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GALLERY CHAIN ACHIEVES EXPONENTIAL GROWTH

 MIAMI, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Since its inception in 1989, Wentworth Gallery, an art gallery chain, has achieved exponential growth during a period when retailing in general declined and parts of the art market collapsed. Beginning with six galleries in 1989, the company has expanded, as of August 1993, to 36 galleries in 15 states in the eastern and central U.S., an increase of 600 percent. Revenues in fiscal 1992 exceeded $15 million. Wentworth has 225 employees.
 According to Michael O'Mahony, president and chief executive officer, Wentworth plans to continue growing in a controlled manner through new gallery openings and acquisitions, both in the U.S. and Europe, as opportunities present themselves.
 O'Mahony, a London-born jewelry designer with a degree in business and marketing, has brought sophisticated, corporate retailing to an industry generally dominated by individual proprietorships. He has developed Wentworth's market of homeowners 35 and older who have ample disposable income for art but who are intimidated by the esoteric atmosphere of traditional galleries.
 Wentworth takes the tension out of galleries by maintaining a consistent, expert level of customer service. Wentworth will "bring the gallery to the home" so customers can view their selections amid their own furnishings and be assured that their purchases are perfect. "The only reason to purchase a work of art is because it is beautiful and because it stimulates the imagination and stirs the emotions," declared O'Mahony. "Art should be an investment in pleasure."
 A subsidiary of Fidelity Capital Corp., Boston, Wentworth offers original oils, sculptures and limited edition serigraphs from over 150 artists. Prices of serigraphs start at $400. Original oils and sculptures range up to $45,000.
 The company's objective is to make art affordable, to bring it out of museums and into homes. To accomplish this, O'Mahony travels the world in search of new artists and introduces them to the U.S. before they are widely collected.
 "Every painting I acquire is a process of discovery," said O'Mahony. "Every image is the evocation of a story. Insofar as is possible, I try to act as my customers' personal curator, to bring them works that will express their personalities and enhance the beauty of their homes."
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 /NOTE TO EDITOR: The following materials are available: Fact sheet, photo of Michael O'Mahony, company logo, art and artist photos, gallery photos. Financial summary is also available upon request.
 CONTACT: Deborah J. Scarpa or Wes Denham of DJS Marketing, 305-448-4156, for Wentworth Gallery/


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