New downtown art gallery includes owner’s studio

After years in accounting and stock broking, Cyndi Casemier Johnson traded her dark suits, nylons and heels for a potter's wheel. "I went from corporate life to an artisan's life,' said Johnson, 50. "… My business friends were shocked.' Her business history and love of art combine in her new venture - C2C Gallery in downtown Grand Haven's Harbourfront Place, 41 Washington Ave., Suite 165.
Lydia Coutré
Jun 16, 2011


The gallery offers a wide variety of original art from ceramics to scarves to jewelry to soaps. It represents 25 different artists — 75 percent of whom are from Michigan.

“They’re all people that I know and respect, so I can talk about how they make their work (and) who they are as people,” Johnson said.

The gallery will periodically host live performances by local musicians. Susan Picking will play this Friday night in the gallery, beginning at 7:30.

A third of the gallery is Johnson’s own ceramic studio, so visitors can see her at work. About 40 percent of the ceramics are her creations, she said.

“I know that a lot of times my work has to do with geometry,” Johnson said. “I know to has to be balanced. I think my work is probably a little bit more tidy — so that would probably lean toward being black and white, regimented.

C2C Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

To read more of this story, see today’s print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



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