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  • Stephen Kostystyn ceramic basket vessels It’s a Wrap! First Friday Art Hop Fun with Stephen Kostyshyn, ceramic-basket vessel maker. Plus Stephen answers our “Ten Questions to the Artist”

    Ceramic artist Stephen Kostyshyn holding a ceramic basket bottle

    Stephen drove down from the Grand Traverse area of Michigan to spend the evening with us in the gallery. He shared how he creates these vessels. Personally, I think he is a closet engineer.
    First Friday Art Hop July 2018
    Did you know clay shrinks two times during the making process? During the drying stages and the first kiln firing (bisque) and then again during the glaze kiln firing. Steve needs to drill precise holes in the top and bottom clay sections. He keeps his fingers crossed that the holes do not become distorted during firings. If all goes well, then, he is able to select his reeds for creating his gorgeous baskets. I had wondered where he got his idea for making these types of vessels. Several years ago, A maker told him that there were baskets being made on the East Coast that start with a piece of wood for the base. It dawned on Stephen that he could create a base by throwing it on the potter’s wheel. He started trying different methods and slowly figured out how to create his own unique artwork.
    Stephen Kostyshyn holding his ceramic basket vase with SUSAN picking, singer songwriter

    One thing that I enjoy doing, is asking the same ten questions of our artists.  We learn just a little bit more about him or her as a person.

    Ten Questions to the Artist

    Stephen Kostyshyn making a ceramic basketWhat turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?

    Music. But, I have always has been excited by vessels, love ceramics.

    Do you have an influence or theme that guides your work?

    No. I let the materials guide me.

    What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

    Archeology

    What profession would you not like to do?

    Be a doctor, Really, no blood.

    Who are your favorite artists?

    Monet, all impressionists.

    What is your favorite tool used to create your work?

    Scribe tool from Home Depot. It has a little hook that I use to complete a basket.

    What is your favorite word?

    Cool

    What is your least favorite word?

    Awesome because what will you say when you look at the Grand Canyon what word would you use.

    Who is your favorite musician?

    Colin Hay (men at work), Drew Nelson.

    How much formal education have you received? Related to your craft.

    BFA  in ceramics, plus a minor in painting.

    Thank you, Stephen, for taking the time to answer our questions.  We appreciate it.

    Stephen Kostyshyn's ceramic baskets
    Kostyshyn’s forms are one of a kind. I have not seen anything like his artwork. Stop into the gallery or get ahold of us to send you pictures of our current inventory. We can ship one to you.
  • Sue Boehme glass sculpture 10 Questions to the Artist – Sue Boehme

    Picture of artist Sue Boehme
    Sue Boehme
    I met Sue Boehme last summer.  She reached out to me, introducing herself as a local artist who works in many mediums.  I agreed to visit her studio and was immediately intrigued by this artist.  She has been walking the creative path for a long time and has created art using many mediums such as clay, metal, and glass.
    Sue answers our “Ten Questions to the Artist” so that we can get to know her, just a little.  
    1 & 2. WHAT TURNS YOU ON CREATIVELY, SPIRITUALLY, OR EMOTIONALLY? And do you have an influence or theme that guides your work?
    The recurrent theme in much of my work references the natural world around us- from the cosmos to cellular structures. I spend a lot of time outdoors, and find it a source of endless inspiration. As a child, I adored science and studied everything from fossils and minerals to butterflies and birds.
    3. WHAT PROFESSION OTHER THAN YOUR OWN WOULD YOU LIKE TO ATTEMPT?
    I have been fortunate to have experienced a number of careers in my life – I was a computer programmer in the eighties, a co-owner in a family millwright services business (I handle the accounting) for the past thirty years, an adjunct art professor for eight years, and now a private art instructor. If I could pick a profession, I would work for Warner Brothers to help design props for films, or Universal Orlando to design and sculpt the items that help provide an immersive experience for guests. Another great option would be an illustrator for a graphic novel, or an animator for Dreamworks.
    4. WHAT PROFESSION WOULD YOU NOT LIKE TO DO?
    I wouldn’t care for any profession that includes handling sewage of any type.
    5. WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE ARTISTS?
    My favorite artists: Henry Moores’s drawings, Kathe Kollwitz, Lee Bontecoe’s early work, Japanese printmakers, Shaun Tan, Kazu Kibuishi, and Hayao Miyazaki.
    6. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TOOL USED TO CREATE YOUR WORK?
    My favorite tool are my fingers – I am a very hands on artist.
    7. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORD?
    Sisu
    8. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE WORD?
    Moist
    9. WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE MUSICIAN?
    John Powell
    10. HOW MUCH FORMAL EDUCATION HAVE YOU RECEIVED?
    Formal education includes a BFA in Sculpture from Kendall College of Art and Design, and approximately twenty intensive glass workshops.
    Thank you, Sue, for answering our questions.  Stop in to the gallery to see her artwork. She and I will be hosting an Artist Talk beginning at 7:30 pm.  Denise will be in the gallery, Friday night, November 3, 7-8:30pm.  

