Thirty years ago, Mark Zaplin and Richard Lampert founded Zaplin Lampert Gallery. Opening the doors on June 15, 1987, they welcomed guests, friends, and family to a celebration in their gallery on Santa Fe's historical Canyon Road. But this wasn't their first partnership--not by a long shot. For those of you who don't know the extraordinary history and personal story of friendship that underlies Zaplin Lampert Gallery, we offer it here.
Beginning with their earliest recollections, Richard Lampert and the late Mark Zaplin (1952-2014) could share memories of each other. Having been born twelve days apart and growing up separated by only one block in Newton, Massachusetts, you could say they had been together from the start.
Mark Zaplin and Richard Lampert, kindergarten class photo
As friends, a knack for salesmanship developed at an early age. What began as typical kid stuff, selling lemonade and popcorn, later became an opportunity to hone their skills by switching to other inventory, including insurance and The Great Books of the Western World.