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September 24, 2018

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March 2, 2018
Dick and Family,

I'm sincerely sorry to hear of Jan's passing. "May her memory be for a blessing."

Ernestine Turkel
January 21, 2018
I adored Jan - her sense of style, her gift of intuition , her passion , her gallery on LaBrea, her kindness and generosity.

Years ago I lived near her gallery and often would attend openings or stop by to see Jan and her beautiful dogs. I was a casting director and remember thinking that Jan was truly perfect casting for a chic gallery owner. She always took time to speak with me, answer questions and show me work she thought I'd respond to.

I helped her unwrap paintings for an impending opening of Darren Waterson. Fell in love with a small painting that remains on my wall to this day. Bought another painting from her, learned so much from Jan about new artists . I invited Jan and Richard to my housewarming party when I bought my condo. - the paintings proudly hanging on my walls . Thirty years later I cherish those paintings, my time with Jan and her thank you note for that party.

Jan was the real deal. I was very sad when she closed her gallery. - the end of a very sweet era in the LA art world and my own life.

Fly with the angels, Jan.
January 9, 2018
To an exceptional woman, who made breaking boundaries look easy and who wanted to take you a long on her exciting quest. Thanks Jan.

Lulu Epstein
December 31, 2017
I'll never forget the first time I met Jan. We were by a pool in Cabo San Lucas, I had gone down there with Ben for Rebecca and Nick's wedding, and it was my first time meeting a lot of his extended family. After introducing herself, Jan immediately launched into a story of how special and romantic her relationship with Dick was, how they called eachother "Duke" and "Duck," how long they'd been together, how they'd spent their life pursuing their passions, supporting each other and raising three children as unique as themselves. What struck me at the time is that she was so genuinely happy while she spoke about her long life, and I remember thinking how badly I wanted that. I think that maybe that's all any of us want, to live a life where toward the end, you can reminisce with joy and fufillment, without any regret. I also remeber thinking that her glasses were super cool, and when I told her she was gracious, but totally nonchalant about it. She sort of casually mentioned that they're incredibly unique and she gets compliments all the time, but with a who-knows-why kind of attitude. It was like she knew how cool she was, but didn't feel any need to draw attention to it.

Jan so immediately made me feel comfortable and part of the family. As many of you probably know, she would give extensive art tours every time you entered her home, and although it always included the whole collection, she had a way of picking out what you would like the most. I don't know how she could tell that my favorite thing in her collection would be a photograph of a streaker given to her by Billy Wilder, but she did, and even though it had an out of the way location, she always made sure I saw it.

She probably wouldn't have seen it this way, but she was a rebel who lived her life her own way at a time when women weren't given that option by society. She knew what she liked, she pursued what she loved, she was always always excited to try knew things, and if any of us can live a life half as fulfilling hers was, we will have done great.

We'll all miss her so much.