    Fused Glass bowl by Sue Boehme

  • In Honour of Life Collage by Denise LeClaire 10 Questions to the Artist – Denise LeClaire

    Photograph of artist Denise R LeClaire

    Denise R LeClaire
    Denise is our 2017 ArtWalk artist.  She is a West Michigan artist and high school counselor. Denise creates collages using found paper objects such as antique sheet music, atlases, and books.  Often, she applies a photo transparency over the collage and then, paints over those layers allowing you to see or hide different components of the canvas.  This artist focuses on an idea such as belonging, forgiveness, mortality, or love. Her goal is to create a connection between people and her art with shared experiences.  All of Denise’s work is personal, a combination of the ordinary and the profound.  Like a soft kiss on the forehead for no reason.
    In Honour of Life Collage by Denise LeClaireIn Honour of the Fact that Life is Short

    ArtWalk Voting Code:  Artist number – MM14. Category – Mixed Media

    Denise answers our
    “Ten Questions to the Artist”
    so that we can get to know her, just a little.  

     

    1. What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?
    I heard a quote once, I think it was Marianne Williamson who said that the spiritual path is just the journey of living our lives and we are all on a spiritual path, sometimes we just don’t know it. I love this philosophy and feel like it falls together with my own belief in the importance of small moments, the little things that end up being the most memorable. So, it’s just everyday life that does it for me. We get to decide in the first world, what to do with our days, how we respond to life, and how we are creative; it’s a huge gift that not everyone has, that’s a pretty big turn on.
    2. Do you have an influence or theme that guides your work?
    I think the theme is connection through common ground. I think there is a spiritual and emotional element to my work with the combination of ideas, words and photographs and I see and feel this when I talk to people about what’s drawn them to a particular piece.   
    3. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
    Travel photographer/writer
    4. What profession would you not like to do?
    Police officer
    5. Who are your favorite artists?
    VanGogh, O’Keefe, Gustav Klimt, Mark Rothko, Jim Dine
    6. What is your favorite tool used to create your work?
    A “mop” brush.
    7. What is your favorite word?
    Serendipitous
    8. What is your least favorite word?
    Can’t think of one.
    9. Who is your favorite musician?
    Impossible to choose. I love all kinds of music.
    10. How much formal education have you received?
    My B.A. is in Sociology and Fine Art. I’ve taken art classes on and off my entire life including in photography, pottery, painting, drawing & collage. What I’m currently doing with regard to the combination of collage, photography, photo transfer and painting is self taught, trial and error.
    Thank you, Denise, for answering our questions.  Stop in to the gallery to see her exhibit. She and I will be hosting an Artist Talk beginning at 7:30 pm.  Denise will be in the gallery, Friday night, October 6, 6-9pm.  
    Time for the Daffodil collage by Denise R LeClaire

     

     

  • Ten Questions to the Artist – Leslie Koehler

    We have a new ceramic artist in the gallery, Leslie Koehler.   I met this potter 15 years ago in Vermont. The first time we met, Leslie introduced herself and told me that I didn’t look like a potter.  I laughed and said “Yes, I am.” Obviously, her comment stayed with me.  It made me consider what makes you an artist and a potter.  Was it because I am a small person? I must not have the strength to slug clay.  Was it because I didn’t have clay in my hair and on my clothes?  Or, did I lack the aura of being an artist?  Hmmm.  More to think about.  I love Leslie’s majolica work and her painting skills.  Please consider one of her pieces when you want a new piece of pottery for your collection or if you need a gift.  Plus, she makes custom wedding bowls.

