We are starting our 9th Summer in Grand Haven. I can’t believe we’ve made it through 8 years of trying out ideas, events, introducing new artists, and supporting local non-profits. The other day, I was talking with my mom. I told her that my current goal was to make it to the same number of years that my dad owned his pharmacy. It made her laugh. She told me that her favorite day was when they decided to sell the pharmacy to Meijers. Her comment surprised me. I might have heard her wrong, interpreting what I wanted to hear. (It has been pointed out to me that I do fabricate the truth at times. Never intentionally.) .
Julie and Sarah have been helping me think about what would make a fun anniversary party. Their ideas are wonderful. We are having fun with it. Stay tuned.
Who has been with me since the very beginning? Bob Walma. Bob helped me create the first website. He listened to me talk about ideas; what artists I would contact; and how we would market the gallery. Bob’s images of West Michigan have gotten stronger over the years. Our tag line “art for your every day life” has been our mantra from the beginning.
When I moved to Vermont, I was a traditional midwest woman who loved shopping in malls, attended church regularly, and invited the extended family over for Sunday dinner. Vermont changed me. I found myself in Vermont. I had been a banker turned stockbroker. In Vermont, I learned that I was an artist at heart. I loved my neighbor’s ability to accept you as you were, without judgment. If you respected them, their family, and didn’t cause them harm, they were good with you. I met progressive thinkers, artisans, and made some of my best friends in Vermont.
C2C has made me focus on who I am as a person, business-person, artist, parent, and more. So, where do we go from here?