• Finding Meaning in the Every Day

    With all of the talking heads out there telling us what we should think, what do you really think? Are you watching the news? How does this relate to your every day life and handmade?

    Cyndi at a C2C Gallery event for designers

    I don’t know about you but I am struggling. Struggling with the world around me. I am fortunate and I am very grateful for it. Life in Grand Haven, Michigan is relatively safe; filled with friendly people; just trying to raise their families; and live their lives to the best of their abilities.

    Sunset at Grand Haven State Park

    When you purchase a piece of art – handmade bowls, pitchers, vases, paintings, jewelry and more, you are helping an artist and his/her family live in a manner that is important to them. They have spent countless hours and years working to learn their craft to the best of their ability. Most of our artists live quiet lives, usually working 50 plus hours a week in their private studios, making functional and non-functional artwork.

    Raku wall hanging by Tonya Rund. Ceramic and Basket vessel by Stephen Kostyshyn

    You get to see the finished piece. It may have been re-made several times before arriving at C2C Gallery. So, how do you find meaning in the every day? I think by connecting with people. Looking them in the eyes. Smiling genuinely at them. I also believe sharing handmade, unique, items with those special people in your life says to them “You matter to me.”

  • A Fun Project – New Art for the GH Community Foundation

    About three weeks ago, Holly Johnson, executive director of the Grand Haven Community Foundation called the gallery. She asked if I would visit their newly renovated office suite and make recommendations for original artwork.

    I love these types of projects for offices and homes. I get to visit the location and see what type of furniture has been selected, the colors chosen, and style that the customer feels most comfortable inhabiting.

    The Community Foundation offices are a mix of traditional furniture in the reception and conference room area; moving into a very contemporary mix of work stations and seating areas for the staff to work. I selected a more traditional hand-pulled print by Lee Ann Frame for the reception area. It has a nice feel to it making everyone who enters welcome. The intaglio and wood blocked print features the Eastmanville farmland.

    Moving into the staff work space is contemporary Izzie Design furniture in oranges, grays, blues, and chrome. I selected abstract paintings by Deborah Bowen and Christi Dreese.

    To complete the project, we asked former West Michigan artist and retired Kendall professor, Abbey Fitzpatrick to create two complementary paintings to the three that the Foundation already owns.

    One of the things that I try to impress upon clients is that even though C2C Gallery is small. I have access to many artists in a variety of mediums and styles. I can help them complete almost any type of project that has to do with interior design and original art. We have artists who work in glass, abstract and landscape paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, ceramics, tile, encaustic, and more.

    I love helping customers create their own unique space almost as much as I love working in porcelain clay. Talk with me. Let’s work together.