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News Regarding Michael's Passing

Thank you to everyone who has passed along such wonderful wishes and memories of Michael since his death. The family is truly moved by the outpouring of kind words and generous support offered by his many friends and collectors.

We have had several questions regarding the business and Michael's artwork since his passing. Rest assured that any orders placed for sculptures will be filled and we will continue to accept orders on all general merchandise and open limited editions. If you wish to complete any collections that are still open limited editions, we encourage you to place your orders as soon as possible either through the site or by calling your gallery.

Michael's business interests were passed on to his brother and sister, Gary Ricker and Mary Jo Simons. They have chosen to continue to operate the business under a new company called Designs by Ricker. This company will continue to cast all general line merchandise and open limited edition sculptures to carry on the legacy of Michael. Additionally, Michael had passed along his wishes to have his sketches and designs of future planned releases to be completed by his apprentice artists and sculptors.

Because Michael's death was unexpected, the family is still considering many issues and while the long-term plans have not been finalized, Gary and Mary Jo are committed to a seamless transition for collectors to continue to acquire open limited editions and to release planned sculptures. We will announce future plans on the site and via the email list or you can call 1-800-373-9837 if you have specific questions. Please be sure to join the email list if you'd like to receive updates on any new releases and other important information. You may join by clicking here.

At this time, we have suspended all appraisals given the current circumstances. We will be unable to reply to any requests for valuations either by phone or email. You may still list any collections for sale through our Classified Ads on this site. If you need information on an issue price (original price) for any sculpture not found on this site, please call 1-800-373-9837 and the gallery can assist you.

Again, thank you for your many years of support. The family is touched and honored that Michael's memory will live on through his artwork in the homes of so many friends and collectors.

Michael Ricker Dies of Brain Aneurysm

Michael Ricker passed away on January 7, 2006 as a result of complications from a ruptured brain aneurysm suffered on January 1, 2006. The family extends its sincere gratitude for the enormous outpouring of condolences and well wishes. Visit for complete obituary and to sign the virtual guestbook for the services.