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For the first time in 45 years, Bonnie Grossman is soon going to be able to come downstairs in her robe. After operating the Ames Gallery out of her home in the Berkeley Hills for nearly a half century, Grossman is retiring and liquidating her vast collection of what many would call folk and naive art (although she hates labeling it). For her, there's virtually no separation between life and art, as the works are displayed in nearly all the spaces of her home. Although it's by appointment only, she's accustomed to drop-ins. Thus, it pays to be dressed and ready for business.