Congrats to the Legacy Gallery on three decades of trailblazing in Western art — and on their upcoming show and sale marking the milestone.
If you love Western art, you might want to put this on your calendar: November 3, A Timeless Heritage show and sale in Scottsdale, Arizona, celebrating 30 years of art-loving with the Legacy Gallery.
The event celebrates a milestone for gallery owners Brad and Jinger Richardson, who in 1988, with the help of Jinger’s mother, Marilyn Murray, opened their first gallery in Scottsdale. In 1990, they opened a second location in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. With their daughter, Janell Grady, now directing their marketing efforts, it’s truly a family business that has welcomed generations of art collectors.
Ever Watchful by Martin Grelle, 32” x 32,” oil on linen, 2018.
To celebrate with their family of artists and clients, the gallery is hosting a full day of events on Saturday, November 3. The show and sale will feature 30 of the top Western artists: Scott Christensen, John Coleman, Glenn Dean, Martin Grelle, Jeremy Lipking, John and Terry Moyers, Jim Norton, and Kyle Polzin, among many more.
Saturday morning features presentations by John Coleman and C. Michael Dudash. The grand opening of the show and sale kicks off back at the gallery with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
All pieces will be sold by draw or auction.
We recently talked with gallery owner Brad Richardson about 30 years of dedication to Western art in the gallery business.
Sundown on the Cheyenne by Jim Norton, 24" x 34," Oil.
Cowboys & Indians: Congrats on the 30 years in business. What’s particularly significant about this milestone?
Brad Richardson: For small businesses, the first five years are just about survival. The next many years are about being able to compete with your competitors. Now as we hit the milestone of 30 years and we’re one of the most well-established galleries in Western art, the question remains, Can we continue to be a leader moving forward.
C&I: Before we look forward, let’s look back. How did you get started?
Richardson: My wife's family started the first Western art gallery in Scottsdale in the 1960s. She and I both started collecting at a young age. We decided to turn our passion for art into our own business. We opened our first gallery in Scottsdale in 1988; the Jackson gallery came on after two and a half years in business. We’ve been blessed to have been in business for 30 years now and still love it.
C&I: To what do you attribute your success?
Richardson: One of the things that’s important to us at Legacy is to not chase all the fads that come up in art. Instead, we try to represent works that potentially can stand the test of time. We’re fortunate to have the opportunity to represent some of the very top artists in the Western art field, like John Coleman, Martin Grelle, Kyle Polzin, and many others.
C&I: What’s next for you?
Richardson: We’ll continue to work toward the next generation. We’re second-generation gallery owners, and the plan is that there will be a third generation. My daughter has worked for us 15 years. It’s a family business. The name itself, Legacy Gallery, implies two legacies: One legacy lies with the painting that the collector buys and hands down generationally in the family; the other is our personal legacy, which lies in the future handing down of the gallery to the next generation.
The Legacy Gallery, 7178 E. Main St., Scottsdale, Arizona, 480.945.1113, legacygallery.com.