Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Gallery owner couldn't get art out of her hair.(Final)

Byline: Leanne Potts Journal Staff Writer

* Former stylist opened Coleman Contemporary to showcase her passion

Page Coleman has seen it happen a zillion times at her eponymously named Nob Hill art gallery.

"People walk in and see what I've got on the walls and they say 'Oh, it's modern,' " she says. "They do a 180 and they're out of here."

Such reactions are to be expected when one sells mostly abstract art in a state where Georgia O'Keeffe and R.C. Gorman are the treasured artists. The rejection might faze most gallery owners, but not Coleman.

The painter-turned-hair stylist-turned-gallery-owner has been following her own aesthetic since she started the Coleman Gallery of Contemporary Art 10 years ago in a room off her hair salon. "I've never thought of bringing anything in just because it would sell," she says.

The art she shows in her gallery has to pass one test: "If it makes my heart beat faster, then I know I got to have it," she says. "It's all about passion."

Those are brave words in a business where following your heart instead of the trends can take you directly to the poorhouse. …

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