Getting to Know: Barbara Carlson

Tribune Staff • Sep 17, 2016 at 12:00 PM

This is part of a regular feature, which will normally run on Saturdays, and will appear on the pages of the Grand Haven Tribune and online at grandhaventribune.com. We’ll sit down with a local personality and ask them several questions.

This week, we’re featuring Barbara Carlson.

What’s your current job? Artist, director and curator of the Armory Art Center, Grand Haven ArtWalk 2016 coordinator.

Readers would be surprised to learn that: I can just look down at the ground and find four-leaf clovers.

If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would you pick and why? Seane Corn, an internationally celebrated yoga teacher. She inspires me.

What’s the coolest place you’ve ever visited? Ecuador. I taught yoga at a studio on the ocean in Montanita, in the pitch dark because the electricity kept going out, and to the sound of chickens outside. The Galapagos Islands were really awesome to visit, too.

What are your hobbies? Hoarding art supplies.

What’s your favorite restaurant? Any Italian restaurant.

Favorite book? “Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein.

What class was the most beneficial to you? All of my art and writing classes.

Have you ever met any celebrities? Evander Holyfield, Deva Premal, Eric Estrada, Dharma Mittra, Seane Corn, The Budabi Brothers.

What’s your can’t-live-without piece of technology? My iPhone and computer.

What’s your favorite app? Weather radar app, banking app, and the one that tracks the multitude of TV series I watch, telling me when the new season begins.

If you weren’t in your current position, what would you like to do? I'd like to be a professional napper, or a storm chaser.

If you could travel back in time to any certain era or event, when/where would you pick and why? Every answer I think of for this question ends with I'd probably be killed, so I think I'll just stay here. Here is good.

Who was the biggest influence on your life? My mom, my dad.

What’s your favorite movie or TV show? “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” “Breaking Bad,” “Finding Bigfoot.”

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Good or bad, it's all just temporary. We are not guaranteed tomorrow, so be happy today. Most things in life that we get worked up about aren't worth the energy, so chill and keep it all in perspective.

What do you love about West Michigan? The lake, the trees, the sand, the parks, the festivals. So many cool places to visit and fun things to do.

Do you have any pets? We've scaled back from a rather large menagerie which included a bearded dragon and two 23-year old red-eared sliders (turtles). We have a dog named Mikey and a black cat named Onyx, which is a male but I always refer to her as a her, which drives my kids nuts! She also will not stop rubbing on my laptop screen as I try to type this.

What’s at the top of your bucket list? To travel everywhere and see everything. To actually find Bigfoot.

What’s your pet peeve? They're, their, there; your, you're. Use the correct form, people!

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