LAKE WORTH — This past summer, Bruce Webber, owner of The Art Shop, a picture framing and art supplies store, and the Bruce Webber Gallery on Lucerne Avenue in downtown Lake Worth, told The Palm Beach Post lackluster sales and more customers buying online forced him to downsize his gallery.
“I’d rather talk, show and smile,” Webber said in July. “The computer doesn’t interest me. I don’t want to sit behind a desk and type all day. I have a website, but it’s not up to date. The world has changed, but I guess I haven’t changed with it.”
He’s also been eyeing retirement.
Nothing has really changed since that interview, according to his wife, Maryanne, also an artist who closed her gallery more than two years ago.
“He’s doing OK,” she said, sounding melancholy. “We’re planning one last hurrah gallery event in March.”
The two art deco building the Webbers own on 705 Lucerne Avenue and which house The Art Shop and the gallery are up for sale.
According to Zillow.com, an online real estate agency, the Webbers are asking $895,000.
There has been some interest, but nothing serious, Maryanne said.
But she’s not concerned.
“It’ll happen,” she said. “We’re not in a big hurry. We’re not going anywhere now.”
Right now, her husband is holding up the best way he knows how.
“This will run its course,” Maryanne said. “He’s 70 and his feet hurt.”