In Memoriam: Charles Kenneth "Ken" Emery
Emery, 78, who owned and operated the El Dorado Gallery for 33 years, died May 24.
He was born July 2, 1935, in Claremore, Oklahoma, and his family later moved to the state of Washington, according to the obituary provided by the Springs Funeral Home.
In Emery's earlier adult life, he was in the lumber industry and became a woodworker. In a 2007 interview with the Westside Pioneer, he said he had a shop in Canon City in the late 1970s where he made furniture. That was when he met artist Shirley Mitton and others interested in starting an art gallery in Old Colorado City. “I said I could do the framing,” Emery explained.
Eventually he and Mitton became partners in the business, as well as in life. They were together for 27 years, until her death in 2007, Emery said in the interview.
Emery was also preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Alma Emery; his brother Dennis and his sister Rosalie. He is survived by his sister Loretta and his children, Sherry, Tom, Leona, Jody, Shirley and Joe; stepchildren, David, Catherine, and Edward Mitton; 14 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren, the obituary states.
The El Dorado Gallery's first 22 years were at the northwest corner of Colorado Avenue and 25th Street, then at 2627 W. Colorado Ave. until it closed its doors in April of 2013. El Dorado sold a range of art items, including paintings, pottery, sculptures, stained glass and rock art. The gallery was particularly known for its annual juried show of art miniatures.