• Michelle Courier at Lakeshore Office Furniture Amazing what Art adds to an Environment!

    It is amazing what artwork brings to a space, whether it is a living room, office, or bedroom.  You can add color;  a feeling of calm; a sense of the positive; or a memory of something loved.  In the past three weeks, we have been hanging artwork at Lakeshore Office Furniture in Grand Rapids.  The response has been fun to hear:
    “Wow, I didn’t realize how drab it was working in here.”
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    Michelle Courier Paintings

    “The paintings look great with our furniture and cabinets.”
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    Christi Dreese Paintings

    “This artwork creates life in the space and helps us plan new working environments.”
    Abbey Fitzpatrick's paintings

    Abbey Fitzpatrick Paintings

    “Memories of our urban past.”
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    Bob Walma’s Klingman Warehouse Images

    Let us help you bring warmth and vitality to your working and living environments.  We will have fun finding one of a kind artwork that you will love.
  • So Much Talent in West Michigan

    Started today looking at my to-do’s, actually doing several things at once.  This is my m-o.  I am trying to break this habit of paying attention part way to several things rather than my undivided attention to one thing.  Anyway……
    I was online and saw a posting by Brian Vander Ark, of Verve Pipe,  regarding an interview and his latest album.  He and Jeff Daniels co-wrote the song “Overboard”, which led to a video.  We have so many talented residents in our area – all forms of art.

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    Friday, April 3, 6-8pm, our downtown is hosting its
    Second First Friday Art Hop.  
    We have more than 19 businesses and artists participating.  

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    Please put Friday, April 3, on your calendar,
    support your local art scene and small business owners.
  • Marguerite Wildenhain How does a potter’s work express his own unique voice?

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    When you visit C2C Gallery, it can be a visual overload.  Each of our ceramic artists have spent decades, hours upon hours, learning techniques and what tools work well for them.  They have created thousands of vessels/forms to reach a point of competency.  Then, the really hard work begins – finding their own voice.

    I am not there….yet.  I continue to look, make, and think.  My friend and mentor, Robin Hopper, has been writing lately about how he found his voice.  You can follow his thoughts on Facebook.  This past week he was talking about historical references to architecture and animals.  It made me think about all of the pictures that I take while traveling.  These images are almost always focused on form and surface decoration.

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    Tyler Loftis and Chris Protas have been teaching pop-up drawing classes in Grand Haven.  They, too, teach about really seeing and drawing what is seen.  Our inner critic tells us how we think something should look.

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    “To learn a craft well is difficult enough, but the real difficulties start when you know your craft and want to express in your own way an idea that you visualize in your mind. First of all, you have to make many pots, thousands, till your hands respond to the smallest, most subtle, most intricate or diversified feeling. Personal expression will come when you can really translate your innermost vision into the rough and so elusive material: clay.” –Marguerite Wildenhain

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  • 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!

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    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.