Dawn Choate
Aug29

Dawn Choate

When I was young, my Dad caught a weird fish that I had never seen before. He told me it was a shark, explaining that they cleaned up the oceans and to not be afraid. I was mesmerized by their grace and power and, from that moment on, they became my obsession. As top predators, sharks play an important role in the ocean’s ecosystem by maintaining balance of the species and serve as an indicator of ocean health.   Photo by Laura...

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Jim Webb, GM ~ Manifest Distilling
Apr30

Jim Webb, GM ~ Manifest Distilling

Salt and Pepper. I started collecting when my hair was far more pepper than the Arctic Blonde it has become. But I have certainly enjoyed entertaining through those years by adding some whimsy to the dining table.    Photo by Laura Evans at El...

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Eric C. Schneider
Mar06

Eric C. Schneider

My great uncle, Lavern Meyer, was an artist who created hundreds of pieces for multiple circuses in the 1930s and 40s. His artwork was reproduced in sizes ranging from handbills to 24-sheet prints which were applied to the sides of barns across the United States. This collection of his original handwork has been passed down in my family and has helped instill in me an appreciation for the arts and my great uncle’s unique impact. Photo...

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William “Batch” Batchelder
Jan15

William “Batch” Batchelder

There is something mysterious, maybe even miraculous, that occurs when people “break bread.” When we share a meal or a beverage together (after all, what is beer but liquid bread … ), walls come down, pretenses get dropped, connections occur, relationships are built. I “collect” beer to share it – to make people feel welcome and be comfortable in our home. To set people free to be at ease with themselves and others. To allow them to...

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Bill Gibson
Dec04

Bill Gibson

Owner – Bill’s Guitar Loft As a teen I relished the magic that flowed from the guitar. To this day I can’t walk by a guitar without wanting to play it. Guitars are uniquely beautiful art, possessing the power to evoke emotion in the most glorious, stunning forms. I am eternally grateful for the gift of music appreciation in all its variants, whether it be from a fine stereo or musical instrument. Photo by Laura...

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Betsy Lovett
Sep04

Betsy Lovett

Venice… Venetian masks are divine to wear and I find them to be quite exciting as it brings out personalities. Often people hide behind who they really are. Venice has been known for centuries as having the most elaborate masquerade parties in the world. The balls…always customary to wear extravagant masks.   Photo by Laura...

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