Located in West Palm Beach, Florida, The Monogram Gallery has had quite a journey getting here. So, here's the story!
I started out my career with a passion for art, making things, recreation, and doing photography.
"Hmmm, so how do I do all that?" Here is the time line:
I started my journey in education at The Ohio State University when teachers were in abundance and subsequently changed my career to Recreation, and taught Arts and Crafts in recreation centers.
Upon a marriage retirement requiring a move to Cincinnati, I created and sold my art creations at different art shows.
While doing that, I found an interest in Industrial Design and Photography at The University of Cincinnati. While there, I had the wonderful opportunity to work as a co-op student, working in the field as a designer.
And that brought me to DisyneyWorld designing signage for the Park in Florida, and to the Toy Industry (Kenner Toys). I worked over a period of 1.5 years at Kenner and fell in love with the playful atmosphere and creativity that it entertained. But one thing was missing......warm sunny weather. Soooooo
From there, I hopped in my car, drove down to Florida where I began teaching art and television production, then Media, and finally reading. Being the creative spirit that I am, I had a need to infuse my creative bent to my teaching, which worked out well, because I came to find out that if students are excited about what they do, they become actively engaged. That is a win win for everyone.
while still teaching, in 2006, I began a professional career in Photography in Palm Beach working with the best photographer, Lucien Capehart. Sadly, my mentor and friend passed away. I continue to exhibit my work and maintain clients in Palm Beach.
As it has happened, it looks like I have come full circle. I accomplished all the things I wanted to do in life, and now, I really want to expand my creative force in a hands on way. So last year, 2014, I bought my first and then my second embroidery machine to venture into this field.
BUT, I have learned so much along the way via all my experiences and infuse that into all that I do. I learned the importance of good craftsmanship while making my product models while in design school. I learned the importance of toy safety at Kenner Toys. And in teaching, I learned the importance of making something just a tad "different" to create that element of surprise and curiosity.
Following in the tradition of my photography, http://www.ccstudios.cc, I welcome you to view another "gallery" that I opened in November, 2014. This gallery provides you a different kind of work of art infusing beauty with quality. I work to display charming objects of good design and excellent craftsmanship.
I am thrilled to offer you a view of my current endeavors with a promise of more to come....
Enjoy the gallery and come visit us often. The link is so simple to remember: themonogram.gallery
My Kind Regards,