When one door closes…

My Dear Friends,

It is with great sadness that I tell you, I will be closing the Gallery at the end of April. My Husband Micheal, was laid off from his job of 17 years, making it impossible for me to keep it open. To all those who have been an important part of Anuvue Studio, I wanted to thank you for your friendship and utter kindness. It is very rare to be able to have a dream become a reality. For a short sweet time, with the help and inspiration of all of you, I was able to have mine. A very wise woman told me “Heather, when one door closes, another one opens”… and I will always believe in that wisdom. I want to thank each and every Artist and valued friend for all your very kind thoughts in email, by phone and in person. I share what I can with you here.

I am most proud to announce that the last 2 Artist’s in line to show are Yumiko Yanone and Kweli Walker. Anuvue will fulfill their dreams on April 18th, in a duo show, with a party full of love and celebration.
I do so hope that all of you will join us one last time and make it a great memory.

God Bless all of you and your Families
Love Heather

Hi Heather .
You all have been in my thoughts lately. I’m sorry to hear your lovely Gallery will be closing . It has been a pleasure to be included in your gallery with so many lovely artists.
If you need me to clear out before the 18th so you have more room to showcase other artist please let me know .Otherwise I will shoot for the 25th but still do my best to stop by and say hello before then .
I’m so glad to have met you and hope we have the pleasure of working together again in the future .

See you soon.
Best ,

Sad news indeed. Give your husband my best.
Thanks you for a great place.


Oh sweetie….. I am so sorry. I will be in CA April 5-10 and will try to get up to see you and the gallery. Or at least the gallery as you will probably be working your real job. Krap. And it is such a beautiful gallery. I HATE this economy stuff. We love ya- Vicki

Oh Heather… I am so sad and very sorry to hear of this news. I am certain it was hard to write. What I will always know is how inspired you were by your father to open the gallery. You did him AND you very proud. Let me know how I can help in this final showing….I will contribute some foodie stuff. Xoxo jenny

Oh Heather, I’m so saddened to hear this and so very sorry.
I know that you’re grateful for the time you had running this wonderful space, but it still sucks!
I am so very grateful to you for all you’ve done and want you to know what a difference you’ve made in many people’s lives- including mine, and I will always be grateful for this time.
I will absolutely be there on the 18th– (the day before my birthday actually!)
You did a great thing for a lot of people Heather, remember that always. I wish this weren’t the way it is, but this damn recession.

Love you lots Heather,

Oh, Heather. I am so sorry for both of you. I sat and cried after I read your email. It breaks my heart to hear that you have to close the doors on your dream.
Also, the uncertainty of your future now that Mike has lost his job. Those feelings came back to me in a flash. Not knowing what doors will open. I remember Patrick trying to remain upbeat while I am sure the turmoil inside was brewing as he thought of how he was going to provide for his family. It is a scary world not knowing what the next day will bring. I cringe every time Patrick comes home and tells me they lost a bid on another contract. Kawasaki is desperately trolling to bring something into the plant. I pray that through his connections, that Micheal will find something soon. We will keep you both in our thoughts every night as we say our prayers with Joseph. You will be added to his prayer list. Godspeed, My Dear, Godspeed. -K

I’m so sorry to hear that, Heather. It’s such a rough time for everyone. I wish you much love and support for the future. I’ll be by with new things for your last month. We’ll go out with a bang! 🙂 Cynthia


Most of you have no idea who I am, and you’re probably going to think I’m nuts, but I really feel a need to do this. My name is Dee Muzic, and my husband Tim did most of the carpentry for Heather and Mike. I watched the cabinets, desks, display cabinets, and walls, come to life in my own backyard. I know this sounds crazy, but I feel a real connection to Anuvue Studio and when I read the email Heather sent I cried. I felt a sense of shock as well as an overwhelming sadness for her and Mike. I, as well as the rest of you, know what time, effort, frustration, and love went into making this dream come true for Heather. She made many people’s dreams a reality, along with hers. She is a very unselfish person, and deserves to have her dream fulfilled for as long as possible. I am willing to do whatever I can to keep the studio alive. If ANYONE can think of ANYTHING that we can do to keep the studio and dream alive, please let me know. I know that just one person can’t do much, but with a bunch of people who really care, miracles can happen.

Dear Heather,

I’m so sorry to hear this has happened. That is such a shock and challenge for you both. Your gallery was one of the best things that ever happened to me and the other artists who’ve shown there. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you and Mike. We (the artists and neighbors) must have a big moving party to ease the challenge of getting your things moved, etc. Please let us know how and when we can assist. When one door closes, another one opens! I hope and pray Mike finds a better job right away.