    Leslie Koehler - potter

    Ten Questions to the Artist – Leslie Koehler 

    What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?
    Travel turns me on creatively, emotionally, spiritually. I have had the good fortune to travel much in my life, often to places where art  is very available and the opportunity to absorb design, color, texture are enormous. Spiritually, I love the ancient places of worship, old cities and ruins. 
    Emotionally, I feel fed a full portion when I am in another part of the world seeing, smelling, feeling the vibrations of different cultures, hearing the sounds of different languages, music and most importantly the opinions of those who have lived a different life in a different culture. I just returned from a full portion trip: The West Bank in Palestine, Petra in Jordan, and Istanbul. 
    DO YOU HAVE AN INFLUENCE OR THEME THAT GUIDES YOUR WORK?L Koehler at work on wheel
    I have been influenced by Japanese Ceramics, especially Tea Ceremony ware. I have spent time living and working with West African potters and love the simple yet elegant shapes and designs. Mediterranean ceramics especially Majolica ware of Italy are what I am most drawn to my work in the present phase. 
    What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
    If I was not a potter, I would be a cobbler or I would make stained glass windows. Perhaps I would continue my international work in Ceramic Water Filter development. 
    pottery bowls KoehlerWhat profession would you not like to do?
    After visiting the insurance agent today, I would say I would never be and insurance agent, or accountant. 
    Who are your favorite artists?
    Paul Gauguin, artists of the Arts and Crafts movement, Japanese post card artists 1890 to 1945. 
    What is your favorite tool used to create your work?painted plates
    Probably my brushes, mostly cheap Japanese or Chinese ones. My wheel of course!
    What is your favorite word?
    Favorite word and least favorite word, I need some more time of that.
    What is your least favorite word?
    Favorite word and least favorite word, I need some more time of that.
    Who is your favorite musician?
    Anouar Brahem (Click on Anouar’s name to hear him.)
    How much formal education have you received? Related to your craft.
    BA University of Massachusetts, Art History.
    Thank you to Leslie for answering our questions.  I always learn something about them and the artists/musicians that appeal to them, helping me grow as an artist, too.

    Koehler Custom Wedding Bowls

  • 10 Questions to the Artist – Sy Ellens

    Ellens-02There’s still a week left to see our current Exhibit, by renowned painter Sy Ellens, in person.  Sy was also C2C Gallery’s 2015 ArtWalk Artist, and his wonderful entry still occupies our front window.  We asked Sy to answer the set of “10 Questions” we put to each of our Featured Artists, and he kindly took the time to do it for us.  If you’re near downtown Grand Haven this week, stop in the gallery to appreciate Sy Ellens’ beautiful and thought-provoking work for yourself…below is our Q&A with Sy…

     

    What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?
    Ellen-Sy-profileI am often inspired by walking or biking in the countryside or while riding in a plane and observing the landscape. I’m in awe of the harmony of creation and have a desire to create beauty that lifts the spirit of the observer.
    Do you have an influence or theme that guides your work?
    Aerial landscapes
    What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
    Architect
    What profession would you not like to do?
    Be a chef
    Who are your favorite artists?
    Andrew Wyeth, Dean Mitchell, Claude Monet
    What is your favorite tool used to create your work?
    Ellens-01The brush
    What is your favorite word?
    Awesome
    What is your least favorite word?
    Crap
    Who is your favorite musician?
    Mozart
    How much formal education have you received? Related to your craft.
    Kendall School of Design- graphic design and WMU- B.S.in art education

    (you can also see Sy Ellens’ website here!)

  • 10 Questions to the Artist – Mary Sundstrom

    Throughout July, C2C is featuring an exhibit of work by Mary Sundstrom. A Grand Haven artist, Mary is currently working primarily in oil on canvas, but has a love for most painting mediums; and sculpture, primarily doll making. Mary is also the Program Director and Exhibits Co-Coordinator for the Holland Area Arts Council, and teaches art throughout the region.

