Blind gallery owner begins 12th year


A small milestone for Denver’s GALLERY M happened on November 1, 2007. The initial vision of Myrna Hayutin’s fine art gallery matured to a big 11 years old. She admits that it wasn’t only because of her insight to the fine art, photography and sculpture world. This Cherry Creek North establishment became what it is because of a strong family, supportive of her business vision to bring to Denver world class art from all corners of the world. Along with her business partner (and son) Mason Hayutin, they have made a permanent impact on the local, national and international art market. In 1996, the gallery was tucked away on a second level Fillmore location. For the next 6 years GALLERY M worked with emerging national artists like Alexandra Nechita, and established artists Charles Dwyer, Peter Max, Robert Kaupelis and luminaries to photography and sculpture. Today’s gallery, located in 2600 square feet of a historic and distinct building continues to be a vibrant example for the arts. In 2001 the goal was to feature gorgeous works in a space conducive to acquiring art. Hayutin turned to her New York based Architect (and younger son, Saul) for a redesign of the space. Yes the halls continue to host the commercially viable artists like Nechita (she personally met with collectors in March) or Peter Max (his original show in Denver 2005 featured over 90 original works which he personally dedicated). Online, collectors from all edges of the globe have joined the GALLERY M family. Whether it is a distinct David Phelps sculpture in Miami, a Schlossberg-Cohen in Palm Springs, Alfred Eisenstaedt in Belguim or a Clemens Briels in Spain, the collectors turn to GALLERY M because of their expertise, professionalism and concern for each acquisition.

Currently, international photographer Howard Schatz has a beautiful exhibition at GALLERY M. “H2O” features almost all of his 24 water related photographs selected from his recent book including the Birth of Venus, Atlantis #1, and Underwater Study 2461 (the cover image for the book). Schatz, like others, typically launch their worldwide shows in Denver because of GALLERY M’s continued reach into the local and international market for the arts. Just open one of his 17 books and you will find GALLERY M. As for Myrna’s vision – she does not let her Retinitus Pigmentosa limit her ability to work with collectors. She is very computer savvy and unlike others with RP (Steve Wynn comes to mind), Myrna is able to accomplish in the field more than most without any physical assistance. The gallery is a treasure for the city and Myrna’s nearly 25 years in the business is a honor that any art lover and collector, businessman or woman or Coloradoan can cherish.

Author: Mason Hayutin

Founder, Editor and contributing writer, Mr. Mason Hayutin is recognized for his depth of experience and knowledge in technology, energy economics, and the arts (fine and visual). Having worked with recognized world class artists and their estates since 1997, Mason brings a wealth of practical experiences from installations, marketing and private sales.

An active business advocate, he successfully released the fine art documentary film LUBIE LOVE in 2009 ahead of the global auto crisis – in addition to maintaining his tenure as Vice President of GALLERY M INC. Hayutin holds a degree in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis. You can read his insight here at The Art Quarterly as well as in regional and national publications.

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