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Frisco fine art gallery opens

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The Frisco Fine Art Gallery is open at 101 E. Main St., adjacent to Alpine Accents consignment shop.

Paul Koentges of Evergreen, a retired mortgage banker, is the curator of the gallery, which features his oil paintings and those of other artists.

A native of Bruges, Belgium, he is the father of gallery owner Patrick Koentges, an architect who developed the condo and commercial building in 2005. The Koentges family owns two residential condos in the Old Main Street Frisco structure.

Paul Koentges, 74, started painting in 1968 and has become a well-known figure in the Evergreen art community. He is president of the Evergreen Artists Association, which boasts nearly 120 members.

The Frisco Fine Art Gallery features the works of Carolyn Campbell, John Passaro, Arleen Le Cocq, Jennie Patty, Jane Christie and Frisco artist Mary E. Staby. Passaro owns the Standing Sun Gallery in Denver’s Santa Fe Art District.

“Art has always been my avocation, but I had to earn a living first,” said the elder Koentges, who now bills himself as an “artist and wine-taster” following his career in real estate and mortgage lending.

The newest Frisco gallery will offer art classes and “plein air” painting on the patio in front of the gallery. Artists are welcome.

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