     

    meTo any of us who enjoy and appreciate Art, it’s always fascinating to get a glimpse into what an artist thinks, what influences them, and how they approach their own work… You can read Mary’s answers below, and see her work in-person at C2C until the end of July.

     

    What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?
    I love the woods, water and the dunes. I am mesmerized by the plant life that grows in these wild areas. Lately I have been focusing on fungus. Nature hikes are my chapel and the wind in the trees are the hymns.
    Do you have an influence or theme that guides your work?
    Pettys Bayou
    The land in and around West Michigan is my theme. I frequently paint the plant life of the bayous. I never put humans into the picture because I am disappointed at what humans have destroyed. I try to create paintings where the plants have a dialogue in the scene.The dolls are just for fun.
    What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
    I would not attempt any another unless it was a botanist or herbalist. Maybe someday I would like to be a philanthropist.
    What profession would you not like to do?
    Telemarketer, Cable TV employee, Debt Collector, IT, Prison Guard, road kill clean up.
    Who are your favorite artists?
    Charles Burchfield, Annabel Livermore, Lewis Cross, Paul Klee, Edward Munch, Peter Diog, Alexander Calder, Antonio Gaudi and the list goes on and changes.
    What is your favorite tool used to create your work?
    A paintbrush.
    What is your favorite word?
    Peace.
    What is your least favorite word?
    Problem.
    Who is your favorite musician?
    I just can’t narrow it down to one but when I paint I love listening to books on tape.
    How much formal education have you received? Related to your craft.trumpets
    I have a Bachelors of Fine Arts and have had master classes after I college. I studied abroad in Madrid Spain. I mainly credit myself for my art education because I never stopped exploring and learning.
    Thank you very much to Mary for taking the time to answer our questions.  Please stop in to see her great new work in the gallery through the remainder of July.
  • 10 Questions to the Artist – Michael Imes

    Throughout June, C2C is featuring an exhibit of work by the highly-regarded ceramics artist, Michael Imes. Now a resident of Wisconsin and a Ceramics Instructor at Carroll University, Michael has been a studio artist for more than forty years, and has kindly made time (and no doubt cleaned his hands!) to answer our “Ten Questions to the Artist”.

    Ceramics Artist, Michael Imes

    To any of us who enjoy and appreciate Art, it’s always fascinating to get a glimpse into what an artist thinks, what influences them, and how they approach their own work… You can read Michael’s answers below, and see his work in-person at C2C until the end of June.

     

    What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?
    I am almost always involved in a relationship with clay. By that I mean I usually have work in progress, exploring vessel forms. I feel most connected spiritually when I am completely focused on whatever activity is at hand. I am fed emotionally through my connections with family and friends, and my interactions with other people. I enjoy music too; my feeling life is nourished by it.
    Do you have an influence or theme that guides your work?
     Hexoid (overhead)I have a lot of influences: nature, geometry, the clay work of ancient cultures (Neolithic, Assyrian, Summerian, Chaldean, Babylonian, Mycenean, Minoan, Wari, Moche…), and I really enjoy exploring vessel forms, their formal relationships, and the archetypal gestures inherent in those forms.
    What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
    I have enjoyed teaching and playing music could be interesting as a profession.
    What profession would you not like to do?
    I wouldn’t want to do anything illegal and I wouldn’t last long working in a factory or sitting in an office all day.
    Who are your favorite artists?
    Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Rodin, Laura Ross, Hans Coper, Harris Deller, Richard Devore, Chris Gustin… (I have a lot of favorites, especially a lot of ancient potters whose names I’ll never know.)
    What is your favorite tool used to create your work?Anagama Bulb Vase-sm
    There are three: my hands, a banding wheel, and a kiln.
    What is your favorite word?
    I don’t have a favorite word.
    What is your least favorite word?
    All words are useful and powerful, depending on how you use them.
    Who is your favorite musician?
    Robert Johnson, Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt… there are a lot.
    How much formal education have you received? Related to your craft.Michael Imes
    I received an MFA in clay, from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. I’ve learned a lot about vessel making from: Terry Dennis, Bill Clark, Harris Deller, Paulus Berensohn, and Chuck Hindes. I’ve gotten to learn a lot about firing wood kilns from: Ron Knight, Josh Gold, Jeff Naska, Gary Hootman, Joe Molinaro, Randy Becker, and Chuck Hindes.
    Thank you very much to Michael for taking the time to answer our questions.  Please stop in to see his wonderful pieces in the gallery through the remainder of June.
  • Landscape bowl by Marion Angelica What does a residency in Santa Fe do for a ceramic artist?

