Clipper Ship Gallery closing after more than 30 years
LA GRANGE – Charles Vickery often traveled to the east and west coasts to spend time with the sea, which he became famous for painting. But Vickery, who grew up in Western Springs, always remained close to home, working out of a studio in Western Springs and then in downtown La Grange.
From 1980 on, his studio was feet from the store that sold nothing but his paintings. Bert Jacobs and his father, also Bert, combined to operate the Clipper Ship Gallery at 10 W. Harris Ave. for more than 30 years. In April, the younger Jacobs announced that he would be closing the gallery once his lease expires June 1. A group of past La Grange Business Association presidents assembled to toast to Jacobs at a May 22 farewell event at Palmer's Place.
Jacobs, 70, said he had been thinking about closing the gallery for several years, partially because of the struggling economy.
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