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Grand Haven gallery owner notes artist's passing

• Apr 19, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Cyndi Casemier recently marked the passing of the first “artist at work” for her downtown Grand Haven art gallery.

In a post on her gallery’s blog, Casemier discussed how Jack Hillman came into her life.

“Five years ago next month, we opened C2C Gallery,” she noted. “It began with the idea of selling my ceramic work and helping other area artists promote their artwork, too. Linda Ippel connected me with three area artists — Don Prys, Jodi Steen and Jack Hillman.”

Hillman set up a full metal workshop inside the store on a hot summer’s day. 

“He torched metal, bent it and soldered it,” Casemier wrote. “It was fun to watch. My daughter and nephew walked up and down Washington Avenue promoting Jack working in metal.”

Hillman died April 8 from pancreatic cancer. 

Read the complete blog, “Remembering Jack Hillman,” which also includes a video of the artist at work in July 2011.

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