    Do you go down the internet “rabbit hole” often?  One of my 2015 goals is to limit this wandering.  BUT, I did find our May featured artist, Marion Angelica, in this manner.
     
    Marion Angelina and her husbandMarion Angelica and her husband
    Marion has several arts degrees and began her ceramic career focused on sculpture.  When her children were young, she worked in the arts and non-profit world.  When Marion’s last child headed to college, this artist re-acquainted herself with clay and fell back in love with it.  Marion decided that this time around she was going to focus on sculpturally oriented functional art.

     

    Bucket Basket by Marion Angelina
    In 2012 and 2013, this artist was awarded the Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist award.  They allowed her to study the high desert for 6 weeks.  Marion worked in the Santa Fe Clay studios focused on the Southwest land forms – forces of wind and water, the high desert’s rhythms, colors, and textures.   She returned home to create texturally interesting porcelain pottery.

     

    Landscape bowl by Marion Angelica

    We are excited to exhibit and sell Marion’s work.  Whenever, a new artist is featured at C2C Gallery, we ask them the same ten questions.  It is a great way to learn a bit more about them.
    Here are Marion Angelica’s answers to “Ten Questions to the Artist”
    What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?
    I am lucky that many things engage my creativity and spirituality.  Nature is very important to me… most recently, I have been focusing on geology and the beauty created when wind and water sculpt the earth.  My time in the high desert  recently has influenced many of the shapes and textures in my work.  When I have the opportunity to travel, the different shapes of people’s homes and the different plant life also excites me and winds up in my work.
    Do you have an influence or theme that guides your work?
    I don’t have a particular theme, but because of my background in sculpture and silver-smithing, form and texture are what I emphasize in my work.

     

    Tea set by Marion Angelica

    What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
    I would like to write poetry (and if I get a next life, with a young body, I would like to dance)
    What profession would you not like to do?
    Accounting… nix… numbers are not my forte
    Who are your favorite artists?
    Georgia O’Keefe, and the German Expressionist painters
    Henry Moore and Modigliani are favorite sculptors
    What is your favorite tool used to create your work?
    My Dolan knife is a favorite so are soft Mudd ribs.
    What is your favorite word?
    It’s a phase, not a word… its my mantra…. “What if?”  It leads me in new directions and encourages me to try to re-envision what is before me.
    What is your least favorite word?
    It is also a phrase.. one currently often used.  The phrase is, “it is what it is”… somehow it strikes me as defeatist.
    Who is your favorite musician?
    Ella Fitzgerald and most jazz of her era, as well as Dvorjack (sp?).  I listen to classical in my studio… it puts me in the zone to be calm, mindful and creative.
    How much formal education have you received? Related to your craft.
    I am a learning junkie!!!  I have a BA in Fine Arts (sculpture) an MA in ceramics, an MFA in ceramics and a PhD in which is studied creativity as it applies to both art-making, scientific research and conflict resolution.  Sorry… that’s a mouthful.

     

    Softly Squared Mugs

    Thank you, Marion, for answering our ten questions.  I appreciate your time
    and your art.
    I hope you, as the reader, are now curious about her ceramic work.  Stop into the gallery to have a look, touch, and take a favorite piece home with you.  Hope all is well in your world.

     

  • 10 Questions to the Artist – Margie Welek Fagan

    With each new exhibit at C2C, I continue my conversations with our featured artists.  Margie Welek Fagan moved to Grand Haven about a year ago.  She spent most of her life in the Kansas City area.  I met Margie last summer.  Our introduction grew into an idea about an exhibit.  Here are Margie’s answers to our “Ten questions to the artist”.

