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Alumna opens art gallery in Breckenridge despite weak economy

Teal is not just the color greenish blue. It is also alumna Stephanie Sadler’s (BSBA ’07) middle name and the inspiration for the name of her new art gallery in Breckenridge, Colo.

“I have always loved the color and thought it would be appropriate to name an art gallery after a color,” Sadler says.

Originally from Santa Fe, N.M., Sadler decided to open Teal Art Gallery after studying art in England, France, Germany and the Netherlands. One of the reasons Sadler settled in Breckenridge is because of the beautiful scenery, she says.

“When I attended DU, I spent quite a bit of time here in the mountains,” she says. “I chose Breckenridge though because there is great potential for the growth of modern art galleries, and it is a growing resort town.”

Sadler, 24, coupled a major in international business with a studio art minor to open a business she felt would benefit artists and customers.

Studying art in Europe “made for a very strong art background and also taught me that artists can usually make, but not sell, their own art,” she says.

Sadler focuses on displaying art that is “truly unique” and pieces that people have not seen before.

“I try to display art that comes from many points of view,” she says. “Art in one’s home can say a lot about a person; it is important to me to find the perfect pieces for everyone.”

In trying to get the community involved as much as possible, Sadler hosts many events and parties at the gallery.

“I am also very interested in the social aspect of art galleries,” she says.
After opening her first art gallery, Sadler is still looking to the future.

“I would like to open other art galleries, possibly even abroad so that the art can be even more diverse,” she says. “If I open an art gallery in a new location, local communities might be inspired by the variety I strive to put forth.”

There are around 18 artists on display in Sadler’s art gallery.

To view some of the artists’ work, visit

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