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IN PERSON // Evelyn Cobb, retiring art gallery owner and manager.

Residence: St. Petersburg.

Born: Gadsden, Ala., July 28, 1919.

Retiring after 20 years as owner and manager, Evelyn Cobb Galleries, Beach Drive, downtown St. Petersburg.

Why I did what I did: To promote art/cultural awareness in St. Petersburg and beyond. Having been exposed to the arts at an early age (and trying to be an artist), I wanted to contribute my time to this field. I love people and I praise the talents of Florida and Tampa Bay area artists and those who make all the arts possible.

First big break or career turning point: Having an internationally known artist, Edna Hibel, in person in my gallery.

Career highlights: Instrumental in creating, and currently active with, several organizations to mutually support the arts, such as Pinellas County Arts Council and Downtown Arts Association.

Proudest achievement: Having my daughter.

Greatest satisfaction: Being a friend to my employees and customers.

If I could change the bay area, I'd have the performing and visual arts work together as well as having the non-profits and so-called profits (galleries) work hand in hand.

My No. 1 goal is to retire, be with my family and great grandson, and enjoy my first childhood while keeping a few hours for St. Petersburg arts as well as getting on the Internet.

From now on, I'll have more time for my family and friends, play hard, work as a volunteer a little and keep reading the St. Petersburg Times, searching for anything new in our art world.

In another life, I'd bring worldwide peace and health and happiness to my family and friends.

I wish I could reach every person I have worked with and just say a very special word of thanks to each one.