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About Rose Estes and Gary Hauser

Rose Estes
Rose Estes

Rose Estes was a journalist/editor for many years. working for prominent newspapers in Houston, Chicago and Wisconsin.

After a failed marriage, she found herself in rural Wisconsin with three small children and limited journalistic opportunities. She took a job with TSR Hobbies, a small company that soon became a world wide phenomenon with the creation of Dungeons and Dragons.

Rose created the company's book division and started writing a series of books for young adults called "The Endless Quest." The first four books of the series were on the Best Seller list for more than six months.The record was unbroken until the advent of the Harry Potter novels. The Endless Quest books were eventually translated into 28 languages and have sold more than 16 million copies.

Rose wrote several young adult books for Random House and three books for Bantam, "Saga of the Lost Lands," which were supposed to be a young adult series of pre-history to complement Jean Auel's "Clan of the Cave Bear," series, but after a change of editors and some confusion, the trilogy became adult fiction.

Altogether, Rose has written 38 books, 35 of which are mainstream and three self published books on the evolution and development of various dog breeds. She is now working on the 39th book which will be on the Labrador Retriever. Two of her four children, Max and Lydia are also writers and Daniel is thinking about it.

Managing the gallery for her husband was thought to be temporary, but became full time after Gary's death. It has been a steep learning curve and a bumpy but exciting ride.

"Follow your passions," was Gary's advice. Unable to travel extensively, Rose has brought together an eclectic and exotic collection of tribal artifacts, textiles and other objects from all corners of the world, places she still dreams of visiting someday.

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Gary Hauser

Gary Hauser

Gary Hauser was teaching sociology at the University of Oregon, in Eugene when the siren song of the ocean became too strong to resist.

After selling most of his belongings, he purchased a small trawler and set off to sea, later confessing that "crossing the bar and setting off alone into the open ocean was the scariest and bravest thing he'd ever done." After two years he concluded that he was possibly the worst fisherman ever and ended that chapter of his life.

In the mid 60's - 70's it was common practice to jettison materials no longer of use on vessels both large and small. As Gary walked the beaches, pondering what to do next, he came upon all sorts of exotic and interesting wood from around the world. He began to make driftwood furniture and that led him into carving.

He carved wood for many years and his work is in private collections around the world.

After several decades his interest in carving began to wane and his interest in buying and selling trade beads became a passion. It has been said that he had the finest collection of trade beads on the entire west coast.

His wife of 27 years, Martina Hauser died in 1998 and Gary fell into a deep depression, sold everything and closed the gallery.

By 2001 he had begun working with semi precious stones, setting them into ivory and exotic woods, then illuminating them from within.

His work was featured in Ornament magazine and came to the attention of Rose Estes, a writer who lived in Wisconsin. After exchanging a zillion e-mails, Rose came to visit and they found that they fit together like pieces of a puzzle.

Gary was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and after a long, brave battle he died in 2011.

The gallery was his legacy and his wife, Rose Estes, continues his work.

Gary Hauser original art
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