Boul­der’s Leanin’ Tree Mu­seum will close this sum­mer after 40 years

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - By John Bear

boul­der» The Leanin’ Tree Mu­seum and Sculp­ture Gar­den will close its doors in Au­gust, after a more than 40-year pres­ence at the com­pany’s Gun­bar­rel fa­cil­ity.

The mu­seum fea­tures the pri­vate art col­lec­tion — nearly all of it West­ern- and Amer­i­can In­dian-themed — of Ed Trum­ble, the owner of the Leanin’ Tree Greet­ing Cards com­pany.

Most of the col­lec­tion will be placed on auc­tion in Scotts­dale, Ariz., early next year, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

“He’s 92, and he de­cided that ev­ery­thing will be sold with him here or not here,” gift shop man­ager Danielle Vorth­mann said. “He’s ex­cited to see how his col­lec­tion will do and who will be in­ter­ested in it.”

Trum­ble was not avail­able for com­ment, but Vorth­mann said the col­lec­tion in­cludes more than 300 paint­ings and about 200 bronze sculp­tures.

She said that at least one paint­ing in the mu­seum, by artist Fritz Scholder, was on loan to the Den­ver Art Mu­seum re­cently.

Vorth­mann said Trum­ble has col­lected art for decades but the mu­seum dates to 1974, when he bought land in what was then farm­land in Gun­bar­rel to build a fa­cil­ity that houses the com­pany’s man­u­fac­tur­ing op­er­a­tion.

Leanin’ Tree was founded in 1949 and briefly op­er­ated in Fort Collins be­fore Trum­ble moved it to Boul­der.

The clo­sure of the mu­seum won’t im­pact the greet­ing card com­pany, which plans to use the space for its fac­tory.

Founder Ed Trum­ble, now 92, opened the Leanin’ Tree Mu­seum and Sculp­ture Gar­den in 1974. It will close in Au­gust.

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