Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday approved the Cliff House’s proposed $15 million expansion around the historic Wheeler House by a 5-2 vote. The expansion will go before the city council on Aug. 26.
"This puts us in a position to go to city council in pretty good shape," said Paul York, general manager for the Cliff House.