Owners Larry and Suzanne Ulrich first went into business here in 1999, with a location on South Lena Street. Sunrise Southwest is now open at 257 Sherman Street (Highway 62), just west of the Uncompahgre River. The Ulrich family, which includes daughters Suzy and Carolyn, owned and operated a similar business in New York for many years. The current Ridgway location reflects a lifetime of collecting Southwestern art.
Among the artists whose work can be found at Sunrise Southwest are renowned local bronze sculptors Michael McCullough of Ridgway and Ella Marolf of Norwood, as well as Oregon bronze sculptor Steven George Fair. Other popular artists include accomplished local painters Romajean Personne, Barbara Kendrick, George Kernan, Ilene Greene, local photographer Vincent Lausen, New York painter Sharon Falk, Bernie Granados, a Native American painter/sculptor from California, and David Caricato, an imaginative sculptor from Colorado who creates Northwest Coast style masks.
“We started out carrying Native American art,” explains Larry Ulrich. “But we have found so many great local artists that we wanted to include their work. We also carry wonderful pottery, antique baskets, artifacts, Alaskan carvings, local and Native American Jewelry, handcrafted cards, clothing, books and unique gift items.”
Sunrise Southwest is open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and from 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Call 970/626-3163 or visit www.sunrisesouthwest.com.
– Sunrise Southwest is a 2010 member of the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce. To learn more about RACC or to join during our current discounted membership drive, call Caitlin at 970/275-5791.