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    What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?
    At times, when I am filled with an emotion and have difficulty expressing myself in words, I will pick up my brushes and allow my feelings to pour out on the canvas. Those moments tend to be some of my best creations.
    Do you have an influence or theme that guides your work?
    I’m influenced by the world around me, whether it be the vibrancy of a sunset, the captivating roar of the ocean waves, the change of seasons…they all offer something unique and speak deeply to me.  I’d like to add that music is a must for me when painting…many times the piece I am working on is titled after a particular song/artist I chose to listen to over and over again until it was complete! One of my favorites was entitled ‘someone like you’ by Van Morrison which now graces the walls of a business man in Kalamazoo!

    Someone Like YouSomeone Like You – sold

    What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
    That’s a mixed bag.  A freelance writer/photographer that traveled the world. Ok, better yet, a professional tourist! Having minored in psychology, I often wondered what life would have been like if I had chosen the path of being a family therapist. Rewarding, to say the least.
    What profession would you not like to do?
    Accounting
    Who are your favorite artists?
    Monet, Van Gogh
    What is your favorite tool used to create your work?
    Palette knives

    Margie Welek Fagan

    What is your favorite word?
    Love
    What is your least favorite word?
    Can’t
    Who is your favorite musician?
    Van Morrison
    How much formal education have you received? Related to your craft.
    Majored in Housing and Interior Design. Focus was on color, texture, creativity and spacial design, which was a wonderful, segue into art/painting. 

    Margie Welek Fagan

    I appreciate Margie’s taking the time to answer our questions.  Please stop in to see her paintings in the gallery through April.
  • Grand Haven Lighthouse Monte Nagler Ten Questions to the Artist – Monte Nagler

    Monte_NaglerMonte Nagler

    Monthly, C2C Gallery hosts exhibits for artists whose work we find interesting and new to the Tri-Cities.  This month we are displaying the photographic work of Monte Nagler.
    Monte is a noted writer, lecturer and teacher of photography. He has conducted many classes and seminars throughout the world. Not only has he written a popular newspaper column, but he is also the author of six highly successful photography books. Frequently, he is called upon to jury competitions and to speak on photography topics on local radio and television stations.
    His photographs, which have won numerous worldwide, national & international recognitions, are found in many private, public and art museum collections. Galleries, art dealers, interior designers, and publishing companies throughout the United States and Canada represent his photography.
    Monte is a University of Michigan Engineering graduate.  He worked for Ford Motor Company directly out of college and has many tales regarding “specialty” designs in the auto industry.  When Monte was 39, he became bored with his professional life and began reconsidering his love of taking pictures.  He registered for an Ansel Adams course. Ansel became Monte’s friend and mentor for the remainder of Ansel’s life.  Monte Nagler answers our 
    “Ten Questions to the Artist”
    What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?
    I get turned on by seeing the stunning beauty of the world around me from a majestic view of a powerful landscape to the intimacy and pattern of a single flower.  Mother Nature can’t be beat!

    Monte Nagler Evening SunbeamsEvening Sunbeams

    Do you have an influence or theme that guides your work?
    What guides my work is the strong desire to share the wonderful things that I see through my camera and get people to appreciate things a little more.  In my healthcare division,  I get a tremendous satisfaction knowing my photographs can help patients get through a difficult procedure.

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    What profession other, than your own, would you like to attempt?
    I think two other professions would be really cool:  an archeologist or an astronaut.
    What profession would you not like to do?
    I would not want to be an undertaker…..what a “grave” experience.
    Who are your favorite artists?
    Favorite artists:  photographers Ansel Adams and Yousuf Karshand painters Monet and Van Gogh.

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    What is your favorite tool used to create your work?
    Other than my mind and heart,  my favorite “tool” is my Canon 5D Mark 3.
    What is your favorite word?
    “passion”
    What is your least favorite word?
    “hate”
    Who is your favorite musician?
    I like all music (except rap) but I’ve always admired Dolly Parton for her many talents….she’s a class act.
    How much formal education have you received? Related to your craft.
    My education consists of an undergraduate degree in engineering and a masters of business administration,  both from U of M.
    A quote from Monte’s website, that I love:  

     

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    “We positively impact people’s lives through the power and appreciation of art.”