Our Story

Owners Deb Groesser and Cathy Michaels have decades of gallery experience, and bring their love of sharing art to the welcoming community of the front range.  

Deb Groesser (pronounced ‘Grazier’) has been a professional artist for more than forty years, and opened her first gallery in Lake Almanor, California in 1991.  That gallery and frame shop grew and grew as it’s following spread widely, and is still flourishing in the same beautiful, small mountain town. When the pull of being closer to family precipitated a move to Fort Collins six years ago, the Blue Goose Gallery was turned into an Artist’s Cooperative, with forty-five artists all working together to maintain the joy and success of the gallery.  That area is a beautiful place to visit, near the Lassen National Park.  Put it on your travel list!

Cathy Michaels has worn many hats in the professional world, and enjoys handling the details of the business side.  Being a successful realtor for 13 years, an office supply store owner, a framer, an art school director, a medical office assistant, and more, serves as the perfect background for taking care of the abundance of details related to a busy gallery.  With nearly 100 artists in the Blue Moose, we are a lot to take care of!  

We love meeting customers who visit the gallery.

 “Come in and say hello!"

 

Lynda Edits (rough draft):

Our Story

In October 2016 Blue Moose Gallery opened it's doors with owners Deb Groesser  (pronounced "Grazier") and Cathy Michaels at the helm.  In 2018 Raine Greene and Julie Grillo joined as co-owners.  The four of them together bring years of gallery, business, leadership and customer service experience to the gallery. Collectively they bring a love of sharing art and cultivating relationships to the welcoming community of the Front Range.

 

Deb Groesser: Deb has been a professional artist for more than forty years. In 1991 she opened up  her first gallery and frame shop, The Blue Goose, in Lake Almanor, California.  From it's humble beginnings, The Blue Goose  grew a wide following and continues to flourish to this day. In 2012 when the pull of family precipitated a move for Deb to Fort Collins, Colorado, The Blue Goose was turned into a Artists' Cooperative. Deb continues to be on the board there and she travels back several times a year to teach. Deb's experience as a working artist and gallery owner has proved invaluable in starting the Blue Moose. She is able to mentor our growing band of artists and her classes here are legendary! When she is not working at the gallery, Deb loves to travel, enjoy the outdoors, spend time with her grandsons and paint in her studio. 

 

Cathy Michaels: Cathy Michaels has worn many hats in the professional world. She has been a successful realtor, an office supply store owner, a framer, an art school director, a medical office assistant, and more. Cathy really enjoys handling the details of the business side and her background has given her the wherewithal  needed to take care of the abundance of details related to running a  busy gallery.  When Cathy isn't busy with the business details of the gallery, she loves to travel, spend time with her family and work on her new creative  venture- jewelry making!

 

Julie Grillo: Julie is our resident gallery director overseeing our special events and classes. Her experience in event planning at universities and organizational skills makes her the perfect person to head up all the fun we have each month here. In addition to her mastery of events, she occasionally teaches quilt-making basics  at the gallery. When Julie isn't busy promoting our events and wrangling artists into teaching classes, she loves to travel, is a devoted mom of two boys, proud wife to Bill, a community volunteer and making quillows and quilts to give to those in need.

 

Raine Greene: Raine hails from the South and her southern hospitality will not go unnoticed when you visit the gallery. She gives everyone a warm and engaging welcome and won't want you to miss a thing while you are browsing throughout the gallery. If she loves something she can't help but share it with you! When Raine isn't busy being the hostess with the mostess here at the gallery, she enjoys hanging out at home with her two boys, her husband Bob and creating astounding things in partnership with her husband out of wood and using wood burning and painting techniques to bring the creations to life. Her benches fly out of here as soon as we get them in!

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Our customers are special

Owner Deb Grosser gives a thumbs up for the Blue Moose! "It is our goal to provide a happy place to enjoy often. BLUE MOOSE is the FUN place to be! "

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More from our customers

"Blue Moose is a delight adventure in Creativity! From the moment you walk in the door there is a warm greeting and a sense of being a welcomed friend. Cathy and Deb and their staff create a special environment of beauty and Joy. Art becomes accessible, and ultimately, affordable. The classes offer opportunities to play and experience a wide variety of artistic avenues. Every visit reveals something new and amazing. JOY is what I experience at Blue Moose! 

-Rev. Cheri Jensen
Fort Collins