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Robert "Gino" Ross

1926 - 2016 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Robert "Gino" Ross Obituary
January 29, 1926 - January 31, 2016 Robert Gino Ross, born in Indiana, one of nine children, served in the Navy during WW II in convoy duty. After the war, he returned to the Midwest, working in design and dance. By the '50s he moved to the San Fernando Valley, still in design, but also working as a dance instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Studios. There he met Philip Orlando who became his professional and lifelong partner. Working in film and club performance, they opened the Orlando Dance Studio in 1953. Opting out of hanging celebrity photos in the entrance room, they instead hung paintings. The paintings sold. The dance studio evolved into a gallery. The Orlando Gallery operated on Ventura Blvd. in Encino from 1958-1976, in Sherman Oaks 1976-2000, and in Tarzana 2000-2010. Philip Orlando died in 1992. Don Grant, Philip's nephew, joined in running the Gallery. Through rising rents, earthquakes and the Great Recession, the Orlando Gallery was in continuous operation for 52 years, the longest run of any gallery in southern California. Robert, or Bob Gino as he was known, had limitless enthusiasm and support for the arts. His warmth and easy gregariousness built a unique community of artists, collectors and enthusiasts. Offering a wide range of contemporary art, taking chances on emerging artists and experimental concepts, Bob also developed a distinctive collection of African art. Robert Gino Ross was a gentle man, a dear friend to many, who enriched the cultural life of southern California and our lives. Graveside services will be held at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills on Saturday, February 13th at 1:00 PM.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 5 to Feb. 13, 2016
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