Love Always,

Hi Heather,

I got your message.
I am so sorry about Mike. I just couldn’t believe it…I’m sure he worked so hard for 17 years for the company and this happens…

And I am so sorry about your gallery, too.
The gallery is your child and the place was my dream place, too.

Thank you for still giving me a chance to have my art show.
Yes I am willing to share my space with Kweli.

If there is anything I can do, please let me know.



I’m not much with written words but things have been difficult for many of us recently but faith with the help of time heals as well as making us stronger.


Heather, I am so sorry to hear this painful news. You are the warmest, sweetest spirit that I know. I pray it’s just a short time before something great comes Mike’s way, and you can both hold onto your dreams. Please, please call if there is anything we can do. All our love to you both, Shiela and family

To my dearest beloved Aunt,

I just heard the news from mom and read your blog… unbelievable… it’s the only thing that comes to mind. I can’t imagine how Uncle Mike feels about leaving a place he has been for so very long. Please send him my thoughts. As for you… my heart aches at the thought of you having to depart from something you have given so much devotion and love to achieve. I assure you I wouldn’t miss that show for the world!! You know, I have done much reflection on our times of late, trying to determine it’s purpose. I heard something simple yet profound today… be grateful for what you HAVE, not what you HAD. In the midst of all that we endure, you are a rare soul who shines so bright, you have given others a chance to live out thier dreams, as you live yours. I cannot begin to say I understand, or know what lies in your head or heart. My prayers will be for you and Uncle Mike. Yet rest assured, that you have left your mark on many with your gifts and you will have the opportunity to give and receive again.

I love you so very much!
Forever your niece


8 Responses to “When one door closes…”

  1. As my best friend once said to me during a dispairing time,
    “There are no words”.


  2. Dear Heather and Mike, so much hard work, so many dreams, it can’t be done.. I am praying very hard for both of you, love, Cindy

  3. Joshua Jones Says:


    I’m sad to read about Mike’s layoff, but I’m sure he’ll pick up something else soon. I’m sad to read that you have to close your awesome art gallery. But I’m glad Kristal, Alder and I were able to see it open and looking wonderful.

    I hope there is some way to keep it open, if nothing else, simply on the internet.

    I was just showing some of my co-workers your website today, and one of our engineers was wondering if the photographs on there are for sale. I had to tell her I didn’t know, but we both agreed they were so beautiful.

    I’m hoping for the best for you and mike.


  4. OH NO! I am so sorry to read your husband was laid off and that you are closing the gallery. I just love your gallery (even though I’ve never physically been there) and I’ve enjoyed all the stories and photos! This truly is very sad. 😦

    You both are in my thoughts! I too am hoping the best for you both.


  5. Juliane Says:

    Heather has a great big Heart, I have been able to see it most of my life. I am glad you all got to see it to..she loves you all. We are all blessed. PS Mike is a great guy, he and Heather will get through anything, I have no doubt.

  6. Heather, I am blown away. I haven’t been here for over a week, and the first post mentioned your last show. Last show? What does she mean, “last show”? Then I got to this post. I am so sorry. I just can’t believe that this has happened. Not to you!

    I so wish I could be there to help in some way. Just to thank you for showing us how to make a dream a reality. Your energy is inspiring. I am in awe of your courage and boldness, the way you make things happen.

    Thank you for giving us the gifts that you have. I know that in this particular path, you will turn adversity into opportunity. xxoo

  7. Heather, ybonesy just alerted me to your post and I’m completely shocked and saddened. It pains me to think you have to close the gallery, your life dream, and one you have worked so hard on. You are such a kind, generous, and giving person. And you more than anyone I know deserve to keep your dream alive.

    I sure wish there were a way to help. I’m sure you’ve explored all the options but I sure wish for a miracle, an art donor or a huge fundraiser that could help you stay open. Remember when there were patrons of the Arts?!

    I’m just so stunned. I believe in you Heather, and your ability to turn things around. I am sending good energy from the Midwest. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Jamie, Cindy, Josh, Tam, Julie, Yb and QM…and so many countless others

    Thank you so much for the kind words and supportive thoughts. They mean the world to me. Anuvue will carry on someday, when the economy turns and things right themselves in our little part of the planet. I’m tough enough to wait it out.

    Thank you for believing in me…because it makes me believe in myself. Do not be sorry. We did good things here…and we WILL do them again.

    Thank you for your good energy and prayers. Take care of your own Families now. I will hold you all in my heart.

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