Treating Everyone with Respect One of C2C Gallery’s core values is to treat everyone with respect. You say, “well, of course”. Sadly, this is not something that happens automatically in our world. As C2C grows, treating customers with respect is one of my personal core values and I am proud that is part of the gallery’s DNA. In my mind, treating people with respect should simply be part of the fabric of society. We shouldn’t have to write it down. It’s just the right thing to do. We are all humans, (as one of my girl friends reminds me often). We’re all in this together and, for the most part, people are good and want good things for society. What’s sad is how surprised people are to see this in practice. That’s because we live in a world where people say and do very disrespectful things to one another on social media and in real life. So, I thought I would share my thoughts about respect and talk about change in the gallery. Change is good. Change will not include losing our focus on always being friendly, helpful, respectful, and offering the highest quality plus widest range of art in West Michigan. Our goal is to help you include art in your every day life. You will see two new faces in the gallery – Julie Minnema and Joy Roach. Joy will be helping us on First Fridays, special events, and other busy days. Julie Minnema will be helping us on Sundays and Mondays with a focus on networking with interior designers, architects, and realtors. We have relationships with more than 45 artists. If you are one of these professionals or have a favorite pro, please consider scheduling a time to talk with Julie or myself. We would love to learn if we can be of service to you, helping one another. Sarah Mattone will be in the gallery during the week managing the sales floor and other duties. So where does this leave me? I will be in the gallery several mornings a week. Then, heading to my studio to make pots and create new forms. I am excited to be able to focus on my art, plus the business side of C2C Gallery. C2C Gallery has always been about sharing the talents of our artists with you, our clients and visitors to Grand Haven. As we grow, C2C is also supporting me, our employee’s families, our health, and our choice of lifestyle. So, once in awhile, we will not be able to be open, because a child is sick; we have the flu; a kiln needs repair; or some other emergency that is out of our control. I hope that you will understand because we only have one life – our family and our health are much more important than the gallery. For us, treating everyone with respect is a mantra that we will continue to do in ways both big and small….every day.
2017 ArtWalk Artist - Denise 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 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.